Call for Proposals
Magna Publications invites proposals for concurrent sessions and poster presentations for the 2021 Teaching Professor Conference, June 4-6, 2021 in New Orleans.
Now in its 18th year, The Teaching Professor Conference provides a thought-provoking and stimulating forum for educators of all disciplines and experience levels to share practical ideas and best practices that advance college teaching and learning.
Whether you are a new or returning presenter, we encourage you to seriously consider this opportunity to share your expertise at a conference of your peers.
Topical Area 1: Preparing Your Course
Submissions for this track refer to all aspects of course preparation, such as:
- Learner-centered course design
- Backward design
- Active learning
- Designing courses for critical thinking, reflection, collaboration, and motivation
- Writing goals, objectives, learning outcomes, and their assessments
Accepted proposals promote innovations and strategies that can be applied across a broad range of disciplines and contexts.
Topical Area 2: Assessing Learning
Submissions to this track should focus on assignments, assessments, and grading practices, and/or strategies measuring students’ accomplishment of course objectives and learning outcomes, such as:
- Tests and assignments
- Grading Systems and Criteria
- Self and Peer Assessment
Topical Area 3: Student Engagement
Submissions to this track should promote one or all of the dimensions of student engagement: behavioral, emotional, or cognitive. Including:
- Instructional strategies promoting engagement
- Practices supporting engaging classroom climate
- Promoting broadly engaged participation and discussion
- Classroom-based engagement activities
Topical Area 4: Technology Tools for Teaching
Submissions to this track should focus on the effective use of teaching and communication technologies including the theoretical underpinnings that drive the use of technology for teaching.
- The pedagogical research that supports the tool (and/or the pros and cons of the tool)
- An introduction to using the tool
- An example of the tool used in an online, hybrid, or traditional class
Topical Area 5: Online Teaching and Learning
Good teaching is good teaching, and much of the conference is devoted to it! This track is specific to the online environment, which presents unique challenges and opportunities. Submissions for this track typically include, but are not limited to:
- Course design
- Student discussion and engagement
- Feedback and grading
- Instructor presence
Topical Area 6: Teaching Specific Student Populations
Submissions to this track should focus on topics and issues specific to unique student populations, offering strategies and innovative ideas including, but not limited to:
- Professional studies (e.g., engineering, law, accounting)
- Student preparation for high stakes certifications or board exams
- Applied studies, including technical or vocational programs
- International students
- Non-native language speakers
- First-generation college students
- Non-traditional students
- Students with emotional, cognitive, or learning differences
- Students whose life circumstances challenge persistence, retention, and completion
Topical Area 7: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
This track focuses on practices and strategies supporting minority and/or marginalized students. Proposals may include, but are not limited to:
- Inclusive curricula
- Inclusive learning climates
- Inclusive instructional practice
- Universal Design for Learning
Topical Area 8: Teaching in the Health Sciences
Submissions to this track cover the unique challenges in teaching in the health sciences, in areas such as:
- Teaching in a clinical setting
- Simulation-based teaching
- Teaching professional ethics
INSTRUCTIONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Topical Area 9: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
In addition to being great teachers, many of our Teaching Professor Conference attendees are doing innovative research on teaching and learning, using a variety of methodologies and focusing on a wide range of learner populations and educational contexts. Submissions to this conference track should focus on the conceptualization, design, and results of research the presenters have conducted on any aspect of teaching and learning.
Topical Area 10: Instructional Vitality: Ways to Keep Teaching Fresh and Invigorated
Submissions to this track should focus on concepts and practices for supporting mid- and later-career faculty in making positive changes that will invigorate and refresh their teaching and their relationships with students. Attendees will have completed more than five years of teaching. Topics of interest for experienced teachers may include, but are not limited to:
- Reenergizing course material
- Mentoring new faculty in their teaching role
- Connecting with a changing student population
- Feedback that improves instruction
Topical Area 11: For New Faculty
Sessions in this track represent teaching and pedagogy basics. New faculty are accomplished scholars in their disciplines but often have received very little training or experience in teaching. Attendees in these sessions will be in their first few years of teaching. Pertinent topics for new teachers may include, but are not limited to:
- Effective classroom practices specific for novice teachers
- Teaching strategies specific to novice teachers
- Developing a teaching or classroom philosophy
- Things “I wish I knew…” and/or advice for new teachers
- Strategies for balancing the competing demands of an academic career
Topical Area 12: Faculty Support
This track is for Faculty Developers, Instructional Designers, and CT&L staff—those attendees who are responsible for or interested in faculty development at their home institutions. It will also serve anyone working in faculty instructional mentoring. These sessions will provide advice on doing this job innovatively and effectively.
The deadline for submitting a proposal is November 30, 2020. Confirmation of accepted proposals will be sent by February 1, 2021.
We are planning an onsite conference in New Orleans. We continue to monitor travel and public gathering restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. If an in-person conference is not advisable for June 2021, we will offer a fully virtual conference.
Please do not submit the same proposal to multiple topical areas or your proposal will be automatically excluded.
Before submitting your proposal, please review the PDF version of the proposal form so you can see exactly the information we are requesting. See what’s on the submission form.
Go here to submit your proposal using our online proposal form.
Selected presenters are responsible for their own conference registration, lodging, travel arrangements, and duplication of session handouts. Selected presenters receive the $709 published rate regardless of deadline.
All submissions go through a blind, peer-review process by our advisory board. Members use the following rubrics to evaluate proposals. Because this is a blind review process, anonymity must be maintained in the proposal or it will be automatically excluded.
Rubric for 60-Minute and 20-Minute Sessions
|Relevance: Addresses ideas, topics, or practices that are highly relevant and significant to teaching and learning at the university level.|
|Evidence: Cites previous scholarly work and integrates theory and/or quantitative or qualitative assessment data. The presentation does not rest on the presenter’s experience.|
|Action: Offers content applicable to a variety of disciplines and campus sizes by sharing innovative and creative thinking. Proposal covers new ground or is a significant advancement or application of well-documented practice.|
|Appropriate: The session proposal is likely to accomplish the stated outcomes. It is appropriate for the track selected by the presenter.|
|Presentation: The session is engaging and interactive. It includes the thoughtful use of active learning and engagement activities synergistic with the proposed content and session goals.|
Rubric for 90-Minute Poster Session
|Is the topic appropriate for this conference?|
|Audience: Is the topic relevant to a broad range of disciplines, students and/or institutional settings?|
|Overall Proposal Quality: Writing, organization, originality.|