Immersion Teacher Track: Individual Development for Instruction Skills



The Immersion '17 Teacher Track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in enhancing, refreshing, or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes teaching techniques, learning theory, leadership, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy. Librarians and graduate students in library and information science programs are eligible to apply. Participants selected for the Teacher Track will prepare a description of an instructional situation in advance of the Immersion program. During Immersion, participants will revise the instructional situation based on feedback from colleagues and faculty.

"This program is highly engaging and has helped me understand, process, and apply what I’ve learned. Love the emphasis on practical ideas/steps." ~ Teacher Track participant

Who Should Attend
The Immersion '17 Teacher Track is for you if:

  • You have little or no experience as a teacher or if you have experience teaching but would benefit from a focus on the fundamentals.
  • You want to understand more about learning theory, and how to design lessons and assignments that accommodate different learning approaches and student experiences.
  • You want an opportunity to practice and receive feedback on your teaching.
  • You need to understand the role of assessment in improving your teaching techniques and the design of lessons and assignments.
  • You want some practice with classroom assessment techniques.
  • You want to identify and build on your advocacy skills.

Learning Outcomes
The Immersion program curriculum will provide theories, tools, and strategies to build your capabilities in these outcome areas but the faculty expect that your mastery of each of these outcomes may require additional time, application and practice after the completion of the formal program.

After participating in the 4.5 day Immersion Teacher Track program, you will be able to:

  • Design meaningful learning activities that address different approaches, student motivations, backgrounds, and experiences, in order to facilitate student learning in a coherent, accessible, and systematic fashion.
  • Adopt and adapt appropriate theoretical frameworks to learning in order to develop a foundation for selecting teaching approaches and designing learning activities.
  • Teach from a learner-centered perspective in order to engage students in the learning process.
  • Analyze and assess personal teaching and instructional design methods, habits, and styles in order to expand pedagogical repertoire and shape diverse learning situations.
  • Assess student learning in order to inform and improve teaching practice.
  • Develop and articulate a personal perspective on information literacy in order to make its applications to professional and personal life effective and meaningful.
  • Build leadership skills in order to advocate for change in institutional and professional practice.

Program Details

Dates and location
July 23-28, 2017
Champlain College
Burlington, Vermont

Registration fee
ACRL member: $1,895
Non ACRL member: $1,995

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 Champlain College campus.  Approximate rates range from $40-70 per night, depending on the room type.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for Teacher Track applicants. Scholarships are typically funded in the $600-800 range. You can request scholarship funds on the Teacher Track application form,  In awarding scholarships, the committee will evaluate the candidate statement responses and criteria rated as part of the Teacher Track rubric

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 instructions below thoroughly before you start the application process.

Application Deadline 
Monday, December 5, 2016

Application Instructions
1.  Review the Characteristics for Successful Applicants and Teacher Track rubric before you start the online application form.  We also invite you to watch the Q+A webcast with tips for Immersion applicants. 

2.  Writing the essays and responding to questions, arranging for funding and requesting letters of reference and support all take 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 statements as many times as needed until they are complete and ready to submit. The deadline cannot be extended due to last minute illnesses or emergencies.  You can cut and paste from Word into the application form.

3. Have the following information prepared before you begin your online application form:

  • Contact information
  • Work experience
  • Presentations and publications
  • Letters of reference.  Two letters of reference are needed.  Reference letters should be in English and should be made out to the "Immersion Program Committee."  You will need to cut and paste the text of the letters into the application form. 

    1. Reference one.  (Librarian Applicants) Letter from your director or current supervisor who can address the commitment of the institution to information literacy, your role in that process, and confirm that you as the applicant are ready and motivated to implement what they have learned at Immersion. The Director/Supervisor must also describe what they are going to do to help you succeed in implementing what you learned at Immersion.

    2. Reference two.  (Librarian Applicants) Letter from a professor, colleague, faculty member, etc., who can address how Immersion '17 will further enhance your professional development and institutional goals.

    (Graduate Student Applicants) Two letters of reference from professors, library supervisors, etc. who can address how Immersion '17 will further enhance your career plans and professional development.
  • Candidate statements

Part One: In a 500-word statement, reflect on your approach to teaching, what and who has influenced your teaching, and your teaching aspirations/goals. Describe why you decided to apply for Immersion.

Part Two: For each of the following four topics, write a 200-300 word statement addressing relevant issues.

1) In light of the Immersion learning outcomes, what are the major immediate or future benefits you hope to derive from Immersion for yourself and your institution?

2) Explain how the culture of your library and your campus affects the way that you teach and your opportunities to teach.

3) Describe an example of your ability to take initiative and your potential for growth in information literacy projects.

4) With a foundation of information provided by Immersion faculty, participants actively and collaboratively contribute to and extend their learning in an environment that encourages creativity and risk taking. How would you benefit from and contribute to this community during Immersion?

4. Access the online application form (available October 2016).  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.  Please note that Immersion 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.

6.  A limited number of partial scholarships are available for Teacher Track applicants.  Scholarships are typically funded in the $600-800 range.  You can request scholarship funds on the Teacher Track application form.

Notifications will be issued via e-mail in February 2017.

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