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Call for Proposals: Innovations in Pedagogy Summit

The Sixth Annual Innovations in Pedagogy Summit will bring together faculty, staff, and students from across UVA and beyond to explore the theme Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Shifting from Thinking to Doing. Inclusive teaching is crucially important in higher education as we seek to be equally welcoming and responsive to the needs of all students. It is also a complex and intellectually rigorous endeavor, one in which the majority of university faculty and graduate student instructors have not been specifically trained. As we work to create more inclusive classrooms, it is therefore essential that instructors have opportunities to design, plan, and practice inclusive pedagogy.

In this year’s Summit, we focus on shifting inclusive teaching from aspiration to praxis. We invite proposals from across UVA, as well as from our colleagues at other colleges and universities, for interactive workshops and brief flash talks related to the conference theme. Sessions should highlight concrete strategies for creating more inclusive college classrooms and may aim to address questions such as:

  • What does it mean to be an inclusive teacher?
  • How do we acknowledge and respond to the differences among and needs of all of our students, considering factors including but not limited to diversity in race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, first generation status, and nationality?
  • What changes can instructors, departments, and schools make to create a climate of inclusive teaching?
  • How do inclusive approaches impact students’ learning experiences and success?
  • How can both instructors and students do a better job of disagreeing productively and civilly?
  • How can we promote a more inclusive climate beyond our classrooms, in public and private spaces across Grounds?

We invite proposals for two types of sessions:

  • Workshops: 75-minute interactive workshops give participants an opportunity to do hands-on work, reflection, and/or practice around a topic or question. They can include brief presentations by the facilitators, but the main goal of the session should be the active engagement of participants through structured activities. Collaboratively facilitated sessions which include a team of faculty, students (undergraduate and/or graduate), and/or staff are especially encouraged. Submissions for workshops should include a 100-word abstract that will appear in the program, as well as a detailed workshop proposal (maximum of 500 words, plus references). The detailed proposal should describe session goals, relevance to the Summit theme, a plan for participant engagement, and a suggested take-away that participants will be able to implement after attending the session.
  • Flash Talks: 5-minute flash talks are an opportunity for presenters to share brief, concrete inclusive teaching strategies, or to raise awareness about specific efforts to create a more inclusive climate. Flash talks will be grouped together and moderated to comprise one 75-minute concurrent session. Proposals for flash talks should include an outline of the talk (maximum of 200 words) addressing the following: what is the strategy or initiative? Why is it significant or useful in advancing more inclusive learning environments? How could others adopt or adapt this strategy or initiative?

Click here to submit a proposal for either session type. The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, February 23, 2018.

The Innovations in Pedagogy Summit will be held Wednesday, May 2, 2018, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, in Newcomb Hall, University of Virginia.