2019 Faculty Symposium: A Teaching and Learning Celebration


Calling all WICKED Educators! (Yes! That’s you if you teach at Weber State because Weber Instructors Care, Know, Engage and Develop)!

Present your teaching ideas and SOTL research at the Annual Faculty Symposium: A Teaching and Learning Celebration (TLC) on Tuesday, April 2 from 12:30 – 4:30. We invite all faculty to participate in this event. Share your ideas about teaching and learning.  Discuss current issues in education. Disseminate your SOTL research – in progress or completed. Collaborate with your colleagues and organize a panel discussion about a salient teaching topic.

We have a number of different formats in which you can participate. Submission proposals are due Wednesday, February 27th at 5:00 p.m. You will be notified on or before March 5th regarding acceptance.

Abstracts can be submitted for panel discussions, GIFTS, innovative teaching, faculty research, or performing/visual arts presentations.

Purpose and Objectives of the Symposium

Why should you participate?  The symposium will provide an opportunity for WSU faculty and staff to share and learn new teaching and learning best practices, innovations, research 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.

Types of Proposals

1) Panel Discussions/Roundtables  

Presentation Time: 40 minutes (including introductions, Q&A)

Organize 3 or more faculty to participate in a panel discussion on salient teaching issues.

Possibilities include the use of student evaluations in the tenure & promotion process, alternative methods of assessing faculty teaching, student learning beyond student evaluations, critical pedagogy, high impact teaching, inclusive pedagogy and so forth. Roundtables are designed to allow maximum interaction in informal, small-group discussions focused on a single topic. Typically, the presenters will have a prompt, reading, or other introductory material to guide the discussion.  Handouts or digital access to the handouts may be helpful.

2) Great Ideas For Teaching Students (GIFTS):

Presentation Time: 8 minutes including Q&A.

Prepare one great idea for teaching and present it in 8 minutes to the participants.  After 8 minutes, participants move to a new table to hear about another great teaching idea (think academic speed-dating).  Participants will leave the session with 5 great ideas for teaching, regardless of discipline.

3) Innovative Teaching Session:  

Presentation Time: 40 minutes

Conduct a session on some aspect of innovative teaching, such as flipped classrooms, technology in the classroom, high impact practices, etc. These sessions usually include a single presentation combined with engaging methods to involve participants in an active learning process.

4) Faculty Research & Discussion

Presentation Time: 10-12 minutes (There will be 5-10 minutes for questions at the end of the session).

These sessions are intended to feature original research, work in progress, or evaluations of pedagogical practices, instructional projects or use of technology. If you need some practice before that national or international conference, consider submitting and presenting your work here.  Generally, these sessions will include 3 separate presentations of 10-12 minutes each.

5) Performing/Visual Arts Presentations:

Performing/Visual Arts Presentations: Be sure to indicate what type of space you will need to display/perform your work.

Presentation time: 40 minutes (including introduction, Q&A)

Submission Details

  • Only one person should submit your abstract.
  • Include names and contact information for co-presenters /co-authors.
  • Abstracts should not exceed 250 words in length.
  • Abstracts should be submitted online.

Evaluation of Proposals/Abstracts

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criterion:

  • Does the proposal focus on teaching and learning?
  • Is the proposal applicable to multiple disciplines?
  • Is the proposal evidence-based?

Dates and Deadlines

  • Submissions open Friday, February 1.
  • Submissions deadline is Wednesday, February 27 at 5 pm.
  • Event will be on Tuesday, April 2 from 2:00-4:30.  IF you are selected to present, you will be invited to attend a luncheon from 12:30-2:00. 

Submit your proposal through this Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/HY0a9VsmMPdAE3QD3


For More Information, contact:

Teaching & Learning Forum Office, 801-626-7667


Symposium Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will feel an increased desire to integrate more effective, efficient, and innovative teaching strategies in their courses.
  • Participants will recognize and apply key principles that they have learned from other WSU faculty to promote more effective, efficient, and innovative learning strategies in their courses.
  • The symposium will provide an opportunity for faculty to share best practices, innovations, and/or lessons learned from their teaching experiences with their colleagues.
  • The symposium will provide an opportunity for faculty to network and develop professional relationships and collaborations with each other based on common interests. 
  • The symposium will provide an opportunity for faculty to give a professional presentation related to the scholarship of teaching and learning. This experience may encourage more faculty to be more involved in research and present their research at professional conferences.
  • The conference will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to share what they have presented (and also learned) at professional conferences with other WSU faculty.

Who Should Attend

The primary target audience for this conference is WSU faculty.  Staff and students may also be included to present and share with faculty presentations, e.g., service learning projects, civic engagement, collaborations, etc. The conference is open to all WSU faculty (full-time and adjunct).