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The Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference (SSTLC) is a public-facing academic conference hosted by the Faculty Center at UCF. It has been welcoming scholars from Florida and beyond since 2017 to our teaching-focused, interdisciplinary event. The conference brings together higher-education scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers to share research, to discuss critical issues, and to promote opportunities for collaboration. The three-day event features a variety of session formats designed to encourage interaction and engagement. Sessions raise awareness of emerging challenges, offer overviews of best practices, highlight research findings, and promote strategies for improving student and faculty success.

The 2023 Conference will be held May 22-24, 2023 in Orlando. The conference hotel has not been finalized, but is expected to be in the area near Walt Disney World.

2023 Conference – 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 student learning, big data in higher education, inclusive education, engaging students in online environments, high-impact learning experiences, ensuring accessibility for all students, designing and assessing 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.

Note: because this is primarily a sharing conference, priority will be given to proposals that have clear ideas for take-aways that participants can use in their own teaching.

The event will feature a variety of formats:

  • 15-minute sessions for presenters sharing research findings on related topics (presenters will be grouped into a panel)
  • 30-minute 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
  • World cafĂ© and unconference sessions will invite innovative approaches to engaging with colleagues

The deadline to submit a proposal is 11:59 p.m. on Feb 17, 2023. Acceptance notices will be distributed by March 10.

Proposal submission will open soon.


  • 2021 – Jan. 29. Online. 117 participants. Agenda.
  • 2020 – Jan 29-31. The Shores Resort, Daytona Beach Shores. 137 participants. Agenda.
  • 2019 – Jan 30-Feb 1. The Shores Resort, Daytona Beach Shores. 185 participants. Agenda.
  • 2018 – Jan 31-Feb 2. Sirata Resort, St. Petersburg. 171 participants. Agenda
  • 2017 – Feb. 15-17. Sirata Resort, St. Petersburg. 184 participants. Agenda.