SoTL 2015 Conference

We are pleased to invite you to our 7th Annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference at Maryville University, October 9-10, 2015. Within our overarching focus of Integrating the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning into Academic Culture, this year’s specific theme will be:

Creating a More Inclusive Learning Community: Awareness, Action, Inquiry

The twin goals of diversity and inclusion are central components of most college and university strategic plans today.These commitments recognize a striking new reality in demographics and an uncompromising belief that our nation’s future depends largely on higher education’s capacity to effectively serve a more diversified student body. In support of this critical agenda, our conference goal is for all participants to leave with:

  • Increased awareness of the exclusionary practices and prejudices that have had a negative learning impact on students of different backgrounds and abilities
  • A repertoire of new actions and strategies for building a more inclusive learning community for all students
  • A commitment to try new approaches and examine their impact through SoTL inquiry.

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Keynote Speakers:

Jamie WashingtonRev. Dr. Jamie Washington is President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a Multicultural Organizational Development Firm in Baltimore, MD, and President and a Founder of the Social Justice Training Institute, focused on bringing about cultural change through a diversity lens. Dr. Washington also serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Social Ethics at Winston Salem State University. A writer, speaker, coach, consultant, teacher and trainer with over 30 years of experience in higher education, he has presented throughout the US, as well as in Canada and South Africa.

Sherry Lee LinkonDr. Sherry Lee Linkon is professor of English and the director of the Writing Program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Her research in the scholarship of teaching and learning examines student learning in disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses in the humanities, and she studies and speaks about social class issues in higher education. Dr. Linkon, author of Literary Learning: Teaching in the English Major (2011) and Teaching Working Class (1999) currently serves as United States Vice President of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL).


PLUS: Exciting Announcement! Maryville has added Five New Panels/Workshops to its 7th Annual SoTL Conference Program on October 9-10. The following Special Invited Sessions will feature experts from different universities, offering practical strategies and supporting research for Creating a More Inclusive Learning Community:

    • Reducing Stereotype Threat and Fostering a Growth Mindset
      This workshop will offer an opportunity to learn about research on “stereotype threat,” a phenomenon that can affect student performance in the classroom, as well as to discuss strategies that can reduce the effects of stereotype threat and support learning by all students. We will discuss ideas for applying these strategies in courses across the disciplines.


    • Understanding and Addressing the Needs of International Students: Perspectives from Teaching, Learning, and Administration.
      International students often face linguistic and cultural challenges which can hinder successful inclusion into society and the classroom. This panel presents perspectives from an instructor, an international student, and an administrator who will offer strategies for successfully incorporating international students into the classroom, for learning and thriving in the U.S. as an international student, and for adjusting programs and services to meet international students’ needs.


    • Employing Easy to Use Technological Resources to Aid Students Who Struggle with Basic Academic Tasks
      What can you do when some of your students find the most basic of academic tasks challenging? This session will demonstrate a variety of technological resources to assist students who struggle with the fundamentals of reading, writing, and studying.


    • Supporting Students with Disabilities
      Higher education disability support providers from a variety of institutions will discuss challenges and successes on a variety of topics including universal design and strategies for supporting students with disabilities.


  • Creating Greater Inclusion for LGBT….in the Classroom
    How do your students know if it’s safe to come out as LGBT persons or allies?Have you ever had a moment of tension because of differing views or LGBT issues in your class? Do you wonder what to do when religion, race and sexuality collides? This session will invite honest conversation about real issues related to creating greater inclusion for LGBT persons and allies.



  • April 15 – Call for Proposals Published
  • May 1 – Online Registration Opens
  • June 15 – Proposal Submission Deadline
  • July 15 – Proposal Acceptance Notification
  • August 15 – Registration for Presenters of Panels, Workshops, and Breakout Sessions
  • September 7 – Early Bird Pricing Ends



  • Individuals: $300.00
  • Groups of 4 or more from the same institution: $225.00 per person
  • Groups of 10 or more from the same institution: $180.00 per person
  • Students: $85.00
  • Late Fee (after September 7): $50.00

Registration Fee includes:

  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Cocktail Buffet on Friday, Oct.9
  • Breakfast, Lunch on Saturday, Oct. 10
  • All conference snacks and materials