Members of the Early Career Faculty Academy with Academy Mentors.
The Early Career Faculty Academy is a learning community designed specifically for a cohort of first-year, tenure-track faculty who, with the encouragement of their DEOs, make a commitment to participate.  The cohort explores various aspects of teaching and provides one another with support, accountability, and feedback in preparation for the third-year review.



  • The Academy mentorship program connects Academy members with associate/full professors in departments other than their own.
  • Academy events include: 
  • a structured series of workshops on topics including course design, assessment, and teaching portfolio development.
  • networking events with other early-career, tenure-track faculty members and with tenured faculty mentors.
  • An assigned Student Instructional Technology Assistant (SITA) is available to help each Academy member leverage teaching technologies – such as the ICON Learning Management System – to support efficient, effective teaching. 
  • Each Academy cohort serves as a community whose members provide one another with support, accountability, and feedback. 


To participate

Before the start of each academic year, first-year, tenure-track faculty members will receive an invitation to join the Early Career Faculty Academy and attend a kickoff luncheon at the beginning of the Fall term. 


News about the Academy

(2016, May 3). Teaching Community for New Tenure-Track Faculty Wraps Up Successful First Year. The Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology. 



Faculty Learning Communities
A faculty learning community is a cross-disciplinary faculty group of 5 or more members engaging in an active, collaborative, year long program with a curriculum focus on specific topics about pedagogy in higher education.
Early-Career Instructors
Early Career Instructors are defined as pre-tenure instructors (clinical-track, tenure-track, lecturers, and adjuncts) in their first three years of teaching at The University of Iowa.
Center for Teaching
The Center for Teaching exists to support excellence in teaching and learning through institutes, workshops, programs and one-on-one consultation. We offer support and resources for any instructor, administrator or staff member involved in teaching and learning at the University of Iowa.