2020 Call for Proposals

The call for proposals is now closed and will reopen in February 2021. Please see below for the previous call for proposals:


We invite you to submit proposals for this year’s conference in the following formats:

  • Research Presentation
    (50 Minute Concurrent Session)

  • Interactive Poster Presentation
    (45 Minutes during Poster Reception)

  • Innovative Teaching Talk
    (15 Minute Session, bundled with two others in Concurrent Session)

Please see format descriptions and recommendations below, and read all instructions before clicking the "Submit Session" button at the bottom of the page.

In both content and title, all proposals should focus on teaching and/or student learning in higher education and should address how pedagogy developed in the context of one discipline can be adapted to other disciplines. Proposals that are solely focused on K-12 teaching and learning are outside the scope of this conference and will not be considered.

Submission Deadline:

Thursday, April 30, 2020 11:59pm

Proposal Notifications:

Friday, May 29, 2020

Proposal Formats:

  • Research Presentations (Peer Reviewed)

    Research presentations, delivered as 50-minute concurrent sessions, are appropriate for sharing the findings of traditional SoTL studies or syntheses of current research on a topic appropriate for a SoTL audience. Proposals must include information about the study design, rationale, methodology, and findings, as well as plans for interaction with participants. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method research designs are welcomed. Studies can be multidisciplinary or focus on a single discipline; those that focus on a single discipline should include ways the findings can be adapted to other disciplinary contexts.
  • Interactive Poster Presentations (Peer Reviewed)

    Posters offer the opportunity to present traditional SoTL research or SoTL works-in-progress in a relaxed atmosphere that includes in-depth conversations with colleagues. Poster presenters should come prepared with questions and/or requests for comments from those visiting their poster. These questions should appear on the poster so that those visiting your poster can easily find them. This session type is ideal for novice SoTL researchers who would like feedback on their work, but can accommodate all levels of SoTL work.

    This year the poster session will be split into two groups so that poster presenters are able to visit other posters and enjoy the reception. Poster presenters are expected to be in attendance at their poster during their assigned time. In order to fit onto the free-standing poster boards, each poster should be 36" tall x 48" wide. Font should be readable from a distance of approximately 5 feet. Push pins will be available for mounting your material. Handouts are recommended to distribute to those who want further information.
  • Innovative Teaching Talks (Peer Reviewed)

    Teaching talks provide presenters a chance to share an innovative teaching idea or classroom experience that has not yet been subjected to formal study. Grouped with other similar sessions, these 15-minute “lightning talks” will allow attendees to walk away with a variety of new ideas that they can immediately implement in their classrooms. This format is ideal for those who have a great teaching idea to share but who have not collected and analyzed data in a formal way. Proposals should include descriptions of any handouts or materials that the audience will receive.
  • Hands-On Workshops (Invited Proposals Only)

    This new hands-on workshop format is similar to the pre-conference workshop format used elsewhere, but offered during the conference and at no additional charge. Workshops offer participants at all levels of SoTL experience an opportunity to put what they have learned at the conference into action. The various workshops will cover a range of topics of interest to both SoTL novices and veterans.


The submission deadline has passed.