Graduation ceremony

Now is a good time for graduate students to consider opportunities to advance their careers and marketability, especially if they plan to go on the job market during the next academic year. Preparation now will enhance confidence during the application and interview process.


Open Doors Conference – Saturday April 14, 8:30 am-1:00 pm in the UI Main Library


A free career education conference for Iowa graduate students and postdocs offered by the Graduate College. The event will provide networking opportunities, workshops, career advice from professionals in diverse fields, and a free networking lunch. Panelists include:


Click here to register.



Center for Teaching Graduate Teaching Fellows – Applications Due April 15, 2018


Graduate Teaching Fellows are experienced graduate student instructors who collaborate with Center for Teaching staff members to develop and present workshops for their departments and the University as a whole. Each fellow also designs and carries out a capstone project and refines a teaching portfolio.

Fellows receive a $500 stipend for successful completion of each semester of the program, totaling $1,000. Fellows meet once in May then regularly starting in August until the program ends the following May. 


Click here to apply.



Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, & Learning (CIRTL)


CIRTL is a national network of over 40 member institutions across the nation that develop local learning communities to promote proven teaching and mentoring techniques for graduate students. Participants can select from an array of professional development opportunities to customize their own teaching enhancement program. Limited funding is available for those who develop Teaching-as-Research (TAR) projects. 


During the summer students have the opportunity to complete programming to reach the Associate or Practitioner levels. For more information and information on summer events, contact



Transforming Research into Teaching – Summer Workshop Series

This summer workshop series provides foundational training in course/curriculum design. Nine sessions (Thursdays 4:00-5:30; June 7-August 2) provides the fundamentals of course design and development. Participants also will create a course based on their research. Extensive prior teaching experience is not necessary.


The workshop is led by Darren Hoffmann, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the Carver College of Medicine and Morgan Iommi, Teaching and Learning Specialist in the Center for Teaching in the Office of Teaching, Learning and Technology.


For more information contact


Completion of the series counts toward the CIRTL Summer series, at the Associate Level.



Additional Summer Services offered by the Center for Teaching


The Center for Teaching is open Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00 throughout the summer. Graduate students are welcome to make appointments for consultations or drop in to explore our resources. Consultation topics can range widely according to the graduate student’s needs and interests, but typically topics include strategies for facilitating effective classroom discussions, effective job search processes, and strategies for analyzing and revising teaching philosophies. Center for Teaching consultations benefit graduate students who are going on the job market. 


Consultations can be requested online.


This summer the Center will be offering reading and work groups online via zoom, based on interest and availability. The reading group will meet monthly for an hour with an hour of reading in preparation for each meeting for discussion.


Click here to register for the TA Low-prep Reading Group.


For more information about other Center for Teaching opportunities, please contact