Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning

Call for Proposals

Students enter and leave their post-secondary education with a multiplicity of commitments and identities that inform their experiences as learners. The majority of 21st-century students juggle jobs, family, health, and finances, in addition to coursework and planning for the future. Teaching the whole person – encompassing mind, body, heart, and spirit – addresses these competing pressures by affirming students’ and instructors’ humanity. According to Schoem, Modey and St. John (2017), supporting the whole student through teaching and learning provides a number of benefits by increasing “student commitment to learning because students see themselves as part of an engaged, supportive and caring scholarly community” (p. xii). How do we consider these factors as we educate the whole student at our institutions?

Colleagues are invited to submit proposals for sessions that might consider, but are not limited to, the following questions: 

  • How can educating the whole student foster relationships and build community to promote learning?
  • How does the work of student affairs intersect with the concept of educating the whole student?
  • How do we support “soft-skill” development?
  • Does the curriculum include opportunities for educating students holistically? 
  • What initiatives around educating the whole student are currently in practice at our institutions? 
  • How do we educate the whole student online? Using technology? In large classes? In graduate seminars? 


Schoem, D., Modey, C., & St. John, E. P. (2017). Teaching the whole student: Engaged learning with heart, mind, and spirit. Sterling, VA: Stylus. 

Session Formats

DCUTL will feature four session formats: (1) 25-minute Research Papers, (2) 25-minute Promising Practices, (3) 50-minute Studios, and (4) 5-minute Lightning Rounds. Each is described below. Individual or group submissions are welcome, and joint submissions with students are highly encouraged. 

25-minute Research Papers: This format provides the opportunity for presenters to involve their peers in an engaging paper related to new or ongoing research. Sessions should include opportunities for questions and discussion, within the 25-minute timeframe.

25-minute Promising Practices: This format is designed for sessions that describe examples of creative or innovative approaches to teaching and learning and their impact on student learning. Practices should be grounded in the literature. Sessions should include opportunities for interaction, questions, and discussion, within the 25-minute timeframe.

50-minute Studios: This format is designed to provide a workshop space where participants will collaborate on a mini project related to the conference theme. Proposals should clearly indicate: session learning outcomes, how participants will actively contribute to the session, and the meaningful takeaways for studio participants.

5-minute Lightning Rounds: This format allows presenters five minutes to showcase a pedagogical strategy, describe a classroom practice, or introduce a teaching and learning concept related to the conference theme. Sessions will not include opportunities for audience questions or discussion.

Proposal Submission Format

Submissions 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 - Include references related to your submission, if applicable. 

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 or Abstract. Reviewers adhere to the proposal evaluation rubric.

Submission Procedures

Submissions can be made by:

  1. Completing the online form: DCUTL Call for Proposal form.  

The deadline for proposals is: Monday, February 3, 2020

AV Requests

All rooms for the conference are equipped with a computer with USB ports and network connections, video-data projectors, standard whiteboards, markers, and flipchart paper. 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.