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 8th Annual UWM Teaching and Learning Symposium to be held on Thursday, January 12, 2023.

Once again, this year’s symposium will be held virtually. The virtual format will provide an opportunity for even more UWM instructors to participate and to connect with each other in new ways.

Proposal Details

Please submit a proposal to present or discuss any topic related to teaching and student learning in any teaching mode (face-to-face, online, blended/hybrid, synchronous, or flipped). Proposals that explore efforts to improve student learning or the curriculum at the department, program, or college level are of particular interest.

Virtual Sessions

All sessions will be offered through Zoom. CETL will provide technical support to presenters using Zoom, including training and practice sessions and a tip sheet for facilitating within a synchronous virtual environment. Presenters do NOT need to have any prior experience using Zoom to participate.

Session Types

Proposals should identify one of the following two formats:

Interactive Sessions

In Interactive Sessions, facilitators share pedagogical strategies, course designs, technology tools, curricular innovations, or departmental/institutional initiatives that advance teaching and learning. Effective online presentations incorporate engagement strategies, so facilitators should plan to interact with attendees in the Zoom session using chat, polls, breakout rooms, and/or other digital tools. All Interactive Sessions are 45 minutes long.


In Birds-of-a-Feather sessions, facilitators guide conversations about timely teaching and learning topics. These sessions are intended to encourage the exchange of ideas and resources, promote mutual learning, and foster connections. Facilitators should plan to engage attendees using generative questions; in Zoom sessions, chat, polls, and/or breakout rooms are useful tools to spark discussion. All Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are 45 minutes long.


Proposals will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the topic to individual instructors or wider institutional initiatives
  • Clarity of session outcomes and the likelihood of achieving them
  • Potential interest to the campus community
  • Effectiveness of proposed interactive engagement strategies
  • Quality of the proposal (clarity, organization, submission timeliness)

Submit a Proposal

Please fill out the form below to submit a proposal for the 2023 Teaching and Learning Symposium. The deadline for proposals is Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 11:59pm CDT. Applicants will be notified of their proposal’s status by late November. Three symposium sample proposals are available to use as a guide.

Proposal Form