The Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology is proud to celebrate the OTLT Center for Teaching’s 25th anniversary.

In 1996, the Center for Teaching opened its doors in two retrofitted hotel rooms in the Iowa Memorial Union.

Today, the Board of Regents–approved center has grown to encompass five full-time staff, four graduate teaching fellows, and two graduate research assistants.

Throughout its 25-year history, the center has been a thought leader and collaborator on many transformative projects at the University of Iowa, including:

  • TILE (Transform, Interact, Learn, Engage) Program. More than 10 years since its inception, the faculty development component of TILE is internationally recognized for its support of instructors transforming teaching practices through lively interaction, student-centered active learning, and increased faculty/student engagement.
  • Faculty Learning Communities. With the support of Center for Teaching staff, these faculty-led communities continue to expand and address new topics.
  • Early Career Faculty Academy. Center for Teaching staff just launched the seventh cohort of this program designed to support first-year, tenure-track assistant professors. More than 175 faculty in 66 departments have participated in the Academy.
  • Graduate Student Professional Development Program. The Center for Teaching continues to develop robust programming for graduate student instructors, including the Graduate Teaching Fellows program and New Teaching Assistant Orientation.
  • Institutes. In addition to a variety of campus-wide workshops each semester, the Center for Teaching has launched popular institutes on service-learning, course design, and more.
  • Handbook for Teaching Excellence. Our handbook has been shared with thousands of new UI instructors, and Center for Teaching staff will be sharing a new 8th edition in fall 2022.

How We’re Celebrating

We plan to honor this milestone anniversary throughout the 2021–2022 academic year, including:

  • A series of newsletter articles highlighting the Center for Teaching.
  • A video featuring interviews with former Center for Teaching directors and their reflections on the center’s history.
  • A celebratory event to hear from special guests and learn about opportunities to collaborate to enhance teaching and learning at Iowa. We will share more details about this event in the coming months.

“We’re excited to be celebrating the Center for Teaching’s mission to advance teaching and learning excellence and promote a university culture that values and rewards exceptional teaching,” says Anna L. Bostwick Flaming, Center for Teaching director.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate the Center for Teaching and look forward to its future.

Welcoming a New Director

OTLT is also pleased to announce that Anna L. Bostwick Flaming, PhD, was recently named the director of the OTLT Center for Teaching.

“Anna is well-respected in her field across the United States,” says Maggie Jesse, senior director of OTLT. “Her work has already positively shaped teaching and learning on our campus. I am excited to watch the growth of the Center under her leadership.”

Flaming served as the interim director of the OTLT Center for Teaching from February 2021. During her seven years with the center, Flaming has built impactful faculty programs to improve student outcomes, such as the Early Career Faculty Academy and the annual Course Design Institute. She also co-led the pilot of the center’s new DEI in Teaching Practice program. In addition, she directed TILE faculty development and support for several years.

“I’m enthusiastic about leading an outstanding staff of teaching and learning experts who create programs for faculty development, graduate student development, and organizational development,” says Flaming. “I look forward to nurturing partnerships with administrators, instructors, and stakeholders across campus. Working collaboratively at many institutional levels so teaching and learning flourish is fundamental to the mission and the work of the Center.”