It’s OK to Not Be OK

Last week, all faculty and academic advisors received a message about the complexity and intensity of student mental health needs. The following message was shared with students and includes a link to resources. Please consider sharing this information with your students.

Feeling stressed, overwhelmed or anxious? With the pandemic, midterms, and everyday life stressors, your feelings are valid and it’s OK to feel this way. There are campus resources available for mental health, wellbeing, and academic support. You can find more information about services and resources here.

Submit Winter 2021 and Spring 2022 Course Materials (ISU Book Store)

The Iowa State University Book Store is now accepting all materials necessary for classes during the Winter 2021 and Spring 2022 terms. These materials include textbooks, coursework, eBooks, course packets, manuals, Top Hat, other subscriptions, supplies, and OER. Submit all of your course required and recommended materials to your department academic coordinator or contact the ISU Book Store team.

The Book Store encourages all faculty to review the Immediate Access digital course materials that are available to promote student affordability for classes.  These materials are ready and available to students on the first day of classes, are usually available at a reduced cost, and if any questions or technical support is needed, the Immediate Access team can be contacted for assistance ( The last day for faculty to enroll in Immediate Access for the Winter term is November 15, 2021 and the last day for Spring term enrollment is December 15, 2021. To enroll, email John Wierson (

This information was originally shared in an announcement from the ISU Book Store.

Documenting your teaching 1-2-3

Join CELT’s director, faculty fellow, and staff in a three-part series on documenting your teaching. You can attend 1, 2, or all three sessions held on Fridays throughout October. Participants will find these workshops especially useful for documenting teaching for promotion, tenure, annual review, and professional development.

Session 1: Ideas for documenting your teaching efforts at ISU with Sara Marcketti

Using an ISU-centered checklist, participants will determine areas of their teaching that they have already well documented and discover ideas for additional evidence of good teaching.

Session 2: Writing or Revising your teaching philosophy statement with Karen Bovenmyer

This interactive workshop will help guide you through the core areas (objectives, methods, evaluation) of writing or revising your teaching philosophy statement.

Session 3: Workshop: ABCs of Preparing Your Teaching Portfolio with Cynthia Haynes & Paul Hengesteg, Oct. 15 (12-2 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall, register through Learn@ISU)

This in-person workshop, the third in a series or stand-alone, brings elements of effective teaching together so faculty can organize evidence of their teaching, analyze their effectiveness, and create their teaching narrative. Participants will identify themes in their teaching feedback from themselves, peers, and students and connect them to their teaching philosophy statement.

ISU Psychology Department Seeking Research Participants

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Dr. Jason Chan and graduate student Dahwi Ahn in the Department of Psychology at Iowa State University seek instructors who taught during Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and/or Fall 2020. Dr. Chan and Dahwi are looking to connect to have a conversation to gauge the level of interest in research participation for their study. Their research is investigating the diagnostic value of online exams versus in-person exams.

If interested, please contact Dr. Chan ( or Dahwi Ahn ( directly.

*This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Iowa State University.

New tutorials and videos explain your classroom technology (ITS)

Technology for the General University Classrooms (GUC) is administered by the Audiovisual Experience Team with Information Technology. Information technology services (ITS) has created two video tutorials, 3-4 minutes in length, for faculty and instructors about using audiovisual technology in general university (GUC) classrooms. The videos are captioned and available on the ITS YouTube Channel and embedded in its knowledge base articles.

Not sure how your classroom is equipped?

Review this General University Classroom Equipment classroom list.

From a technology perspective, Iowa State has two kinds of classrooms:


For assistance with equipment in a GUC, please contact the IT Solution Center at (515)294-4000 or by emailing

For additional technology needs, please contact the Audiovisual Experience Team.

Originally posted in Inside Iowa State, January 28, 2020.

NCORE Webinar – Mindfully Resolving Cross-Cultural Conflicts in the Classroom

Logo for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education

The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) is offering a free webinar on Wednesday, September 1 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. CST titled Mindfully Resolving Cross-Cultural Conflicts in the Classroom.

The presenter for this webinar will be Lee Mun Wah, who is noted on the NCORE website as:

an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, Asian folk teller, educator, community therapist, and master diversity trainer. He is the Executive Director of StirFry Seminars & Consulting, a diversity training company that provides educational tools and workshops on cross-cultural communication and awareness, mindful facilitation, and conflict mediation techniques.

This webinar aims to aid in relationship development as a way to help each member of the classroom feel seen and heard. Live captions and sign language interpretation will be provided.

For more information on the webinar, visit the NCORE website.

To register for the webinar, visit the registration page.