Save the Date

Tuesday, August 20, 2024
Levitt Center for University Advancement (LCUA)

Join us for a day of networking with key academic leaders. Learn about the University of Iowa, strategies for student success and scholarship, and available resources. President Barbara J. Wilson and Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin C. Kregel will host a welcome lunch. Attendance is optional but strongly encouraged, with programming designed to complement collegiate orientation programs. INFO is designed for individuals in their first faculty appointment.

Please contact for further information.

Parking is available in lot 55 near LCUA. Parking permits for the lot will not be required for the day.

REGISTER by August 10, 2024.

Draft Agenda (2024)

8:00 amRegistration
Light continental breakfast
8:30 amWelcome
Ice breaker and university overview
Lois J. Geist, associate provost for faculty
9:45 amBreak 
10:00 amBreakout Session #1 
11:15 amBreakout Session #2 
12:30 pmPresident and Provost Welcome LunchBarbara J. Wilson, university president
Kevin C. Kregel, executive vice president and provost
1:30 pm

Information Resource Fair
Learn about other aspects of the institution through short interaction with leaders in the area

Campus Resources for Faculty

Research, Creative Works, Undergraduate Research, OneIT Research Services, Administrative Information Systems, Teaching and Learning Support, Instructional Services, University Libraries, Shared Governance, Community Engagement, International Programs, Ombudsperson, TIAA, Health and Well-Being, University Benefits, Faculty Development

Breakout Sessions

Faculty will have the opportunity to attend two out of four interactive breakout sessions. 

Teaching and Learning Support

Preparing for an Effective Teaching Semester at Iowa

Please join us for a session focused on preparing for your first semester at Iowa. We'll start with a 25-minute "sparkshop," about setting your teaching semester up for success by effectively using the first week of classes. We will explore strategies for connecting with your students, setting the tone, and engaging with important learning. Participants will explore ideas for the first day of classes and a plan for impactful practices to use throughout the term. The second portion of the session will be reserved for conversations in small groups or one-on-one with experts who can answer your teaching questions about ICON, assessing student learning, facilitating discussions, and other topics that are top of mind for you. Co-facilitated by the Center for Teaching and ITS-Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology - Academic Technology.

Research and Creative Activity

Igniting Creativity: Navigating Research and Innovation

Join us for an engaging discussion on research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. In this breakout session, we’ll delve into available resources to help you conduct impactful research, identify funding, foster interdisciplinary collaborations, and communicate about your research and scholarship with broad public audiences. Whether you’re a scientist, artist, or scholar, we’ll explain how the Office of the Vice President for Research has programs available to help you do your work and grow the research enterprise of the institution. Bring your curiosity and leave with actionable insights to fuel your next project.

Student Affairs Panel

Empowering Student Excellence: Inclusive Practices and Effective Mentoring

Student success is at the heart of our mission. In this session, we’ll discuss strategies for creating an inclusive classroom environment, including accommodating students with disabilities. We’ll explore best practices for mentoring students academically and personally, fostering their growth and resilience. Whether you’re advising undergraduates or guiding graduate research, let’s share experiences and learn how to support our diverse student body effectively. Together, we can empower students to thrive and overcome challenges.

Faculty Panel

Thriving as Faculty: Strategies for Professional Growth and Work-Life Balance

As faculty members, we wear many hats—educators, researchers, administrators, and mentors. This session focuses on enhancing faculty success by addressing work-life balance, time management, and career advancement. We’ll discuss effective grant writing, networking opportunities, and ways to build a strong professional reputation. Whether you’re early in your career or a seasoned professor, let’s explore pathways to fulfillment and impact in academia. Remember, our well-being contributes to our effectiveness as educators and scholars.