This year’s teaching and learning conference has an exciting selection of speakers to listen to and topics to explore while you engage with colleagues from both local and afar! As a conference volunteer, you’ll be involved in all the behind-the-scenes action, palling around with professors, clarifying confusions, and battling bedlam. Join us in making this conference a success!
Here's what you can get out of it:
Teaching – Join a group of academics who are committed to improving teaching, and truly concerned with learning.
When it comes to information about professional development in teaching in higher education, this is the place to be.
Research – Meet and develop ties with academics and find sources of inspiration for future research projects and/or connect to a network of potential collaborators in your field.
Service – A lesser known, but vital component for promotion and tenure. Volunteering at conferences is hard to beat as a quick and meaningful service credential. Your CV will thank you.
Employment – Volunteering at an international conference shows an interest in professional development and community service. Simply put, it highlights your intellectual interests and curiosity. You will also receive a letter of appreciation suitable for inclusion in your teaching portfolio.
Communications Base and Logistical Support Agent – Working at one of the conference information desks, you’ll gain first-hand knowledge about event organization at an international conference.
Communications Facilitator & Sessions Liaison – Be the source of information and directions for conference speakers, presenters, and participants, moving between session rooms and the sessions’ resource centre.
Session Chair Host – Supports the session presenter(s), and skillfully, and diplomatically manages the timekeeping during the session to keep it on schedule. Stay and enjoy the session, and finally, distribute the feedback forms.
Location and Transition Facilitator – Help with set-up, tear-down, and transitional room re-arrangements in an early or a late shift. You’ll be free to attend sessions for the rest of the day.
First Contact Welcome Host – You’ll be the first friendly face to set the tone of the conference, and point participants in the right direction for the day. After your morning shift, you’ll be free to attend sessions for the rest of the day.
Registration Facilitator – Greet participants and help with handing out conference information. It’s a great way to learn the names and interests of the academics you’ll want to connect with during the rest of the conference.
Signage Scout - Be an indispensable front-line guide, offering information and directions to participants, making the campus layout clear to our guests.
Special Assignment Attendant – Flexibility, stealth, and diplomacy are your strengths. At a moment’s notice, a new assignment could be required, such as facilitating food service logistics, or running for missing flip chart markers for a presentation.
Poster Conference Facilitator – You help delegates to set up or take down their posters before and after the Poster Competition. You will also be helping to quickly digitally record participants’ ballots while grabbing a bite to eat at lunchtime.
Aide-de-camp – You are specially chosen to be the personal assistant for some of the conference’s guest presenters.
Technical Team – Help when A/V equipment or computers do not behave as expected. If you can solve these problems while exuding an air of calm, this is the role for you!
This is a fantastic opportunity to meet and interact with academics from a huge range of disciplines. It’s also a chance to work closely with and to get to know University of Windsor students, faculty, and staff.