The Thrive Symposium: A Celebration of Weber State’s Teaching, Service and Scholarship

April 6 and 7, 2023 11am - 3pm


Call for Proposals

We in the Teaching and Learning Forum are pleased to announce a new chapter of the annual Faculty Symposium. We have redesigned the format, categories, and session types, in addition to offering session times on two separate days. We’re hoping to give you more opportunities to cultivate what you are truly passionate about, whether that’s teaching related or in your discipline.

We are offering a number of different formats in which you can participate. Other than poster presentations, this year’s symposium will be fully face to face. Submissions are open from now through February 15 at 5:00 p.m.  Sessions will be held on April 6 and 7 from 11am - 3pm, concluding with an awards presentation and celebration in the evening on April 7, 2023.

Session Categories: You may submit a proposal in one of the following categories, then decide in which format you would like to present (session type).

  • Inclusive Teaching

  • Teaching with Technology

  • General Pedagogy

  • Student Success

  • Discipline Research

  • Great Ideas for Teaching Students (GIFTS)

Session Types

Virtual Poster Presentations:   Electronic copies of posters may be submitted to be displayed on the TLF website. Faculty who have received RS&PG Presidential Innovative Teaching, George & Beth Lowe Innovative Teaching, or CEL Innovative Teaching grants are strongly encouraged to submit a virtual poster. 

Panel Discussions:  Faculty may organize three or more colleagues to participate in a panel discussion on salient teaching issues.  Possibilities include alternative methods of assessing faculty teaching, facilitating student success, inclusive pedagogy, high impact educational experiences and so forth. (50 minutes)

NEW! Community Grove Roundtable Discussion: These discussions center faculty experiential issues that have wide-spread appeal or affect all of campus. The roundtable facilitator/s leads a solution-oriented discussion with symposium attendees about their ideas, challenges and tips about the issue. Topic possibilities include classroom management, dealing with student behavior, work-life balance, and so forth.  (50 minutes) 

(Note:  The difference between panel discussions and roundtables is that only the panelists participate in the panel discussion. In the roundtable, everyone in the session participates.) 

NEW! Research Presentation Prep Workshop: These sessions feature works in progress. Faculty who have upcoming papers or presentations may submit to this category to workshop their presentations/papers with their colleagues. Only faculty members who have submitted to this category will be offering feedback on other faculty members’ presentations. (50 minutes) 

NEW! Ed Talk: These sessions are short 10-minute presentations on powerful ideas, experiences, or practices, similar to TED talks. (10 minutes)

Research Discussion: These sessions will present research focused on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) or individual disciplines.  Research presentations should be 15 minutes with approximately 10 minutes for questions at the end of the session. 

Submission Details

  • Only one person should submit your abstract.

  • Abstracts should be 300 words or less in length.

  • Abstracts should be submitted through the Proposal Form.

  • Abstracts can be submitted for any of the presentation types listed above.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Submissions open now. 

  • Submissions deadline is Friday, February 15 at 5pm.

  • Event will be held in the Digital District both in person and virtually on April 6 and 7 from 11am - 3pm.

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