Call for Proposals - Annual Faculty Conference

19th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence 

Harnessing Emotion and Hope: Learning in Turbulent Times And Beyond

January 6 & 7, 2021 

Temple University's Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) invites proposals for the 19th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence. This year’s conference will be a virtual event.

Our theme this year is Harnessing Emotion and Hope: Learning in Turbulent Times and Beyond. In March 2020, the academic world experienced upheaval as faculty suddenly faced the challenges and necessities of remote teaching, followed this summer and fall by the need to design and teach courses in online, hybrid and socially-distanced environments. At the same time, we witnessed (and sometimes joined) meaningful movements all around us against racism and injustice. It has been an incredibly stressful time for many, full of uncertainty, isolation and anxiety. But it has also been a time of creativity, thoughtfulness and innovation as faculty revamped activities, learned new technologies, and updated curricula to be more relevant, effective, and accessible for students. This process invited us all to think deeply about our students (and about ourselves) as whole beings, and to respond to student needs emerging from all the many factors that influence teaching and learning. Stories of learning, generative action, and hope - on the part of students but also on the part of faculty and administrators - grew up around us as we struggled our way through this year. 

It is important to continue reflecting on the work we do to improve learning - both during the relatively normal times prior to COVID-19 and during these most unusual of times - so we can carry these lived experiences and lessons learned into the future. How can we grapple with the emotional landscapes in our classrooms and harness the hope inherent in teaching to guide our students toward higher and better learning? How can we refocus our learning goals, rethink our teaching actions, improve assessment protocols, rebuild classroom community, and invite relevance into our courses in order to offer rich, transformational learning experiences to our students? How can we leverage technology to engage students in deep learning? How do social, political, and public health realities propel us to create more equitable and inclusive classrooms where all voices are heard and all students can succeed? 

We invite you to submit proposals to share your ideas, insights, research, and strategies so that we can all learn together, harness our collaborative efforts -- in short, harness hope -- and move them forward together to create a brighter educational landscape for all learners.

Please consider submitting a proposal for a breakout session, poster session, or lightning talk. All proposals will be blind-reviewed. Please note that presenters must register for the conference. 

Proposal submissions are due on October 23rd, 2020. 

Your proposal should be grounded in the research on teaching and learning, be applicable to other disciplines, and be non-commercial. You will be invited to indicate which of the following areas your proposal most closely aligns with (you may choose up to 3): 

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access 
  • Curricular Design 
  • Instructional Design and Strategies
  • Technology for Teaching and Learning 
  • Online or Blended Teaching and Learning 
  • Research/Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

**Especially welcome are proposals that highlight ideas that improve equity, inclusion, and access. 

Breakout Sessions

Interactive breakout sessions should present creative and effective ways to engage students, deepen learning, harness emotion in the classroom, teach with technology, and maximize the benefits of different modalities of teaching in higher education.  

Your proposal must include:

  • Breakout Session title
  • Your name, title, university and college/department affiliation, and contact information
  • Co-author information
  • Title (10 words maximum)
  • Abstract (100 words maximum)
  • Brief description and outline of session, including plan for engaging participants in the session (500 words maximum)
  • Citations/references

Breakout Sessions Will be Reviewed Using the Following Criteria:

  • The proposal clearly explains the teaching project, strategy, or innovation
  • The topic of the proposal is of interest to a faculty (teaching) audience
  • There is a clear plan for facilitating an interactive session
  • The proposal is grounded in the research on teaching and learning

To submit your proposal, please click on the link below, fill in your information, and upload your proposal as a Word Document or PDF file. You will receive notification via email concerning the acceptance of your breakout session to the conference by November 20th, 2020 along with additional information about preparing your session for the virtual conference.

Click here to submit a breakout session proposal (DUE October 23):

Poster Session

Posters should highlight creative and effective practices, projects, and/or scholarship related to teaching and learning within higher education.  

Your proposal must include:

  • Poster title
  • Your name, title, university and college/department affiliation, and contact information. Co-author information.
  • Description of your work to be highlighted by your poster (500 word maximum)
    • Proposals must be grounded in research and present evidence of the impact of the ideas presented.  
  • Citations/references 

Posters Will be Reviewed Using the Following Criteria:

  • The proposal clearly explains the teaching project, strategy, or innovation
  • The topic of the proposal is of interest to a faculty (teaching) audience
  • The proposal includes scholarship to ground the project and includes evidence to support implications and conclusions or to demonstrate impact on learning. It includes appropriate citations.

To submit your proposal, please click on the link below, fill in your information, and upload your proposal as a Word Document only (please do not submit a PDF, Powerpoint or any other file type). You will receive notification via email concerning the acceptance of your poster to the conference by November 20th, 2020 along with additional information about preparing your poster for the virtual conference.

Click here to submit a poster proposal (DUE October 23):

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are 15 minute opportunities for faculty to learn about a teaching idea that you have implemented. The talk should be designed to provide a brief (no longer than 5-7 minutes) introduction and explanation of the idea followed by Q&A. The facilitator will give the same talk four times during the session, providing participants the opportunity to visit four different talks.

 Your proposal must include:

  • Lightning Talk title (10 words maximum)
  • Your name, title, university and college/department affiliation, and contact information. Co-author information
  • Abstract (100 words maximum)
  • Citations/references

Lightning Talks Will be Reviewed Using the Following Criteria:

  • The proposal clearly explains the teaching project, strategy, or innovation
  • The topic of the proposal is of interest to a faculty (teaching) audience
  • The teaching project, strategy, or innovation can be explained in 5-7 minutes

To submit your proposal, please click on the link below, fill in your information, and upload your proposal as a Word Document or PDF file. You will receive notification via email concerning the acceptance of your lightning talk to the conference. 

Click here to submit a lightning talk proposal (DUE October 23):


We look forward to receiving your proposals! Thank you for your interest in the Center for the Advancement of Teaching’s Annual Faculty Conference for Teaching Excellence and for your contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning.  

For questions about the call for proposals, please contact Benjamin Brock at benjamin.brock@temple.edu.

For questions about the conference, please contact Sara Vann at svann@temple.edu.



 

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