Institutions of higher education are facing unprecedented challenges driven by internal and external forces that question the role and responsibility of educators, the value proposition of a college degree, access and inclusion, social justice and education, and political climate. In light of these forces, the 29th Ann Ferren Conference will focus on "Reimagining the Educator for the 21st century." CTRL, in collaboration with the School of Education and Office of Campus Life, invites faculty and staff to submit proposals on the following topics:
a. Changing Pedagogical Paradigms
This topic recognizes that higher education (HE) today calls for faculty to reexamine and address accepted pedagogical norms. Central to a paradigm shift is the fundamental question of 'who is the educator' and what values drive choices and approaches to teaching-learning. We welcome innovative proposals including those that examine
inclusive and critical pedagogies;
self-reflexivity as an engine for innovation and renewal;
implications of intergenerational differences among educators; and
the purpose and meaning of educating the current generation of students in contrast to previous ones.
b. Importance of Mentorship
This topic recognizes that HE must be intentional in building structures to facilitate and nurture networks of relationships. Such structures promote retention; sense of belonging; and personal and professional growth. We welcome innovative proposals including those that examine
institutional structures needed to foster successful mentorship throughout the academic life trajectory of faculty and students;
benefits of mentorship at the individual and institutional levels;
institutionalizing a culture of mentorship (and measuring impact) among faculty, and between faculty and students; and
faculty-staff collaboration in mentoring students.
c. Education as Civic Engagement
This topic recognizes that institutions of HE increasingly are asked to account for the value and relevance of knowledge generated and disseminated. Given changing faculty and student demographics amid an appetite to turn "ideas into action and action into service," we welcome innovative proposals including those that examine
strategies for bringing the community in the classroom and the classroom into the community;
intent versus impact related to civic/community engagement;
meaning-making in service of social change;
interdisciplinary teaching-learning viz critical issues of the day; and
community partners as educators.
d. Technological Innovations
This topic recognizes that HE increasingly must contend with rapid technological innovations and their implications for teaching-learning. Technology is viewed as an enabling tool of, or conversely an insurmountable barrier to teaching-learning processes. We welcome innovative proposals including those that examine
private sector driven innovations and reshaping of the educator’s role;
e-pedagogy and the training/retraining of educators;
harnessing e-learning to build communities of practice; and
opportunities and challenges of applying knowledge gained from online courses to face-to-face instruction and vice versa.
A formal presentation by a panel of presenters. We strongly suggest having no more than 4
panelists, limiting the presentation to 50 minutes, and ensuring at least 20 minutes of Q&A. Presenters are strongly encouraged to bring handouts and/or
provide online resources.
Panel presentations should be structured to foreground a variety of
perspectives, cases, or examples on the topic.
These sessions are primarily centered on discussion. They are facilitated by a
single moderator, who will give a very brief, contextualizing introduction on
the topic (5-10 minutes), with the majority of the session devoted to
discussion by participants and the audience.
Interactive sessions offer attendees a chance to share and
discuss their experiences, their approaches to solving problems, or their new
ideas on a specific topic.
These workshops teach hands-on skills that can include an overview of a new skill or technique
followed by an opportunity to practice using those skills. Attendees should
expect an interactive experience.
We suggest that all hands-on workshops
include handouts and/or step-by-step guides for attendees to take with them
after the session, and that you allow ample time for participants to try out
the skill or tool you are teaching.
September 25, 2017
Notification of acceptance
November 15, 2017
December 1, 2017
January 12, 2018
Sessions are one hour and fifteen minutes long. Please allow for at least 20 minutes for Q & A. We encourage innovative modes of delivery, and as much discussion as possible.
In the online session proposal form, you will be asked to provide the following information:
The proposed title of your session;
The session type you have chosen for your session;
The topic area(s) that best (fit(s) the theme of your proposed session;
The names, affiliations, and contact information of all presenters
The goal, content, and main takeaways of your session; and
A short description of your session (50-60 words), which will appear in both the online and the printed conference program.
Submit a Proposal:
Session proposals must be submitted online following the template outlined above.