The University Teaching Council (UTC) at Kent State University is prepared and committed to provide Kent State’s second century of high-quality, lifelong learning. With support from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the UTC supports teaching and curriculum development to engage faculty and students in the learning process and provide excellence in scholarship.

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Annual Conference

The 22nd Annual Conference Celebrating Teaching

Oct. 22 -23 Call for Abstracts: Deadline July 1, 2015

This year the conference committee will be using a conference organization feature hosted by Digital Commons @ Kent State University Libraries. Having this and future conferences in the Digital Commons system will allow participants to provide additional materials (if desired) and their conference presentations will be findable online! When you first enter the system you will create an account if you do not already have one. Once the account is created you will be able to submit your proposal. Thank you for your support as we move towards this new system.

Submission divisions
  • Refereed Roundtables - Oct. 23 - Morning session: 9-10:30 a.m.
    • Two 40-minute sessions per roundtable will be presented
      • Deliver 10-minute presentation of key concepts (no PowerPoint or formal lecturing)
      • Stimulate and encourage discussion among participants at the table for the remaining 30 minutes
      • Provide at least 20 copies of handouts (where appropriate) for guests at the table (must not be multi modal presentations unless printable)
  • Panel Presentations - Oct. 23 - Morning session: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    • Two panels of three speakers will engage the audience
      • Present brief overview of the project - 12 minutes each, followed by Roundtable facilitated by each speaker
      • Stimulate and encourage discussion among participants for the remaining 45 minutes through Q&A session.
  • Poster Sessions - Oct. 23 - Afternoon session: 1:15-3:15 p.m.
    • Unlimited poster or display format to involve interaction among conference attendees
      • Present in any modality that is appropriate to suit content (multi modal presentations allowed)
      • Note: Support from the CTL is available to assist presenters with the design and layout of poster presentation.
Submission requirements
  • Indicate submission division (Roundtable, Panel, or Poster) and which of the FOUR PILLARS are referenced (If your choice cannot be honored, you will be asked to present in a different format)
  • Submit a clearly worded 100 to 150 word abstract describing the nature of the work as it pertains to this proposal. Include its applicability to teaching and how the authors will engage participants.
  • Include title (no more than 10 words), all authors and institutions
  • Proposal submissions will be peer-reviewed by a Celebrating College Teaching Conference ad-hoc committee.

Submit a Proposal for the 2015 conference

Thursday, Oct. 22 (Kiva, 7-9 P.M.)

A Dialogue with Scholars
Presenters: TBD

Friday, Oct. 23 (KENT Student Center Ballroom)

Provost’s Continental Breakfast and Roundtables (8:30-10:30 a.m.)
Roundtables
  • TBD

Invited Roundtables
  • Emeritus Roundtable, by Norm Duffy

  • University Teaching Council Roundtable

  • Thursday Dialogue Follow-up

Concurrent Panel Discussions Followed by Roundtables (Third floor Student Center, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)
  • TBD

President's Luncheon and Glenn W. Frank Lecture (12:30 - 2:30 p.m.)
  • Glenn W. Frank Lecture, by George Garrison

  • Award Presentations DTA and OTA

  • Poster Sessions (Ballroom perimeter)

Dessert Reception Ballroom (2:30-3:30 p.m.)

Please join in honoring recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award and Outstanding Teaching Award and other teaching awards and celebrating teaching excellence at Kent State.