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2016 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium

Save the date! The 2016 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium will be held at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Uptown Normal on Wednesday, January 6.  The event is free to attend for all members of the campus community.

Note: The deadline to submit a proposal has past.  Check back soon for information on how to register!

Call for Proposals

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology invites proposals for the next University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium. While all proposals related to teaching and student learning are welcome, we especially encourage proposals that address the 2016 theme, Imagining the Future, Reflecting on the Past:

We can better prepare for the road ahead by contemplating the road already traveled. That’s the underlying assumption of this year’s theme. As John Dewey asserted decades ago, “We don’t learn by experience, we learn by reflecting on experience.” More recently, a researcher at the University of Toronto created a course called Maps of Meaning , in which “students reflect on important moments in their past, identify key personal motivations and create plans for the future, including specific goals and strategies to overcome obstacles.” As a recent NPR article notes, “The course showed a powerful positive effect with at-risk students, reducing the dropout rate and increasing academic achievement.”

Importantly, students aren’t the only ones who benefit from acts of reflection and imagination. In their book, Reflective Teaching: An Introduction, authors Kenneth M. Zeichner and Daniel P. Liston argue that “it is through reflection on our teaching that we become more skilled, more capable, and in general better teachers” (xvii).

What role does reflection play in your teaching? What role can it play in your students’ learning? This year, we invite proposals that not only showcase the successful best practices of the recent past, but also presentations that can spark new ideas, and inspire new approaches to mindful teaching and learning, in 2016 and beyond.

CTLT celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. It feels like a good time to both reflect on our past and imagine the future of teaching and student learning on the campus of Illinois State University. We invite you to do the same.

Types of Presentations

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)

All submissions must include the following information:

 Required  Additional (if applicable)
Presentation title (less than 100 characters)
Your contact information
Presentation format
Co-presenters contact information
Session description (less than 200 words)
Website/ISU App description (25-50 words)

CTLT/SoTL grant recipient information
Equipment needs
CTLT poster production



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


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.

  • Keynote Speaker
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Todd Zakrajsek, PhD.

Todd Zakrajsek, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Director of Fellowship Programs in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, will be the 2016 Teaching & Learning Symposium’s keynote speaker. 

Dr. Zakrajsek is the immediate past Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Prior to his work at UNC, he was the Inaugural Director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching at Central Michigan University and the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Oregon University, where he taught in the psychology department as a tenured associate professor.

Dr. Zakrajsek currently directs three National Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning and one International Teaching Conference. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. He has published and presented widely on the topic of curriculum design, effective teaching and student learning.

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