The Iowa Academy of Education is committed to inform Pre-kindergarten to grade 20 educational policies and practices in the state of Iowa through the scholarly consideration and analysis of significant educational issues.

IAE is composed of outstanding Iowa scholars whose work has earned respect and recognition among peers for making a significant contribution to the broad field of educational studies. Scholars are drawn from multiple fields of inquiry, including educational psychology, educational measurement, special education, instructional design, educational policy, gifted and talented education, curriculum theory and development, educational technology, science education and more.

IAE group portrait
IAE group meeting

About IAE

The Iowa Academy of Education is supported by Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa.

The Iowa Academy of Education (IAE) was originally established by the First in the Nation in Education (FINE) Foundation as part of its comprehensive charge to improve student achievement in the state of Iowa through the utilization of educational research. Besides supporting the Iowa Academy of Education, the FINE Foundation offered research grants aimed at increasing student achievement, disseminated results gained from education research, and recognized outstanding performance by K-12 schools and school-based researchers. The FINE's board of directors included such notable Iowans as former Lt. Gov. Art Neu, Sen. Maggie Tinsman, George Drake, former president of Grinnell College, and Tom Urban, former president and CEO of Pioneer HiBred International. In 2007, FINE closed its doors and granted the Iowa Academy of Education a self-sustaining endowment and an independent charter


The mission of the Iowa Academy of Education is to enhance the application of educational research to inform policy and practice within Iowa and beyond.


The IAE typically meets twice per year, in April and October. The meeting location rotates between the three Regent universities.

Contact IAE

Iowa Academy of Education
N491 Lindquist Center
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1529
Phone: 319.335.5439

IAE Administration
Liz Hollingworth
, PhD - IAE Executive Director
Deb Baker - IAE Assistant