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Call for Proposals

Proposals are sought for sessions focused on effective instructional practices and research aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning in higher education. Four types of conference sessions are offered: Practice Sessions, Research Sessions, Conversation Sessions, and Poster Sessions.

Call for Proposals is now Closed.

Session Types

Concurrent Sessions: Concurrent sessions provide the presenter with the opportunity to engage participants in either the research or practice of the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Practice Sessions: Practice sessions are focused on sharing, modeling and discussing higher education teaching and learning, while allowing for interaction with and among session participants. These sessions should go beyond simply "how to" to include "why to." Practice sessions are 50 minutes in length. More details »

Research Sessions: Research sessions are designed to inform participants of the design, implementation and results of empirical research focused on teaching and learning in higher education. Research session presentations are 25 minutes in length. More details »

Conversation Sessions: Conversation sessions are designed to provide a time and space for participants to discuss instructional issues within higher education teaching and learning. Each discussion session will consist of no more than a 10 minute presentation, to contextualize the topic, followed by active participant discussion. Conversation sessions are 50 minutes in length. More details »

Please Note: There will be a limited number of Concurrent Sessions, thus some authors who submit for a Concurrent Session may be asked to present as a Poster Session instead.

Poster Sessions: Poster sessions allow for the discussion of scholarly research and/or practice addressing higher education pedagogy with conference participants in an informal scholarly environment. Posters will be assigned to one 90-minute poster session. More details »

General Information

Pre-Conference Workshops: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Conference: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, February 10-12, 2016
Where: The Inn at Virginia Tech and the Skelton Conference Center
Who: Faculty, Administrators and Students
Proposals Due: Wednesday, September 14, 2015

Important Dates

Proposals Open: Monday, June 22, 2015
Proposals Close: Monday, September 14, 2015
Notifications Sent: Thursday, October 1, 2015**
Confirm Intend to Present: Thursday, October 8, 2015**
Schedule Posted: Friday, October 16, 2015

** Once presenters are notified that they have been accepted to present (October 1st), they will have one week to confirm their intent to present (october 8th). At a typical conference the paying of conference registration serves as confirmation, but since we do not charge a conference fee, we need presenters to explicitly confirm. Details on confirmation will be included in the notification email. Thanks!

Potential Topics

The conference proceedings are available online and give a sense of the variety of topics and disciplines that have been featured at the conference.

Session topics may address any of a wide range of aspects of higher education pedagogy and the investigation, understanding, and improvement of higher education teaching and learning. Proposals may be focused on a specific domain (e.g., English, Business, Engineering) or may be multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, or transdisciplinary. Areas of interest may include but are not limited to:

  • Assessing Student Learning
  • Employing Innovative Pedagogy
  • Teaching for Individual Differences
  • Implementing Effective Strategies
  • Designing Effective Instruction
  • Integrating Technology Effectively
  • Case-based and Problem-Based Instruction
  • Funding and Publishing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Creating Domain Specific Pedagogy (e.g., English, chemistry, engineering, history, art, wildlife science, medical education)

Submit a Proposal

Proposals for Concurrent Sessions (Practice, Research, Conversation) or Poster Sessions must be submitted online following the provided template formats and adhering to APA guidelines. Two-page papers must be submitted for practice, research, or conversation sessions and abstracts (only) for poster proposals.

Register for the Conference

Authors who plan to attend the conference must also register for the conference. There is no registration fee or cost to attend the conference, but registration is mandatory. CIDER believes that budgetary reductions of travel money and professional development funds should not be a barrier to increased instructional effectiveness and improved student learning.

Conference Proceedings

All conference proposals — practice, research, conversation, and poster — will be published both as a hard copy and electronic (PDF) conference proceedings. Two-page papers will be published for accepted practice, research, and conversation sessions, and abstracts will be published for accepted poster sessions.

Contact Information:

Chair (Danielle will be on maternity leave until September 1) Temporary Chair
Danielle Lusk Peter Doolittle
110 Hillcrest Hall 111 Hillcrest Hall
(540) 231-7930 (540) 231-2954

Registration Open

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