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Call for Proposals
for the 34th Ann Ferren
Conference on Teaching,
Research & Learning


The Center for Teaching, Research & Learning invites session proposals for the 2023 Ann Ferren Conference, which will be held in mixed in-person/virtual format on Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13, 2023.

The Ann Ferren Conference is an opportunity for members of the AU community to share experiences and expertise in advancing teaching and research practices at American University. We recognize that all members of our community have much to offer in this regard and thus, inclusion serves as guiding principle in developing the conference program. This principle is reflected in how proposals are viewed: as the start of a dialogue and a collaborative process to ensure that the resulting session will have the broadest relevance for and impact on our community.

We invite all faculty and staff to submit session proposals on any topic related to teaching, research, and learning.

Important Dates:

Propsoals Due: October 12, 2022
Notification of Acceptance: November 15, 2022
Registration Opens: December 1, 2022
Conference Dates: January 12-13, 2023

Proposal Guidelines:

Some sessions will be held in person and some will be virtual, using Zoom. We welcome your ideas and innovation in terms of how to best deliver your session in each format.

On the proposal form, you will be asked to provide the following information:
(We recommend that you prepare it in a Word document before entering it in the proposal form)

  • The proposed title of your session;

  • The names, affiliations, and contact information of all presenters;

  • Key information for proposal reviewers on the goal/purpose, flow, and expected impact of the session (suggested length: 150-300 words)

  • A short description of your session (50-60 words), which will appear in the conference program

  • 2-4 Session Learning Outcomes that describe the knowledge and/or skills attendees will gain during the session. (Please refer to CTRL’s Teaching Tips for Identifying Student Learning Outcomes for ideas and language tips.)

  • The availability of session presenters at different times on the two conference dates; and

  • Your preferred session format (in person or via zoom)

What we are looking for in proposals:

  • Thematic scope – Does the topic apply to a broad subset of the community?
  • Presenter diversity – Do the presenter(s) represent cross-disciplinary perspectives?
  • Interactivity – Is the execution plan for the session engaging and interactive?


See previous years' conference programs for examples of session descriptions and learning outcomes





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