During the last 40 years, the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education (or “SoTL”) has come into its own as a legitimate field of inquiry. As a result, many excellent publications about college teaching and learning are available.

The following brief list includes a few of the classics. Please visit the Center for Teaching to peruse our lending library, which includes books, journals, and other media.

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Angelo, Thomas A. and K. Patricia Cross, Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers, 2nd edition, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1993.

Bain, Ken, What the Best College Teachers Do, Harvard University Press, 2004.

Boice, Robert, First-Order Principles for College Teachers, Anker Publishing Company, Bolton, MA, 1996.

Fink, L. Dee, Creating Significant Learning Experiences, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 2003.

Davis, Barbara Gross, Tools for Teaching, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1993.

Staley, Constance, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lectern, Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, Belmont, CA, 2003.

Svinicki, Marilla and Wilbert J. McKeachie, McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers, 14th edition, Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, Belmont, CA, 2014.

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Change: the Magazine of Higher Learning, edited by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The Chronicle of Higher Education and associated supplements.

Diversity Digest, published by the Association of American College and Universities.

Educause, focusing on IT in higher education.

Peer Review, published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

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Services on Campus

University Libraries 

The University Libraries system consists of the Main Library, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, and 5 branch libraries. (www.lib.uiowa.edu). (The Law Library is independent of the University Libraries and is administered by the College of Law.) Library staff members specialize in many different areas, and they offer instruction sessions and research consultations. Encourage your students to ask a librarian for help any time
that they need it. The information desk at any of the libraries is the best place for them to begin. The Service Desk at the Main Library can be contacted regarding any question you may have about the libraries: 335-5299. You may text a librarian at 313-2395. You and your students may ask UI librarians reference questions online through “Ask a Librarian.” Just click www.lib.uiowa.edu/contact/ask/ to be connected. With virtual reference assistance you can co-browse the library catalog, subscription databases such as EBSCOhost (electronic journal index), or web pages on the Internet. Through co-browsing, the librarian can lead you to an electronic 


InfoHawk+, the online catalog, contains holding records from the University Libraries, the Law Library, the Curriculum Laboratory, as well as numerous local libraries and regional research libraries.

Assignments that use the library

Many instructors create specific assignments to help their students “get their feet wet” in the library. It will greatly benefit you and your students if you consult with a librarian to plan the assignment. In the past, situations have occurred where suddenly many students are looking for the same two articles on a specific topic, or the tasks are so puzzling to the students that the reference librarians end up doing the students’ homework. Librarians have sample assignments and can help you create meaningful projects in your discipline.

Reserve Services

If you have important materials for your students, you may want to put them “on reserve” so that they will not circulate for the semester. You may place a maximum of 40 books, articles, or media (library-owned or personal copies) on reserve. The libraries can put electronic materials on reserve if already owned in electronic format. The interlibrary loan/article delivery service can help you obtain a PDF copy of articles in print volumes. Lists of materials must be turned in to the library six weeks before the term opens. 


The Information Commons Classrooms in Hardin Library are available for faculty and TAs to reserve for a single course session or an entire semester.

Classrooms in the Learning Commons in the Main Library can also be reserved for single course sections

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Other Campus Services

Academic Advising Center 353-5700 
Staff at the Academic Advising Center help students plan their current and future classes during their first few years, and counsel them about grades, majors, and their overall future at The University of Iowa.

Academic Support (See Office of Academic Support and Retention)

Bionic Bus 335-7595
These minibuses have wheelchair lifts and provide door-to-door, demand-response service for students with disabilities.

Cambus 335-8633
Cambus is a no-fare, fixed-route public transit service that provides intra-campus transportation for all. It circulates on several routes throughout campus and the Iowa City area. Schedules, maps, and information about Bongo (a service that tracks bus locations and can alert you about upcoming bus arrivals) is available online: http://transportation.uiowa.edu/cambus

Campus Information Center (See The Hub)

Career Center 335-1023

Cashier’s Office (See University Billing Office)

Center for Diversity and Enrichment 335-3555
Students who are first-generation college students (no parent or guardian has received a baccalaureate degree), meet low-income guidelines, have a disability, are a veteran, dependent, and active-duty member, or are a minority student can get help from the Center for Diversity and Enrichment. Staff can help identify learning needs, provide tutoring, introduce students to a CDE student mentor, or refer them to other services. http://diversity.uiowa.edu/cde

Center for Teaching ITS
Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology 

Classroom Scheduling 335-1243
If classroom equipment is missing or broken, contact the staff for remediation at 335-1976 or send an email to classrooms@uiowa.edu. http://classrooms.uiowa.edu/

Classroom Technology Hotline 335-1976
If equipment is missing or broken, or to request new software, call or email at classroom-technology@uiowa.edu

UE Local 896/COGS represents approximately 2,500 Teaching and Research Assistants at the University of Iowa. Organized in 1996, the members of UE Local 896/COGS negotiate salaries, benefits and working conditions for all Teaching and Research Assistants.

Community-Based Learning Program 335-7589
100 Pomerantz Career Center, Suite C310

Continuing Education 335-2575


For questions that can’t be answered by your faculty supervisor or chair, or questions concerning the departments your students are in, the following Deans’ offices can direct you to helpful information.

Business 335-0862

Dentistry 335-9650

Education 335-5380

Engineering 335-5764

Graduate 335-2144

Law 335-9034

Liberal Arts and Sciences 335-2633

Medicine 335-6707

Nursing 335-7018

Pharmacy 335-8794

Public Health 384-1507

Computer Labs and Instructional Technology Centers (ITCs) 384-4357

Counseling Service 335-7294
The University Counseling Service provides individual counseling as well as group counseling. Some programs focus on stress management, career counseling, cultural diversity, sexual diversity, association or affection preference, and study skills, to name a few.

Course Packs (UPACS) 335-3410

​Credit Counseling (See Student Credit & Money Management Services or Financial Literacy Services)

Disabilities (See Student Disability Services or Faculty and Staff Disability Services)

Document Centers

Boyd Law Building 335-9138

Mossman Business Services Building 335-2699

John Pappajohn Business Building 335-0861

Division of Continuing Education (DCE) 335-2575

Evaluation and Examination Service 335-0356
EES offers scoring of tests (bubble sheets), ACE and online faculty evaluations, and placement exams for students.
Several publications are on their website:

Faculty and Staff Disability Services 335-2660
TTY: 335-3495

​Financial Aid Office of Student Financial Aid 335-1450

Financial Literacy Services 335-1450
A counselor is available to help students develop workable budgets and money management skills, pay off debts, and regain control of their finances. To set up an individual consultation, email financial-literacy@uiowa.edu.

Health Iowa (See Student Health and Wellness)

Hospital (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics) 356-1616

IMU Box Office Information 335-3041
The IMU Box Office is a one-stop information and service center, featuring ticket sales, laptop checkout for UI students, guest services, and general campus information and referral services. 

Information Technology Services 384-4357
Generally referred to as ITS, this unit oversees technology on campus, including Internet access, computer hardware and software problems, email and telephone issues, and more. ITS staff provide help in person, by emails, or over the phone.

The Help Desk is located at 2800 University Capitol Centre. Information is available there or by calling 384-HELP (384-4357). The office also offers repair services. 

ITS sponsors the Instructional Technology Centers (ITCs) and computer labs on campus. There are 26 locations—in libraries, residence halls, class-room buildings, and the student union. Check the University Directory for locations and telephone numbers. Each center is staffed; hours differ. 

ITS offers Assistive Technology workstations in several ITC computer labs currently, and works closely with partners on campus to provide efficient, effective support for campus faculty and staff. 

All university students, faculty, and staff are eligible for a UI email account and cloud storage space, backed up on university servers, and available 24 hours a day from work or home. 

ITS can also help you with additional questions you may have about using technology in your teaching. Each year they publish a Technology Resource Guide in both Faculty/Staff and Student versions which are distributed to new faculty and students and are available at the ITS office.

Insurance Information 335-2676

International Programs 353-2700

Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) 335-3114
The IMU is the focal point of student life. There is an automatic teller machine, a Ticketmaster outlet, food service, copy service, a computer lab, the Hub, a hotel, an art museum, and meeting rooms that may be scheduled for recognized student organizations.

Language Media Center 335-2331

Lost and Found 384-2797
809 UCC

University Mailing Services 384-3802

Mathematics Tutorial Lab 335-0810

Office of Academic Support and Retention 335-1497
310 Calvin Hall

Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity 335-0705
This office ensures that UI community members are not discriminated against with respect to educational or employment opportunities due to race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or association preference. It also provides training and workshops on disability and racial awareness, diversity, sexual harassment, nondiscrimination, and hiring procedures.

Ombudsperson 335-3608
The Ombudsperson serves as a confidential, neutral, independent person who listens, provides information, advises, and mediates when problems arise.

Parking and Transportation Department 335-1475

Payroll 335-2381

Poison Information (800) 222-1222

Police, Campus 335-5022
For emergencies dial 911

Printing Services 384-3700

Rape Crisis Line (24hrs) 335-6000 or (800) 228-1625

Rape Victim Advocacy Program 335-6001

​Registrar’s Office 335-0238
1 Jessup Hall

Retention (See Office of Academic Support and Retention)

Rhetoric Department

Speaking Center 335-0205

Writing Center 335-0188

Student Instructional Technology Assistant (SITA) Program
SITAs work one-on-one with instructors on projects that enhance instruction with technology. They are located in the OTLT Center for Teaching and can help faculty integrate technology into their new and existing courses.

​Student Credit & Money Management Services 335-3059

Student Disability Services 335-1462; TTY: 335-1498
SDS provides support services and coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities: priority registration, alternative testing arrangements, reader services, personal and academic counseling, personal orientation to the campus, sign language interpreters, Bionic Bus, Speech and Hearing Evaluation Service, parking and transportation, etc.

Student Health & Wellness Appointments 335-8394

Nurseline 335-9704

Pharmacy 335-9200

Student Loan Information 335-0071

Support Service Programs (See Center for Diversity and Enrichment)

Telephone Trouble 335-2949

Transcripts 335-0229
Transcripts may be requested in person at the Registrar’s Service Center (Room 17 Calvin Hall), by correspondence (use the Transcript Request Form available on the transcript web page), or online by logging into MyUI (https://myui.uiowa.edu) with your HawkID and password. 

Tutor Referral Service (Tutor Iowa)

University Book Store (Iowa Hawk Shop) 335-3179

University Box Office (See IMU Box Office Information)

University Billing Office 335-0071
5 Calvin Hall

University Housing 335-3000

Veteran Student Services 384-2626
111 Communications Center

​Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC) 335-1486
WRAC is an advocate for the removal of oppressive barriers for women in the University and the state of Iowa. It creates a community working toward social change by providing information and referrals, advocacy, individual counseling, group services, monthly workshops, extracurricular activities, volunteer, practicum, and internship training.

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