Workshop: From Graduate Student to Faculty (Sept. 6) and Workshop Series

The first workshop of a five-workshop series will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 in the south ballroom of the Memorial Union. It will focus on graduate students of color transitioning to faculty members. Presenters include Brian Burt and Sarah Rodriguez in the School of Education, and Shannon Coleman in food science and human nutrition and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach. Download Workshop: From Graduate Student to Faculty PDF

To learn about this series visit Sustaining the Academic Pipeline for Graduate Students and Faculty of Color: A Workshop Series to Launch the Trajectory from Graduate Student to Administrator website. The five workshops aim to support graduate students and faculty of all ranks, from assistant professors to associate professors, professors, and administrators. Refreshments will be served and registration is not required.

Workshop Series

  • Promotion and tenure: A second workshop to be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the south ballroom of the Memorial Union will be aimed at recruiting and retaining scholars of color. Jonathan Wickert, Iowa State’s senior vice president and provost, will speak along with Gong-Soog Hong, a professor and former chair of human development and family studies.
  • Tools for faculty to continue their trajectory: A third event to be held 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room will be an interactive workshop on achieving promotion to professor through career planning, engaging mentors, utilizing resources, and personal branding. Sanders and Rumbeiha will present at that workshop.
  • Faculty of color as future administrators: Then from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 6 in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room, a fourth workshop will provide resources to individuals transitioning into administrative roles. Jones-Johnson will lead that workshop along with Francis Owusu, professor and chair of community and regional planning in the College of Design.
  • Diversity within academia: The final workshop scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room will focus on diversity within academia. Stewart will join Bratsch-Prince, the associate provost for faculty, and Margo Foreman, Iowa State’s director of equal opportunity, in giving an overview of the diversity challenge in academia.

Updates about the workshop series will be posted on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #scholarpipeline.


CELT expands walk-in support for instructional design this month

CELT is offering additional walk-in support for instructional design (Blackboard, TopHat and classroom technologies) for the next three weeks at its online learning innovation hub, 281 Parks Library. Monday through Friday during the weeks of Aug. 8, 15 and 22, receive help from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. No registration is needed. Bring your laptop and your work and get answers to your questions. Beginning Aug. 29, walk-in support returns to its regular time, Tuesdays 1-3 p.m.

Top Hat representative on campus this week (Aug. 1 – 5)

tophatA representative from Top Hat, ISU’s new interactive teaching and learning platform, will visit campus this week (Aug. 1 – 5). Erin Neal will be available for two walk-in sessions for instructors who want an overview of Top Hat’s features:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 3 (2-3 p.m., 116 Durham)
  • Thursday, Aug. 4 (12:30-1:30 p.m., 116 Durham)

Neal also will host individual sessions for instructors who want more in-depth training; sign up through Top Hat Demo MeetMe website. View Top Hat support website.

Top Hat representative on campus next week

Top Hat representative on campus next week


A representative from Top Hat, ISU’s new interactive teaching and learning platform, will visit campus the week of July 18. Erin Neal will be available for two walk-in sessions for instructors who want an overview of Top Hat’s features:

  • Tuesday, July 19 (1-2 p.m., 281 Parks Library)
  • Wednesday, July 20 (3-4 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)

Neal also will host individual sessions for instructors who want more in-depth training; sign up for a time here. Online support is always available by visiting IT Top Hat Support website.

Top Hat, a new interactive teaching and learning platform, comes to ISU

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Jim Kurtenbach, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology

tophatWe are pleased to announce that Top Hat, a new cloud-based, interactive teaching and learning platform for ISU instructors and students, is now available for use at ISU. Top Hat was piloted at ISU during the 2015-16 academic year and was well received by users, and now we are excited to open it up to all of campus.

There is no charge for instructors to use Top Hat. It offers excellent features, including:

  • Six types of questions for student responses
  • Synchronous and asynchronous modes of participation
  • Options for instant feedback via open-ended discussions
  • New ways for instructors to create interactive content and customize student access

For students, Top Hat allows for the use of students’ own smartphones, tablets, and computers. It is accessible via the Top Hat app and web browsers.

The adoption of Top Hat also means that the legacy TurningPoint clickers will no longer be sold or supported at ISU. The TurningPoint 5 software is growing obsolete as its vendor no longer supports it which makes it incompatible with software updates such as Microsoft Office 2016.

Students with legacy clickers will have the option to return them to the ISU Book Store for a $25 credit toward a new Top Hat license. We thank the book store staff for their work in supporting this transition.

We’ve created a Top Hat support site to help guide you through the questions you might have, including how to transition from TurningPoint to Top Hat. You can also read more in our Inside Iowa State story.

For instructors who used clickers in the past, we hope to make your transition as seamless as possible. For those who have not used clickers, we hope you will explore Top Hat and consider implementing it in your classroom. We think you will find it to be a very robust interactive classroom tool.

Please feel free to share this message with your departments and colleagues, and reach out to us directly with any questions you may have.

Seeking Applicants for ISU-CIRTL TAR Project Director

For the past three years approximately 30 graduate students and postdocs at ISU have been conducting Teaching as Research (TAR) projects. These are short, scholarly investigations on student learning due to teaching innovations, community building, or through diversity. The goal is for graduate students and postdocs to develop a scholarly approach to their teaching that they will continue as future faculty. View CIRTL Reports Digital Repository webpage to see Sample TAR reports. This work is part of the CIRTL activities on campus sponsored by the Graduate College and CELT.

We are looking for a research oriented staff person or a lecturer to act as director for TAR projects. It is estimated that this may entail ~10 hours per week during the semester, so the position may suit someone looking for additional work, or someone who would like to complement their current responsibilities with a teaching buyout. We have funds for this position for one year and are currently seeking additional funding for more years.

The duties are

  • One-on-one discussions with graduate students and postdocs as they start to plan their TAR project.
  • Monthly meeting of graduate students/postdocs working on TAR project to share challenges and solutions. This meeting will also include presentations from IRB, and book discussions on TAR.
  • Coordinating the work of social scientist peer consultants on these TAR projects.
  • Record keeping of TAR projects.

Minimum qualifications

  • Participation in scholarly teaching, e.g. an investigation on student learning. This does not have to reach the level of published work.
  • Experience with mentoring graduate students or postdocs.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Approved IRB projects.
  • Graduate degree.

Preferred qualifications (in addition to above)

  • Demonstrated experience with CIRTL’s three pillars
    • evidence-based-teaching
    • learning through community
    • learning through diversity
  • Experience facilitating workshops.
  • Demonstrated experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods.

To apply, please send cover letter, current CV, and names of three references to Craig Ogilvie, by 15 July, 2016.


CELT Seeks Applicants for the Associate Director for Online Learning

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Iowa State seeks qualified applications for an Associate Director for Online Learning. The Associate Director will hold the faculty rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. This appointment will be split with 75% of the incumbent’s time spent on the Associate Director role. The remaining 25% will be allocated to responsibilities in the faculty member’s academic department home (the department with the closest disciplinary fit of the faculty member). For those candidates considered for the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure, tenure would reside in the academic department.

The incumbent will provide leadership in faculty development to enhance exceptional online learning experiences. Specific duties will include plan, coordinate, and collaborate on faculty development programming for online learning and teaching. Collaborate on university wide online teaching and learning initiatives. Consult with faculty on an individual and confidential basis. Assist CELT Director and staff in building partnerships that promote excellence in all teaching and learning. Serve on assigned task forces and university committees. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.

The successful candidate will have exceptional organizational and interpersonal communication skills. The candidate will work collaboratively with the CELT Director to prioritize complex projects and multiple deadlines. The candidate will possess strong leadership and teamwork skills along with the ability to organize and direct professional development as it relates to teaching and learning.

New Hours for Walk-In Support for Instructional Design

Come to any of CELT’s walk-in support sessions and ask questions, learn from the experts or just come and work with an expert around to assist with Blackboard courses, TopHat (interactive teaching platform), and explore which technology tools may be used to promote student learning. Since this is NOT training, just an open question and answer session, there is no registration needed and you may come and go as you please. Bring your work, and your laptop (this is a must).

Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. throughout the year in 281 Parks Library (CELT Online Learning Innovation Hub)

Prior to the start of the fall semester:

  • August 8 – 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • August 15 – 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

First week of classes:

  • August 22 – 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Beginning the week of August 29 we will return to hosting Walk-Ins on Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Invitation to Participate or Present at the Summer Institute for College Faculty at DMACC on July 11

Monday, July 11, 2016 at DMACC, Ankeny, Iowa, FFA building

Mission: The goal of the Summer Institute at DMACC is to foster instructional excellence among college faculty and develop instructional expertise that will help advance student learning.

Theme: Complementary Instruction: Focusing on inclusion and collaboration within disciplines.

Agenda: The format of the day will include two nationally known presenters as keynote speakers and four breakout sessions (1 keynote and 2 breakout sessions in morning and in afternoon).

Keynote Speakers:

Leonard Gaddes, Creator of the Learn Well Projects, South Carolina. Title “Complementary Instruction: Creating Conditions for Developing Student Learning and Life Skills”

Sarah Wessling-Brown, Johnston High School, 2010 National Teacher of the Year

If you are interested in presenting or participating please contact us by email before May 6:

Anna Conway, Ed.D.
Director of Teaching and Learning
Professor of Speech
Des Moines Area Community College
(515) 697 7781

Visit Summer Institute for College Faculty website.

Iowa State’s course in personal and family finance passes quality certification

jeannanationphotoIowa State’s course in personal and family finance passes quality certification: The course, HDFS 283, taught by lecturer Jeanna Nation, recently passed its three-person external course review and can now be referenced as a Certified Quality Matters course. Nation is working through the final paperwork to receive the actual certification, but that should be completed in the next week or so. The course scored 97/99 and an 84/99 was required to pass. Contact Jeanna Nation in human development and family studies or call 515-294-8644.

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More information

For more information about participating in Quality Matters programming, contact CELT assistant director Allan Schmidt, 294-5357.

Visit Quality Matters Tracks for Faculty Development at Iowa State website.