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Call for Proposals
for the 35th Ann Ferren
Conference on Teaching,
Research & Learning


The Center for Teaching, Research & Learning invites session proposals for the 2024 Ann Ferren Conference, which will be held in mixed in-person/virtual format on Thursday, January 11 and Friday, January 12, 2024.

The theme of the 2024 conference is Belonging and Connection in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.

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 topics related to the conference theme, or on any topic related to teaching, research, or learning.

Important Dates:

Propsoals Due: October 6, 2023
Notification of Acceptance: November 15, 2023
Registration Opens: December 1, 2023
Conference Dates: January 11-12, 2024

Proposal Guidelines:

Some sessions will be held in hybrid format (in person with some participants joining via Zoom) and some will be entirely 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 email addresses 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 as a result of attending the session. (Please refer to CTRL’s Resource on Developing 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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