Call for Proposals for 2017 Teaching & Learning Conference

The following announcement was sent out last week from Provost Michael Lacourse:

Dear Faculty and Staff Members,

The Teaching and Learning Committee, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) are in the process of organizing the 3rd Annual Teaching & Learning Conference and Research Day that will be held on April 7, 2017.  In order to encourage more faculty and staff participation, this year’s Teaching & Learning Conference will be held in conjunction with Research Day. The Teaching & Learning Conference will be held in the morning and the Undergraduate Research Day activities will be held that same afternoon. 

I invite you to participate in this exciting Teaching & Learning conference focused on the theme  “Inspiring Inquiry & Love of Learning” (i2l2) and also to support our students by attending the Research Day sessions.  The Teaching & Learning Conference and Research Day are free for all DSU faculty and staff and is being funded by the Office of Academic Services.  The opening session of the Teaching & Learning Conference will start at 8:30 am in the Gardner Student Center Ballroom and will conclude after lunch (a continental breakfast and lunch is included). Students that are presenting at Research Day will join faculty and staff members for lunch. 

In order to encourage all faculty members (full-time, part-time, and adjunct) to take advantage of this opportunity to participate in this conference and Research Day, April 7 has been designated as a professional development day and you may make other arrangements for your classes during the day.  You may choose to have your students involved in such activities as collaborative group projects, computer lab projects, library research, etc. during your class time so you can participate in the Teaching & Learning Conference and Research Day.  Please encourage your students to attend and participate in Research Day activities–students conducting and presenting their undergraduate research is a great example of applying “active learning. active life.”

Why should you participate in the Teaching & Learning Conference?  The conference will provide an opportunity for DSU faculty/staff to share and learn new teaching/learning best practices, innovations, and lessons learned to promote the scholarship of teaching and learning on campus.  The conference also provides an avenue for faculty and staff to share what they have presented (and also learned) related to teaching and learning at professional conferences. 

I would like to invite all faculty and staff members to submit a proposal for a presentation to share your expertise and knowledge with your peers at the Teaching & Learning Conference. Please use this URL to submit your proposal:

More information about the conference and registration will be forthcoming, and a Call for Papers for Research Day (for students) will be out in January, 2017.  Please reserve April 7, 2017 on your schedule and in your syllabi now for next semester so you can participate in this professional development opportunity.

I look forward to seeing you on April 7, 2017 at the Teaching & Learning Conference and Research Day.  For more information or questions, please contact a member of the Teaching & Learning Conference/Research Day Steering Committee: Dee Murray, Chair (, Bruce Harris (, Scott Allen (, Adriana Brandt (, Rico DelSesto (, or Sylvia Bradshaw (