Call for Proposals: OPID’s Annual Spring Conference (Due Monday, Feb. 7 2022)

FROM: The UW Office of Professional & Instructional Development (OPID)

OPID’s Annual Spring Conference

The Joys of Teaching & Learning / Cultivating community

  • Friday, April 22 & 29, 2022 (virtual, via Zoom)
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. + Fireside chats
  • Registration is free to all UW educators

Call for Proposals

Proposal submission deadline: Monday, February 7, 2022

Cultivating community is an ongoing practice in the University of Wisconsin System, with 13 universities sharing a common purpose of educating, uplifting, and mentoring our students to seek meaningful, productive, and transformative lives.

Cultivating community is one of the objectives, challenges, and joys of teaching and learning. It results from intentional and sometimes not-so-intentional practices. It may be guided by faculty and instructors, but also emerges organically among students. How do we cultivate environments and relationships that result in a sense of belonging among our students? How do we extend teaching and learning beyond four walls of a classroom? What are some innovative ways to cultivate community online? How do we cultivate community with our partners in non-profit organizations, businesses, K-12 schools, in prisons?

Although the lingering Covid-19 pandemic has strained our work, it also reveals how change can empower us to adopt and adapt new teaching and learning practices. These new practices may be more flexible, effective, and relevant for these times. How do we cultivate community and a sense of belonging among students, faculty, instructors, and colleagues and employers external to the university? What barriers or challenges have you encountered when trying to cultivate community?

We invite you to participate in The Joys of Teaching & Learning / Cultivating community by sharing your experiences, ideas, questions, failures, and accomplishments. We welcome innovative and interactive proposals that strengthen a sense of community among UW faculty, instructors, and students. We encourage proposals that cross university and disciplinary lines, and that are grounded in the scholarship of teaching and learning. We invite Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars alumni to reengage with SoTL. We challenge faculty and instructors to open up new spaces for approaching and understanding teaching and learning in the UW System. Let’s re-imagine, re-define, and re-vision new possibilities for cultivating community.

Suggested Formats:

  • Break-out sessions – 30- or 60-minute presentations, panels, or roundtables
  • Posters or papers
  • Lightning rounds – 5-7-minute talks

Suggested Focal Points:

  • Equity-minded pedagogies
  • Digital pedagogies
  • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
  • Grading, ungrading, and alternative assessments
  • High-impact experiential teaching and learning practices: First-year seminars and experiences, common intellectual experiences, learning communities, writing-intensive courses, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, diversity/global learning, ePortfolios, service- and community-based learning, internships, capstone courses.
  • Proposed new HIPs
  • Mental health and wellness for students and instructors
  • Mindfulness and burnout
  • Activism and resistance
  • Online STEM labs
  • Professional development for educators

We Welcome:

  • Pre-recorded and live sessions.
  • Multi-speaker presentations and panels, ideally from more than one university.
  • Multi-media and performative presentations.
  • Inclusion of student voices.

Proposal submission deadline: Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, via the online form.

Proposals will be anonymously reviewed by faculty and instructors in OPID’s Advisory Council.

Signature Programs Committee

Chair, Sylvia Tiala (UW-Stout); Members – Verda Blythe (UW-Madison), Abhimanyu Goush (UW-Stout), Veronica Justen (UW-River Falls), Bryan Kopp (UW-La Crosse), Mary-Beth Leibham (UW-Eau Claire), Heather Pelzel (UW-Whitewater), Erin Speetzen (UW-Stevens Point), Jamie White-Farnham (UW-Superior).


Contact Fay Yokomizo Akindes, Director, Systemwide Professional & Instructional Development, or 608-263-2684.

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