The 2021 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 2021 Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference will be held Jan. 27–Jan. 29, 2021 at a location yet to be determined. This event is hosted by the University of South Florida (Tampa Bay).


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); course redesign; 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.

  • 15 minute research presentations
  • 30 minute application/sharing sessions
  • 60 minute workshops
  • Poster sessions will feature visual presentations on both research and programming topics

The call for papers will open in Fall 2020.


Agenda at a Glance

Wednesday, January 27

  • 9:00 – Registration opens
  • 9:00 – (Free) Preconference workshop
  • 12:00 – Opening buffet lunch
  • 1:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 5:00 – Adjourn
  • Dinner on your own

Thursday, January 28

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

Friday, January 29

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




Not yet determined



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.

  • Early Bird Registration ($325)
  • Regular Registration ($375)
  • links will become active later in 2020


Conference Hotel


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 hotel at (866) 934-7467, mention the Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference discount, and have your tax exempt certificate ready.

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

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