Early Career Faculty Programs and Resources

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching each year sponsor a series of programs and events to introduce all new tenured and tenure-eligible faculty to Iowa State University with the goal of supporting their successful transition to life at Iowa State and in the Ames community. If you have any questions about Ames or ISU please email your questions or comments to Faculty@iastate.edu and someone from the Provost professional development team will get back to you.

Calendars of faculty professional development events for fall 2014

To register for SVPP programming and events online:

  1. Login to AccessPlus: https://accessplus.iastate.edu
  2. Click on the Employee tab (upper right)
  3. Click UHR Training (in the left menu)
  4. Click Continue (A new window will pop open.)
  5. Click Courses
  6. Click Enroll next to any session in which you want to participate.


To register for SVPP programming and events by Email:

Email: svpp_events@iastate.edu

Please include:

  1. Your name
  2. Your department
  3. Your position (instructor, faculty, P&S staff, or teaching or graduate assistantship)
  4. Name of the event
  5. Date of the event

Previous Professional Development Events

Events for New Faculty

Schedule of Events for 2014-2015

Resources for New Faculty

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching has created a web site to assist new faculty with connections at Iowa State University. The site contains links and information about finding things on campus, becoming part of the Ames community, faculty development, teaching resources, research resources, and university offices.

Dual Career Resources

Tenure-Track Faculty Checklist (downloadable Word file assembled by College of Human Sciences)

New Faculty Scholars program

The New Faculty Scholars program is designed for tenure-eligible faculty in their first two years of employment at Iowa State University. The program supports departmental and college efforts to assist faculty in acclimating to new roles and responsibilities at ISU, and is a coordinated effort to build collegiality and individual capacity for academic success. The program is jointly sponsored by CELT, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. The announcement and registration for the program can be found here.

Funding Opportunities

New Faculty Orientation

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 7:45 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

All new tenured, tenure-eligible, and non-tenure-eligible faculty (assistant, associate, or full professors, lecturers, clinicians, and adjunct faculty hired since September 2013) attend an orientation specifically designed for them.

The New Faculty Orientation gives new faculty the opportunity to meet with one another as well as with senior administrators at Iowa State. This day will include panel discussions with recently appointed junior faculty who will share their best practices to be successful at Iowa State, tips for your first year from the Dean(s) of your College, presentations on successful research programs and the importance of extension and outreach. Break-out sessions on the Ames community, flexible faculty policies, research funding, mentoring, and much more will be available to answer your questions and get you off to a great start. Senior Vice President and Provost Wickert will share his insight on what it means to be part of a land grant university. This day also provides new faculty with the opportunity to network and to socialize.

New Faculty Orientation will be held at Scheman [directions/map].


Orientation Resources

Registration is required for this event.

University Teaching Seminar

New faculty are invited to the Memorial Union on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 for two sessions (morning and afternoon) of workshops and presentations dedicated to teaching led by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). The topics to be covered range from broad issues relative to student learning (active learning, teaching with technology, and learning styles, etc.) to more focused discussions on effective grading, classroom management, and preparing for the first day of class. Schedules, session descriptions, and other information are available on the University Teaching Seminar web site.

Registration is required for this event.

Grant Writing Workshops

The Office of the Vice President for Research will offer a series of grant writing seminars and workshops for all faculty, staff, post-docs and graduate students.  There is no fee for participating in any of these workshops.  Registration is required.  Questions regarding these workshops may be directed to Chitra Rajan, Associate Vice President for Research at rajanc@iastate.edu.

Mentoring Programs

Iowa State University recognizes the importance of supporting all faculty through both formal and informal mentoring, and along the various stages of one's academic career. For new tenure-eligible faculty, formal mentoring provides a valuable support system that helps faculty build connections and competence in a new academic environment.  We offer three mentoring programs for new faculty.

Individual Mentor Program

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost (SVPP) coordinates the Individual Mentor Program by working through department chairs to ensure that each new tenure-eligible faculty member has a formal mentor. Once a mentor is selected, the department chair submits the required documentation to the SVPP. The mentor and the new faculty member are expected to continue their partnership through the faculty member's pre-tenure years, with a primary focus on achieving a successful preliminary (third-year) review.

College Peer Mentoring Program

The colleges work with the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost to coordinate a peer-to-peer mentoring program in which each cohort of new tenure-eligible faculty interact with others in their college. Each dean names a senior faculty member as College Peer Mentor with the expectation that he/she will coordinate meetings and activities with the new faculty in the college. The goal is to provide opportunities for new faculty to meet and network with peers across the college.

Teaching Partners Program

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) offers a Teaching Partners Program for faculty in their second and third years at ISU. This optional program consists of having an experienced senior teacher assigned to mentor a group of two to three tenure-eligible faculty who are looking for additional feedback on their teaching.

Exemplary Faculty Mentor Awardees Citations

Mentoring Resources

New Faculty Co-Horts:

  • September 2013-August 2014 (pdf)
  • September 2012-August 2013 (pdf)
  • September 2011-August 2012 (pdf)
  • September 2010-August 2011 (pdf)
  • September 2009-August 2010 (pdf)