Upcoming Events

  • Using Learning Analytics and Student Data to Improve Teaching

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
    Main Library, Rooms 1103/1105

    Reading and Learning Community members meet three times throughout the summer to discuss key issues and important literature in teaching and learning in higher education. Participants will read journal articles and/or book chapters in preparation for each meeting and come prepared to discuss. This is a good opportunity for those who will be on the job market in the next academic year to learn about important trends and literature in teaching and learning.

    Participants are encouraged to register for Reading and Learning Community events.

  • New Graduate Student Welcome & Orientation

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 12:30pm to 6:30pm
    Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
    New Grad Student Welcome & Orientation

    Welcome to The University of Iowa! We are delighted that you have chosen to pursue your graduate education studies with us.

    To help you settle into the Iowa City area and prepare for your graduate studies, the Graduate College will host its New Graduate Student Welcome and Orientation, the only comprehensive orientation offered for incoming graduate students, on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

    RSVP online (external link) by Friday, August 14, 2015.

    The Welcome Schedule features:

    • Community Resources @IOWA, 12:30-1:30 p.m.—Visit with representatives from various groups and communities inside the University of Iowa and in the larger Iowa City area. Connect with places and people in your new home!
    • Grad School Jump Start, 1:45-2:15 p.m.—Get the most from Orientation with a quick overview of the sessions and logistics of the day. Be inspired by the Graduate College Dean and others as they talk about your opportunities to grow during your graduate education.
    • Benefits, Billing & Payroll, 2:15-3:00 p.m.—Learn the details on how to get paid, pay your bills, and use your benefits.
    • Graduate Student Success Mini-Sessions, 3:15-4:30 p.m.—Get on a head start on career planning, professional development, funding, hear tips for working with your advisor, learn about services at the UI Libraries, and find teaching resources.
    • The Student Voice, 4:45-5:30 p.m.—Hear useful tips from experienced graduate students. This will be Q&A, so bring your questions!
    • Reception, 5:30-6:30 p.m.—Enjoy refreshments with your new colleagues, join in conversation with faculty and current grad students.
    • Photo Booth, 12:30-1:45 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.—Get a professional photo to use on LinkedIn and for networking in your discipline. If you plan to take advantage of this free service, come dressed for success.
  • New TA Orientation

    Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 8:30am to 3:15pm
    hotelVetro (201 S. Linn Street, Iowa City)

    This is an annual cross-disciplinary orientation to teaching at the University of Iowa.Participants will learn how to recognize campus resources available to help them become successful instructors and to help their students learn, to be a successful TA within their department, to facilitate class discussions, to prepare for the first days of class, and to solve common problems that new teaching assistants often face. Lunch will be provided by the Center for Teaching.

    This event is open to TAs in participating departments only.Please check with your Director of Graduate Studies or department administrator to see if your department is participating before registering for this event.

    Register here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9oVdA9HslT55rTf


  • NSF - Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) Workshop

    Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
    University Capitol Centre UCC-2520-D
    GRFP Workshop Flier

    Click to download the event poster

    Attend this informational workshop to learn about the NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.

    The University of Iowa had a record number of GRFP winners last year, and the Office of Careers and Fellowships is eager to help you improve on that success this year.

    NSF Graduate Research Fellowships provide:

    • Three years of support
    • $34,000 annual stipend
    • Full tuition and fees to attend U Iowa
    • International research and professional development opportunities
    • XSEDE Supercomputer access. More information about the fellowship can be found at www.nsfgrfp.org (external link)

    This workshop includes:

    • Tips from former GRFP reviewer/advisor Dr. John Logsdon
    • Discussion and advice to improve your GRFP essay writing skills
    • Q & A session with current recipients and UI faculty who have served as GRFP reviewers and advisers
    • Sample essays, checklists, and inside info from former reviewers

    To attend, you must be:

    • A US citizen, US national, or permanent resident alien
    • Enrolled in a research-focused Master's or Ph.D. program in an eligible field (see program solicitation for list)
    • Be a graduate student in your first or second year
    • Be a Junior/Senior undergraduate interested in graduate school

    Please note "first or second year" applies to your entire post-baccalaureate career. If for instance you have completed less than 2 years of your Ph.D. but have previously completed an earlier Master's degree, you are considered to have more than twelve months of graduate study.

    Register for the workshop:

    More information on the GRFP from the NSF:

    • Click here to see the official program solicitation (older version; look for updated version around August 1).
    • See the Appendix of the program solicitation for a list of eligible fields.

    Questions?

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  • Graduate Student Fall Reading and Learning Community

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
    Main Library, Rooms 1103/1105

    This interdisciplinary group will meet monthly for three sessions to read and discuss literature provided by the Center for Teaching that focuses on key current issues in teaching and learning. Before each session participants will read chapters or articles related to a specific topic.Discussions will be led by group members. This is a learning community so participants must commit to attend all three sessions.

    Register here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0Os1KjTNvRExiwR

  • GRFP Stepping Stones: Brainstorming

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    4th Floor Gilmore Hall

    GRFP Stepping Stones

    An informal, drop-in workshop series for preparing GRFP applications:

    The University of Iowa did very well in the GRFP competition last year, and we are hoping to improve on our record this year. The Stepping Stones workshops will let us address the key elements of successful applications and help you start early and get support throughout the application process.

    • Informal, no appointments required - just come to 4th floor of Gilmore Hall
    • All students at any stage of application writing are encouraged to come for all or part of the session
    • Receive feedback from Graduate Success staff, and discuss topics with other applicants

    Tips, hints, strategies for success:

    • Each week we will begin with some tips and discussion on a specific topic relevant to your application
    • Topics will cover the traditional stumbling blocks of the GRFP application and strategies for avoiding common problems

    Bring your materials, bring your questions!

    • The majority of each session will be dedicated to answering your questions and giving you individualized feedback on your application
    • Bring your drafts - zero draft, first draft, n+1 draft, whatever you have - for comments and feedback

    Open to all applicants:

    • Not everyone writes in the same way or the same order. If the weekly topic isn't of interest to you, join us anyway and we'll help with what you need
    • Applicants unable to attend Stepping Stones are welcome to schedule an individual appointment by clicking here.

    Session One: Brainstorming

    • Develop a list of topics and themes for your research statement and personal and previous research statement
    • Think about your broader impacts and how to incorporate them in your essays
    • Get help getting started! Talk through your introductory paragraphs
    • Consider the organization for your application as a whole - work on outlines, concept webs, or other organization tools
    • Get answers to your questions about any part of the process!

    Stepping Stones Calendar:


    September 9: Brainstorming
    September 16: Research Statement
    September 23: Personal and Previous Research Statement
    September 30: Mid-Draft Crisis: Keeping what works, revising what doesn't
    October 7: Revising for Audience

    Individual Appointments until application deadlines (typically late October and early November)

    Questions? More information?

  • Micro-Teaching

    Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
    Van Allen Hall, Room 474

    Participants will prepare and teach a ten-minute lesson. They will receive immediate oral and written feedback from the other participants and experienced TAs and they will also attend a one-on-one follow-up feedback session with the Associate Director of the Center for Teaching. This is a great way to try out a new activity or to prepare for a new TA assignment early in the semester and it is also a god opportunity for students on the job market to practice and get feedback on job talks.

    Register here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9KTyU3L02gnRYl7

  • GRFP Stepping Stones: Research Statement

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    4th Floor Gilmore Hall

    GRFP Stepping Stones

    An informal, drop-in workshop series for preparing GRFP applications:

    The University of Iowa did very well in the GRFP competition last year, and we are hoping to improve on our record this year. The Stepping Stones workshops will let us address the key elements of successful applications and help you start early and get support throughout the application process.

    • Informal, no appointments required - just come to 4th floor of Gilmore Hall
    • All students at any stage of application writing are encouraged to come for all or part of the session
    • Receive feedback from Graduate Success staff, and discuss topics with other applicants

    Tips, hints, strategies for success:

    • Each week we will begin with some tips and discussion on a specific topic relevant to your application
    • Topics will cover the traditional stumbling blocks of the GRFP application and strategies for avoiding common problems

    Bring your materials, bring your questions!

    • The majority of each session will be dedicated to answering your questions and giving you individualized feedback on your application
    • Bring your drafts - zero draft, first draft, n+1 draft, whatever you have - for comments and feedback

    Open to all applicants:

    • Not everyone writes in the same way or the same order. If the weekly topic isn't of interest to you, join us anyway and we'll help with what you need
    • Applicants unable to attend Stepping Stones are welcome to schedule an individual appointment by clicking here.

    Session Two: Research Statement

    • Get started early so you can get timely feedback from your advisor and mentors
    • Develop timelines, discuss expected results, and alternative scenarios
    • Explore the level of detail, background information, and XXX appropriate for your project
    • begin to articulate the significance of your project and impact of expected results

    Stepping Stones Calendar:

    September 9: Brainstorming
    September 16: Research Statement
    September 23: Personal and Previous Research Statement
    September 30: Mid-Draft Crisis: Keeping what works, revising what doesn't
    October 7: Revising for Audience

    Individual Appointments until application deadlines (typically late October and early November)

    Questions? More information?

  • Creating Effective Rubrics

    Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
    Van Allen Hall, Room 469

    Co-facilitated with Reuben Vyn, Graduate Student, Department of Teaching and Learning Foreign Language and ESL Education

    In this workshop, participants will discuss best practices for using rubrics for grading and to help students succeed in assignments. We will analyze rubrics from a variety of disciplines and participants will design a rubric for an assignment in a course they will teach.

    Register here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cvzpS7WTsPgu04J

  • GRFP Stepping Stones: Personal & Previous Research Statement

    Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    4th Floor Gilmore Hall

    GRFP Stepping Stones

    An informal, drop-in workshop series for preparing GRFP applications:

    The University of Iowa did very well in the GRFP competition last year, and we are hoping to improve on our record this year. The Stepping Stones workshops will let us address the key elements of successful applications and help you start early and get support throughout the application process.

    • Informal, no appointments required - just come to 4th floor of Gilmore Hall
    • All students at any stage of application writing are encouraged to come for all or part of the session
    • Receive feedback from Graduate Success staff, and discuss topics with other applicants

    Tips, hints, strategies for success:

    • Each week we will begin with some tips and discussion on a specific topic relevant to your application
    • Topics will cover the traditional stumbling blocks of the GRFP application and strategies for avoiding common problems

    Bring your materials, bring your questions!

    • The majority of each session will be dedicated to answering your questions and giving you individualized feedback on your application
    • Bring your drafts - zero draft, first draft, n+1 draft, whatever you have - for comments and feedback

    Open to all applicants:

    • Not everyone writes in the same way or the same order. If the weekly topic isn't of interest to you, join us anyway and we'll help with what you need
    • Applicants unable to attend Stepping Stones are welcome to schedule an individual appointment by clicking here.

    Session Three: Personal and Previous Research Statements

    • Practice talking about yourself in an engaging and professional manner
    • Strategies for developing the beginning, body, and, conclusion of your essay
    • Help structuring your essay, finding and developing a theme, and playing to your strengths as a person and scientist
    • Incorporating your personal experiences and scientific research to interest your audience

    Stepping Stones Calendar:

    September 9: Brainstorming
    September 16: Research Statement
    September 23: Personal and Previous Research Statement
    September 30: Mid-Draft Crisis: Keeping what works, revising what doesn't
    October 7: Revising for Audience

    Individual Appointments until application deadlines (typically late October and early November)

    Questions? More information?

  • GRFP Stepping Stones: Mid-Draft Crisis

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    4th Floor Gilmore Hall

    GRFP Stepping Stones

    An informal, drop-in workshop series for preparing GRFP applications:

    The University of Iowa did very well in the GRFP competition last year, and we are hoping to improve on our record this year. The Stepping Stones workshops will let us address the key elements of successful applications and help you start early and get support throughout the application process.

    • Informal, no appointments required - just come to 4th floor of Gilmore Hall
    • All students at any stage of application writing are encouraged to come for all or part of the session
    • Receive feedback from Graduate Success staff, and discuss topics with other applicants

    Tips, hints, strategies for success:

    • Each week we will begin with some tips and discussion on a specific topic relevant to your application
    • Topics will cover the traditional stumbling blocks of the GRFP application and strategies for avoiding common problems

    Bring your materials, bring your questions!

    • The majority of each session will be dedicated to answering your questions and giving you individualized feedback on your application
    • Bring your drafts - zero draft, first draft, n+1 draft, whatever you have - for comments and feedback

    Open to all applicants:

    • Not everyone writes in the same way or the same order. If the weekly topic isn't of interest to you, join us anyway and we'll help with what you need
    • Applicants unable to attend Stepping Stones are welcome to schedule an individual appointment by clicking here.

    Session Four: Mid-Draft Crisis

    Frequently we see drafts (and applicants) start off strong then hit a few stumbling blocks: there is too much information, the project is too big, there are too many personal details but not enough scientific impact.... The goal of this session is to overhaul applications to make them as strong as possible before the final tweaks and proofreading.

    • Get honest feedback on what works (and what doesn't) in the application
    • Anticipating weak areas from the perspective of a reviewers
    • Continued work on the broader impacts
    • Consideration of both statements at once and how they complement each other: how to reduce overlap and increase coverage

    Stepping Stones Calendar:

    September 9: Brainstorming
    September 16: Research Statement
    September 23: Personal and Previous Research Statement
    September 30: Mid-Draft Crisis: Keeping what works, revising what doesn't
    October 7: Revising for Audience

    Individual Appointments until application deadlines (typically late October and early November)

    Questions? More information?

  • GRFP Stepping Stones: Revising for Audience

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    4th Floor Gilmore Hall

    GRFP Stepping Stones

    An informal, drop-in workshop series for preparing GRFP applications:

    The University of Iowa did very well in the GRFP competition last year, and we are hoping to improve on our record this year. The Stepping Stones workshops will let us address the key elements of successful applications and help you start early and get support throughout the application process.

    • Informal, no appointments required - just come to 4th floor of Gilmore Hall
    • All students at any stage of application writing are encouraged to come for all or part of the session
    • Receive feedback from Graduate Success staff, and discuss topics with other applicants

    Tips, hints, strategies for success:

    • Each week we will begin with some tips and discussion on a specific topic relevant to your application
    • Topics will cover the traditional stumbling blocks of the GRFP application and strategies for avoiding common problems

    Bring your materials, bring your questions!

    • The majority of each session will be dedicated to answering your questions and giving you individualized feedback on your application
    • Bring your drafts - zero draft, first draft, n+1 draft, whatever you have - for comments and feedback

    Open to all applicants:

    • Not everyone writes in the same way or the same order. If the weekly topic isn't of interest to you, join us anyway and we'll help with what you need
    • Applicants unable to attend Stepping Stones are welcome to schedule an individual appointment by clicking here.

    Session Five: Revising for Audience

    • Careful consideration from an outside perspective
    • Where is there too much detail... or not enough
    • Is it reader friendly? is the prose clear? Can a reviewer understand it without working hard?
    • Are there images, charts, diagrams, or figures? Are they clear? Do they help?

    Stepping Stones Calendar:

    September 9: Brainstorming
    September 16: Research Statement
    September 23: Personal and Previous Research Statement
    September 30: Mid-Draft Crisis: Keeping what works, revising what doesn't
    October 7: Revising for Audience

    Individual Appointments until application deadlines (typically late October and early November)

    Questions? More information?

  • Graduate Student Fall Reading and Learning Community

    Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
    Main Library, Rooms 1103/1105

    This interdisciplinary group will meet monthly for three sessions to read and discuss literature provided by the Center for Teaching that focuses on key current issues in teaching and learning. Before each session participants will read chapters or articles related to a specific topic. Discussions will be led by group members. This is a learning community so participants must commit to attend all three sessions.

    Register here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0Os1KjTNvRExiwR

  • Teaching Tough Texts

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
    Van Allen Hall, Room 469

    Co-facilitated with Richard Johnson, English Department, Kirkwood Community College

    This workshop is designed for graduate students in humanities and social science disciplines who teach difficult or controversial texts in undergraduate classes. Richard Johnson will share and model eight tools that equip students with a set of versatile and reliable reading strategies they can utilize as they struggle to understand what a text says, what it means, and what it matters. Session participants will leave with a toolbox of teaching practices that promote critical reading and productive class discussion of difficult texts.

    Register here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8CGWHAuDBVnVWFT

  • Micro-Teaching

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
    Van Allen Hall, Room 474

    Participants will prepare and teach a ten-minute lesson. They will receive immediate oral and written feedback from the other participants and experienced TAs and they will also attend a one-on-one follow-up feedback session with the Associate Director of the Center for Teaching. This is a great way to try out a new activity or to prepare for a new TA assignment early in the semester and it is also a god opportunity for students on the job market to practice and get feedback on job talks.

    Register here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4TJui74XsZ7ASq1

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