International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Call For Proposals

Call For Proposals

Important Dates

Call for Proposals Deadline Has been Extended to Monday, April 15 @ 11:59pm

All deadlines end at 11:59pm EST (New York). 

  • February 11 - Call for Proposal system opens
  • April 15 - Proposal submissions extended deadline
    • The call for proposals for the ISSOTL19 conference has been extended to Monday, April 15 at 11:59pm.
    • Authors who have submitted their proposals before the original deadline of April 1 will have until April 7 to make changes to their proposals before they are assigned to reviewers.
    • Authors who submit their proposals during the extension will have until April 15 to make changes to their proposals before they are assigned to reviewers.
  • May 15 - Notifications sent to proposal submitters 
  • May 15 - Registration opens 
  • June 15 - Participation confirmation due for all accepted proposals 
  • September 2 - Early bird registration deadline 
  • October 9 - 12 - Conference

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning invites you to join its 16th annual conference, which will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, from October 9 to 12, 2019. International scholars and educators will come together to share recent work and to discuss how our collective efforts will permeate walls and barriers and promote change in higher education. The conference will feature preconference workshops facilitated by leading scholars in the field, distinguished international plenary speakers, panel discussions, individual paper and poster presentations, concurrent workshops, and ISSOTL’s signature Conference Commons for informal idea-sharing and networking. In addition, we are continuing the tradition of International Collaborative Writing Groups immediately before the conference, October 6-8. You can find more information about those here.

Conference Theme

The spirit of civic engagement is woven in the fabric of Atlanta, from the pervasive presence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy to the more recent Center for Civil and Human Rights, President Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Library and Museum, and the AIDS Quilt. At a time when we are witnessing a current of anti-intellectualism in the United States and around the world, more than ever we need to articulate the powerful role SoTL can play. If the lack of education is the problem, thoughtful conversations about SoTL are undoubtedly part of the solution. Learn more about the conference theme here.

Presentation Formats

General information for all formats

  • All proposals need to follow the instructions below. See format descriptions to decide which format best fits your submission. Please anonymize the proposal text to the greatest possible extent to allow blind review.
  • The title of the proposal can be up to 100 characters (including spaces).
  • Include one proposal document with the following three headings:
  1. Abstract for Publication

The abstract (maximum 100 words), which will be printed in the conference proceedings and on the conference webpage, should address the conference theme, describing the proposal’s topic and indicating the frameworks, methods, evidence, and conclusions (for SoTL projects) or the literatures and current SoTL conversations it engages (for projects about SoTL).

  1. Proposal Details

The proposal details (maximum 500 words), which will be distributed to reviewers, should explain the rationale and significance of the proposal and its relevance to the theme, state its learning goals and outcomes and include plans for participants’ engagement in the session if appropriate (see below for specific instructions by format).

  1. References

A list of the major references (up to 10 references, only for review purposes; maximum 200 words).

All three components should be included in the "Abstract" box in the submission system:

Abstract, Proposal Details, and References inserted in Abstract Box


Panel Discussions

Panel discussions are particularly appropriate for topics that benefit from multiple perspectives and presenters, including disciplinary, institutional, and national perspectives. The goal for panel discussions is to provide panelists and audience members the opportunity to exchange insights, engage in discussion, and learn from each other’s experiences. We encourage cross-national representation on panels.

  • Panel proposals should be submitted by the panel organizer and should feature two to four panelists, and last 90 minutes, including at least 20 minutes for discussion with the audience. One of the panelists or someone else may chair the panel.
  • The abstract part of the proposal text should describe the panel as a whole (may also include descriptions of individual contributions and titles within the panel).


We invite proposals for single paper presentations. The goal of these papers is to share knowledge and to encourage critical dialogue among conference participants.

  • Paper proposals should be submitted by the first author and will last a maximum of 30 minutes each, including at least 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Papers will be grouped into sessions of two or three where the final presenter in the session should be ready to serve as chair if the session does not have a designated chair.

Concurrent Workshops

Workshops provide an interactive alternative to demonstrate effective practices in both SoTL and workshop pedagogy. They offer an opportunity for hands-on work on a SoTL question, research method, or topic during the concurrent sessions of the conference.

Workshop proposals should be submitted by the first author and will last 90 minutes. A limited number of workshop slots are available.

  • The abstract part of the proposal text should include a short workshop outline.
  • The proposal details part of the proposal should include details about participant engagement in the workshop.


Posters will be displayed in a 1.5 hour poster session on October 10. Posters offer the opportunity to present the author’s in a relaxed atmosphere and to have in-depth conversations with colleagues about in-progress projects. In order to fit onto the free-standing poster boards, each poster should be no bigger than 36 inches tall x 48 inches wide. Font should be readable from a distance of approximately 5 feet. Push pins will be available for mounting your material. It would be useful to have handouts for those who want further information.

Poster proposals should include a rationale for the submission, theoretical frameworks used, empirical methods used if relevant, results and significance to the field.

The goal of the poster session is to allow participants to engage with each poster presenter. We therefore especially invite proposals for posters that take up important and timely topics related to the conference theme. Posters should present preliminary or completed SoTL work or considerations of the field of SoTL in general. They should inspire dialogue and critical engagement, and at least one author should attend the full poster session to present and discuss their work.

  • Poster proposals should be submitted by the first author.
  • The proposal details do not need to include plans for participants’ engagement.
  • Posters should not exceed size 48 x 36 inches. 

Proposal Review and Criteria

Each proposal will be reviewed by multiple reviewers from different countries, to the extent possible. The proposals will be rated as: AcceptAccept with Minor Revisions, or Reject. Where minor revisions are required, applicants will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit. The reviewers’ decision will be final. The conference team will accept proposals on the basis of the reviews received and with the goal to create a program diverse in topic, nationality, and authorship. All proposals should be in accordance with local policies for research involving human subjects. Please read more about the ISSOTL conference pedagogy here.

Considerations for Review of Proposals

Questions and Rationale:

  • Important question(s) related to SoTL, the conference theme, and/or the conference threads are identified, articulated, and explored
  • An understanding of SoTL issues and/or existing scholarship in the field is demonstrated


  • The theories/methods/frameworks/models being used are explained and justified

Outcomes and Insights:

  • Evidence and/or findings are reported
  • A description of how the work contributes to the understanding or practice of SoTL is provided

Reflective Critique:

  • A critical/reflective evaluation of the work is offered

Audience Engagement (not applicable for posters, desirable for other formats, and essential for workshops):

  • Planned opportunities for active audience engagement in the session are described
  • Opportunities for audience participation in the discussion are included
  • Effective pedagogical practices are demonstrated

Proposal Submission Instructions

Proposals must be submitted through the ISSOTL conference submission portal no later than April 15, 2019, 11:59 pm EST (New York) to be considered for review. View portal link below. 

To help conference organizers assemble a diverse set of sessions, we are asking that all users tag their submissions with 1-2 of the tags listed below. These tags will not be listed in the program and will be used only by conference organizers. These tags will help the conference team to avoid scheduling sessions in conflict with other sessions of the same topic.

Session Tags:

  • Assessment
  • Disciplinary SoTL (e.g., history, fine arts, mathematics, etc.)
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Educational Development
  • SoTL Leadership and Advocacy
  • Service Learning
  • Students as Partners
  • Technology Enhanced Learning

Proposal Submission Portal


Submit Session Proposal Here


Contact and Connect

ISSOTL19 is hosted by Kennesaw State University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). Get in contact, follow conference preparations and announcements via:

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