Each fall, Saint Martin’s University invites educators from local colleges and universities for a conversation about innovative and effective teaching practices in higher education. Prior year themes included: experience of meaning and transformation, love of learning, listening for a wider narrative and global community and hospitality. Previously known as the October Symposium, the Symposium for Teaching and Learning is a forum to discuss and learn new methods of pedagogy, teaching, and conversation.

Current symposium

Place, Community, and Experience: Creating Local and Global Connections

Friday, October 6, 2017
12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Harned Hall 110 and Norman Worthington Center

This year the symposium on teaching and learning focuses on local environments and diverse communities of the Pacific Northwest as a way of framing place-based indigenous perspectives and community needs. With this topic in mind, we come together to share and discuss socially just pedagogical approaches and practices.  In the age of globalized cultures, place-based, community centered, and experiential education, offer significant methodologies to deepen the teaching experience, promote active student participation and lifelong commitment to civic engagement.  We invite you to participate in a conversation about how our teaching and learning can help students engage and appreciate the social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental issues that play out locally, and how this might inform student understanding of the world in critical and meaningful ways.


Possible areas of submission include:

  • Critical Indigenous Studies and Place-Based Education
  • Feminist Experiential Learning
  • Environmental/Outdoor Education
  • Service Learning on and off-campus
  • Ethics of engaging in community action
  • Place Based Pedagogy and Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Assessment of Place Based/Experiential Education
  • International Perspectives on Indigeneity
  • Community-University Partnerships

If you would like to present at the symposium, please submit a 100-150 word abstract to the Center for Scholarship and Teaching by September 10, 2017 through the online form below. Registration to attend only is open until the space is full.

If you have further questions please email ScholarshipAndTeaching@stmartin.edu

***This one-day faculty symposium will conclude with a film screening and panel discussion of “Promised Land” – an award winning social justice documentary that follows the Duwamish and Chinook tribes in the Pacific Northwest as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied, while highlighting how tribal sovereignty continues to be compromised.  Promised Land has been chosen for the award for Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking at the 10th Annual LA Skins Fest, was an official selection for the 41st Annual American Indian Film Festival, and has screened at the Northwest Film Forum's 19th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival, the 12th Annual Ellensburg Film Festival, and the 5th Annual Social Justice Film Festival, among others.***

Previous symposia

2016: "Teaching with Film"
2015: "Global Community"
2014: "Stewardship in the Academy"
2013: "The Spirit of Hospitality in the Academy"
2012: "Listening for a Wider Narrative"
2011: "Love of Learning"