Dal Alert!

Receive alerts from Dalhousie by text message.


Call for Proposals

The Centre for Learning and Teaching at Dalhousie is pleased to be celebrating the 22nd Annual Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning (DCUTL) on May 2nd and 3rd, 2018.

This year’s conference theme is “Exploring the Future(s) of Higher Education: Supporting Inclusive Teaching Excellence

What are our visions for the future of higher education and how will we bring them to fruition?  How do we prepare students for a future we cannot possibly fully envision?  What is the role of our educational institutions in helping students to create the world they want to live in?   

As a feature teaching and learning celebration during Dalhousie’s 200th Anniversary, the Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning will encourage dialogue about where we’ve been, and where we’re heading, in the higher education teaching and learning environment.  What it means to know, to learn, and to teach has changed significantly over the last 20 years, yet some aspects of our collective and individual teaching and learning practices have not changed at all. And while there are many prognosticators about the future, some foretelling decline and others exploring exciting new frontiers, change is inevitable.   Our choices about which pathways we will embrace is a crucial conversation for higher education.

The deadline for proposals will be February 5, 2018. 



The Conference theme supports many sub-themes including (but not limited to):

  • Teaching Excellence and Innovation: What teaching and learning practices – experiential learning, e-learning, high-impact practices - are having an impact on improving student outcomes in higher education? What are the constraints and enablers of excellence and innovation?
  • 21st Century Learners and Graduates: What is needed for student success in the 21st Century? What is the role of learners as partners in the future of higher education? What values, competencies, and beliefs (for example, related to collaboration, ethics, empathy, sustainability, diversity, etc) are we aiming to develop in our programs? How are our programs and teaching practices evolving to develop these attributes, to ladder student success into successful future paths beyond our institutions?
  • Diversity and Inclusivity: How do we create a more inclusive higher education environment? How do we best support increasingly diverse students? What might we do to create a more diverse or inclusive curriculum, or to implement more inclusive pedagogies in our classrooms?
  • Evidence-Based Practice: How do we use evidence to inform teaching and learning?  What opportunities are there to enhance our work through the scholarship of teaching and learning and the growing area of academic analytics?
  • Technology-Enabled Learning and Innovative Learning Spaces: What is the role of technology in higher education? How might technology enable access and success for increasingly diverse learners? What kinds of innovative (classroom, online, community-based) learning spaces are required to enable our desired learning environment?

Session Formats

25-minute Research Papers

The presentation format provides the opportunity for presenters to involve their peers in an engaging paper related to new or ongoing research. Presentation should include opportunities for questions and discussion, within the 25-minute time-frame.

50-minute Presentations

The presentation format is designed for sessions that describe examples of creative approaches to teaching and learning and their impact on student learning, a conceptual tool that you have found useful, or a systematic inquiry that you may have conducted on the impact on student learning of a particular strategy. Presentations may have multiple authors. Presentation proposals should include opportunities for interaction and discussion.

50-minute Interactive Workshops

The workshop format is designed to provide a forum for the collaborative development and discussion of creative approaches to teaching and learning. Workshop proposals should clearly indicate how participants will actively contribute to the session.

50-minute Panels

Panel sessions are designed to foster discussion by illustrating different points of view. In a 50-minute time span, several presenters (one of whom will serve as a moderator) will present issues pertinent to the conference theme, and the moderator will facilitate discussion among the panelists and the audience.

Individual or group submissions are welcome, and joint submissions with students are highly encouraged. 

Proposal Format

Submission must be completed online through the DCUTL Call for Proposal form.

Proposal Title

Session Format

Author(s) and or Presenter(s)

Session Description (400 words) - Include relevance of topic to conference or pre-conference theme, importance of topic to teaching and learning, appropriate theory, research or practice, learning outcomes and methods to be used in the session. Please remove author names and institutional affiliations from the description.

Session Abstract (150 words) - To appear in the conference schedule.

References - Provide up to four references, not included in the abstract word count, following APA referencing and formatting standards.

Keywords - Provide up to five keywords that describe the session. 

N.B. All reviews are double blind. Please do not identify authors and/or presenters in the 'Session Description'. Reviewers adhere to the proposal evaluation rubric.

Submission Procedures

Submission must be completed online through the DCUTL Call for Proposal form.

The deadline for proposals will be February 5, 2018.

AV Requests

All rooms for the conference are equipped with a computer with USB ports and network connections, video-data projectors, and standard whiteboards. Any other equipment (such as manual flipcharts etc.) should be requested at the time of proposal submission. Wireless internet access will be available throughout the conference space.  

The organizing committee encourages presenters to use the equipment provided in the rooms.  If a presenter wishes to use their own laptop or device, they are responsible for providing their own mobile devices and adapters.

Slide clickers will not be available. Presenters are required to provide their own.


Please Note: This year, in addition to our DCUTL, the 2018 World Summit of the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows (IFNTF) will be hosted at Dalhousie from May 3rd to 5th.   The 2018 NFNTF summit will focus on Nurturing Teaching Excellence across Disciplines You may want to consider presenting at both our DCUTL and the IFNTF Summit.  Learn more about the Summit and the Call for Papers.

If you have questions regarding the Conference or Call for Proposals,
contact the Centre for Learning and Teaching at clt@dal.ca or call 902-494-6641.