Aim: To examine the impacts of community engagement on learning environments in higher education
Proposal Deadline: April 11, 2014
Conference Dates: January 20 – January 22, 2015 (Tues., Wed., Thurs.)
Venue: Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, USA
The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) and Utah Valley University’s Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence (FCTE) invite you to attend the 2014 International HETL – SoTE Conference, to be held in Orem, Utah, USA. HETL and FCTE’s Office of Scholarship of Teaching & Engagement (SoTE) invite you to submit a proposal. At the conference, you will have the opportunity to explore new developments in community engagement with colleagues from around the world.
Utah provides a great backdrop for the 2015 International HETL – SoTE Conference. Orem, Utah is located at the foot of Mt. Timpanogos and minutes away from many world class attractions. UVU is only a half hour south of Salt Lake City and a half hour from the internationally famous Sundance Film Festival and Park City Ski Resort. Utah is a unique destination with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The January climate in Utah is ideal for many winter activities and sightseeing, offering average temperatures of 32F/0C. In Utah, you will enjoy the great mountain ranges of the American West – national parks, beautiful mountain landscapes, world-class ski resorts, and a thriving cultural life with a pioneering flair. Tap into your sense of adventure! See Visit Utah for more information about Utah. Utah is one cool place to visit.
About the Theme
Community-based engaged learning in higher education has traditionally been facilitated through programs such as internships, cooperative education programs, and more recently, service-learning programs. Not only have these programs helped to bridge the divide between “town and gown” but they have also provided a more authentic and experiential based means to enhance learning through application of curricula-based knowledge to real-world scenarios. However, the demands of the interconnected global society of the twenty-first century will undoubtedly require educators to rethink what community engagement means in the modern era. It will also require educators to rethink how best to prepare students to not only be better prepared for the twenty-first economy but also how to live more meaningful lives, personally and socially.
The perspective on community engagement by Hoy and Johnson (Deepening Community Engagement in Higher Education, 2013) helps educators envision an emerging future for higher education institutions—a future that challenges students to be more engaged and more self-directed in all aspects of their learning and for institutions to be more democratic in their governance and in their relationship with the wider community in which they exist. The continued development of higher education around the world will, no doubt, depend in large measure upon the continued development of meaningful and sustainable partnerships with the communities and organizations beyond the boundaries of the campus. As such, the partnerships and collaborations that are forged between educators and the community should be purposeful, integrated, symbiotic, and meaningful.
This conference will explore various ways to enhance and transform teaching and learning through meaningful community engagement by students, faculty and administration. This conference will explore community engagement for deep and meaningful learning from multiple disciplinary and institutional perspectives. This conference will cover a wide range of research and perspectives on learning-centered teaching practices, curricular activities, and assessment methods related to community engagement.
It’s More Affordable than You May Think
Utah is an ideal location in the American West making travel from many locations convenient. The conference organizing committee has worked hard to make the total cost of attending the conference affordable. Airfare and lodging is very reasonably priced. Please submit your presentation proposal before the April 11, 2014 deadline.
Utah is a very ecologically friendly city with a high quality of living. Utah is known for its beautiful landscapes, mountains, and ski resorts. It also has a thriving cultural life with such international events such as the Sundance Film Festival. This site makes for an ideal backdrop to participate in presentations and workshops by leading scholars and faculty, distinguished international speakers, as well as informal networking and dialogue. Please join us!
We look forward to seeing you in Utah!
The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (referred to as HETL) is a certified non-profit organization in the State of New York (USA) with headquarters in New York City. HETL’s scope is international with a global membership. HETL works with and supports individual educators, as well as all types of educational institutions, associations, centers, and other groups interested in improving teaching and learning in higher education.
The long-term vision of HETL is to improve educational outcomes in higher education by creating new knowledge and advancing the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning. To bring that vision to reality, the present mission of HETL is to develop a global community of higher education professionals who come together to share their knowledge and expertise in teaching and learning. To effectively fulfill that mission, HETL adheres to the values of academic integrity, collegiality, and diversity. As such, HETL supports academic and pedagogical pluralism as well as practices that promote sustainable learning.
Utah Valley University (UVU) is conveniently located in Orem, Utah, just 30 minutes south of Salt Lake City and a short drive to international tourist destinations and other points of interest. UVU sits at the foot of Mt. Timpanogos and is only about 30 minutes away from the internally famous Sundance Ski Resort and just 45 minutes away from the renowned Park City Ski Resort. The 2015 HETL – SoTE Conference will be held to coincide with the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah from January 22 – February 1, 2015. While in Utah, conference goers have the exciting opportunity to attend one of the world’s premier film events.
UVU is a teaching institution which provides opportunity, promotes student success, and meets regional educational needs. UVU builds on a foundation of substantive scholarly and creative work to foster engaged learning. The university prepares professionally competent people of integrity who, as lifelong learners and leaders, serve as stewards of a globally interdependent community. This conference marks the 7th annual Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement conference (SoTE) at UVU.
All submitted proposals will be blind peer reviewed by referees to ensure academic quality and appropriateness of the proposal topic.
Possible topic areas under this track may include: service learning in local and global communities, community-based student research, human, social, economic, and environmental sustainability, democratic engagement for local and global citizenship, perspectives on citizenship, social action, and identity development in democratic societies, cultivating student learning communities for community engagement, integrating political and religious activities into community engagement as pathways for meaningful and high impact learning.
Possible topic areas under this track may include: faculty research with industry, faculty service to community, faculty development for community engagement across disciplines, cultivating faculty learning communities for community engagement, connecting coursework to community work.
Possible topic areas under this track may include: integrating community engagement into the institutional mission and vision, creating institutional culture and infrastructure for community engagement, strategic planning to bridge the divide between campus and community, forging strategic partnerships for community engagement, social media and technology as a tool for campus and community collaborations, the nexus of institutional & community culture, negotiating boundaries between campus and community.
Conference Session Types
This conference will have individual presentations in roundtable (panel) discussion format and interactive workshop format as well as a poster session.
Holiday Inn Express
Courtyard by Marriott
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
Baymount Inn & Suites
These transportation options are available to get from the airport to the hotel and back.
All Resort Shuttle
Bus and rail services are available to use throughout the conference. Fares and details can be found on Utah Transit Authority's RideUTA webpage. Frontrunner, the high speed rail service, and Trax or Bus are less expensive ways to reach your hotel in the Provo/Orem area. UTA provides users with a "Trip Planner" tool to help plan your trip. Maps can be found here.
Rental cars are available from Salt Lake City International Airport. Information can be found on their website.
The Sundance Film Festival is one of the premier film festivals in world for the last 35 years. It promotes and recognizes excellence in independent film making and takes place annually in Utah, USA. Sundance attracts about 50,000 people from all over the world. The festival showcases new films from film-making artists from all over the world. The festival hosts competitions in several different categories. May films showcased at the festival have gone on the receive Oscars, especially in the documentary category. In addition, many directors who have debuted their films at the festival have gone on to receive worldwide acclaim, including Steven Soderbergh, Darren Aronofsky, and Quentin Tarantino. Also see, 5 things to do during Sundance besides watching films.
Nestled in the mountains behind the grand Timpanogos peak, Sundance Resort has a world-class restaurant, spa, and ski area. Less than 15 miles from Utah Valley University, the core of Sundance was established in 1969 by Robert Redford and has become a haven for environmental conservation and artistic experimentation. As their website states, “Years of experimentation and refinement have ultimately resulted in what we now call Sundance. The Sundance Institute, the spectacular skiing, the stunning natural scenery, and the tasteful excellence of the accommodations combine to make Sundance dynamically unique. Sundance’s ability to blend process and place puts it in uncharted waters on a steady course of its own.” Find out more at Sundance Resort and Visit Utah.
Utah is a unique destination with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The January climate in Utah is ideal for many winter activities and sightseeing, offering average temperatures of 32F/0C. In Utah, you will enjoy the great mountain ranges of the American West – national parks, beautiful mountain landscapes, world-class ski resorts, and a thriving cultural life with a pioneering flair. Tap into your sense of adventure! See Visit Utah for more information about Utah. Utah is one cool place to visit.
All conference activities (sessions, luncheons, etc) will be held at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, USA. A detailed conference schedule/program will be emailed to all delegates prior to the conference.
The conference registration fee covers the following items:
- allows you to participate in all conference activities for the three day conference
- if your proposal was accepted, you will present your proposal during one of the conference sessions
- if your proposal was accepted, your proposal will appear in the conference proceedings (online and hardcopy)
- if your proposal was accepted, you may submit a full paper for possible publication in our journals
- if you submitted a full paper, opportunity to win best paper or other awards
- conference lodging rate as long as rooms are available (so book your room early)
- wine and full array of appetizers during day one of the conference (reception)
- full sit-down lunch as well as coffee/tea/water during breaks for day two of the conference
- full sit-down lunch as well as coffee/tea/water during breaks for day three of the conference.
We do not get directly involved in the visa application process. If you reside outside the USA and you will be attending the conference, it is your responsibility to determine what the visa requirements are, if any, for your particular country. If your proposal has been accepted, we will only provide you with a “letter of invitation” to attend the conference. The “letter of invitation” is not a legal document and it does not by itself grant you permission to enter the USA but you may use it to help you secure a visa if your country requires that you get visa approval one before departure. You should contact the appropriate government agency in your particular country to determine your country’s visa requirements.
Each conference participant is responsible for making their own airline reservations and paying for their own airline tickets. Airfares may vary greatly from city to city and depending on the travel dates so it is advisable to not wait until the last minute to book your tickets. We suggest you plan early and look into airline departure and return dates/times and airfares as soon as possible. It is advisable to purchase refundable tickets if available in case of a personal emergency that would prevent you from attending the conference.
If you wish to rent a car while at the conference, each conference participant is responsible for making their own car rental reservations and paying for their car rental fees.
See the registration fee dates on the conference web page.
Yes. All presentation abstracts will appear in the proceedings.
Any presenter may submit a full paper but full paper submissions are optional. All full papers received will go through the normal double-blind refereed review process and the best papers will be published in a special issue(s) of our journal(s). For the special issues published from our last conference, see https://www.hetl.org/publications/ and http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=2050-7003&volume=5&issue=2
Easels will be provided for posters. Black form boards will be available to clip your poster to if needed. Black form boards measure 4 feet x 6 feet or 1.2 meters x 1.8 meters. For ideas on how to organize posters, visit these sites: "Effective Posters" or "Poster Templates".
|9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||HETL Executive Advisory Board Meeting|
|10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||HETL Board of Directors Meeting|
|12:00 p.m.||Lunch on Your Own|
|1:00 p.m.||Opening of Conference|
|1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.||Registration (pick up packet and name badge)|
|1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Reception for all (water, coffee, tea, sodas, hors d'oeuvres)|
|2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.||Opening Plenary Session: Opening Remarks; Keynote Panel Discussion|
|4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.||Special Sessions: Workshops|
|6 p.m.||Dinner on Your Own|
|8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||Session A: Panel Discussions|
|10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.||Session B: Panel Discussions|
|12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.||Full Luncheon|
|1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.||Session C: Panel Discussions|
|3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.||Session D: Panel Discussions|
|5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.||Session E: Poster Session|
|6:00 p.m.||Dinner on Your Own|
|8:30 a.m. –10:00 a.m.||Session F: Panel Discussions|
|10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.||Session G: Panel Discussions|
|12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.||Full Luncheon|
|1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.||Closing Plenary Session: Concluding Remarks; Special Session; Award Presentations|
|3:00 p.m.||End of Conference – enjoy the skiing, the film festival, or just relax and enjoy the beauty of the mountains.|
Representatives from all countries and from institutions of all types and missions, including:
|Call for Proposals Distributed:||January 17, 2014|
|Deadline for Proposal Abstracts:||April 21, 2014|
|Proposal Review Period:||April 11 – May 23|
|Decisions Delivered:||May 26, 2014|
|Early Bird Registration:||May 26, 2014 - August 15, 2014|
|Regular Registration:||August16, 2014 - January 19, 2015|
|Deadline for Final Presentation Abstracts:||September 1, 2014|
|Deadline for Full Papers (full papers are optional):||September 15, 2014|
|On-site Registration:||January 20, 2015|
|Early Bird Registration:||$300 (USD)|
|Regular Registration:||$400 (USD)|
|On-site Registration:||$425 (USD)|
|Full-time Graduate Students:||$200 (USD)|
Registration includes a free one year individual membership in HETL – a $60 value.
No refunds will be given once you pay your registration fee – no exceptions.
As with any academic abstract, your 250 word abstract should clearly and concisely describe the purpose of your presentation, the method(s) used, the results/findings, and the conclusion/implications. All submitted proposals will be peer reviewed by a screening committee to ensure academic quality and appropriateness of the proposal topic. Selected proposals will appear in the conference proceedings (book of abstracts). See the program and proceedings of the 2013 International HETL Conference to get an idea of the typical HETL conference style and format.
The deadline for conference proposals was April 11, 2014