Monday, July 28, 2014

Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning

The National Lilly Conference for Teaching and Learning will be held in Austin, TX, on January 4th-7th, 2015. The deadline for proposal submission is July 30th. See the conference announcement below, or visit the conference website

For 34 years, the Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning have been known as exceptional places to present and to learn from faculty colleagues on effective teaching and learning.  This interdisciplinary teaching conference includes faculty, administrators, and graduate students from across the United States and abroad. Participants are given the opportunity to exchange ideas, build a repertoire of skills that can be put to immediate use, and to network with colleagues. The overall conference theme for the Lilly Conference series is “Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning.” Each of the Lilly Conferences are unique, but they all share the same great Lilly community spirit.

Lilly National Conference – Austin, TX
Jan 4 - 7 2015 

The Call for Proposals closes July 30. Following the blind review process you will be notified about your proposal submission by August 30. 

UNF Innovation Symposium Call for Proposals

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The Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT) at the University of North Florida (UNF) has
called for proposal submissions to the 2nd annual UNFIS Innovation Symposium. The theme for this year's conference is Digital Living.

Please see the information below from Deb Miller, Director of CIRT.
The deadline for submissions is August 22nd, 2014.
Find out more information at the conference website:

UNF Academic Technology Innovation Symposium
2014 Call for Proposals

You are invited to submit an abstract to the 2014 University of North Florida Academic Technology Innovation Symposium. The symposium will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in the Student Union Building of the University of North Florida. The Academic Technology Innovation Symposium highlights innovative practices by UNF faculty and offers a forum for interactive learning and thought-provoking discussion on both current use and potential for academic technology to support teaching, learning, and research.

Presentations provide the opportunity to share teaching or scholarship practices that make use of information technologies to solve problems in interesting or original ways. New and unique accomplishments, projects, ideas, and initiatives that demonstrate an innovative approach to teaching and scholarship are sought. Research with student co-authors is welcome.

Conference Theme and Topics
The theme of the 2014 Academic Technology Innovation Symposium is Digital Living: Work and Play in Blended Realities. The organizers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives under three major topic tracks: (1) teaching and learning (2) creativity, innovation, and change (3) academic research.

Abstract Submission Guidelines
Submit an abstract (200 words maximum) at this link by August 22, 2014 and indicate your presentation type preference. You will receive notification of status via email by September 9, 2014. A double-blind review process will be utilized for all submissions. Selection of an abstract for presentation will be based on quality of the submission, originality, topicality, relevance and advancement of current thinking on the subject. If you have any questions regarding your submission, please contact:

Conference website:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Transforming STEM Education Conference

Image by claritaFaculty in the STEM and STEM related fields may be interested in an upcoming Association of American
Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Academic Renewal Conference focusing on Transforming STEM Education. Such conferences provide opportunities for networking and for being inspired around teaching and learning. See the details below or follow the conference link to learn more.

Transforming STEM Higher Education
A Network for Academic Renewal Conference

November 6-8, 2014
Atlanta, Georgia
Register by September 24 for best conference rates.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities and Project Kaleidoscope invite you to attend the Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference. The conference will address both the importance of increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate degree earners who master complex STEM content and competencies and also the importance of enhancing STEM literacy for all students. To these ends, the conference will strategically address several dimensions of STEM higher education reform, including innovative and effective approaches to undergraduate STEM teaching and learning; strategies for measurement and evaluation; inclusive excellence; faculty professional development; and advancement of effective institutional change strategies. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Place Matters Partnership Conference

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Faculty interested in community-based learning may be interested in an upcoming conference on campus community partnerships hosted in part by the Pennsylvania Campus Compact and Albright College. See the details below.

Place Matters: Partnerships Between Institutions of Higher Education and their Local Communities

September 12, 2014
Albright College, Reading, PA

To celebrate the opening of its new Center for Civic and Global Engagement, Albright College, in partnership with PA Campus Compact, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of University Partnerships, and the Federal Reserve Bank, will be hosting a conference to explore how colleges and universities can work with local partners to positively impact the quality of their communities and provide transformative learning opportunities for their students. This one-day conference will include a keynote speaker, panel discussion, workshops, poster session, and networking. Please plan to join participants representing higher education, government, NGO’s, and economic development entities.
Registration opens July 15, details forthcoming.

To learn more, visit:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Difficult Conversations: Starting a Dialogue Across Difference

Join faculty from different disciplines for a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) panel discussion on 
Difficult Conversations: Starting a Dialogue across Difference
Wednesday, April 16th, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Talon Room, Building 16, Room 4202
RSVP for lunch:

Faculty from different disciplines will address how to help students have some of the most difficult conversations across differences, including those tense conversations about group work and the lack thereof, and about differences across social divides. UNF faculty will share research and tips about facilitating these discussions and the potential long-term impact of engaging students in dialogue across difference. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP at:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Frankly Fridays - Who owns course content?

Frank Conversation about
Faculty Issues

Topic: Who owns course content? Intellectual Property in the Digital Age
Friday, April 4th, 9:30-10:30 AM, Osprey Commons Faculty Lounge (Building 16, Room 4201)
Let us know you will be there:

When a faculty member and a university enter into a relationship (based on a faculty hire), both parties typically intended for the relationship to be one with longevity. Both parties benefit from each others' success. Recent technological innovations, like Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and social media, have challenged the nature of the relationships between faculty and universities and between faculty and students. Recent conversations around copyright of MOOCs has started a broader conversation about how the intellectual contributions of faculty are attributed and protected.  As Cary Nelson, a former president of the American Association of University Professors, explains, this "is not just the ability of faculty members to profit from their own writings or inventions, but the future of their profession." As faculty and universities engage in conversations about intellectual property, students have inadvertently joined the discussion. In a recent debacle over the posting of a course lecture through social media, faculty members and the university joined sides to combat students' posting of a lecture that was not intended to be distributed outside of the classroom. Digital advantages and innovations are providing some unique challenges to faculty and universities across the nation. UNF has a couple of policies that address copyright and intellectual property rights. 

Come discuss how these issues impact UNF and faculty across the nation.
We will meet in the Faculty Lounge on the 4th floor of the Osprey Commons.
OFE will provide the coffee and pastries.

Let us know you will be there:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Funding Available through the William T. Grant Foundation

Please see the message below from John Kantner, Assistant Vice President for Research, about funding
opportunities for early career faculty (within 7 years of their terminal degree).

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) would like to present the following limited submission program:

William T. Grant Foundation
William T. Grant Scholars Program
Limited Submission Program (an internal selection process is required)
The William T. Grant Foundation has an open solicitation for the William T. Grant Scholars Program, which awards early-career researchers up to $350,000 over five years to enable them to expand their expertise and to do work that benefits youth. The 2014 focus is on reducing inequality, and projects must address issues that have compelling relevance for theory, programs, polices, or practices affecting youth ages 5 to 25 in the U.S. Projects also must be consistent with the Foundation’s Current Research Interests:

UNF will be able to submit proposals from only one applicant from each college. Therefore, to begin the internal selection process, ORSP is inviting interested applicants to reference the attached procedure to review eligibility criteria and to submit a pre-proposal. 

The deadline to submit a pre-proposal to ORSP is Monday, April 28, 2014 by 6:00 p.m. The submission deadline to the Foundation is July 9, 2014.