University Teaching and Learning Showcase

Now Accepting Session Proposals

for the

6th Annual University Learning and Teaching Showcase -

May 8, 2015

Featuring key note speaker

Dr. Patrick Blessinger, Chief Scientist, and Executive Director

International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL).

Submit your proposal now:

‌Guidelines for Proposal Submissions:

The Research Academy for University Learning, in partnership with the Office of the Provost, invites proposals for the Sixth Annual University Teaching and Learning Showcase to be held at Montclair State University on May 8, 2015. The Showcase will be held in the University Hall 7th Floor Conference Center from 8:30am – 4:30pm. Sessions will be scheduled throughout the day, and will be mixed with breakfast, lunch, a keynote address, and poster session.

We invite submissions that represent theory, research, or practice in university teaching and learning, and will prioritize proposals that are evidence-based practices or research that seeks to understand and improve learning and teaching across the disciplines. The Showcase will provide University scholars with the opportunity to share their projects and practices, acknowledge our colleagues’ accomplishments, and hold cross-disciplinary conversations to build upon each other’s findings in the hopes of establishing future collaborations and deeper learning opportunities for Montclair State students and faculty.

Types of presentations

Proposed sessions can take any of the following forms, but need not be limited to this list:

  • Paper sessions focus on the author’s contribution to practice, research and/or theory as developed for formal presentation.
  • Symposia provide a forum for discussion, debate, and explication of diverse perspectives as they pertain to significant issues in the field. Symposia may be used to present practice, research. Proposers should allow significant time for discussion and audience participation. A symposium should be composed of no fewer than three separate presentations. A discussant may be included as one of the three, but is not required.
  • Roundtable Discussions provide an alternative forum for discussion and debate of a specific issue. This format is especially appropriate for sessions in which the presenters’ role is to facilitate the audience’s exploration of the issue. One or more facilitators may lead a roundtable discussion.
  • Workshops provide a means to teach new skills of relevance to the field. One or more instructors may teach a workshop.
  • Poster Presentations focus on the presentation of the author(s) contribution to theory, research, and/or practice through illustrative materials displayed on posters. The presenter(s) remain with his/her poster during specific time of the conference so that viewers may have the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas.
  • Demonstrations – demonstrations are interactive and ask the participants to engage in and try out a new and specific practice in teaching and learning that could be applicable to a certain discipline or used widely by a variety of disciplines. The participants will expect to learn a new teaching approach by following a demonstration from the presenter.

We also invite the possibility of sessions or demonstrations that might be conducted from remote locations through close-circuit television, the Internet, or Virtual World. If you have alternative ways to share your ideas and work, please do not hesitate to propose them.

We will schedule a series of fifty-minute concurrent sessions for presentations, workshops, discussions, etc.  Posters and other static media accepted for the Showcase will be on display throughout the day.  Please feel free to suggest how your work will be timed, displayed, executed, etc. 

Proposal Submissions

We invite you to submit a proposal by January 30, 2015. You are welcome to propose presentations that involve collaborations.  You will receive a response to your proposal no later than March 6, 2015.

You can find the proposal submission form at:

(Workshops, Papers, Roundtables, Posters and Demonstrations):

In your submission, please include:

1)    Title of session

2)    Presenters (Names, disciplines, institutions, and email addresses of everyone making the presentation)

3)    Abstract (100-250 words)

4)    Presentation format: (e.g. roundtable, symposium, demonstration, workshop, poster)

5)    Special needs (projectors, sound systems, rooms with special configurations)

6)    Time or location limitations

7)    Target audience (who would best benefit from your discussion, presentation, or workshop).

Questions about proposals and the Showcase can be directed to the Research Academy for University Learning,, or by calling 973-655-3276.

The Research Academy for University Learning, with the support of the Office of the Provost, is proud to announce that registration will be open for the 6th Annual University Teaching and Learning Showcase in March 2015. Please check back on this page frequently as we announce new offerings for the day. We look forward to confirming a new and timely round of workshops, exhibits, networking opportunities, and be sure to sign up to reserve your seat for our featured speaker, Dr. Patrick Blessinger, Leading Research and Executive Director, International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association. 

The Research Academy is extremely proud of and grateful to all the Montclair State faculty and staff who will be presenting sessions and otherwise contributing to this once-a-year faculty development event.

6th Annual University Showcase Preview of Sessions:

(based on last year's schedule; this will be updated as we confirm all the sessions, prizes, book giveaways, and times):


8:30AM - Sign-In, Breakfast, and Opening (University Conference Center, 7th Floor University Hall)

9:05AM - Morning Sessions A, B, C, D, and E (various locations, see program titles and abstracts here: )

10:10AM - Catered break and Poster Session #1 (University Conference Center, 7th Floor University Hall)

10:45AM - Keynote Presentation: Dr. Patrick Blessinger (see talk description below)

12:15PM - Physics & Art Photo Exhibit and Awards ---- Lunch (University Conference Center, 7th Floor University Hall):

  • The Research Academy is proud to announce the partnership and inclusion of the Physics & Art Student Photo Competition.
  • The Contest: For the third year in a row, student finalist entries for the Physics & Arts Photography Contest will be exhibited and a winner awarded at the 5th Annual University Teaching and Learning Showcase on May 2, 2014. Finalist submissions will be on display and awards handed out for the top three winners. 

1:20PM - Afternoon Sessions A, B, C, D, and E (various locations, see program titles and abstracts here:)

2:25PM - Catered Break and Poster Sesssion #2 (University Conference Center, 7th Floor University Hall) --- please note that all door prizes and raffle awards will be handed out during this break and session. This year, the Research Academy will be awarding:

3:00PM - Afternoon Sessions A, B, C, D, and E (various locations, see program titles and abstracts here:)

Please contact the Research Academy at 973-655-3276 or by emailing to learn more about this teaching and learning event. Please check back often as we update this web page with new and exciting information about the Annual Showcase

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Patrick BlessingerDr. Patrick W. Blessinger is the Founder, Chief Research Scientist, and Executive Director of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), a global nonprofit educational association whose vision is to advance the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning in higher education around the world. Previously, Dr. Blessinger held positions in academia and business: Program Manager and Senior Lecturer at Niels Brock College in Copenhagen, Denmark and Senior Analyst for MCI Communications and Hitachi Telecom in Atlanta, among others. Dr. Blessinger has degrees from Auburn University and the Georgia Institute of Technology and a doctorate in education from St. John’s University in New York City. He has received several educational awards, including: Fulbright Senior Scholar to Denmark and Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the State of Georgia, USA. He resides in New York City with his wife and two cats.

Since founding HETL in 2010, Dr. Blessinger has become widely known for his academic innovations, international outreach, and learning community development. His theories, models, and concepts have influenced the way educators think about teaching and learning in the twenty-first century.  For example, Dr. Blessinger is an internationally recognized scholar and leader in the democratization of higher education and a pioneer in the use of internet-based professional social networking platforms to develop global online communities of practice for academic professional development. He has made significant contributions in educational theory, policy, and practice and he is an expert on the topics of leadership, innovation, teaching, learning, student engagement, faculty development, learning communities, and international education, and their intersections. Dr. Blessinger convenes an annual international conference on different themes related to teaching and learning and he is a contributing writer for various education media outlets like The Guardian.

Dr. Blessinger is a regular keynote speaker as well as the co-editor and co-author of many scholarly publications, including, Engaging and Retaining Students Using Cutting-Edge Technologies series, Meaning-Centered Education, Inquiry-Based Learning series, and Democratizing Higher Education. His forthcoming books include, University Partnerships series, Emerging Directions in Doctoral Education series, Academic Learning Communities series, Open Education, Inclusive Leadership, and Creative Learning. Dr. Blessinger is the editor-in-chief of two international academic journals and two international book series on teaching and learning. Dr. Blessinger is a mixed methods researcher with a special interest in leadership, human experience and meaning-making. His vision is to create effective and meaningful models of education that work for all by working at the nexus of theory, policy, and practice. Dr. Blessinger can be followed at and