Participants come from across the United States, representing nearly every discipline found in higher education. Participants also represent faculty and administrators at various stages in their academic careers, ranging from post-doctoral positions, adjunct faculty, new faculty, mid-career faculty, seasoned faculty, and even emeritus faculty. The conference maintains the same overall theme for each event: “Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning.” Tracks and subthemes vary by conference and by year. We always offer a variety of sessions so that you can match your learning preference to the presentations formats: 100-minute workshops, 60-minute sessions, 40-minute presentations, 20-minute discussions, traditional plenary addresses, round-table discussions, and poster sessions. Conference presentations are selected through a blind peer-review process.
Traverse City continues to be a destination vacation city, known for its natural beauty and quaint shops. In 2013, Traverse City was recognized by Fodor’s as one of the “5 Midwestern Town’s to Visit Now” and by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of America’s “favorite towns.” The attractions of downtown Traverse City provide a perfect setting for the conference. The conference is held in the iconic Park Place Hotel and a short walk to shops, locally owned restaurants, and a walking path along Grand Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan. The hotel offers beautiful views and a relaxing “old world” charm. The conference registration is capped at 350 participants to allow a teaching and learning community to develop across the three days of the conference.
Throughout these conferences, participants are given the opportunity to exchange ideas, build a repertoire of take-home skills, and to network with colleagues.