(Re)filling the Talent Pool: Programming, Practice, and Talent Development in Higher Ed

Wednesday, January 31 | 8:30AM–9:15AM CT | Galerie 4-5, Second Floor
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Interactive Presentation
Learn about an innovative solution that supports faculty and students alike by recognizing, developing, and deploying on-campus student talent. The adaptable model, based on the Student Instructional Technology Assistants (SITA) at the University of Iowa, employs graduate and undergraduate students working directly with faculty on instructional technology projects to improve undergraduate learning while they simultaneously build a program fostering in-demand skills like leadership, resilience, and problem solving. We believe the student learning environment extends well beyond the classroom and, given the opportunity and a context, students will rise to the occasion to both influence the campus culture and develop transferable skills.

Outcomes: Learn about the benefits of a nontraditional graduate appointment/undergraduate employment for faculty engagement, student development, and administrative buy-in * Understand key elements for identifying talent, recruiting strong candidates, and developing and managing graduate and undergraduate students in a mutually supportive, collaborative environment * Design a plan and proposal for a similar program on your campus


  • Sarah Day

    Student Instructional Technology Assistant (SITA), The University of Iowa
  • Rachel Gatewood

    Graduate Research Assistant, The University of Iowa
  • Steve Silva

    Associate Director, Office of Teaching, Learning and Technology, The University of Iowa

Resources & Downloads

  • ELI SITA handout

    363 KB, docx - Updated on 1/27/2024