Immersion '15 Program

Intentional Teaching: Reflective Practice to Improve Student Learning


The Intentional Teaching: Reflective Practice to Improve Student Learning Program is based on two crucial assumptions:

  • that the process of critical reflection is the key to professional renewal; and
  • that this process of critical reflection itself is the foundational content of the program. 

Participants will examine their practice through the four lenses of:

  • autobiography
  • student perspective
  • colleague as resource
  • research literature on teaching and learning

These four lenses are threaded throughout the three and a half days, with each becoming a focal point when appropriate. The four lenses organize the program not in a linear way, but through a mutually reinforcing perspective gained through a gradually sharpened, clarified focus on professional practice.

Each of these lenses will be used to look at four areas important to teaching:

  • philosophy/values
  • pedagogy
  • student impact
  • experimentation

A learning community in which all participants co-contribute to the program’s success through a high degree of engagement will form the basis of the experience. A faculty of nationally recognized librarians will guide the process, create an environment for professional renewal, provide the structure and overarching process for the program, and offer content and information to spark new thinking. Participants will have a high degree of autonomy to make the work relevant to their own situation; their support of each other is crucial. 

The program offers a mixture of structured and co-constructed learning segments such as peer discussions, individual reading and reflection times, and participant-led communities of practice. Participation is limited to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. A competitive application process will be used to select participants. 

"This has been one of the most self-affirming experiences I have had to date." ~ Intentional Teaching Track Participant

Learning Outcomes

After participating in the Intentional Teaching program, a participant will be able to:

  • Engage in ongoing reflective practice in order to sustain professional renewal and growth.
  • Articulate a personal philosophy of teaching and learning in order to intentionally shape the student experience.
  • Align personal philosophy with daily practice in order to consistently actualize your beliefs, intentions and actions
  • Participate in a community of practice in order to access and share ideas, resources, publications, support structures, and networks.
  • Value uncertainty and risk-taking in order to deepen your identity and integrity as a teacher.

Who Should Apply

The Intentional Teaching: Reflective Practice to Improve Student Learning track is intended for the experienced academic librarian who wants to become more self-aware and self-directed as a teacher.  Participants should have at least 5 years of teaching experience in a library or other setting, be currently involved in teaching, and have contact with students in the months prior to the program they will be attending. Please note that the program is not designed for those who want to learn how to teach.  

Program Details

Dates and location
Wednesday, November 4 - Sunday, November 8, 2015
Scarritt-Bennett Center
Nashville, Tennessee 

Registration fee
ACRL member: $1,575
Non ACRL member: $1,675

Registration includes

  • tuition
  • all meals during the program dates
  • twice-daily refreshment breaks
  • private online course and discussion list for all participants and faculty

Immersion Program participants are invited to stay in lodging on the Scarritt-Bennett campus. Approximate costs for the 2015 program is $65 per night (single residence hall room with en suite bathroom facilities).

How to Apply

All Immersion programs establish a learning community in which participants contribute to the success of the program through active engagement. Participation is limited to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. A competitive application process will be used to select participants.  The ACRL Immersion Program Committee reviews and selects participants.  Please read through the tips below thoroughly before you start the application process.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Friday, June 5, 2015 (11:59 p.m. CST)

Application Instructions

1.  Please review the Intentional Teaching rubric before you begin your application. 

2.  The application process takes time. You are encouraged to begin early, and to prepare and submit your materials as soon as possible.  Once you have begun the online application form, you can revisit your statement as many times as needed until it is complete and ready to submit.  The deadline cannot be extended due to last minute illnesses or emergencies. 

3. Have the following information prepared before you begin your online application form and be sure to thoroughly review your application before submitting:

  • Contact information
  • Education 
  • Work experience
  • Candidate statements. 
    • Using at least one specific example, reflect on your teaching experience and philosophy.  Describe your goals for professional renewal and growth related to teaching. (500 words)
    • Describe the skills and attitude you will bring to the collaborative learning experience at Immersion. (200-300 words)
    • How you will continue to build upon this experience after the Immersion program? (200-300 words)

Reviewers will be looking for evidence of your ability to reflect on your teaching experiences, contribute to a collaborative learning environment and continue to build upon the experience after the Immersion program.

  • Reference.   Letter from someone who teaches in the applicant’s program and can address the applicant’s capacity and willingness to participate in a learning community upon returning from Immersion.  The letter should be addressed to the Immersion Program Committee.

4.  Access the online application form.   You may save an incomplete application, and edit or add additional information before the submission deadline date. An ID number and password will be assigned to you when you submit your proposal. Be sure to print your ID number and password and keep them in a safe place; you will need these in order to edit the proposal at a future time. 

5. The Intentional Teaching: Reflective Practice to Improve Student Learning Track is an individual application process, and acceptance into the program is for an individual applicant.  There is no institutional ownership of an accepted-applicant slot, and if for some reason, an accepted applicant cannot attend, another person from that institution may not be substituted. The next accepted applicant on the ranked waiting list will be offered the slot.


Notifications will be issued via e-mail in July 2015.

Questions may be directed to Margot Conahan,, 312-280-2522