New faculty: CELT offers workshops just for you

Starting a new job is both exciting and stressful. The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) hopes to ease first-day jitters for Iowa State's newest faculty members and teaching assistants with two free seminars, Aug. 19 and 20. Registration for both events is required by Aug. 17.

University Teaching Seminar, Aug. 19 (8 a.m.-4 p.m., Memorial Union)

New faculty members and teaching assistants are invited to attend this full-day conference of workshops and presentations; lunch is on your own. The morning session (separate sessions are planned for faculty and teaching assistants) covers ISU-specific topics, including students, teaching, learning and policies. The afternoon workshops will delve into the U.S. classroom, engaging and supporting international students, technologies for teaching and learning, accommodations for students with disabilities, effective grading, writing good test questions, classroom management and preparing for the first day of class.

New Faculty Orientation, Aug. 20 (7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Scheman Building)

This orientation session, aimed at all new faculty -- tenured, tenure-eligible and nontenure-eligible -- gives instructors the opportunity to meet with one another and Iowa State's senior administrators. The day's events include a panel discussion with faculty who will share their best practices for success at Iowa State; first-year tips from the college deans; presentations on successful research programs; and the importance of extension and outreach. Additional breakout sessions cover information about the Ames community, flexible faculty policies, research funding, mentoring and more. Finally, senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert will share his thoughts on what it means to be part of a land-grant university.