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Call for Proposals
for the 31st Ann Ferren
Conference on Teaching,
Research & Learning


The Center for Teaching, Research & Learning invites session proposals for the 2020 Ann Ferren Conference, which will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020.

The theme of the 2020 Conference is "Thriving as Teachers and Scholars."

Session topics should speak to practices that promote the pursuit of rigorous and impactful teaching, scholarship and creative endeavors, while ensuring the well-being of both the faculty and students.


Session Types:

Panel Presentation Sessions

A formal presentation by a panel of presenters. We strongly suggest having no more than 4 panelists, limiting the presentation to 50 minutes, and ensuring at least 20 minutes of Q&A. Presenters are strongly encouraged to bring handouts and/or provide online resources.

Panel presentations should be structured to foreground a variety of perspectives, cases, or examples on the topic.

Interactive Sessions

These sessions are primarily centered on discussion. They are facilitated by a single moderator, who will give a very brief, contextualizing introduction on the topic (5-10 minutes), with the majority of the session devoted to discussion by participants and the audience.

Interactive sessions offer attendees a chance to share and discuss their experiences, their approaches to solving problems, or their new ideas on a specific topic.

Hands-On Workshop Sessions

These workshops teach hands-on skills that can include an overview of a new skill or technique followed by an opportunity to practice using those skills. Attendees should expect an interactive experience.

We suggest that all hands-on workshops include handouts and/or step-by-step guides for attendees to take with them after the session, as well as online resources to refer to after the session, and that you allow ample time for participants to try out the skill or tool you are teaching.

Important Dates:

Propsoals Due: September 30, 2019
Notification of Acceptance: November 15, 2019
Registration Opens: December 1, 2019
Conference Date: January 10, 2020

Proposal Guidelines:

Sessions are one hour and fifteen minutes long. Please allow for at least 20 minutes for Q & A. We encourage innovative modes of delivery, and as much discussion as possible. We strongly encourage cross-disciplinary panels.

In the online session proposal form, you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • The proposed title of your session;

  • The session type you have chosen for your session;

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

  • The goal, content, and main takeaways of your session (An abstract of up to 200 words – this will not be published, but is for proposal reviewers to read);

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

  • 2-4 Session Learning Outcomes (Please refer to Bloom's Taxonomy for ideas and language tips.)





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