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Register now for the 2019 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium

A past Symposium keynote speaker

Join the largest annual conversation about teaching and student success at Illinois State University.

Colleagues from across campus will offer more than 40 presentations, panel discussions, and posters at the 2019 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium. Many topics will tie into the theme of Contemplative Teaching: Connecting Meaning, Purpose, and Values. These sessions explore ways to help students practice self-care in their chosen professions, reflect and act upon personal values, and much more.

Other faculty- and staff-led discussions will touch upon Illinois State’s core values and research-based practices in teaching, with sessions on civic engagement, preparing and connecting students with the workplace, and innovative uses of instructional technology.

Get the schedule

A mobile-friendly version of the complete schedule is now available through the Illinois State App. To access the guide:

  1. Go to and download the app from the Google Play or Apple App Store
  2. Launch the app on your mobile device
  3. Tap “Explore”
  4. Look for the 2019 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium guide
  5. Tap to download

You can also preview the schedule in your web browser.

Keynote speaker: Michelle Chatman

Michelle Chatman

2019 keynote speaker Michelle Chatman

This year’s luncheon keynote will feature Michelle Chatman, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Crime, Justice, and Security Studies program at the University of the District of Columbia. She will also facilitate a morning workshop for faculty.

Through her efforts, Chatman has increased the University of the District of Columbia’s utilization of mindfulness and contemplative approaches to enhance campus well-being, to support student learning, and to build stronger connections within and across the university. Her campus accomplishments include organizing a contemplative speakers series, hosting one-day faculty retreats, establishing the contemplative faculty learning community and Mindful Mondays, and bringing a national mindfulness conference to the UDC campus in the spring semester of 2018.

Chatman serves on the board of directors for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and the Mindfulness in Education Network. In her inspiring TEDx talk, “How Africa Changed My Life,” she links her contemplative journey to her volunteerism in The Gambia, West Africa.

Register by December 14

Attendance to the annual Symposium is open to all faculty, staff, and graduate students at Illinois State. Registration is free and includes both the luncheon and tickets for the afternoon closing reception with cash bar.

Registration is available through the My.IllinoisState portal.

Register before Friday, December 14

About the Symposium

The 2019 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium will be held Wednesday, January 9, at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uptown Normal. It is organized by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT), with financial support from the Office of the Provost and Fell Trust.

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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