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2017 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium

The annual University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium will return to the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uptown Normal on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 2.

Call for Proposals

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology invites proposals for 2017 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium, which will be held on Thursday, January 12, at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uptown Normal. While all proposals related to teaching and student learning are welcome, we especially encourage proposals that address the symposium theme, Start Where You Are: The Journey Toward Cultural Responsiveness.

According to Educating Illinois, 2013-2018, "Illinois State University ... encourages community and a respect for differences by fostering an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice." But what does this mean for individual classrooms, and how do individual instructors live up to these expectations?

The need to design inclusive learning environments "characterized by cultural understanding" challenges each of us to be more culturally responsive. At the same time the journey toward cultural responsiveness is unique to each individual instructor. Some have been traveling the road for many years, while others are just now realizing there is a road to travel. Some are experts at assuring that their classrooms offer "windows," mirrors," and "sliding glass doors" (Bishop, 1990), allowing students to see themselves and their experiences reflected in the material, see the experiences of others through the material, and, eventually, enter into worlds previously unimagined. Others are novices when it comes to creating learning spaces and experiences that draw on multiple perspectives which speak to the lived experiences of all students. Regardless of where you are on your journey, we invite you to share your challenges, your experiences, and your insights with your colleagues at the Symposium.

Proposal Types

Everyone with teaching responsibilities at Illinois State University (full and part time faculty, teaching assistants, and administrative/professional staff), as well as those who support student learning in co-curricular contexts, is encouraged to share the results of and insights gained from their recent projects, research, and reflective teaching experiences in one of the following formats:

  • A 20-minute presentation (maximum 2 presenters)
  • A 40-minute presentation (minimum 3 presenters; more than 5 not recommended)
  • A poster (posters will be produced by CTLT at no charge, using your design)

Submission Deadline

Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, 2016, using this online form.

Selection criteria and example submissions are also available online. Note: Proposed session descriptions must be no more than 200 words in length.

Before you begin the proposal form, please have the following information ready:

  • Session title, a 200-word abstract, and a 50-word website description
  • Your complete contact information
  • The complete contact information for all of your co-presenters
  • Details on any grants for which this proposal fills a requirement
  • Information on any technology you need to use as part of your presentation


Contact Dr. Julie-Ann McFann at or (309) 438-5848.

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact the CTLT main desk at (309) 438-2542.

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