Join us either for this conference experience hosted in Asheville, North Carolina. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a peaceful respite but not to be misrepresented as sleepy! Known for architecture, the Biltmore Estate, Asheville is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, music lovers, and foodies! Asheville offers opportunities for exploring humanities as conference participants explore and reflect upon contemporary issues in higher education.
For 40 years, Lilly Conferences have provided opportunities for the presentation of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Conference participants are comprised of graduate students, faculty, and administrators at various stages in their academic careers that come from across the United States, representing nearly every discipline found in higher education. Offering a variety of sessions, participants can attend interactive sessions formatted as 20- and 40-minute concurrent sessions, or virtual poster gallery. Programming includes traditional plenary addresses, formal, and informal networking sessions.
Conference presentations are selected through a blind peer-review process.
The mission of the Lilly Conferences is to provide a forum to share and model a scholarly approach to teaching and learning that reports quality student learning outcomes while promoting professional development of faculty.
Community is a cornerstone to improving student learning.
Participants are life-long learners.
Everyone responsible for teaching has the ability and desire to learn to be a better teacher.
Scholarly, evidenced-based teaching improves student learning.
Advancing education is a fundamental need in every society.
Lilly Conferences are committed to creating events that build community among its participants.
Scholarly activity in the absence of a shared vision and community support cannot be successful in
building the highest level of effective learning for our students. Effective faculty development does
not occur in a vacuum. It requires a community of scholars sharing, discussing, critiquing and reflecting
upon what constitutes good teaching and learning and identifying how each of us can improve our craft.
At Lilly Conferences, every individual is valued for her or his perspective with the belief that all faculty
members are life-long learners who benefit from interacting with one another, our students, and our
mentors. The designed purpose of each conference is to create a community where we share scholarly
work, network, and promote collaborations that extends the professional interactions forged at
conferences into lifelong collegial friendships.
The Lilly Conference Series has its origins in a Lilly Endowment 3-year grant awarded to Miami University in 1979 to enhance the teaching of early-career faculty. A new model, a faculty learning community (FLC), was developed by Milton Cox and colleagues to do this. To provide a venue for the classroom research produced by the FLC members, Milt founded the Lilly Conference on College Teaching in 1981. The Lilly Conference gradually brought faculty from across disciplines and institutions together to discuss, critique, and improve teaching and learning on their campuses. The FLC concept and Lilly Conference grew from a collaborative effort on a single college campus to a series of conferences with that same commitment to community, evidence-based teaching and learning, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Today the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning is a self-supported conference series at several locations with approximately 2,000 participants annually. The Lilly Conferences partner with three peer-reviewed journals publishing about teaching and learning in higher education.
Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, PhD, is the former Executive Director of the Academy of Educators in the School of
Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Zakrajsek
is the immediate past Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill and prior to his work at UNC, he was the Inaugural Director of the Faculty Center for Innovative
Teaching at Central Michigan University and the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
at Southern Oregon University, where he also taught in the psychology department as a tenured associate
professor. Dr. Zakrajsek also sits on two educational related boards and several editorial boards for
journals in the area of teaching and learning, is an international speaker requested regularly for keynote
presentations and campus workshops, and has published widely on the topic of effective teaching and
HOSTED BY THE ITLC
The Lilly-Asheville Conference is hosted by the International Teaching Learning Cooperative. The ITLC was created to bring faculty members and future faculty members together to advance student learning. To learn more about the ITLC, click here.
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Todd Zakrajsek, Conference Director