Lyn Countryman, Ph.D.

Head, Department of Teaching, and Professor
(319) 273-2614
Areas of Expertise: 

What Makes A Difference in Schools
Teacher Performance Assessment
Characteristics of Effective Instruction
Gender Issues in Science Education
Using Technology as a Tool for Student Engagement
Constructivist Teaching Strategies
Student - centered learning/teaching

Research Interests: 

Technology Tools in the Classroom
Social views of the Nature of Science
Constructivist Teaching Practices
Assessing Teacher Performance
Investing Students in Leadership in Schools

Selected Publications: 

Countryman, L and J. Maroo, (2015), Special Speciation, The Biology Teacher, 77:2, pp. 145-147.

Countryman, L. and M. Schroeder, (1996) Student-led Parent Conferences:

Middle School Reforms That Work,   Educational Leadership, 53: 7.

 Countryman, L.  Overview,  Thought and Action,  Fall, 1996.

 Countryman, L.  (1994)  Make Science Relevant, Recent, and Responsive,Science Scope, 17: 8.

Countryman, L. (1994) Students Leading Their Own ConferenceMiddle Level Educator, 13: 1.

Unruh, R., Countryman, L. and T. Cooney. (1992)  Cycling Your Students Through  Physics.  The Science Teacher,  59: 5.


$500,000 , Year-Long Student Teaching Pilot Grant, (in conjunction with Dr. J.D. Cryer, Chad Christopher and Becky Hawbaker) Iowa Department of Education, January 2014 – July 2015.
$600,000 to support the Technology One-to-One Initiative and the High Tech Classroom at Malcolm Price Lab School transitioning to Iowa’s Research and Development School (collaboration with Dr. Nadene Davidson, private donor, April, 2011.

Honors & Awards: 

2019 New Student Advocate – Student Success and Retention, University of Northern Iowa
2019 1943 Excellence in Teaching Award. UNI
2019 First Year Friendly Award – First Year Students
2019 Apple Polisher Award – Student Ambassador Association, UNI
2016   College of Education Excellence in Service Award
2011 Women in Innovation - Finalist 
2010 PBS Teacher Innovator
2008 BEN Scholar
2007 Science Ambassador for Center for Disease Control
2005 Who's Who of American Teachers 
2002 Distinguished Service Award - Iowa Science Teachers Section - Iowa Academy of Science 
1999 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
1999 Ross A. Nielsen Professional Service Award - UNI
1999 Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Science
1999 Tandy Mathematics and Science Teaching Award
1996 Outstanding Middle Level Educator
1995 Excellence in Science Teaching Award Research Representatives from American Cyanamid, AgrEvo DuPont, DowElanco, Miles, Sandoz, Uniroyal, Valent and Zeneca
1994 Grout Museum Honor Roll Science Teacher of the Year
1993 Excellence in Science Teaching at the Junior High Level, Iowa Academy of Science

Professional Affiliations: 

ISTS - Iowa Academy of Science
National Biology Teachers
National Science Teachers
United Faculty


B.A. 1980, Iowa State University - Zoology
M.S. 1987, University of Iowa - Science Education
Ph.D. 1992, University of Iowa - Science Education