Chairperson 2016-2018 - Dr. Benjamin Forsyth (Benjamin.firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Educator Preparation Faculty (EPF) The Educator Preparation Faculty of the University of Northern Iowa exists as part of the total University Faculty, which is defined in Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution of the Faculty of the University of Northern Iowa. The primary functions of the Educator Preparation Faculty are to provide educational experiences and set policy associated with teacher education programs at the University. Membership on the Educator Preparation Faculty is restricted as defined in the UNI Teacher Education Program Bylaws.
Affiliates of Educator Preparation University staff supporting the teacher education program, such as Professional and Scientific and Merit, will be considered Affiliates of Educator Preparation and will be included in a communication network administered through the Office of Teacher Education.
Educator Preparation Governing Bodies The main governing structure for Educator Preparation at the University of Northern Iowa consists of an Executive Council,one Associate Vice-President Educator Preparation, two Senates (one Elementary and one Secondary), one Graduate Licensure Council. (See the UNI Educator Preparation Program Organizational Chart). Standing committees with specific Educator Preparation program responsibilities related to maintaining and exceeding compliance requirements established by Chapter 79 report to the Graduate Licensure Council, Senates, and the Executive Council. Ad hoc committees are appointed by the Associate Vice-President and/or Executive Council as needed.
Members of the Educator Preparation consist of voting and nonvoting members. Membership is based on the nature of the teaching assignment. The following categories constitute the Teacher Education Faculty membership:
- Required voting faculty membership: All faculty who regularly teach Professional Education Sequence courses or methods courses in any College or supervise Professional Education Sequence field experiences are required voting members and are identified/confirmed each year by the Coordinators of Teacher Education and academic department heads.
- Voluntary voting membership: Faculty outside of the above areas who are involved in coursework in teacher education, content-area coursework, research, academic advising, or administration, as well as term instructor, adjunct, and Professional and Scientific personnel, and others whose responsibilities regularly make a significant contribution to the program may apply to be voluntary voting faculty members of the EPF. Applications are submitted to the Coordinators of Teacher Preparation who will jointly review the applications and present membership recommendations to their respective Senates and Council for approval. Each applicant shall be notified by the Coordinators of Teacher Preparation of his/her membership and voting status. If an application is denied, the letter shall include information regarding the reason for denial. Applicants may then submit a letter to the Educator Preparation Executive Council, requesting reconsideration.
- Non-voting Affiliates: University employees can become Affiliate members by asking the Teacher Preparation Coordinators to add them to the EPF-All electronic listserv in order to receive communication, updates, and other important information pertaining to Educator Preparation.
Educator Preparation Faculty membership will be automatically continued except under the following conditions: discontinuation of affiliation with the teacher education program or the university, leave of absence, or Voluntary Member or Affiliate member request to discontinue. Members who wish to change their membership status may do so by notifying the Office of Teacher Education in writing.