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Jean Florman

2080 UCC
Mailing Address 
2800 University Capitol Centre
200 South Capitol Street
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States
  • JD University of Arizona
  • MA in anthropology, University of Arizona
  • BA in anthropology (double major with art history), Cornell University

As the director of the Center for Teaching, Jean leads the staff in creating and sustaining professional development opportunities for UI instructors. During her years at the Center, she has launched numerous collaborations with faculty, staff, and administrators, including two, weeklong Service Learning Institutes. The Creative Campus Institute, cosponsored by Hancher Auditorium, supported faculty members who sought to integrate the performing arts into their course curricula. The long-term project was featured at a conference of major university arts presenters.

With faculty members from several colleges and local members of Rotary International, Jean helped develop and teach a three-credit international, interdisciplinary service-learning course that since 2006 has enabled hundreds UI students to partner with Rotarians from Iowa and Mexico and residents to work on community-based projects proposed and led by residents of Xicotepec de Juarez, Puebla, Mexico.

Jean is committed to situating the university within larger national conversations about the role of higher education in global society, effective strategies for engaging students, and the profound impact of technology on teaching and learning.

In 2014 she was awarded the University of Iowa Staff Excellence Award.

Prior to joining the University of Iowa, Jean was a public radio producer and freelance writer.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Florman, J. “Adoption and Adaptation: TILE at the University of Iowa.” In New Directions for Teaching & Learning, Wiley, Spring 2014.

Van Horne, S., Murniati, C., Saichaie, K., Jesse, M., Florman, J., & Ingram, B. “Using Qualitative Research to Assess Teaching and Learning in Technology-Infused TILE Classrooms.” In New Directions for Teaching & Learning, Wiley, Spring 2014.

Ingram, B., Jesse, M., Fleagle, S., Florman, J., & Van Horne, S. Transform, interact, learn, engage (TILE): Creating learning spaces that transform undergraduate education. In R. Carpenter (Ed.), Cases on higher education spaces: Innovation, collaboration, and technology(pp. 165-185). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 2013

Florman, J., Just, C., Naka, T., Peterson, J., & Seaba, H. “Bridging the Distance: Service-Learning in International Perspective.” In New Directions for Teaching & Learning, Wiley. (2009)