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Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference

January 2017 

More information coming soon!

January 2016

Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) is a large peer conference focused on pedagogy that includes training opportunities and research interests of and for NOVA.

NOVA’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning proudly presents the 11th Annual PUP! The conference is by faculty, for faculty and proudly showcases the many and impressive talents of NOVA's faculty.

As NOVA celebrates its 50th anniversary, faculty are reinventing their teaching practices with a focus on strengthening student learning. PUP is THE forum where these changes can be shared in the form of scholarship, tips, reflective practices and many other ways that bring authentic learning to our students.

Keynote Speakers:

Scott Ralls
Northern Virginia Community College

Callan Bentley
2015 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award

Important Dates

Proposals Open: October 12, 2015
Proposals Close: October 28, 2015
Notifications Sent: Mid-November 2015

Registration is Open!


2016 Power Up Your Pedagogy Call for Proposals
Celebrate 50 Years of Learning

We are seeking proposals for sessions focused on sharing and honing effective pedagogical practices at NOVA.

PUP supports NOVA's mission of commitment to the values of access, opportunity, student success and excellence. To deliver world-class in-person and online post-secondary teaching, learning and workforce development to ensure our region and the Commonwealth of Virginia have an educated population and globally competitive workforce.

This year PUP will offer five kinds of 45-minute sessions:

  • Practical Peer Sessions -- sessions that share resources relevant to tips, tricks and best practices in higher education. They will allow for interaction with and among session participants and include both the "how" and the "why" of the shared practice and its relevance to either general teaching or a particular discipline.
  • Scholarly Projects Sessions -- participants will be informed of the design, implementation and results of empirical research focused on teaching and learning. These may be combined with Practical Peer sessions if the implementation of a particular teaching technique has resulted from such research.
  • Topical Interest Sessions -- informal sessions designed to provide a time and space for participants to discuss instructional or career issues that interest them. These sessions typically require little preparation because the format is a 'conversation' led by the presenter.
  • Poster Sessions -- participants will be given a standard poster template to construct a poster. The PUP Committee will provide the printing services. Topics can include the results of grants awarded to adjunct or full time faculty and other learning projects appropriate to higher education. The posters will be available during the conference for viewing.
  • Training Sessions -- training for college programs is provided. Examples include: Starfish, Understanding MOU from disability counselors, Utilizing the Office of ______ (fill in the blank), Specific Blackboard topics and more.

The PUP Planning Committee suggests the following areas of concentration. Any of these areas are appropriate for the session types.

  • Partners in Learning
  • Teaching Strategies for Learning
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Environments for Learning

Proposals are due by October 28. They will be reviewed based on the clear and concise description of the presentation, a broadly considered relevance to the areas of concentration listed, relevance to a mission of the conference, and the overall balance of the conference program. The specific review criteria are:

  • The session is likely to accomplish the outcomes stated in the proposal.
  • The session will be conducted in appropriate ways for the chosen session format.
  • The session is likely to be a model of exemplary teaching practices.
  • The session will offer fresh information and/or describe innovative or creative practices.
  • The session supports the mission of NOVA.

The committee may ask you to change your session type or present a session more than once. You will be notified by mid-November about the review committee’s decision.

The following are recommendations (not requirements) for a good proposal:

  • Use descriptive words in your title rather than catchy phrases.
  • Stay within the allowed word limits. If your proposal is accepted your description will be the description in the Program. Be sure to check your spelling and grammar.
  • Describe how you will use active learning strategies to involve your audience.
  • Briefly show that your proposal is grounded in the literature of your field or of general pedagogy.

Online registration is now closed. Walk in registration will be available at PUP. Every attempt will be made to provide a lunch for on site registrants, but cannot be guaranteed.


The 2016 Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference needs your assistance. PUP conferences are successful because of the dedication of our volunteers. To sign up to be a PUP volunteer, please click on the Volunteer button. Your help with PUP is VERY appreciated!


Program and Planner

PUP Program

Click on PUP Event Planner to view the full listing of the concurrent sessions. You can also select the sessions you wish to attend and print out a schedule for yourself.

Follow PUP on Twitter #NOVAPUP2016.


The program app is free; it is available now at the Apple Store and will soon be from Google Play.


For questions contact Cindy Miller.