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Engaging Pedagogy Conference 2023

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Engaging Pedagogy is a regional, interdisciplinary conference serving faculty and staff committed to producing deeper and more effective teaching and learning initiatives.

The Engaging Pedagogy conference, hosted by Texas Lutheran University, provides a forum for participants from over 20 regional schools to share the ways in which we critically reflect on our teaching and learning and creatively adapt what we know to serve our diverse community of students. When we are at our best, students learn to critically reflect on their learning and life practices. National trends tell us that colleges and universities struggle to help students persist and succeed in this endeavor. In answer to these challenges, we will critically reflect on our own teaching and learning, and creatively adapt what we know to serve our diverse community of students, and by so doing, make ourselves better able to help our students.

Inclusivity and Engagement: Charting the Course Ahead

The last two years have given us many reasons to rethink and revise our pedagogy and practices to focus on improving student engagement and creating a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable learning environment for all students. We have also learned that we and our students can do hard things: navigate a global pandemic, contend with the threat of violence on school campuses, and push beyond our comfort zones in conversations about politics and human rights. The focus of this conference will be on sharing what we have done and are doing to continue to make our classrooms spaces for learning and progress where all students feel able and welcome to engage in intellectual pursuits that help them live through the current moment while also preparing them for their lives ahead.


Registration for the conference opens February 1, 2023, and will close April 15, 2023. This year, there will be a $50 non-refundable registration fee to help cover operational costs. Lunch is included in the fee.

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We are now accepting proposals for the 2023 TLU Regional Engaging Pedagogy Conference. Program sessions will run for 40 minutes and should be facilitated discussions which involve participants. Workshop presenters will facilitate participant discussion focusing on a pedagogy initiative, research paper, or trending phenomenon. We ask that presenters provide a one-page handout for participants to leave with. The deadline for submissions is March 30, 2023. Proposals will be reviewed, and notifications will go out by the end of March 2023. The committee will evaluate submissions based on their quality of content and connection to the conference theme.

We are seeking proposals that delve into the following areas:

Learning Motivation

Proposals that explore and apply work on student sense of self, motivation, persuasion, and/or persistence. These might include but are not limited to altering student perceptions of their ability to fit in and succeed, nurturing effective student collaboration, or becoming more resilient in the face of failure.

Innovative Pedagogy

Proposals focus on innovative pedagogy design. These might include high impact practices, group work design, facilitation strategies, integrating contemporary real-world problems/applications, and other approaches that encourage deeper student engagement with the course material, course mates, or the institution in ways that produce deeper learning and/or successful retention.

Creating a More Inclusive Learning Environment

Proposals that help us better support historically marginalized communities (including but not limited to Mexican American, Latina/o, African American, Women, LGBTQI, Veteran, first generation, and working-class populations) by integrating contributions (cultural experiences, scholarship, art, representative data sets…) and by developing teaching practices that better connect with our students’ diverse experiences.

Blended/Hybrid/On-Line Applications

Proposals that explore innovative uses and evaluation of technology in blended/hybrid/on-line courses. For example, programs may work toward:

  • Creating faculty/staff proficiency and excellence in the blended learning environment,
  • Developing specific strategies for assessing how blended learning impacts course outcomes,
  • Enhancing student engagement/participation,
  • Supporting pedagogical models with technology, and
  • Exploring emerging technology.

Collaborative Partnerships

Proposals that explore collaborative partnerships (crossing disciplines, departments, programs, or communities) that have enhanced student learning and/or align institutional processes to ease collaboration.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Area (Indicate at least 1 and no more than 3 that apply): Learning Motivation, Creating a More Inclusive Learning Environment, Blended/Hybrid/Online Applications, Collaborative Partnerships

  • Presentation Title (no more than 10 words)
  • Abstract (no more than 300 words) The abstract should identify the general content of the program and address the audience need your presentation fulfills.
  • Description of Presentation Plan (no more than 150 words). Please explain your plan for sharing your content and engaging your audience in the 40 minutes allotted.

If there is more than one presenter, please first identify the coordinating presenter first and then each of the additional presenters in the sections that follow.