Own Your Future: Conference on Teaching


Your Future in Teaching: The Classroom and Beyond: The theme of this year’s conference invites participants to explore how you take your teaching beyond the classroom. Whether you mentor and supervise learners, design educational resources, or dream up ways to connect your learners with the broader community, your teaching likely reaches beyond the walls (or webpage) of your classroom. We invite interested graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to submit a proposal to present your Great Idea for Teaching and share with your colleagues one way you are innovating in teaching beyond the classroom. This conference brings together innovative educators working in different contexts and with different roles, to connect and think about how your teaching prepares you for your future both within and beyond the classroom. 

The Own Your Future: Conference on Teaching is a special half-day event. Participants are invited to join one or more conference sessions to enhance skill areas related to teaching, set personal goals for growth as instructors, and connect teaching experiences to their overall professional development as graduate students. 

Interested in applying to present? Click here to fill out our presenter application by March 18th.  

2024 Synchronous Conference Schedule

9:00am to 10:20am: Leveraging Your Teaching Strengths

This workshop, created in partnership with the Strengths Program at Student Experience, is designed to help students identify and advocate for the strengths they are bringing to and building in the classroom.

10:20am to 10:30am Break

10:30am to 11:20am: Student Panel on Taking Teaching Beyond the Classroom

In this curated panel, current Western graduate students and postdocs showcase the innovative ways they have used their teaching experience to be educators beyond the traditional classroom and provide some thoughts for those interested in doing the same.

11:20am to 11:30am Break

11:30am to 12:20pm Professional Panel on Teaching Beyond the University

Join us for a panel of invited experts who use the teaching experience they gained during their graduate studies to be mentors, teachers, and leaders in non-academic spaces. Panelists will share about their current roles and the paths that brought them there.

12:20 GIFT Award and Closing Remarks


Conference Information

Upcoming Conference

This online conference will take place on Thursday, July 4th, 2024. Registration is now open. Please click here if you would like to register!

Important Dates

  • Monday, March 18: Call for presenters closes
  • Week of March 25: Proposal notifications
  • Friday, April 5: Deadline for successful applicants to accept invitation to present
  • Week of April 8: OYF Conference on Teaching schedule announced
  • May: A revised date for this conference will be announced here shortly
  • June: Registration will open approximately one month in advance of the new conference date
  • Thursday, July 4: OYF Conference on Teaching



This conference is part of the Own Your Future doctoral professional development program. Master's students and postdocs are also welcome to attend.


Registration Instructions


  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select each session you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Select the Register for Waitlist button.
  4. You will receive an automated email with a link to a brief Qualtrics survey. Complete this survey to complete the registration process. You will receive an email confirming your registration within 2 business days. 

If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please consult our help guide or contact ctl@uwo.ca.


This conference is typically offered annually in May.

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