The Teaching in Higher Education Conference Award supports faculty (clinical, tenure-track/tenured, and instructional track) and P&S staff who plan to attend a conference related to teaching in their discipline or in higher education in general (i.e., curriculum design, course design and delivery, pedagogical good practice, or assessment of learning) and apply this new information to enhance teaching effectiveness at the University of Iowa. Applicants who have been invited or approved to present about teaching at a national conference will be given preference over applicants who are not presenting. Such presentations could include workshops, keynote addresses, seminars, demonstrations, posters, and simulations. 

This award will not apply to research-focused conferences or annual meetings, even if that information is incorporated into a faculty member's teaching.

A maximum of $1,500 may be awarded per applicant and must be applied to the cost of travel, hotel, or conference registration (in-person or virtual). Food and per diem costs will not be covered. An itemized budget for conference expenses must be included in the application. Awarded funds must be used or encumbered within 45 days following the event.

Total institutional resources for these awards will not exceed $20,000 per year. No more than one award will be granted per applicant in a given fiscal year (July 1-June 30), and no more than one faculty member per department/program will be fully funded. In the case that two faculty members from the same department apply for the same conference, any awarded funds will be split between the applicants.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to also apply for professional development funds available through their individual departments, colleges, or other sources.

The Council on Teaching expects award recipients to share what they have presented or learned about teaching with their department, college, the university, and beyond. For instance, a recipient could: 

  • present a workshop to a department, college, or the university in general.
  • communicate about the conference to UI administrative decision-makers (e.g., the General Education Committee, Faculty Senate, deans, associate deans, directors, and/or the provost).
  • mentor new faculty about teaching.
  • communicate ideas and experiences about teaching through print media, including IOWA Now, the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology newsletter, The Chronicle of Higher Education, or other UI or national media.

Follow up summary requirement 

Following attendance at the conference, recipients will be required to provide the Council for Teaching with a one-page summary of what they learned about teaching, or if they presented, a one-page summary of their presentation. The Center for Teaching may post these summaries on the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology and/or Council on Teaching websites to encourage others to attend teaching and learning conferences. 

View summary examples submitted by previous recipients.

This list provides examples of higher learning conferences that include significant teaching and learning components. Discipline-focused teaching and learning conferences may also qualify.

For questions, please contact the Council on Teaching, (

The Council on Teaching will review applications for fall, spring, and summer following each submission deadline:

  • Fall 2024 (September - December conferences): Call for applications July 9, 2024; applications due September 4, 2024
  • Spring 2025 (January - May conferences): TBD
  • Summer 2025 (June - August conferences): TBD

The following information will be needed to complete the application:

  • Event information (title, date, web link)
  • An itemized budget for expenses
  • Other sources of funding for this conference for which you have applied or will receive
  • If you are presenting a workshop, keynote address, seminar, demonstration, poster, simulation, etc. at the conference, be prepared to upload a PDF of the abstract, invitation, or other indication of acceptance.
  • Be prepared to share your expectations for your conference experience. (200 words max for each.)
    • What do you expect to gain professionally from attending or presenting at this conference?
    • What information and materials about teaching strategies, trends, etc. do you expect to share with your department, college, or the university when you return? How do you intend to share that information?
    • What long-term impact do you anticipate your conference experience will have on teaching and learning (pedagogical practice) at the University of Iowa?
    • How might you share what you learned at the conference beyond the University of Iowa campus?


  • Theresa Bechtel, College of Nursing (summary)
  • Katelin Dannen, Carver College of Medicine (summary)
  • Craig Dresser, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (summary)
  • Jennifer Fiegel, College of Engineering 
  • Kelly Sass, Carver College of Medicine (summary)
  • Dana Dean Thomann, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 


  • Heather Bair, College of Nursing (summary)
  • Brandon Meyers, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


  • Heather Bair, College of Nursing
  • Jenny DiVita, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Megan Gilster, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Liz Hollingworth, College of Education
  • Adrienne Johnson, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Emily Sinnwell, College of Nursing
  • Anu Subramanian, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Syeda Thomas, College of Nursing


  • Renee Cole, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Yvonne Galusha, Tippie College of Business
  • Benjamin Hassman, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Brandon Myers, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • April Prunty, College of Nursing
  • Blake Rupe, College of Engineering


  • Heather Bair, College of Nursing (summary)  
  • Theresa Bechtel, College of Nursing (summary
  • Cynthia Farthing, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (summary)
  • Gregory Friestad, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (summary
  • David Gooblar, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (summary
  • Yuva Hagiwara, College of Medicine (summary
  • Theresa Jennings, College of Nursing (summary
  • William Jennings, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (summary
  • Leslie Locke, College of Education (summary
  • Jennifer Sanchez, College of Education (summary
  • Gregory Schwartz, College of Pharmacy (summary
  • Thomas Syeda, College of Nursing (summary