The Thrive Symposium: A Celebration of Weber State’s Teaching, Service and Scholarship

2024 Call for Proposals

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is offering a number of different formats in which you can participate. Other than poster presentations, this year’s symposium will be fully face to face. Submissions are open from now through February 1 at 5:00 p.m.  Sessions will be held on March 26 and 27, 2024, concluding with an awards presentation and celebration in the evening on March 28, 2024.

Session Categories

You may submit a proposal in one of the following categories, then decide in which format you would like to present (session type).

Category 1: Engaging mindfully with student experiences

For example:

  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Intersectionality and Neurodiversity
  • Healing-centered engagement
  • Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy
  • Feminist Pedagogies

Category 2: Creating spaces of belonging

For example:

  • Classroom Management
  • Teaching with Technology
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Universal Design for Learning

Category 3: Adapting our teaching to our contemporary world

For example:

  • Adaptations for AI
  • Rigor
  • Student Success
  • Technological Tools
  • Academic Integrity
  • Alternative Assessments
  • Active Learning

Category 4: Enriching our disciplines through research and/or intellectual pursuits

For example:

  • Communities of Practice outcomes and research
  • Discipline Research
  • Pursuing your intellectual passion

Category 5: What does it mean to be a Weber State educator?

For example:

  • What is our identity?
  • What do we bring to our students?
  • How do our individual identities inform our collective identity?

Session Types

Virtual Poster Presentations

Electronic copies of posters may be submitted to be displayed on the TLF website. Faculty who have received RS&PG Presidential Innovative Teaching, George & Beth Lowe Innovative Teaching, or CEL Innovative Teaching grants are strongly encouraged to submit a virtual poster. 

Panel Discussions

Faculty may organize three or more colleagues to participate in a panel discussion on salient teaching issues.  Possibilities include alternative methods of assessing faculty teaching, facilitating student success, inclusive pedagogy, high impact educational experiences and so forth. (50 minutes)

ED Talks

These sessions are short 15-minute presentations on powerful ideas, experiences, or practices, similar to TED talks. This is also a place to talk about the wins, the misses, what you’ve learned, and what horizons you’re imagining.  (15 minutes)

Research Discussions

These sessions will present research focused on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) or individual disciplines.  Research presentations should be 15 minutes with approximately 10 minutes for questions at the end of the session. (25 minutes)

Great Ideas for Teaching Students (GIFTS)

These presentations share an instructional technique, project, design, or pedagogical method that yields a positive experience for your students (e.g., contributes to persistence, increased engagement, meaningful learning). GIFTs are easily adopted and adapted by faculty in any discipline (i.e., specific and detailed enough to be easily enacted, but general enough to be able to be used in many different courses and programs). (25 minutes)

Submission Details

  • Only one person should submit your abstract.
  • Abstracts should be 300 words or less in length.
  • Abstracts should be submitted through the Proposal Form.
  • Abstracts can be submitted for any of the presentation types listed above.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Submissions open now
  • Submission deadline is Thursday, February 1 at 5pm.
  • Event will be held in the Digital District (Lampros Hall) on March 26 and 27, 2024.  

For More Information

CETL Office: 801-626-7667
Program Coordinator:

2023 Thrive Symposium

Award and Grant Recipients

Learn more about the 2022-23 Teaching Award and Grant Recipients.


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Poster Presentations

View posters from our faculty members and grant recipients.

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