Colleague Days

The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) in partnership with the Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce that we are accepting proposals for the Fall 2021 Colleague Development Days. The professional development event is scheduled for August 17 – 19, 2021. Once the proposals are received, they will be reviewed by a Planning Committee composed of CETL staff, a representative from the Faculty Development Team and the Office of Academic Affairs. Speakers will be notified by April 26 if their proposals will be included in the program. Please take a moment to review the Call for Proposals. We anticipate that Colleague Development Days may be presented virtually and/or in person. To assist in planning, we are asking that you indicate on your proposal if you prefer presenting in-person, virtually, or either.

Call for Proposals

The Fall 2021 Colleague Development Days Call for Proposals is now open. The Planning Committee is inviting program proposals that provide new thinking and best practices, engage faculty, staff, and administrators in discussion, and encourage dialogue before, during, and after sessions. All faculty and staff are invited to submit a proposal as a solo presenter or with a colleague(s). We encourage you to consider presenting a session that would be of interest to staff and faculty. Please plan to offer sessions that are 60 or 75 minutes long and include interactive activities. Topics are not limited to, but example submission topics include:

  • Student engagement or support in today’s academic climate
  • Creative teaching to improve interaction or outcomes
  • Health and well-being
  • Giving feedback that promotes learning
  • Promoting civility in the classroom and/or workplace
  • Incorporating experiential learning
  • Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Justice
  • Integrating mission in the classroom or workplace
  • Share a special expertise, publication, or research

In addition, we invite presentations that demonstrate what you have been doing in your department, classroom or lab, or school/college.

Proposal Requirements

  • Title
  • Presenters (limited to 3 co-presenters)
  • Session Focus (Faculty and/or Staff and/or Admin Development)
  • Delivery preference in-person or online
  • Session Theme (choose from list)
  • Session Learning Objectives (2 Minimum)
  • Session Description (75 words or less)
  • Session Length (60 or 75 minutes)

Proposals are submitted online

Submit Colleague Development Day Proposal

The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, April 9th, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Final notification of proposals accepted for Colleague Development Days will be sent via e-mail by April 26th, 2021.

The CETL lead for this event is Elizabeth Royal. If you have questions regarding Colleague Development Days, please contact her at