Center for Teaching and Learning

Call for proposals: 2022 Symposium

This year’s Symposium theme is Humanized Teaching in Uncertain Times.

Throughout the pandemic, instructors, staff, and students grappled with the shift to remote learning and how to address racial injustice. The more recent return to a form of in-person instruction modified by safety protocols has presented new challenges. These experiences have raised key questions about our instructional practices and priorities. Instructors across UW’s three campuses responded in compassionate, creative ways, developing new practices that enabled them to explore ideas and connect with students as humans in a time of significant uncertainty.

While we welcome all proposals focused on teaching and learning, we especially encourage proposals that explore this year’s theme – Humanized Teaching in Uncertain Times. 

Proposal submission process

How to submit your proposal

To propose a poster for this year’s Teaching & Learning Symposium, please submit an abstract proposal (1800 characters max) for one of two categories:

Reflective Teaching

Reflective Teaching posters feature a reproducible instructional practice (e.g. a class activity, assignment, assessment method, etc.) informed by reflection, observation, and/or published research.

Reflective teaching abstracts must address all five of the following questions:

  1. Topic: What will you be sharing? (e.g. a specific approach, classroom activity, assignment, course design, or assessment method)
  2. Context: What are the relevant characteristics of your setting: course, type of students, instructional issue, etc.?
  3. Scholarly basis: What teaching reflections, observations, and/or published research inform this project?
  4. Results: What did you learn by approaching instruction in this way? What makes it transformative for students, the field, you as an instructor, or teaching in general?
  5. Application: What can instructors in other disciplines learn from this project and how can they apply it in different contexts?

Research on Teaching and Learning

Research on Teaching and Learning posters feature a systematic research project (completed or in-process with initial results) that contributes to teaching and learning research

Research on Teaching & Learning abstracts must address all six of the following questions:

  1. Research question: What are you trying to find out or better understand?
  2. Context: What are the relevant characteristics of your setting: course, type of students, instructional issue, etc.?
  3. Methods: How are you examining your research question? What methods and/or strategies are you using?
  4. Assessment: How are you assessing the impact of this project on student learning?
  5. Results: What are your findings?
  6. Application: What can instructors in other disciplines learn from this project and how can they apply it in different contexts?

Successful proposals will

  • Address all the criteria questions for the category
  • Be in paragraph/abstract form (i.e., free of numbered lists and sub-headers)
  • Clearly communicate your work to readers from other disciplines
  • Explain applications/implications of your work for teaching and learning in higher education
  • Be publishable as-is for all Symposium-related materials (program and website)

Attendees at the Symposium come from a wide range of disciplines. Please write your proposal in a way that clearly communicates to an audience of teachers across UW.

Submissions were accepted November 8 – January 10. The deadline for submissions has passed.

2022 Timeline for presenters

  • November 8, 2021 – January 10, 2022 (5:00 p.m.): Proposal submissions accepted
  • February 22, 2022: Application results sent to First Presenters
  • March 8, 2022: First Presenters of accepted proposals must confirm their intent to submit
  • April 4, 2022: Full program posted on the Symposium event site
  • April 19, 2022: Synchronous, in-person poster presentations (2:00-4:30 p.m. in the UW Seattle Hub Ballroom)
  • April 19-26, 2022: Asynchronous, online presentations

Questions? Contact us at teaching@uw.edu