The 2020 Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference will bring together higher-education scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers in and beyond the state of Florida to share research, to discuss critical issues, and to promote opportunities for collaboration. The three-day event will feature a variety of session formats designed to encourage interaction and engagement. Sessions will raise awareness of emerging challenges, offer overviews of best practices, highlight research findings, and promote strategies for improving student and faculty success.

The 2020 Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference will be held Jan. 29–Jan.31, 2020 at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. This event is co-hosted by the University of South Florida (Tampa) and the University of Central Florida (Orlando).


Call for Papers

Participants from all sectors of higher education in and beyond the state of Florida are encouraged to submit proposals for presentations, workshops, and posters related to contemporary challenges in college teaching. Topics may include the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL); active-learning strategies; technologies to support active learning; big data in higher education; engaging students in online environments; high-impact learning experiences; ensuring accessibility for all students; learning spaces; reflection and mindfulness; teaching in politically and socially complicated moments; exploring the role/s of faculty in promoting and assessing student success; and new frontiers in teaching and learning.

  • Panel sessions will feature panels of presenters sharing research findings on related topics
  • Application/sharing sessions will include short presentations and conversations on programming and class activities
  • Poster sessions will feature visual presentations on both research and programming topics

The call for papers will open in August, 2019.


Agenda at a Glance

Wednesday, January 29

  • 11:00 – Registration opens
  • 12:00 – Opening buffet lunch
  • 1:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 5:00 – Adjourn
  • Dinner on  your own

Thursday, January 30

  • 8:00 – Buffet breakfast
  • 9:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 12:00 – Buffet lunch
  • 1:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 6:30 – Buffet Dinner

Friday, January 31

  • 8:00 – Buffet breakfast
  • 9:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 12:00 – Adjourn


Conference Registration

All attendees and presenters are required to pay the full conference registration, which helps support the cost of meeting rooms and catering. There are five buffet meals included with the registration.

  • Registration will open in September, 2019.


Conference Hotel

Located in Daytona Beach, FL, The Shores Resort and Spa is nestled between the Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway and offers direct beach access, pristine Atlantic Ocean views, and plenty of beach fun for the whole family.

Discounted rates will become available in August 2019.

Important note: if you’re paying with a state-issued Purchasing Card (P-card), you cannot pay tax within Florida, and that link will always include tax. To pay by P-Card, call the phone number mentioned above and have your tax exempt certificate ready.

(Note: you’ll need to pay up front for the hotel; it’s not just a reservation)

Driving Directions and Transportation Options

The street address for The Shores is 2637 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118 (View on Google Maps).

The closest airport is the Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), which is about 25 minutes away by car. Orlando International Airport (MCO) is about 80 minutes away from the hotel by car.

The hotel does not have an airport shuttle. In addition to renting a car, your options could include a taxi or ride-share.