Friday, November 30th at the UC Davis Conference Center

Proposals will be accepted through July 31, 2018.

Join us for The 3rd Annual UC Davis Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Conference, hosted by the Center for Educational Effectiveness. This conference is dedicated to celebrating and sharing the work of UC Davis’ growing community of scholarly educators. Together we will share research, ideas, practices and resources in support of evidence-supported teaching innovation at our university.

This conference is for you:

  • If you use a research mindset to assess and inform your teaching practices.
  • If you’ve collected data to help you learn about our students and better support their success.
  • If you innovate in the classroom and use evidence to understand the outcome.
  • If you’d like to discuss scholarly teaching ideas with other interested educators.
  • If you’d like to learn more about teaching research at UC Davis.

We invite you to submit a proposal to share your work, tools, and ideas with other scholarly educators at UC Davis.

Submission Topics

This conference honors the Scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL), which is practice-based educational research in which we pursue and share new knowledge about the practice of teaching and learning. In general, SOTL includes gathering and analyzing evidence as a means to make discoveries, inform designs, and evaluate outcomes. We welcome a variety of interpretations of SOTL in this conference.

We are particularly (but not exclusively) interested in submissions that showcase:

  1. Projects that present teaching innovations and use evidence to critically explore their outcomes;
  2. Work that promotes inclusivity, or helps us as educators to better understand our diverse students and their learning experiences;
  3. Work that shows methods or resources that others at UC Davis might use toward SOTL, or toward scholarly teaching more generally;
  4. Works-in-progress and exploratory works that invite constructive dialogue toward future projects;
  5. In general, work that is relevant and informative to UC Davis’ community of scholarly and reflective educators.

Types of Submissions

An aim of this conference is to foster constructive synthesis of ideas and interdisciplinary collaboration. Accordingly, we welcome contributions from across UC Davis’s educational community, including faculty, students, postdocs, and staff.

We are currently seeking submissions for presentations at the 2018 SOTL Conference using one of the following formats:

  • Talks (10 minutes, plus questions): A research presentation (typically with slides), ten minutes in duration with an additional five minutes for questions.
  • Resource Tables (45-minute session): A table-based, interactive discussion intended to introduce audiences to resources, techniques, and methods that audience members might use to further their own scholarly teaching pursuits. Resource tables often involve a semi-scripted introduction, live demo, unstructured questions, and handouts or follow-up materials. In the past, resource tables have provided a means to share a technique or resource described in a talk. Please consider planning for more than one presenter to accommodate multiple threads of discussion or demonstration.
  • Posters (45-minute session): An informative poster describing a research project, findings, or methods, intended to foster individual dialogue between the presenter and the poster’s visitors. A poster can be an appropriate companion to a talk, to provide interactive or data-rich exploration of a topic.


For more information, visit our Information for Presenters page.

Thanks to a sponsorship from HHMI through UC Davis' MIDAS project, this year we will host a special session focused on Inclusive Excellence. Our conference proposal application will prompt you to indicate whether your work should be considered for this session. We encourage you to submit SOTL work that pertains to inclusion at UC Davis for this session.

Proposal Submission: Format and Instructions

Submissions for the 2018 SOTL Conference will be accepted starting June 1, 2018. 

Our submission form will prompt you to provide a structured abstract (approximately 500 words), comprised of the following sections: Purpose, Main Findings, Description, Takeaways for UC Davis Educators. The form will also prompt you to provide a biography of each author/presenter to our system (less than 100 words each) and other supporting information. For more details, visit our submission page (available June 1). 

Proposal Submission Deadline: July 31, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

For more information, contact conference chair Stephanie Pulford at