Alan Heisterkamp, Ed.D., is a long-time MVP Strategies project partner, trainer and curriculum developer who directs the Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa. As director, he conducts Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) gender violence prevention training and outreach to Iowa’s universities, colleges, and secondary schools, and oversees curriculum infusion of bystander education and strategies within pre-service teacher education programming.
Alan was the education and research consultant with the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention on a five-year study, entitled the Sioux City Project. He was also the education consultant on the award-winning documentary film, Bully, and he co-authored the educational study guide for the Emmy Award-nominated documentary, Private Violence. In addition, Alan has co-authored multiple curricula and a number of research articles on the topic of gender violence prevention education.
Alan presents and trains across the U.S. and overseas on the subject of engaging men, young men and boys in the prevention of men’s violence against women. For the past four years, he has served as a member of the coordinating committee for the North American MenEngage Network.
Akan is also President and CEO of the consulting firm Cultivating Minds, Inc. Prior to his current endeavors, he served the Sioux City Community School District for 23 years as a teacher, coach, school counselor and school administrator. He holds masters’ degrees in educational psychology and counseling, and school leadership, and a doctorate in secondary school administration.