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​25th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference

Friday, May 15th, 2020 | Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 120AB

25th anniversary teaching and learning conference
DePaul faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals for the 25th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. Each year the conference hosts roughly 300 faculty, staff, and other members of the DePaul community for a day of speakers, discussion, panels, and presentations.

Presentations should in some way be focused around teaching and learning, and can also relate to this year’s keynote topic specifically: student mental health. Our keynote speaker Richard Keeling M.D. is a noted expert in this area. In addition, we will hear from a panel of DePaul mental health experts who see and hear from students in crisis every day.

There are a few main session types that are welcomed: PechaKucha, roundtable discussions, and interactive workshops. Below are some example topics and questions that can help you draft a successful proposal:


  • Student success
  • Innovative teaching methods
  • Effective use of technology
  • Inclusion and diversity in teaching and learning
  • Teaching and DePaul’s mission
  • Students and global citizenship

General Questions

  • What aspect of your teaching are you most proud of that you could share with others?
  • How does your teaching help to realize DePaul’s Vincentian Mission?
  • How do you collaborate to help your students succeed?
  • What distinguishes effective teaching practices from ineffective ones?

Topical Questions

  • How do you support students’ mental health in your courses?
  • What are the benefits of understanding and supporting students’ mental health?
  • How can you help your students (and your colleagues) recognize the connection between mental health and success?
  • How can we, as educators, create spaces supportive of mental health for our students and one another?
  • How do you attend to your own mental health and well-being? 
The conference is sponsored by DePaul’s Center for Teaching and Learning with financial assistance from the Quality of Instruction Council (QIC). Key contributors to the planning of the conference include: Student Affairs, the University-Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL), and Faculty Council's Committee on Learning and Teaching (COLT).

The deadline to submit proposals is January 31st, 2020.

About the Keynote Speaker

Richard Keeling

Richard P. Keeling, M.D., leads Keeling & Associates, LLC (K&A)—a comprehensive higher education consulting firm focused on creating change for learning. He has worked with more than 300 institutions and organizations over more than 25 years of practice.

Dr. Keeling serves on the Board of Directors of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and has been president of four professional organizations in higher education. He has published more than 125 articles, monographs, and books. He served as Editor of the Journal of American College Health and has received the highest awards of both the American College Health Association (ACHA) and NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Before creating K&A, Dr. Keeling taught medicine, directed comprehensive health programs and services, and explored innovative, cross-institutional approaches to advancing student learning during 20 years on campus at the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Keeling took his bachelor's degree in English with highest honors from the University of Virginia and received his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine.
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