About the Conference

Please join us for the 2015 Faculty of the Future Conference. Last year, our one-day conference attracted more than 200 attendees from 40 institutions and eight states to share and learn successful teaching and learning initiatives through presentations, roundtables, poster sessions, and networking. The 12th annual conference will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015, and is open to all educators and administrators who are committed to improvement in all areas of higher education.

Conference Goals

  • To provide a forum for professional development
  • To exchange ideas and best practices to improve student outcomes
  • To foster networking experiences for higher education faculty

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Conference Agenda

Registration and a continental breakfast begins the day.

Kyle Bowen, Director of Educational Technology Services at Penn State University, will deliver the keynote address.

Thereafter, participants will attend a series of breakout sessions according to their individual interests. A mid-day luncheon, breaks between sessions, and a postconference wine and cheese reception will provide additional time and venues to discuss the day and to network with colleagues and vendors.

Anticipated Session Topics

There are no specific demands or topics for this conference.  This is YOUR conference to share and learn.  Last year we had four "threads" to our presentations: Assessment and Engagement; Teaching and Learning;  Professional Development; and Technology: 

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  • Assessment and accountability
  • Basic skills and developmental education
  • Leadership, new faculty issues, and professional development programs
  • Learning environments and libraries of the future
  • Specific discipline best practices
  • Student engagement
  • Student support services including advising and recognizing/addressing “at risk” students
  • Technology infrastructures, support, and learning--from classrooms to web spaces

Call for Papers

Proposals are now being accepted for one-hour presentations or panel discussions.

The proposal submission form and more information on the conference can be accessed here.
All proposals must be submitted electronically.

The proposal submission deadline is Friday, March 27, 2015.

As an incentive to present, we waive the conference fee for the primary presenter or panel leader.

Why should you participate?

For presenters, the conference offers the opportunity to share your successes with your regional colleagues. It also affords both you and your institution the deserved recognition for being a leader in faculty and learning development. As an attendee, you will have a rare opportunity to meet and hear national leaders in your fields at a local institution; to learn practical solutions to actual problems; and to form working relationships with regional colleagues.

What will you gain?

This conference is an excellent opportunity to develop and experience new pedagogical skills both for the face-to-face classroom and the virtual classroom. You will gain valuable insight into the learning process; the abilities, needs and expectations of future students; and the role of the teacher as a leader.

Likewise, the networking opportunities to interact with speakers and other attendees will add to the benefits of the sessions. In addition, ample time will be offered to visit our vendor partners.

Where is the conference?

The Faculty of the Future Conference will be held at Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA. Our central Bucks County campus, conveniently located off I-95 in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia, is within easy driving distance of the Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York region.