Director of the Center for Violence Prevention and Mentors in Violence Prevention Leadership Institute, University of Northern Iowa
Dr. Alan Heisterkamp serves as director of the Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He oversees curriculum infusion of bystander education and strategies within pre-service teacher education and social sciences programming, as well as the implementation of MVP Strategies training and outreach in and among Iowa’s higher education and PreK-12 educational systems.
Between 2007 and 2011, Dr. Heisterkamp was deeply involved in the research studies of two initiatives, the Sioux City Project and Coaching Boys into Men. The Sioux City Project is a collaborative effort between the Sioux City Community School District and the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention. Approximately 5000 middle school and high school students are being assessed over a four-year period to determine the extent to which gender violence prevention programming and social media impact attitudes and perceptions with regard to how wrong they believe violence and bullying to be, how often they observe these behaviors, how likely they and others are to intervene, and how often they recognize adults talking to them about violence and bullying being wrong. Coaching Boys into Men was developed as a gender violence prevention program by the Family Violence Prevention Fund (now Futures Without Violence) and the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention to engage male, athletic coaches as mentors and provide them a framework for discussions around masculinity, respecting women and girls, and pro-social bystander behavior with their respective athletes.
Dr. Heisterkamp collaborates and consults with several secondary and post-secondary institutions in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota on systemic approaches to address violence and bullying awareness, primary prevention strategies, and program implementation. He has presented at several state and national conferences on topics such as bullying and gender violence prevention, student leadership and bystander education, engaging men and boys in violence prevention, and teen dating violence awareness and prevention.
Dr. Heisterkamp is an active member of the Iowa Sexual Assault Strategic Planning Committee and is past chairperson of IowaMAN - a state-wide men’s organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls. He is a past board member of the United Way of Siouxland, Siouxland CARES, and the Sioux City Public Schools Foundation. Alan currently serves on the advisory boards of the Iowa Department of Public Health's Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force, the Institute for Character Education’s, Pursuing Victory with Honor initiative and the Iowa Department of Education's Student Learning Supports Services.
From 1985 to 2007, Dr. Heisterkamp served as a mathematics teacher, athletic coach, school counselor, and school administrator with the Sioux City Community School District and participated on state-level committees – the Iowa High School Athletic Association Rep Council and the Iowa Department of Education Accreditation Team.
Alan Heisterkamp, Ed.D.
Director, Mentors in Violence Prevention Leadership Institute
Center for Violence Prevention