Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars will have the opportunity to improve their college teaching skills and earn the first level of certification from the University of Iowa’s Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Program during winter break. This unique opportunity allows students to select from an array of online and in-person sessions geared towards improving college teaching. Participants accomplishing the 5 units will receive CIRTL certificates noting their professional learning achievement.
“CIRTL lets students customize their professional development goals by selecting programming that meets their individual interests,” says Dr. Erin Barnes, CIRTL program coordinator. Dr. Barnes assists students in achieving CIRTL credit and supports their progress through the levels.
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can register online for the workshops. Several of the workshops can be completed online.
CIRTL was established in 2003 with support from the National Science Foundation and aims to improve undergraduate education through quality teacher training for future faculty. For graduate students, this means an opportunity to improve and document your teaching skills.
The University of Iowa’s CIRTL Program is among 43 nationally-recognized STEM teaching-development efforts housed in institutions of higher education across the country. The program is built on three core ideas: teaching as research, learning communities, and learning through diversity, and stresses the use of evidence-based practices.
To achieve the CIRTL Associate Level during Winter Break, CIRTL participants will choose from local activities. Opportunities offered during the winter break include:
- “How Learning Works” by Megan Knight on Monday, January 8, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (1 unit). Explore approaches for teaching adult learners: Bloom's Taxonomy/Perry/Baxter-Magolda, novice/expert issues, and the role of metacognition.
- “STEAMPROV” by Lisa Kelly on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (2 units). Learn techniques to reach a variety of audiences. Improve your ability to listen and respond through simple theatre games.
- “Learning Analytics” by Russell Larsen on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (1 unit). Explore how students’ digital footprints reveal paths towards success in learning and teaching.
- “Human Subjects Research for Teaching-as-Research (TAR) Projects” by Brent Collinsworth on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (1 unit). Learn about the requirements for developing a new project application for a teaching-focused, research project.
- “Tools for Online Teaching” by Erin Barnes on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (1 unit). Explore considerations for developing an online course, and become familiar with diverse tools that can be used to make the online experience engaging to students.
- “TA Teaching Institute” by the Center for Teaching on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (2 units). Discuss characteristics of the UI undergraduate population, practical methods to better understand students in the courses you teach, and steps to effectively utilize student information to inform your teaching practices.
After earning the Associate Certificate, students can elect to advance to higher levels within CIRTL by developing, implementing, and disseminating research findings pertaining to a teaching-focused research project.
Winter Series Speaker Bios
|Megan Knight is an associate professor of instruction in the Rhetoric Department at the University of Iowa. In addition to teaching General Education Rhetoric, she offers graduate courses in pedagogy and scholarly writing, and has frequently served as a leader in the department’s Professional Development Program. She is also assistant director of the Honors Writing Fellows Program, an undergraduate peer tutoring initiative. In 2016, she helped to develop and launch the Graduate Teaching Fellows Program at the Center for Teaching. With almost 20 years of teaching experience, she has been invited to speak about pedagogical topics at numerous professional conferences. Locally, Megan is actively involved with teaching-related initiatives on the UI campus, including the Center for the Integrations of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL).|
|Lisa Kelly is an Assistant Director of Academic Support & Retention in University College at the University of Iowa. She manages the Tutor Certification Program and Tutor Iowa and facilitates workshops to help tutors learn pedagogical skills. She also teaches and supervises the Success in Rhetoric peer tutoring program. She earned her BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently a doctoral candidate in Theatre and Drama at Northwestern University. Lisa has a wealth of teaching experience and has made significant contributions to teaching at UI. She has led numerous workshops for faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and campus tutors on effective pedagogical practices, inclusive teaching, and using theatre techniques to enhance classroom teaching and presentations and to engage students in difficult conversations.|
Russell Larsen is an Associate Professor of Instruction in the Department of Chemistry. He earned a BA in chemistry from Grinnell College, a PhD in physical chemistry from Harvard University and completed research as a postdoctoral associate at The University of California- Berkeley. Russell has established a reputation for crafting engaging course materials and creatively applying technology, including learning analytics, to catalyze student success. His teaching effectiveness and innovation has been recognized by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Collegiate Teaching Award (2012), Lane Davis Award for Honors Team-Teaching (2014), and the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence (2017). These competitive awards recognize Russell's dedication to teaching chemistry, and the many innovations he has made to improve student success.
|Brenton Collinsworth is an IRB Education and Outreach Specialist at the UI Human Subjects Office. Brent earned his BS degree in Psychology from Florida State University, and a Master’s degree in Health/Medical Psychology from Northern Arizona University. In his role with the HSO, he plans and conducts training sessions and topical presentations designed to teach researchers about research ethics, regulations, and the IRB.|
|Erin Barnes coordinates, develops, and assesses the University of Iowa’s (UI) cross campus Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) effort. She holds a doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counselor Education from the University of Iowa. With over 10 years of experience teaching in higher education, Barnes’ pedagogical approach employs experiential and cooperative learning to develop innovative spaces for students to build skills. Barnes was widely recognized for her community engagement work, earning her the “Rehabilitation Professional of the Year” award for the State of Texas in 2016, and a nomination for the Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Health Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso. In 2017, she received the “Alumnus of the Year” award from the UI’s Rehabilitation and Counselor Education Department.|
|The Center for Teaching encourages and advances teaching and learning excellence at Iowa, and promotes a university culture that values and rewards exceptional teaching. The Center partners with UI instructors and teaching assistants through workshops, one-on-one consultations, classroom observations, advanced programs, and more.|