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Call for Proposals

Proposal Submission for the 2025 Conference

  • Call for Proposals Opens: August 1, 2024 
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: November 1, 2024
  • Notice of Proposal Acceptance: Notifications sent on December 16, 2024
  • Confirmation of Proposal Acceptance: January 5, 2025
  • To Remain in the Conference Program, Presenters must register by January 24, 2025

Conference Review Platform (Oxford Abstracts)

SoTL Commons uses Oxford Abstracts to manage the proposal submission and review process. Oxford Abstracts will ask you to create an account and confirm the account through email. Remember to retain your assigned Submission ID number for future reference.

Proposal Types

SoTL ProjectsResearch proposals (data from systematic inquiry into student learning in higher ed)
Reflections about SoTLAnalysis, synthesis, reflection, and discussion of SoTL's nature, role, and meaning
Teaching & Learning PracticesNon-research proposals (analysis, synthesis, reflection, and discussion of teaching practices)
Professional DevelopmentConference workshops only

Proposal Track

Academic & Professional DevelopmentProposals focused on academic and professional development (writing circles, FLCs, etc.)
Assessment Proposals focused on assessment of teaching and learning at different levels (course, program, institution)
Learning Theories & PedagogyProposals focused on pedagogy and learning theories
Teaching with TechnologyProposals focused on teaching with technology in any format (hybrid, f2f, online)
ReflectionAnalysis, synthesis, reflection, and discussion of the nature, role, and meaning of SoTL/ teaching and learning.

Session Type

PosterPresenter(s) prepare and present a poster to facilitate conversations and answer questions on their research in an informal setting. Presenters are required to be present at their poster for the entire session. Poster guidelines can be found here.
Oral presentation
(30 minutes)
These 45 minute sessions will include a 30 minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. Research findings and SoTL insights will be shared in interactive presentations that engage the audience and address specific ideas and strategies that attendees can apply to their teaching contexts.
Mini session
(15 minutes)
The mini session presentations will focus on key highlights of projects in a 15 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.
Conference workshop
(90 minutes)
These 90 minute sessions offer the opportunity for a deep dive into SoTL related topics. Workshops should be interactive and appeal to a diverse audience.

Review Criteria

  1. Clear connection between the title of the proposal and its content.
  2. Clearly stated research question(s) that inquire into student learning (for research proposals) OR a clearly stated purpose that is significant and relevant to SoTL or teaching and learning more generally (for non-research proposals)
  3. Evidence that the proposal is grounded in context, such as existent literature on teaching and learning.
  4. Description of research methodology, progress of project, and results (for research proposals) OR an explanation of how the presentation contributes new knowledge to SoTL or teaching and learning more generally (for non-research proposals).
  5. Discussion of implications and applications for SoTL or teaching and learning.
  6. For Presentation Sessions only: Plans for engaging the audience in the session. Exemplary teaching and learning practices should be modeled.

Last updated: 4/12/2024