Conference Information

14th Annual CCTL Conference on Teaching and Learning

2015 CCTL Conference

The 14th Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning will take place Jan. 7-8, 2015. Niagara University's Committee on College Teaching and Learning has selected Dr. Maryellen Weimer as the keynote speaker for the 2015 conference.

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In 2007, Dr. Weimer retired from Penn State as a professor emeritus of teaching and learning. For the last 13 years of her career at Penn State, she taught communication courses, first-year seminars and other courses business students at one of Penn State’s regional campus colleges. In 2005, she won Penn State’s Milton S. Eisenhower Award for distinguished teaching.

Before returning to full-time teaching, Dr. Weimer was the associate director of the National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning and Assessment, a five-year, $5.9 million, U. S. Department of Education research and development center. The center, a consortium of six universities, was part of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State University, where Dr. Weimer was a senior research associate.  

Dr. Weimer has a Ph.D. in speech communication from Penn State, which she received in 1981. For the next 10 years, she directed Penn State’s Instructional Development Program.

Dr. Weimer has numerous publications, including articles in referred journals, book chapters, books reviews, and service on the editorial boards of journals. She has consulted with more than 600 colleges and universities on instructional issues. Dr. Weimer regularly keynotes national meetings and regional conferences.

Since 1987, she has edited the Teaching Professor, a monthly newsletter on college teaching with 15,000 subscribers. Her blog, found at, has 75,000 subscribers. She edited or authored eight books, including a 1990 book on faculty development, a 1993 book on teaching for new faculty, and a 1995 anthology edited with Robert Menges, Teaching on Solid Ground. She was primary author of a Kendall-Hunt publication, Teaching Tools, a collection of collaborative, active and inquiry-based approaches to be used in conjunction with Biological Perspectives, an NSF-funded introductory biology text, created by Biological Sciences Curriculum Studies (BSCS). In 2002, Jossey-Bass published her book, Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice, which has sold more than 28,000 copies. A second and significantly revised edition of Learner-Centered Teaching was released in January 2013. Her book, Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning, was published in February 2006 and her book, Inspired College Teaching: A Career-Long Resource for Professional Growth, was released by Jossey-Bass in March 2010.

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Call for Proposals

Educators from across the United States and Canada who can contribute their experience and expertise with active and integrative learning, in its many varieties, and discuss how it is best encouraged and assessed, are invited to submit proposals for presentations and panels focusing upon their efforts to promote learning within individual courses, curricula or programs.

Presentations will occur during concurrent sessions on Wednesday, Jan. 7, and Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Proposals should include a 300-word description of the proposed session including the title, author(s), and the institution and position of each author. The description should include a statement of how the audience will be engaged. The concurrent presentation times are either 45 or 60 minutes in length. If you have a preference, feel free to include that in your proposal, although your first choice is not guaranteed. There will also be a poster session on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Poster proposals should be in the same format as concurrent session proposals and should describe the content of the poster.

Proposals should be submitted electronically via The deadline for proposals  is Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. Notification of acceptance will be given in late November. Please note that all presenters must register for the conference. Accepted presenters have the option of including their paper archived on the NU website. The deadline for papers will be Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Further information will be provided in acceptance letters.

Conference Schedule at a Glance for Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

1:30-3:30 p.m. Registration St. Vincent's Hall, 4th Floor Atrium
1:45-2:30 p.m. Concurrent session I St. Vincent's Hall, 3rd Floor
2:30-3:30 p.m. Reception and poster session St. Vincent's Hall, 4th Floor Atrium
3:30-5 p.m. Keynote address: Dr. Maryellen Weimer                                                                     St. Vincent's Hall, Amphitheatre

Conference Schedule at a Glance for Thursday, January 8, 2015

8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast   St. Vincent's Hall, 4th Floor Atrium
9:00-10:00 a.m. Plenary session I: Dr. Maryellen Weimer St. Vincent's Hall, Amphitheatre
10:15-11:00 a.m. Concurrent sessions II St. Vincent's Hall, 3rd Floor
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Concurrent sessions III St. Vincent's Hall, 3rd Floor
12:30-1:15 p.m. Lunch (included) Gallagher Center, Lower Level
1:30-2:30 p.m. Concurrent sessions IV St. Vincent's Hall,
3rd Floor
2:45-3:30 p.m. Plenary session II: Dr. Maryellen Weimer                                         St. Vincent's Hall, Amphitheatre

2014 Conference

Thank you to everyone, particularly the CCTL members, presenters, and Dr. Barbara Millis, our keynote speaker, all of whom helped to make the 2014 conference a tremendous success.