The 2019 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 2019 Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference will be held Jan. 30–Feb. 1, 2019 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).


Plenary Speaker

Our plenary speaker will be Peter Felten, a professor of history, assistant provost for teaching and learning, and executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University. His books include the co-authored volumes: The Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most (Jossey-Bass, 2016); Transforming Students: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014); Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2014); Transformative Conversations (Jossey-Bass, 2013); and the co-edited book Intersectionality in Action (Stylus, 2016). He has served as president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2016-17) and also of the POD Network (2010-2011), the U.S. professional society for educational developers. He is co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development and a fellow of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

Dr. Felten’s keynote address is sponsored by a grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, administered by the Florida Consortium of Metropolian Research Universities.

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 deadline to submit a proposal was 11:59 p.m. on October 15, 2018.


Agenda at a Glance

Wednesday, January 30

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

Thursday, January 31

  • 8:00 – Buffet breakfast
  • 9:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 12:00 – Buffet lunch
  • 1:00 – Concurrent sessions begin
  • 5:00 – Buffet Dinner

Friday, February 1

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


Detailed Agenda

The finalized agenda will be ready in early December, 2018.


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.


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.

Our conference offers discounted rates of $139/night (including parking), available by clicking the link below or calling (866) 934-7467 and mentioning the “Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference” rate. This rate applies for the conference nights of 1/30 and 1/31, and may also be applied for three days prior to the conference, or three days after the conference–a great weekend bargain!

Booking link: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=17713&Chain=5433&arrive=1/30/2019&depart=2/1/2019&adult=1&child=0&group=1901SUNSHI

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.



We are grateful to our sponsors for their generous support: