The University of Iowa

Faculty Handbook: Teaching Resources

The University of Iowa is dedicated to creating a university experience that enriches the lives of our students by promoting excellent teaching and effective learning environments and learning opportunities to help them to become well-informed individuals, lifelong learners, engaged citizens, and productive employees and employers.

  • Office of Teaching, Learning and Technology- supports, develops and encourages faculty and graduate teaching assistants professional teaching and learning strategies, including active-learning pedagogies.
  • Council on Teaching- A charter committee to advise the University administration on policies, priorities, and procedures related to teaching. Administers Instructional Improvement Awards and several awards for teaching excellence.
  • ITS Instructional Technology Consulting & Training - provides support in the use of technology in teaching and learning.
  • ICON (Iowa Courses On-Line) is the course management system at The University of Iowa. ICON is easy to use and intuitive and provides an enhanced teaching and learning experience.
  • Office of the Registrar is responsible for scheduling over 200 general assignment classrooms and auditoria on campus. Contact the Office at 335-1243.
  • Center for Diversity and Enrichment - promotes educational opportunities for underserved students from diverse backgrounds to increase their skills to achieve academic success.
  • Tutorial Support For Students - makes available listings of upper-level or graduate students who are qualified tutors in various academic areas.
  • University Libraries - The University of Iowa Libraries is the largest library system in Iowa and the 14th largest among the nation's research libraries. The University's Main Library, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, 10 branch libraries, and the Law Library contain more than 4 million volumes. About two-thirds of this collection resides in the Main Library.

Teaching Assistants (TAs)

Most departments have a limited number of TA appointments available. Graduate Teaching Assistantships serve two purposes: (a) assistance in the instructional program of the University and (b) the preparation of future college teachers. In order to achieve both aims, scholastically superior graduate students who show exceptional promise as teachers are selected for graduate teaching assistantships. All appointments are made by the dean of the appropriate college on recommendation of the department.

Note: Student teaching assistants at the University are included in an organized collective-bargaining unit recognized by the University and the State of Iowa. Faculty who utilize teaching assistants in their courses should become familiar with the requirements of the bargaining agreement. Information is available from department executive officers, from Employee and Labor Relations, 121-20 USB, 335-0052.