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Proposals sought for Teacher-Scholar Forum

The Center for Faculty Development is seeking proposals for its Teacher-Scholar Forum, a high-profile regional conference planned to bring deeper content and a broader cast of presenters than past professional development events.

All proposals will be peer-reviewed following a double-blind protocol by experts in teaching and learning.

The University has held first-rate Spring Forums for the past four years, mostly featuring MSU Denver presenters. The Teacher-Scholar Forum builds on that tradition. It will assemble faculty from Denver and Front Range institutions and possibly beyond to discuss the intellectual work of advancing student learning and success. The call for proposals invites presentations on topics such as course design, high-impact instructional practices, cooperative learning and STEM education.

“We can take what has been a successful MSU Denver event from the past, when we have showcased MSU Denver expertise to an MSU Denver audience and turn it into something…regarded by faculty from throughout the region and beyond as a real high-quality opportunity to explore, develop and share ideas about teaching and learning,” says Mark Potter, director of the Center for Faculty Development.

Potter is working with his counterparts at six partner institutions and others to get the word out to their campuses about the forum. The call for proposals has gone out to faculty at those schools as well as at MSU Denver.

All proposals will go through a rigorous peer-review following a double-blind protocol by a team made up of teaching and learning experts from several colleges and universities who will determine whether a submission meets the criteria and is of high enough quality to be on the program. The submission deadline is Nov. 9.

Even though the forum is no longer strictly University-centric, “we’ll still be engaging with MSU Denver faculty,” Potter says. “They will be able to come to this conference and get out of it everything they have in the past and more because of that cross-fertilization that will take place and their conversations with faculty from beyond their institution.”

For information on the call for proposals and registration for the Feb. 22 forum, click here.

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