Term Faculty Programs and Resources

Professional development programming

Term faculty constitute more than one-third of Iowa State University faculty and are a very diverse community. Some programming is designed for the unique gifts, talents, and responsibilities of term faculty. 

Upcoming events

Faculty development workshops for all faculty

2022-2023 Schedule

Moving Forward, Together: COACHE Data Highlights about the ISU Faculty Experience, Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Sunroom, MU

Join Assistant Provost for Faculty Development Tera Jordan, Institutional Research Executive Director Karen Zunkel, and Institutional Research Data Analyst Susan Ray as they share highlights from the COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey and share promising action items to move forward.

Preparing Effective Award Nominations, Thursday, October 13, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Virtual Only (Zoom)

Gain insights into the best practices of successful nominations and how to avoid the most common errors and pitfalls in your preparation.

Video presentation of workshop

I'm Thinking of Retirement...Now What?, Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Cardinal Room, MU

Join us for a Moderated Roundtable Discussion on best practices for planning for the next stage of your career that includes panelists from University Human Resources, retired faculty, and University Archives.

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Documenting Your Research Impact and Increasing Visibility, Thursday, February 23, 2023, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Cardinal Room, MU

Join us for an overview of traditional and contemporary resources to document your scholarly impact. Ideas will also be shared for increasing visibility of your scholarly outcomes and on methods for increasing scholarly visibility. Topics covered include: Introduction to impact metrics and sources, locating information on who is citing your work, creating citation reports, creating & claiming author profiles, utilizing the ISU Digital Repository and DataShare data repository, open access publishing and social media and download statistics and altmetrics. 

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Preparing for a Successful Promotion and Tenure, Thursday, March 9, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Campanile Room, MU

Associate Provost for Faculty Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Associate Provost for Academic Programs Ann Marie VanDerZanden, and Associate Vice President for Research Surya Mallapragada will lead a presentation for tenure-eligible faculty on Preparing for a Successful P&T Review. 

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Professional development funds

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost provides funds to support professional development of term faculty. Applications from faculty with limited professional development support are particularly encouraged. Faculty interested in applying for up to $1000 to participate in a virtual or in-person professional development activity, such as trainings, workshops, or conferences, are encouraged to carefully review the guidelines below. 


Term faculty with at least a 50% appointment and who have been employed at Iowa State as faculty for at least one year or two semesters may apply for this competitive funding. The years or semesters do not need to be consecutive. P&S staff with rank-only faculty appointments are not eligible. Applicants must be employed by Iowa State at time of participation in the conference/workshop.


Each award consists of up to $1000 to be used for conference registration and/or travel costs. A $500 contribution from department, center, or college is required.

Applications are due to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost:

  • May 1 for conferences/workshops taking place between July 1 and December 31
  • December 1 for conferences/workshops taking place between January 1 and June 30

Submit a completed application through this link and upload a signed form. Faculty will be notified of funding decisions within 3 weeks of the deadline.

Term Faculty Learning Community Pilot

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost will pilot a Term Faculty Learning Community (TFLC) for the 2022-2023 academic year. The TFLC will afford early-career, term faculty an opportunity to cultivate leadership skills, build connections, and pursue their professional goals. The TFLC’s purpose and focus aligns with the university’s mission to “create, share, and apply knowledge.” The TFLC also dovetails with the goals outlined in the 2022-2031 strategic goals and furthers four thematic pillars: foster innovative solutions, education experience, knowledge and discovery, and community engagement.

Read more in this program overview document.









Checklist for Term and and Tenure-Eligible (Tenure-Track and Tenured) Faculty (DOC, 76KB)

Resources and Opportunities for All Faculty

For questions, information, or to suggest content for future workshops contact:

Katharine Hensley
Faculty Success Coordinator