Proposal deadline extended to Feb. 13 for 2023 International Perspectives on University Teaching and Learning Symposium at the Walt Disney World Resort

Published: January 17, 2023

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In order to accommodate as many proposals as possible for the 2023 International Perspectives on University Teaching and Learning Symposium, submissions will now be accepted until Monday, Feb. 13. The symposium, hosted by the Auburn University Office of International Programs, will be held May 28-30 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Proposals for conversation starter essays, conference workshops and concurrent sessions should be submitted to the symposium website, along with proposals for the “International Perspectives on University Teaching and Learning: Continuing Conversations” special edition of Wiley Publishing’s journal New Directions for Teaching and Learning. Topics sought include international collaborations in teaching and learning, global innovations in teaching, the multicultural classroom, creative uses of technology, internationalizing the curriculum and other relevant subjects geared toward internationalization.

Since the symposium will be held during Memorial Day Weekend, attendees are encouraged to register, book their hotel and purchase park tickets as soon as possible. Early-bird registration is $700 until March 1, after which the price increases to $750. Registration includes all workshops, the opening dinner and reception at Epcot, all symposium sessions and breakfast, lunch and break snacks. Disney theme park tickets and steeply discounted hotel rooms can be purchased here.

IPUTL’s inspirational slate of keynote speakers will allow attendees to be part of leading-edge conversations about the direction of international higher education in a post-pandemic world. Spanning across continents and fields of study, the keynote speakers will offer a wide range of expertise and provide unique takeaways for attendees. This year, unlike any other year, IPUTL will have two solo keynote presentations as well as two keynote panels.

Our two solo keynote speakers are: Karen McBride, president and founder at Bound International LLC; and William (Bill) Buskist, distinguished professor emeritus in Psychology. The "What's Next: How to Internationalize Our Own Teaching and Learning Skills, Products and Networks" panel includes: James E. Groccia (moderator), professor emeritus of Higher Education, Auburn University and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Educational Sciences, University of Tartu, Estonia; Aferdita Krasniqi, outreach and recruitment specialist, Institute of International Education, or IIE, New York City; Catherine Wehlburg, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Athens State University; Pamela Maimer, senior program manager, International Studies Division, U.S. Department of Education.

For the “Reviewing the Situation: Landscapes of International Education” panel, IPUTL has secured Michael (Mike) Woolf (moderator), deputy president for strategic development, CAPA: The Global Education Network; Marina Casals Sala, director of international relations, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona-Spain; Markus Laitinen, head of international affairs, University of Helsinki, Finland; Shinnosuke Obi, vice president and professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Keio University, Japan; Lavern Samuels, director, International Education and Partnerships, or IEP, Durban University of Technology, South Africa, and vice president and president-elect, International Education Association of South Africa, or IEASA.

To submit a proposal and register for the symposium, please visit For questions or to be added to the e-newsletter contact list, email

Submitted by: Kalani Long