Gayle Luze

Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award
Established to recognize faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in research and/or creative activity at the mid-career stage.

gluzeGayle Luze
Associate Professor
Human Development and Family Studies

Over the course of her 20-year career, Gayle Luze has worked with young children, their teachers, and their families in various capacities — as a researcher, teacher, consultant, school psychologist, and family therapist.

This background prepared her well for her current role as a professor in human development and family studies.

Since coming to Iowa State in 2002, Luze has secured an impressive $3 million in grants to support her research endeavors.

Luze was a key contributor to the National Evaluation of Early Head Start consortium where she provided leadership in research on early home literacy, understanding how home visiting affects parent-child interaction, and the ways in which Early Head Start affects children with disabilities and their families.

“Dr. Luze has had a major impact on the direction and success of this research,” a colleague said.

Luze is currently working on a research project to examine how to improve decision-making when it comes to services for young children with disabilities. She is also collaborating with another researcher on a project to analyze early intervention services for children in foster care.

These projects, along with a wide range of additional research, continue her long tradition of working to improve the lives of children and their families.

Outside of her research, Luze enthusiastically serves as a mentor to students during their academic pursuits. She has served as the major adviser for several graduate and doctoral students and has served as a member of 26 committees.

“Her genuine concern and high expectations pushed me to excel my first year beyond what I originally thought I was capable,” one of her Ph.D. students said.

A colleague added: “Her outstanding work with all aspects of research - creative discovery, exemplary mentoring, and success with funding make her exceptionally deserving of this award.”