Revitalizing Truth Through Education

23rd annual conference of the
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

October 5-6, 2017
Proposal Deadline: Friday, June 16 at 5 PM

CSU, Chico's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is pleased to announce the 23rd Annual Conference on Learning and Teaching for faculty, staff, students, administration, and community members.

This year we focus on Revitalizing Truth Through Education. In a recent widely shared video on the state of science in America astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson noted “People have lost the ability to judge what is true and what is not, what is reliable, what is not reliable, what should you believe, what should you not believe.” Indeed, everywhere we turn we are encountering discussions as to what counts as truth. Shifting perceptions of news media, politicians, and science dominate our lives, our social media world, and our classrooms.

This year’s conference is an opportunity to explore the challenges and opportunities presented to us as educators by these issues. Proposals are encouraged in the following areas:
• What topics and concepts are up for debate in our classrooms?
• What are the implications of professors and students as truth tellers?
• What is information literacy, how do we use it, and what are the implications of high and low rates of this literacy practice?
• What counts as evidence in effective teaching and learning?
• How do we ensure our diverse, first-generation, and low income student population are best supported?
• What are the challenges in setting high expectations and maintaining academic rigor?
• How do we best utilizing technology to meet student needs?
• How do we link student interest to classroom content?
• What are strategies for arranging and including community participation in the classroom?
• What other innovative pedagogical research and practice can we share with CELT participants?

Sessions may take the following forms:
• Presentation followed by discussion
• Panel presentation followed by discussion
• Moderated round-table discussion (advanced sign-up; everyone participates)
• Hands-on working session (advanced sign-up; everyone participates)
• Poster session to be held Friday morning

All Thursday sessions will be 75 minutes in length and all Friday sessions will be 50 minutes in length to align with class schedules, but requests for two back-to-back sessions to accommodate a longer discussion or activity may be made. 

Proposals are welcomed from students, educators, and administrators from California’s K-12 system, community colleges, and universities. All proposals are reviewed by the Faculty Development Advisory Board at CSU, Chico. 

The proposal submission form can be found here (http://tiny.cc/CELT23). Proposals are due on June 16th at 5pm.
For more information, please contact Zach Justus at zjustus@csuchico.edu or 530-898-5778.



The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) provides resources to faculty and academic departments to assist faculty in creating dynamic classes, furthering academic reasearch and writing, and providng additional support towards scholarship. 

What Does CELT Do?

  • Sponsors annual Conference on Excellence in Learning and Teaching
  • Administers Learning Enhancement Grants & Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants
  • Conducts CELT Workshops Throughout the Year
  • Maintains a Video Archive of previous workshops and conference sessions
  • Contributes to New Faculty Orientation and Support, Academy e-Learning (AeL), and Excellence in Online Instruction (EOI)
  • Conducts New Faculty Surveys
  • Provides Lending Library of Teaching Resources
  • Publishes Online Teaching Tips and Resources
  • Sponsors Recognition of Student Achievement (Glenn Kendall Award)
  • Offers Optional and Personalized Teaching Feedback
  • Arranges Individual or Group Consultation
  • Supports Graduate Student Teachers

Our office supports Chico State Faculty with: 

  • Learning & Teaching grants
  • Professional Development workshops
  • Faculty Learning Communities
  • Dedicated faculty space with free coffee
  • Finals week Grading Oasis with student support


CELT Video Archive

Our Video Archive includes past workshops, conferences and First Friday forums.


"My Life on the Road", by Gloria Steinem

Join along the community reading this year's Book in Common, Gloria Steinem's "My Life on the Road". 


Tuesday Teaching Tips

Tuesday Teaching Tips offers information and encouragement about all things teaching! 

Caffeinated Cats

Our Caffeinated Cats podcast discusses life and learning at Chico State.

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