The Center for Teaching is celebrating its 20th year and its mission to “promote and support efforts to enhance instruction at The University of Iowa.”  Board of Regents-approved University Centers are required to periodically undergo review, and this is our year. With guidance from the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching has launched the review process, which will culminate with visits from three external reviewers in February 2017:  Matthew Ouellett, Ph.D., Associate Provost and Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning, Wayne State University; Anastasia Morrone, Ph.D., Vice President for Information Technology and Professor Educational Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington; and Joshua Eyler, Ph.D., Director, Center for Teaching Excellence and Adjunct Associate Professor of Humanities, Rice University.

Since August 1996 when the Center opened its doors in two retrofitted hotel rooms in the IMU, it has maintained its founding four-part mission to promote and support the development of teaching excellence; strengthen the culture of teaching; serve as a symbol of Iowa’s commitment to teaching, and influence policy discussions to support a culture of teaching and learning excellence at the UI.

In the years since the last review (2004), the Center has undergone a number of significant transformations regarding organization, leadership, staffing, location, goals, and outcomes.  During the last two-and-a-half years, the Center became part of the new Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology, quintupled its full-time staff, opened a spacious new “home” in 2070 University Capitol Centre, and launched a number of new programs (for instance, the Early Career Faculty Program and TA and post-doc professional development opportunities) and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).

We are in the process of planning the visit for the external reviewers, who look forward to talking with individuals and cohorts of administrators, faculty, and staff members while on campus.  If we reach out to you, we hope you will be willing to meet and talk with the reviewers about your interactions with and hopes for the Center for Teaching.