Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning


The 25th annual Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning (DCUTL) aims to promote the importance of university teaching and learning among faculty, staff, and graduate students. It is both a showcase for current research and practices and an opportunity to foster new ideas and projects. The 2023 conference will take place May 3 and 4 and the theme is:

Mawitam’k (Being Together): How can the the 5R’s of Indigenous Education— Respect, Responsibility, Relevance, Reciprocity, Relationships, Help Us to Imagine, Build, Nourish, and Sustain Teaching and Learning Communities

“Respect, responsibility, relevance, and reciprocity”, introduced by Kirkness and Barnhardt (2001), describe principles of Indigenous education that can guide and be applied to, Indigenization and Indigenous-student support efforts within post-secondary institutions. The fifth R, “relationships”, was later adopted to form the Five R’s of Indigenous education (Restoule et al. 2018).

While constructed to support Indigenous learners, the 5 R’s can be applied within multiple teaching and learning contexts including (but not limited to) student-centred learning, culturally relevant pedagogies, internationalization, and online pedagogies.  The 5 R’s, when applied to all learning spaces, course design, structure, and delivery, create learning opportunities that support individual growth and emphasize all students’ holistic well-being. This furthers the goal of truly Indigenizing and decolonizing our institutions.

Stephen Augustine, Executive Director, Donald Marshall Junior Institute at Cape Breton University and Hereditary Chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council will be our keynote speaker.

Submission procedures and proposal format details.

The call for proposals closes Monday February 6, 2023.  Please note, proposals from Indigenous (particularly Mi’kmaq) academics and knowledge holders are especially welcomed and encouraged.

If you have questions about this conference or call for papers contact clt@dal.ca or rachelle.mckay@dal.ca, Education Developer (Indigenous Knowledges & Ways of Knowing).