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Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Conference
Celebrating High Impact Learning at NIU
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
8 a.m. -3 p.m.
Duke Ellington Ballroom

We are committed to promoting excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creativity and artistry and outreach and service. We are excited to host the first Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship conference at NIU, with the goal of sharing best practices and celebrating the many ways that faculty and staff collaborate with regional partners and engage students using high-impact pedagogies and experiences.

Call for Proposals

We invite faculty and staff to submit conference proposals for individual or panel presentations and posters sharing best practices in engaged learning, teaching and scholarship at NIU. The deadline to submit a proposal is December 8, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed beginning December 11, 2017 and presenters will be notified the week of January 19, 2018.

Submit a Proposal

Concurrent Sessions

Sessions will focus on the practice and experience of engaged learning and teaching, in addition to the mutual benefits that result when academic scholars and institutions thoughtfully engage with local, regional/state, national and global communities.

Engaged learning may take the form of:

  • undergraduate research
  • service-learning
  • project- or problem-based learning
  • innovative practices
  • practical ways that community engagement, reciprocity and mutual benefits are obtained through strategic partnerships that result in positive economic or social benefits.

Proposals that include any combination of these practices are also encouraged.


Posters can focus on engaged research, scholarship, creativity and artistry, in addition to engaged learning, teaching and community partnerships. Community engaged research, scholarship, creativity or artistry addresses complex issues and generates knew knowledge or understanding.


This conference is free and open to the entire NIU campus community. Conference registration will open January 5, 2018.

Schedule at a Glance

Time Event
8 a.m. Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9 a.m. Welcome Remarks/Keynote Address (Acting President Lisa Freeman)
“Bringing NIU’s Mission to Life through Engagement”
9:15-9:45 a.m. Best Practice Concurrent Session I
10-10:30 a.m. Best Practice Concurrent Session II
10:45-11:30 a.m.  Plenary (TBD)
11:45 a.m. Poster Session begins
noon-12:45 p.m. Lunch
1-1:30 p.m. Best Practice Concurrent Session III
1:45 p.m. Closing Discussion: The Future of Engaged Learning at NIU

The Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Conference is being coordinated in collaboration with the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning, Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional DevelopmentFaculty Development and Instructional Design CenterCollege of Business: Experiential Learning Center and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Contact Us

Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
Altgeld Hall 100


Business Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.