About Education

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CC Room 155
4601 Central Avenue
Columbus, IN 47203

Education faculty and staff

Our faculty and staff have expertise in social diversity inclusion, equity, social justice, critical theories, civic engagement, new literacies, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), youth and community-based research and practice, mathematical reasoning, and scientific discovery.


Faculty and staff listing

Our mission

We strive to improve teaching, learning, and human development in a diverse, rapidly changing, and increasingly multicultural and technological society. We prepare reflective, caring, and highly skilled educators and scholars who are committed to social justice and equity, participate in dialogue and inquiry into school change, and partner with key stakeholders to improve teaching and learning at the local, national, and international levels.

Partnerships in education

As an education student, you will tutor, teach, and learn through collaborations with a number of local and national partners. Learn more about some of our partnerships below.

  • Center for Teaching and Learning

    The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at IUPUC supports elementary, secondary, and post-secondary faculty, staff, and educators throughout the region on a variety of projects related to education, teaching, and learning.

  • Community Education Coalition

    The Community Education Coalition, a community-led initiative of education, business, and community leaders committed to development, implementation, and support of a seamless learning system that provides quality education for learners of all ages and those who teach them.

  • Foundation for Youth

    The Foundation for Youth (FFY) serves local youth and the community through children's programs and services. The Division of Education at IUPUC partners with FFY to provide science-related educational activities. Students in the EDUC Q200 Introduction to Scientific Inquiry class visit FFY and work with elementary school-aged children.

  • Partner Schools

    The Division of Education at IUPUC works with local school districts to provide education majors with opportunities to work with students, learn from professionals in the field, and gain the critical knowledge they need to become leaders in education. We also support current classroom teachers in partner schools with professional development.

Education advisory council

The Advisory Council for the Division of Education at IUPUC comprises local and regional educators and community officials.

Council meetings are typically held once each semester to discuss current issues and future planning for the division.

  • Meet the council members
    NameAffiliation
    Julie BilzAssociate Professor/Program Chair
    School of Education, Ivy Tech
    Johnny BuddSuperintendent, Decatur County Schools
    Jeff BackmeyerPrincipal, Southside Elementary School
    Teresa HeinyAssistant Superintendent for Human Resources,
    Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC)
    Shirley TrappRetired Teacher, BCSC
    John ChrzanowskiDirector of Human ResourcesRyobi Die Casting (USA), Inc.
    Julie Del GenioTreasury Projects Manager, Cummins Inc.
    Kathy HuffmanEcO15 Network Manager
    Patty KnorrChief Operations Officer
    Centra Credit Union
    Nathan LarrisonDirector, Boys & Girls Club
    Foundation for Youth
    Dr. Jenny Conner-Zachocki (Ex officio)Interim Division Head

Accreditation and effectiveness

The Division of Education at IUPUC is part of the Indiana University School of Education. Our elementary education program is nationally recognized and accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) / Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Our special education license addition program is also nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).


Learn more about our accreditation and effectiveness