The mission of the Lilly Conferences is to provide a forum to share and model a scholarly approach to teaching and learning that reports quality student learning outcomes while promoting professional development of faculty.



For nearly 40 years, Lilly Conferences have provided opportunities for the presentation of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Conference participants are made up of faculty and administrators at various stages in their academic careers representing nearly every discipline found in higher education. At each conference, we offer a variety of 30- and 60-minute concurrent sessions, traditional plenary addresses, facilitated round table discussions, and poster presentations that address contemporary issues and include proven, innovative pedagogies.


Tracks and subthemes vary by year, but generally include: Assessment; Classroom Technologies; Course (re)Design; Diversity/Inclusion; Engaging/Motivating Students; Service Learning and Teaching Online.





The Lilly Conference-Bethesda is hosted by the International Teaching Learning Cooperative. The ITLC was created to bring faculty members together to advance student learning.




Todd D. Zakrajsek, PHD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family
Medicine at UNC - Chapel Hill. Todd was a tenured associate professor of
psychology and built faculty development efforts at three universities before
joining UNC. In addition to his work at UNC, providing resources for faculty
on various topics related to teaching/learning, leadership, and scholarly
activity, Todd serves on many educationally-related boards and work groups.
Todd has consulted with organizations such as The American Council on
Education (ACE), Lenovo Computer, Microsoft, Harvard, and the Gates Foundation. He has delivered keynote addresses and campus workshops at over 300 conferences and university campuses. 


Community is a cornerstone to improving student learning.

Participants are life-long learners.

Everyone responsible for teaching has the ability and desire to learn to be a better teacher.

Scholarly, evidence-based teaching improves student learning.

Advancing education is a fundamental need in every society.



Lilly Conferences are committed to creating events that build community among its participants. Scholarly activity in the absence of a shared vision and community support cannot be successful in building the highest level of effective learning for our students. Effective faculty development requires a community of scholars sharing, discussing, critiquing and reflecting upon what constitutes good teaching and learning and identifying how each of us can improve our craft.


At Lilly Conferences, every individual is valued for her or his perspective with the belief that all faculty members are life-long learners who benefit from interacting with one another, our students, and our mentors. The designed purpose of each conference is to create a community where we share scholarly work, network, and promote collaborations that extends the professional interactions forged at conferences into lifelong collegial friendships.


In 1981, the first Lilly Conference on Faculty Learning Communities showcased the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning on the campus of Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. Initial development of the idea was supported from a three-year grant from Eli Lilly and Company. These funds were used to develop individual projects and establish the dissemination of information through a conference focused on teaching in higher education. The initial seed money established the conference, and now, nearly 40 years later, it has transformed into series that hosts 6 conferences showcasing evidence-based teaching and learning. We remember our roots in our namesake "Lilly Conferences" however, the conference series has been self-supported and self sustaining beyond the initial grant funding. 

The ITLC works diligently with founder and past conference director Milt Cox, Miami University, to uphold the mission and values of Lilly Conferences.


We have always valued our customer's privacy.  We do not sell or trade contact information with other businesses/entities, nor do we print contact information on any conference related materials. We do purposefully send emails to our subscribers around once a month (more frequently as an event approaches). We also offer the opportunity to unsubscribe within the monthly notifications. 

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