Call for Proposals: 2023 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Conference

Online Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 4, 11:59 p.m.

The 2023 Celebration of Teaching and Learning conference will take place on Friday, February 10, at ShelbyHurst Campus. This annual, university-wide teaching conference seeks to advance teaching and learning at all levels by sharing innovative strategies, highlighting emerging practices/technologies, disseminating the scholarship of teaching and learning, and recognizing outstanding UofL educators. The conference also seeks to advance the Cardinal Anti-Racism Agenda, particularly as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom. During the day, four 60-minute concurrent time blocks comprised of 5-6 interactive sessions will be offered, along with a designated poster session.

You are invited to join the conversation by submitting a proposal to share the important work that is being done in the classroom, online, and beyond to advance the university’s educational mission.

We are seeking proposals that describe teaching and learning efforts by UofL faculty, staff, and students that are thoughtfully designed, implemented, and evaluated. Proposals should include interactive elements and invite session attendees to consider how they might apply, extend, or adapt the ideas that are presented. Proposals will be blind-reviewed according to specific review criteria [PDF] by a program review committee comprised of faculty and staff representatives from across the institution.

Submission deadline is Tuesday, October 4, 11:59 p.m.

Submit Your Proposal

Please read the information below carefully before submitting!

Notification about conference acceptances will be sent by November 1.

Topics and Audiences

Note: Topic and Audience designations will be used as “tags” on the program to make searching for particular session types easier for participants. During proposal submission, you will be asked to assign one or more topics to your session from the list below.

  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Classroom
  • New Directions for Instructional Technologies
  • Student Engagement Strategies and Serving the Whole Student
  • Teaching in the Health Professions and STEM-H
  • Innovations in Teaching
  • Engaged and Experiential Learning Practices, including Undergraduate Research

Session Types

Interactive Sessions: 60-minute interactive sessions combine brief presentations or panel discussions with methods that engage all participants. Session leaders are encouraged to incorporate meaningful activities as appropriate, selecting from a variety of methods such as presentation, demonstration, discussion, application, feedback, group and individual work, and role playing. We encourage you to creatively model exemplary teaching. Proposed sessions may also be panels that include a facilitator and invited panelists. Panels of no more than four participants are recommended.

View the 2022 Celebration Program for descriptions of Interactive Sessions

Poster Sessions: The poster session is an ideal format for presenting your research, program, or work-in-progress in a context in a shorter format. Presenters will prepare a single poster or slide and have 8-10 minutes to present it to an audience, grouped with 3-4 other poster presenters per session. Attractive posters use large, readable fonts and illustrative graphics that will attract conference participants and invite conversation about your work.

Components of the Proposal

As you prepare your proposal ahead of time, please follow the guidelines for components of the proposal and ensure that your proposal activities align with the session type you propose.

  1. Current Contact Information for Main Presenter and Co-Presenters
  2. Session Title (10 words or less)
  3. Abstract (not more than 100 words)
  4. Session Description (not more than 400 words)
  5. References (200 words)
  6. For interactive sessions, what active learning and/or engagement techniques do you plan to use?
  7. If you have additional presenters, please provide first and last names, terminal degree, department, and short bio as it should be printed in the conference program (if accepted)

Review Rubric

Each proposal will be reviewed by a minimum of three individuals, with reviewers using the following criteria:

4 = EXCELLENT (There are no concerns or questions with the item.)

3 = GOOD (There are a few minor concerns or questions with the item. However, they will not be an impediment.)

2 = FAIR (There are concerns or questions about the item that should be addressed if accepted for the conference.)

1 = POOR (There are significant concerns or questions about the item which must be addressed if accepted for the conference.)

N/A* (Please note that a score of N/A will NOT get factored into or diminish a proposal’s final score.)

Session Description

1. _____ Based on the description of session and activities provided, the session is likely to accomplish the outcomes stated in the proposal.


2. _____ The session will be conducted in appropriate ways for fostering participant engagement.


3. _____The material is likely to be applicable to other disciplinary/instructional contexts; it is not highly discipline or presenter-specific.

Scholarly Practice

4. _____The proposal takes a scholarly approach to practice. That is, the material to be presented incorporates previous research, theory, evidence, and/or assessment.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

5. _____The proposal supports and advances institutional goals related to fostering an inclusive campus environment.


6. _____The session will offer fresh ideas and/or describe innovative or creative practices.

Final Recommendation

  • Accept
  • Accept with Reservations
  • Accept as Poster
  • Reject

In addition to addressing each rubric criterion, reviewers will be encouraged to provide comments and feedback that explain the rationale behind their scoring and offer constructive feedback for improvement.

Conference organizers use a combination of numeric scores, final recommendations, and reviewer comments to rank proposals to determine acceptances.


Contact Jen Anderson, Teaching Innovation Learning Lab Program Director, at or 502.852.8503.

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