A guide to resources and advice to to help new faculty begin their career at the University of Iowa. New faculty members often face challenges in their first months – and these can occur in the areas of teaching, research, and the balancing of home and work life.  We are pleased to report that we have many resources and networks at the university to help you meet these challenges and thrive in your new position.

Getting off to a Good Start

At the University of Iowa, we recognize the important relationship between productive careers and quality personal lives. These resources are designed to assist you to successfully build a career and build a life.

Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology

The Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology includes the Center for Teaching, Instructional Services, Research and Analytics, and Learning Spaces Technology. Together, we support excellence in teaching and learning through institutes, workshops, programs, one-on-one consultations, and support for learning spaces. Our staff members are happy to collaborate with instructors at the University of Iowa in the design and delivery of virtual, face-to-face, or blended courses.

Distance and Online Education

Distance and Online Education is part of University College and helps support fully online courses as well as playing an important role in the administration of University College degree programs.

University College offers two online degree completion programs, the Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) and the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS). Both are administered by Distance and Online Education.

Distance and Online Education strives to increase access to the University of Iowa beyond the physical borders of campus. Online education allows on‑campus students flexibility in their schedules as well as the opportunity to take courses from the University of Iowa while they are home for the summer.

Our staff offer assistance in the following areas:

Office of the Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research has as its goal the support and advancement of research, scholarship, and creative activity on our campus. Through a broad variety of activities and services, the Office of the Vice President for Research seeks to play an important role in the underpinning of these creative activities in the public and private sectors in our region.

  • Researcher Handbook: This electronic guide is designed to assist all researchers (new and existing) as they navigate the complex research environment at the University of Iowa, from getting started at the institution, through getting research subject approvals, applying for grants and contracts, and much more.
  • COVID: News, updates, and resources for University of Iowa researchers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Research Development Office

The Research Development Office RDO offers one-stop “concierge” services to connect researchers and scholars with resources; accelerate discovery and innovation by supporting collaboration, creation, and proposal development; and minimize the administrative burden of research on faculty and staff. 

University of Iowa Research Foundation

The University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF) is here to help bring your ideas to the world.

The UIRF assists University of Iowa (UI) faculty and staff researchers in the transfer of technology from the lab to the global marketplace. The UIRF team works to ensure that the world-class research created by our faculty and staff brings about a world-class impact. The office manages a wide variety of intellectual properties (IP) arising from research programs throughout the University of Iowa and is the resource for faculty and staff researchers in the areas of patent prosecution, marketing, and licensing.

Human Subjects Office

The Human Subjects Office (HSO) is the administrative office for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the UI Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). The HSO also houses the Conflict of Interest in Research Office and the Clinical Trials.gov Program. We offer many resources for researchers, but the most important ones for new UI faculty are the New Faculty/Staff Researcher Survey, guidance regarding the required training in human subjects protections (CITI Program) and the UI IRB Standard Operating Procedures and Researcher Guide. The UI IRB uses a homegrown eResearch application system called HawkIRB. Information about trainings to use the HawkIRB system, the schedule for IRB Office Hours and other resources are available on the Education and Training page of the HSO website. Additional information is available on the Frequently Asked Questions page. You may contact the HSO by phone (319-335-6564) or email (irb@uiowa.edu).

Division of Sponsored Programs

The Division of Sponsored Programs offers a range of services for faculty, staff, and students seeking external funding for research, training, service, and other scholarly and creative endeavors that enrich The University of Iowa and its broad and far-reaching communities. Our knowledgeable and welcoming staff can advise and assist you with the following and much more:

  • search for external funding sources to support your projects,
  • develop proposals for specific funding opportunities,
  • interpret sponsor guidelines,
  • review and approve grant applications and detailed budgets,
  • negotiate contract and grant terms and conditions,
  • facilitate post-award project management,
  • monitor and advise on issues of regulatory compliance, and
  • provide current information on the funding landscape.

Welcome Card


Grant Bulletin

Contact: dsp@uiowa.edu


Resources for Faculty and Instructors

To address questions and provide support for those who need to design, build, or migrate course materials for online delivery, the IT Accessibility group has created "Accessibility 101: Accessibility and Online Immersion." This resource includes tips for preparing your online development or migration, tutorials on creating accessible documents in a variety of formats.

Student Disability Services

Stanley Museum of Art

Welcome video from Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning and engagement, Stanley Museum of Art (video transcript)


University Outreach

University of Iowa/TIAA micro-site


Adam Reutzel, a local financial consultant with TIAA, available to answer questions, assist with enrolling and investment selections via virtual one-on-one meetings or by phone. Feel free to contact directly by either phone, 319-356-8026 or email, adam.reutzel@tiaa.org.

Parking and Transportation

Welcome to the University of Iowa! We are glad to have you here and are happy to help with your parking needs. As an incoming faculty member you automatically qualify for the Finkbine Commuter Lot 65 ($27.00/month), Arena Lot 75 ($49.00/month), and the Hancher Lot 55 ($49.00/month). We also offer discounted UPasses for the Iowa City and Coralville Transit ($15.00/month). To purchase a permit please complete the application attached and bring it to the West Campus Transportation Center. Our office is located just north of Kinnick Stadium, attached to the end of the hospital skywalk. Our office hours are M-F 7:30am-5:00pm. If you have any questions regarding parking please visit our website: https://transportation.uiowa.edu, email us at parking-office@uiowa.edu, or give us a call at 319-335-1475.

Faculty Parking Permit Application

Recreational Services

Recreational Services is available for Faculty and Staff on the University of Iowa campus.  With a wide variety of fitness facilities and program offerings, we definitely have something for you!  Watch our short Overview of Recreational Services video to learn more or visit our website at https://recserv.uiowa.edu.