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Conferences and Opportunities

Each year, the CLIC@JDHL supports and sponsors instructors and staff in their professional development endeavors to attend teaching and learning related professional development events. We invite you to explore participating in these upcoming conferences and programming opportunities.

Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTFS)

Each year, each UW campus nominates two participants to propose research projects and join the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars cohort for 2022-23. This year's cohort’s activities begin in May 2022 at Faculty College (May 31 – June 3, 2022) and continue through Spring 2023 with focus on equity-minded pedagogy. Participants will design, develop and implement an equity-minded Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) project.

Current UW-Superior WTFS:

  • Upcoming 2022-23 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows

Cherie Dakota
Dr. Amanda Zbacnik


For more information, visit the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars page.

Faculty College

Faculty College is an annual summer kick-off retreat for UW System educators.

Every year, typically at the end of May, approximately 100 faculty and instructional academic staff from throughout the UW System (appointed by their provosts) meet for three days of reflective exploration on teaching, learning and curricular issues. Books have been born during Faculty College. In 2018, for example, Manu Sharma (UW-River Falls) and Amanda Zbacnik (UW-Superior) brainstormed ideas for a case study book for preservice educators. The result:  A Case Study Approach to Equity and Inclusion in Education written by Manu and Amanda, and published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2020.

Faculty College is designed as an institute and retreat. There will be a balance of professional development and time to breathe, a mix of critical networking across 12 universities and time to ponder new possibilities.

Plenary sessions will be scheduled in the morning. After lunch, participants will have afternoons for university team meetings, contemplative walks, critical conversations, reading, writing, and time to rejuvenate after two long, stressful years of teaching and working during the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants will have private accommodations in a double suite, and a fully equipped kitchen for late-night snacks or a cup of tea.


Faculty College 2022:


Faculty College Requirements:

Participants will:

  • Lodge on-site through the program's entirety.
  • Begin and end with the group.
  • Write three one-page reflections at the end of Faculty College, the next fall semester, and the following spring semester.


Faculty College Process:

  • CLIC invites members of the campus community to apply to participate in Faculty College.
  • Applications are submitted to CLIC by the UW-Superior deadline.
  • Submissions are evaluated with finalist recommendations made to UW System by the Provost’s Office.
  • The Provost’s Office notifies OPID of campus selections by the UW System deadline.
  • OPID/System confirms the appointments and notifies the Provost’s Office.
  • The Provost’s Office/CLIC confirm attendees and assists with travel logistics.


Typically the call for applications is sent out in late fall with the UW-Superior deadline being early December and the UW-System deadline mid-December. This year, those who had been approved to attend Faculty College 2020 (canceled due to covid), have been offered first option to attend. Interested in attending spring 2022? - connect at by 1/12/22

OPID Spring Conference

The UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) hosts a Spring Conference on Teaching and Learning Faculty, instructors and staff from across UW System, gather to share experiences, knowledge and innovative teaching and learning practices. This conference is also the culminating event for the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program.

2022 Spring Conference Details

  • Dates: Friday, April 22 & 29, 2022 (Online)
  • Location: Online
  • Conference Website:

Equity in the Classroom: Educating Ourselves as Educators

Wisconsin's multi-system, statewide Equity in the College Classroom Conference was held Friday, October 1st and 15th - online.

    What does it mean to be an educator in Wisconsin? How has structural racism normalized itself in our education systems? How can we educate ourselves as educators? Equity in the College Classroom weaves together a diversity of voices, stories, and counter-stories from faculty, instructors, and students from each of Wisconsin's systems of higher education. Thought-provoking speakers will revisit the past with an eye on the future, inspiring our own self-reflections as educators, and engaging everyone in difficult yet necessary conversations. We will reflect on the ways in which structural racism has shaped higher education and the strategies by which instructors can implement anti-racist practices in the classroom. Student presenters will reflect on the strengths of their communities and the traumatic impact of racism on student success. Participants will discuss how they can become anti-racist educators and increase their support of students who have been impacted by structural racism. Whatever your position and experience, we invite you to join us as we explore meaningful ways to become more inclusive and effective educators.

Links to the session details and recordings are available on the Conference Schedule at a Glance page with direct links to the recordings of the workshops below.

  • The October 1st workshop "Making a Difference as Educators" featured Speakers: Elder Ada Deer (Menominee) in conversation with Dr. Lisa Poupart (Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Anishinaabeg), UW-Green Bay.
  • The October 15th workshop "Creating Community in the College Classroom" was facilitated by diversity educator, filmmaker, storyteller, and master discussion facilitator Lee Mun Wah (producer, award-winning documentary The Color of Fear).

Conference participants were invited to apply for $500 mini-grants to support the implementation of an equity-minded idea during the Spring 2022 semester.

For additional CLIC@JDHL events, click here, and also watch for CLIC messages and the Staff Digest for event details and proposal submission deadlines.