19th Annual CSU Teaching and Learning Symposium

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19th Annual California State University Teaching and Learning Symposium - October 21 & 22, 2016

For nearly two decades, faculty, staff and students from throughout the California State University system have gathered each Spring, to share research findings, pedagogical innovations and best practices, and to engage in collegial conversation about ways to "reach and teach" the students we serve.  

San Jose State University is delighted to host this year's CSU Teaching and Learning Symposium.  WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!!!  Situated as we are in the heart of the Silicon Valley, our theme for this year's conference reflects the ethos of our broader community: Promoting Student Success through Innovation, Creativity, Diversity and Teamwork.

Invitation to submit a proposal

Have you been engaged in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning?  Are there issues or questions pertaining to teaching and learning in contemporary higher education contexts that you would like to discuss with colleagues? Please consider submitting a proposal! DEADLINE for SUBMISSION:  Friday, January 29th, 2016.

Conference topic strands:

We invite submissions on any topic related to teaching and learning in higher education settings, but we are especially interested in proposals that address one or more of the following:

  • Diversity:  Honoring and meeting the needs of the full range of students served by our institutions.
  • High-impact educational practices: Implementing curricular and co-curricular efforts that have been demonstrated to enhance student perseverance and success.
  • Innovative collaborations: Enhancing student learning and success through curricular and extra-curricular collaborations (e.g., cross-department co-teaching, collaborations with Student Affairs, Career Center, Wellness Centers, community partners, etc..)
  • Resilience: Nurturing students' ability to respond in constructive ways to challenges and set-backs in educational contexts, broadly defined.
  • Technology: Leveraging the power of technology to enhance student access and success.
  • CSU-supported curriculum development and re-design: An opportunity to showcase courses, curriculum and instructional materials designed and developed with support from programs sponsored by the CSU Chancellor's office (e.g., the Affordable Learning Solution program, the Proven and Promising Course Re-Design program, etc...)

Session formats:

We invite proposals for the following session formats:

  • Single- or multiple-author presentations: 20 minutes in duration each; will be grouped with other presentations of similar focus (including time for questions and discussion).
  • Symposium hour:  50 minute session consisting of three or more presentations and a formal discussion that focus on a single topic.  Session must be organized by the proposers.
  • Lightning talks: A fast-paced hour, each presenter will be allocated 8 slides and 8 minutes.
  • Poster presentations: Posters will be scheduled for display on Saturday, during one of three time-slots, as assigned.

Proposal requirements and review criteria:

Proposals should include an abstract (which will be included in the conference program) (150 word maximum) as well as a summary (500 word maximum).  Proposals will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Is the question or focus of the proposed presentation clearly articulated?
  • Is the topic of the proposed presentation situated in its broader context (e.g., research/theory; policy; practice; current concerns)?
  • Is the methodology clear and appropriate to the question(s) addressed?
  • Are the findings or issues to be discussed likely to be of relevance and interest to conference attendees?

The submission deadline has passed - Proposals are no longer being accepted.

Program highlights

Travel and local hospitality


The registration fee ($50.00) includes attendance at all pre-conference and conference sessions as well as the Welcome Reception (Friday) and breakfast and lunch (Saturday). Names of early registrants (attendees registered by October 1) will be entered into a drawing for raffle prizes!


For additional information about the conference, please contact Gina Marin, at gina.marin@sjsu.edu.