Call for Proposals

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) invites UWM faculty, academic staff, and graduate teaching assistants to submit proposals for the 5th Annual UWM Teaching and Learning Symposium to be held on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

The symposium provides an opportunity for colleagues across campus to engage in thoughtful conversations about pedagogical strategies, course designs, technology tools, and initiatives that facilitate student success. The symposium is an annual celebration of the excellent work that UWM instructors and staff do.

Submit a Proposal
The call for proposals is now closed.

Proposal Details

Please submit a proposal to present, demonstrate, or discuss any topic that concerns teaching and student learning. Proposals related to all teaching modes (face-to-face, online, blended, self-paced, and flipped) are welcome. We also invite sessions on teaching and learning beyond the course level, considering issues related to curricular and university-wide teaching initiatives. Proposals that address retention, accessibility, large enrollment offerings, or first-year and sophomore-level courses are of particular interest, and those that address the symposium theme—Achieving Equity—will be given special consideration.

Proposals should identify one of the following two formats:

  • Interactive Presentation
  • Birds-of-a-Feather

Proposals will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the topic
  • Potential interest to the campus community
  • Proposed engagement strategies
  • Quality of the proposal (clarity, organization, submission timeliness)

Feel free to review the sample proposal to help you prepare. The deadline for proposals is November 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their proposal’s status by November 15. If your proposal is accepted, CETL will award you with travel funding to attend the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) Spring Conference next April! A tip sheet for presenters will also be available to help you prepare for the symposium.

Format Expectations

Some sessions may be combined, with two or more presentations during each time slot, for the purposes of scheduling. The symposium organizers will make every effort to match your preference.

Interactive Presentation

Interactive Presentation

Interactive presentations are 45-minute sessions in which presenters share pedagogical strategies, course designs, technology tools, curricular innovations, or department/institutional initiatives that support or advance teaching and student learning. Presenters are strongly encouraged to engage session attendees through discussion or other activities and should provide time for audience Q&A.



Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are 45-minute, informal conversations designed to foster connections around a common theme or topic related to teaching and learning. Facilitators will not deliver a formal presentation but will instead lead a discussion about their proposed theme or topic to encourage the exchange of ideas, challenges, and resources among participants with the potential for future follow-up contact.