Focus on Teaching and Learning Conference
Spring 2015: January 8, 2015, 8:30 am – 4 pm
Corboy Law Center, Water Tower Campus
Call for Proposals
The Loyola University Chicago bi-annual Focus on Teaching & Learning (FOTL) conference is dedicated to the belief that as educators, we can grow and develop by learning through one another. We seek to contribute to a faculty and staff life that involves active scholarship, candid and vibrant collaboration, and innovative activities that reflect the University’s mission. Our hope is that FOTL can support faculty activity at all stages of development, and that work begun through this gathering can continue in myriad ways in faculty life.
The theme of this conference is "Social Justice: Presence and Promise in Jesuit Education.” This theme is intended to assist us in considering how the value of social justice is present, and how we can further advance this focus in our work here at Loyola, both inside and outside the classroom.
Dr. Carolyn Shields of Wayne State University will present the keynote address. Dr. Shields is a renowned educator and speaker who will share her expertise on incorporating issues of social justice into the curriculum.
We encourage submissions related to a wide variety of teaching-related topics. In addition, we hope to make submissions accessible enough for faculty to submit products that are works in progress, rather than fully conceived. FOTL is also an excellent venue for giving presentations that you may have already shared or plan to present at other conferences.
Sessions will vary in structure in order to provide a robust experience for presenters and participants. Presenters are asked to identify their preferred format in their proposal; however, reviewers may suggest alternative formats and/or combination of like topics to form symposia.
Workshop Sessions (60 minutes) are hands-on sessions that present theory, concepts, and/or practices (e.g., “Interpreting and Employing Feedback from IDEA to Your Teaching”).
Workshop Sessions (30 minutes) same format as the 60 minute sessions, but designed for more specific topics. Two 30-minute workshops may be combined to fill a one-hour time slot.
Symposium/Panels (60 minutes) combine a number of presenters who discuss their work on a similar topic (e.g., “The Value of Assessment Across an Institution”). After all presentations are completed, there will be time for questions and discussion.
Ignatian Innovation (7 minutes) provides a chance to share new ideas related to Ignatian Pedagogy, without the pressure of the need for these ideas to be fully formed. Presenters will be asked to discuss their topic briefly using PowerPoint, poster, or discussion format. Presenters will receive feedback on the idea and offer similar feedback to other colleagues. This venue, building off of the “Pecha Kucha” and “Ted Talk” formats, is intended to be fast-paced and creative. Our hope is that these sessions can focus explicitly on the five key concepts associated with Ignatian Pedagogy, including: Experience, Context, Reflection, Evaluation, and Action (see http://www.luc.edu/fcip/ignatianpedagogy/).