The Iowa Idea: Dan Clay
“Attend to the people side.”
In this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, I sit down with Dan Clay. Dan is currently professor and dean of the University of Iowa College of Education.
Prior to this, Dan served as the dean of the University of Missouri College of Education since 2010. At the University of Missouri, he was also on the board of directors of the Missouri Innovation Center, a business incubator/accelerator.
Dan and I explore his journey from growing up in a small rural community, his involvement in Future Farmers of America, to his interests in psychology, child development, and education, to leadership roles in higher education; and as a business owner and brewer. Our conversation also dug into the crossroads that higher ed finds itself.
I appreciated Dan’s openness and perspectives on leadership and innovation and how to model the behaviors he wants to see in his organization and the importance of attending to the people side of things when it comes to change management. I enjoyed one of Dan’s favorite pieces of advice from a mentor “if you’re not really sure what to do, just go fishing.”
It was an honor having Dean Clay join me on the show. Thanks to Dan for his time and insights. I hope you enjoy the episode.
Daniel L. Clay is currently professor and dean of the University of Iowa College of Education.
Prior to this, Clay served as the dean of the University of Missouri College of Education since 2010. At the University of Missouri, he was also on the board of directors of the Missouri Innovation Center, a business incubator/accelerator.
Though originally from Minnesota, Dan has deep roots in the local community. He served as a tenure-track faculty member in the UI College of Education’s counseling psychology program from 1997 to 2006.
Clay is a nationally recognized scholar and fellow of the American Educational Research Association and the American Psychological Association. He has authored the award-winning book Helping Schoolchildren with Chronic Health Conditions: A Practical Guide. His most recent research has focused on reintegrating children who have experienced chronic illness back into schools and communities.
Clay has pioneered the development of online K-12 curriculum to bring the highest quality K-12 curriculum to a global audience. He is a leader in the application of continuous quality improvement methods through implementation of Baldrige principles, which focus on organizational performance excellence. Clay was recognized in 2014 as a Leader of Change by The Network for Change and Continuous Innovation: Higher Education’s Network for Change Leadership.
Clay earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota; a Master of Arts in educational and counseling psychology from the University of Missouri; and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri. He also received a higher education administration certificate through the Management Development Program at Harvard University and an MBA from the University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business.
Clay is also a successful entrepreneur involved in business start-ups inside and outside education.
The Iowa Idea Podcast theme music written and performed by Paisley Bible (https://paisleybible.bandcamp.com/).