The Lilly Conference – Traverse City is part of the overall Lilly Conference Series. For 35 years, Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning have provided opportunities for the presentation of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Join us October 15 – 17, 2015 for the 15th annual Lilly Conference – Traverse City!

2015 Plenary Speakers are:

Sal Meyers

Sal Meyers

Simpson College

Katherine Rowell photo

Katherine Rowell

Sinclair Community College

Todd Zakrajsek

Todd Zakrajsek

Family Medicine
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill

Conference Overview

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: 80-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.

Preconference Workshop

Highlights and Hurdles in Faculty Development

8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Thursday, October 15, 2015

Join this one-half day faculty developers’ session for an in-depth conversation regarding highlights and hurdles in the field of faculty development.  The concept of the “unconference” is that the content for the session is based on the expertise of the combined group in the session. This session will be devoted to sharing highlights and hurdles, and determining if these highlights can be used as potential solutions to common hurdles faced by faculty developers and faculty development offices.  In addition we will network and plan for future collaborations.  Registration fee of $40.00 includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Facilitated by Judy Ableser, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Oakland University.

About Traverse City

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.