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. 

Faculty development workshops for all faculty

2023-2024 Schedule

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

A Term Faculty Learning Community (TFLC) was piloted for 2022-2023 academic year. It afforded early-career, term faculty an opportunity to cultivate leadership skills, build connections, and pursue their professional goals. The TFLC’s purpose and focus aligned with the university’s mission to “create, share, and apply knowledge.” The TFLC also dovetailed with the goals outlined in the 2022-2031 strategic goals and furthered four thematic pillars: foster innovative solutions, education experience, knowledge and discovery, and community engagement. Read more in this program overview document (DOC, 26KB) and Inside Iowa State article.










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