Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now open.



The Teaching Professor invites proposals for concurrent sessions and poster presentations for the 2023 Teaching Professor Conference, June 9–11, 2023 in New Orleans.

Now in its 20th 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 Areas:

Submissions for this track refer to all aspects of course preparation, such as:

  • Learner-centered course design
  • Backward design
  • Active learning
  • Gamification
  • 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.

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
  • Rubrics
  • Feedback

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

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. Examples include:

  • 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

This track is specific to teaching in the online environment, which presents unique challenges and opportunities. Submissions for this track typically include, but are not limited to:

  • Course design
  • Discussion and engagement
  • Feedback and grading
  • Instructor presence

This track focuses on practices and strategies supporting minority and/or marginalized students offering strategies and innovative ideas including, but not limited to:

  • Inclusive curricula
  • Inclusive learning climates
  • Inclusive instructional practice
  • Universal Design for Learning

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
  • Accreditation

Topical Area 8: Outside the Classroom

Sessions in this track focus on the many responsibilities that come with being a teaching beyond the work of communicating course content. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Advising and mentoring
  • Activities outside of class
  • Helping students with study skills and preparation
  • Student wellbeing and engagement
  • Career and professional development
  • Strategies for balancing the competing demands of an academic career

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. Submissions to this track provide strategies and practices for doing this job innovatively and effectively.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is October 10, 2022. Confirmation of accepted proposals will be sent by January 16, 2023.

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.

Selected presenters are responsible for their own conference registration, lodging, travel arrangements, and duplication of session handouts. Selected presenters receive the $729 lowest 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

Criteria Poor Moderate  Excellent
1 2 3 4 5
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

Criteria Poor   Moderate   Excellent
1 2 3 4 5
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.