York Teaching Conferences

This page contains information and links to pan-university teaching conferences and symposia.

Teaching in Focus Conference (TIF)

Teaching In Focus participants engaging during the plenary

Teaching in Focus (TIF) Conference is the pan-university conference in Teaching and Learning at York University. This peer reviewed conference is for all who teach or support student learning at York to celebrate teaching, share experience and innovations in teaching practices, make connections, and build and expand a community and scholarship of teaching and learning.

2017 TIF Conference

Date: May 17 and May 18, 2017

TIF 2017 Conference details

This year, we were delighted to welcome Nancy Chick from Calgary as our keynote speaker.


Nancy Chick is University Chair in Teaching and Learning, Academic Director of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, and Teaching Professor of English at the University of Calgary. She is also the founding co-editor of Teaching & Learning Inquiry (the journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning/ISSOTL), co-editor of two books on signature pedagogies, and author of a variety of publications about SoTL projects she’s conducted as well as SoTL as a field.

Nancy’s keynote discussed Publishing SoTL: Towards a SoTL Writing Culture

Many SoTL projects that would help us understand and improve learning and teaching sit in the files of teacher-scholars, without ever making it to the desktops of editors.  This premature endpoint can be attributed, in part, to systemic barriers (e.g., what “counts,” dearth of time and resources), but not completely.  Programs, scholarship, and other supports in SoTL are front-loaded: we regularly address the processes of designing SoTL projects, and are often careful to make these discussions relevant across disciplines. However, discussions of how to go public–other than the necessity to do so–are rare. Even more rare is the discussion of how to make this critical step accessible and meaningful to SoTL practitioners across the disciplines. What do SoTL publications look like? What are the expectations and possibilities for these publications? And why is this not already a regular part of SoTL conversations?

Previous TIF Conferences


Supporting Teaching at York Symposium (STAY)

Graduate students engaging in opening plenary of the STAY Symposium on Friday May 2, 2014

Supporting Teaching at York Symposium (STAY) is a pan-university TA conference in Teaching and learning. This conference is featuring sessions facilitated by the graduates of the Senior Teaching Assistant Program to engage TAs with conversations around a broad range of topics central to the role of a Teaching Assistant at York. All TAs at York are invited to this event and participation can lead to a ‘Record of Completion’ Certificate.

2017 STAY Symposium

Date: May 4, 2018
Registration is now open.
Register for the 2018 STAY Symposium

Previous STAY Symposia