Call for Proposals - Spring Perspectives on Teaching Conference

The call for Spring 2018 will be available in mid-December 2017.

Previous Year Call for Proposals

The Teaching Support Centre invites proposals for presentations from instructors at the Spring Perspectives on Teaching Conference, on May 11, 2017. The goal of the conference is to highlight unique and diverse approaches to teaching across the Faculties at Western and explore signature pedagogies in the disciplines. Spring Perspectives on Teaching is a one day conference that has been held at Western for over 30 years and is attended by approximately 300 faculty, staff, librarians, archivists, and graduate student instructors.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Dr. Nancy Chick (University Chair in Teaching and Learning and Teaching Professor, English Department, Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary) titled "Teaching with Our Signatures: Cultivating Disciplinary Habits of Mind " along with 6-8 concurrent sessions in a variety of disciplines.

Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2017.

Proposal Formats

Welcome to My Classroom

(60 minute session: 30 minute demonstration + 30 minute discussion)

Welcome to My Classroom sessions showcase signature pedagogies from across campus. The first 30 minutes of these hour long sessions involve teaching a sample interactive class that highlights how you help students cultivate disciplinary habits of mind in your undergraduate or graduate classes. In other words, your teaching demonstration might help participants think through some of the following questions: How do you teach the core concepts of your discipline? How do you make the norms of your discipline explicit for students? How do you model the epistemologies or methodologies of your discipline to help students think like biologists, philosophers, or engineers? The remaining half hour is devoted to a discussion of the pedagogy behind the sample lesson. The discussion is intended as a forum for the audience to ask questions and think about how to adapt the approaches to their own classrooms.

Research on Teaching and Learning;  SoTL presentation

(30 minute session:  20 minute presentation + 10 minute discussion)

Research on Teaching and Learning sessions provide an opportunity for faculty members, librarians, and archivists to showcase research they have conducted on their innovative teaching techniques and/or student learning experiences. Twenty-minutes will be dedicated to the presentation of the research, including addressing the teaching context, and the final ten minutes are an opportunity for questions from, and discussion with, session attendees on the research itself as well as the implications of the research for different course and disciplinary contexts.

Teaching Initiatives in the Disciplines

(20 minute presentation followed by 10 minute discussion; sessions will be grouped into 1 hour panels by disciplinary groups)

What are creative approaches to teaching or assessment in your field that colleagues from other disciplines may find useful in their own teaching? This session provides an opportunity for instructors to present the unique teaching strategies that engage students in deep learning in their fields. The intention of these sessions is to share disciplinary practices to inspire thinking within and outside of disciplinary boundaries. For example: do you involve undergraduate students in field research, use simulations or experiential learning in your class, use role plays or have creative strategies to make your lectures engaging?

Why present at Spring Perspectives?

Presenting at Spring Perspectives can provide faculty, librarians, and archivists with an opportunity to share their scholarly research on teaching and connect with colleagues in different disciplines. Presenting at the conference can contribute to the Educational Leadership component of the Faculty Certificate in University Teaching and help contribute to instructors’ teaching dossier, particularly when the dossier is considered for a teaching award or for a standing appointment at Western.

Proposal Application
To submit a proposal, please complete the Call for Proposals survey.

For your convenience, a summary of the questions included in the Call for Proposals is included below:

First Author Contact Information


Role: Faculty, Fellow, Graduate Student, Staff

Western Email Address:

Additional Authors Information
Please list additional authors indicating name and Faculty/Department affiliation:

Requested Session Format:
Welcome to my Classroom
Research on Teaching
Teaching Initiatives in the Disciplines

Session Title:

200 words (to be shared in conference program)

Session Description & Plans for Interactivity:
Required for Welcome to my Classroom proposals max. 500 words (to be shared with reviewers only). Please elaborate on your session abstract to provide reviewers with further information of your proposed session. Indicate how your session will encourage participant engagement and interaction (e.g. discussion, video, group activities, etc.)

Session Description for Reviewers:
Required for Research on Teaching and Teaching Initiatives Proposals
max. 500 words. Please elaborate on your session abstract to provide reviewers with further information of your proposed session. A description may include relevance, applicability, learning outcomes, details on session approach and/or participant interactivity.

Please indicate any special requirements
(e.g. room, equipment, supplies, etc.)

Please include up to 10 key references (to be shared with reviewers only)


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