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Fall Conference

Fall Conference week

Start your academic year with this comprehensive week-long event.

The 2023 Fall Conference schedule incorporates events tailored to faculty, staff and students, including college and department assemblies, workshops, events promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as student move-in and orientation, among other offerings. President Armstrong's Convocation address stands as a prominent feature of the week, accompanied by recognition of exceptional achievements within the campus community. 

Fall Conference Schedule


 A formal launch to the academic year, held September 18, 2023.

The program included an introduction by Vice President Keith Humphrey, a keynote from President Armstrong and remarks from the ASI President, California Faculty Association (CFA) President, California State Universities Employees Union (CSUEU) President and the Academic Senate Chair. Provost Jackson-Elmoore will bring the event to a close by honoring distinguished Cal Poly faculty and staff.

View 2023's Convocation on the Cal Poly YouTube channel.  

Awarding A tradition of excellence

The Cal Poly community acknowledges exceptional service within our campus each year during Fall Conference. This year, we celebrate six remarkable spheres of contribution and the individuals who have profoundly enriched and elevated our community.

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Distinguished Teaching

Distinguished Teaching Awardees are recognized for their excellence in teaching, contributions to student engagement and achievement, innovative instruction and commitment to student success.

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Distinguished Scholars

Distinguished Scholars exemplify the teacher-scholar model by involving students in their research and applying Cal Poly expertise in direct contributions to our region, state and nation.

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Outstanding Faculty Advisor

The Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, established by the Academic Advising Council, recognizes one faculty member annually who has had a positive influence on students through academic advising.

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Learn by Doing Scholar Award

The Learn by Doing Scholar Awards recognize outstanding faculty contributions, emphasizing the impact of Cal Poly’s distinctive educational approach by translating learning into practice to make a difference in disciplines and industries across California and around the world. 

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Outstanding Staff

Outstanding Staff Award winners are selected based on their dedication, loyalty, expertise and contributions to Cal Poly.

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Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy

The Provost'sleadership award celebrates visionary leaders who have forged critical partnerships to advance the mission of Cal Poly.