Faculty, staff, and graduate students with teaching responsibilities are invited to submit a proposal for the 2019 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium. All proposals related to teaching and student learning are welcome, but proposals that address the symposium theme, Contemplative Teaching: Connecting Meaning, Purpose, and Values, are especially encouraged.

Contemplative Teaching

Contemplative teaching encourages new forms of inquiry, reflective thinking, and experiential learning. Proposals might focus on practices that encourage deep listening, mindfulness, or reflection to enhance students’ experiences. Or, proposals might elaborate on practices involving our own self-awareness and self-care. Symposium presenters and participants will be encouraged to inspire one another across our disciplinary silos. The theme of contemplative teaching lends itself to any idea about teaching or student learning which helps us move beyond the passive transmission of knowledge to active, deep inquiry, and creates a classroom community focused on respect, compassion, and equity.


Proposals must be submitted online before Sunday, September 30 at 11:59 p.m.

Members of the campus community can share the 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 40-minute round table discussion as part of the morning Idea Café (no co-presenters, please)
• A poster (posters will be produced by CTLT at no charge, using your design)

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


About the Symposium

The 2019 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium will be held on Wednesday, January 9, at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in uptown Normal. The event, including the keynote luncheon, is free to all members of the campus community. Look for details about speakers and registration later this fall.

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