The Teaching in Higher Education Conference Award supports faculty members (clinical, tenure-track/tenured, and instructional track) and P&S staff members who require support to attend a conference related to teaching in their discipline or in higher education in general. Postdoctoral Scholars/Fellows are not eligible for this award. 

    The focus of this award is for faculty/staff to gain a better understanding of teaching in their discipline or trends in higher education in general (i.e., curriculum design, course design and delivery, pedagogical good practice, or assessment of learning) and then applying this new information to enhance teaching effectiveness at the University of Iowa. It is NOT, therefore, to provide travel funds to those who wish to attend conferences/annual meetings to acquire or present new information or research advances in their disciplines and then incorporate that information into their teaching here. 

      Awards of up to $1,500 must be applied to the cost of travel, hotel, or conference registration, and must be submitted within 45 days following the event for which the funds were approved. Total institutional resources for these awards will not exceed $20,000 per year. No more than one award will be granted (funded) per applicant in a given fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Due to limited available funds no more than one faculty member from a given department/program will be fully funded ($1500) to attend a specific conference. An Itemized budget for the conference (travel, hotel, registration) must be included in the application.

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

      The funds may be used for in-person or virtual conference registration costs and/or travel. 

        The Council on Teaching expects award recipients to share what they have presented or learned about teaching with the campus.  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, the deans, associate deans, directors, and the provost);
        • mentor new faculty about teaching;
        • or 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 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 Council on Teaching websites to encourage others to attend teaching and learning conferences. View summary examples submitted by previous recipients.

          The following list provides examples of appropriate conferences that include significant teaching and learning components. This list is not a definitive, however, and other conferences may be included in award applications.

          Teaching and learning in disciplines

          Teaching and learning in higher education

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          Faculty members (clinical, tenure-track/tenured, and instructional track) and P&S staff members who require support to attend a conference related to teaching in their discipline or in higher education in general. Postdoctoral Scholars/Fellows are not eligible for this award. 

          Applicants who have been invited or approved to present about teaching at national conferences will be given preference.  Such presentations could include workshops, keynote addresses, seminars, demonstrations, posters, and simulations. Applicants who have been invited/approved to present at the conference will be required to upload an abstract during the application process.

          The Council on Teaching will review applications, not as they are received, but following these submission deadlines based on the date of the conference/travel:

          • Fall 2022 (September-December conference/travel) submit applications by August 4, 2022
          • Spring 2023 (January - May conference/travel) submit applications by December 1, 2022
          • Summer 2023 (June-August conference/travel) submit applications by April 6, 2023
          • Fall 2023 (September - December conference/travel) submit applications by August 3, 2023

          The following information will be needed to complete the application for Teaching in Higher Education Conference Award:

          • Basic information: name, HawkID, email address, department, DEO email address, event information (title, date, web link).
          • 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 about your conference experience (please note that responses to the following questions are limited to 200 words each):
            • What long-term impact do you anticipate your conference experience will have on teaching and learning (pedagogical practice) at Iowa?
            • What information and materials about teaching strategies, trends, etc. do you expect to share with your department, college, or the University at large when you return from the conference? How do you intend to share that information?
            • What do you expect to gain professionally from attending or presenting at this event?
            • As a teacher in your department, how might you share what you learned at the conference beyond the University of Iowa campus?
          • Provide a list the total amount of funding requested, a simple, itemized budget of your expenses, and list other sources of funding that you have applied for or received. (A maximum of $1,500 may be awarded.)

          2021-22

          • 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 

          2020-21

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

          2019-20

          • 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

          2018-19

          • 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

          2017-18

          • 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

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          Eligible faculty/staff: