Texas Tech University

2018 Advancing Teaching & Learning Conference Call for Proposals

The Texas Tech University Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center is pleased to announce the 14th Annual Advancing Teaching and Learning Conference on Friday, March 2, 2018. All conference sessions will be held at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock, Texas. Times will be assigned and announced at a later date.

This year's keynote presentation, Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key!, will be given by Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire. Dr. McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. She is an internationally recognized chemical educator, author and lecturer who has travelled the globe promoting sure-fire strategies to help students, including those underrepresented in science and math professions, to be successful in their coursework and careers. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops at over 300 institutions in 44 states and eight countries. Prior to joining LSU, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. Her latest book is Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation.

The theme for this year's conference is based on Dr. McGuire's keynote discussion Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key! Submissions are invited for poster presentations or 50-minute workshops that address a broad interdisciplinary audience. All proposals should include an abstract, session description, and an explanation of how the proposed session will relate to a broader audience. Additional details on the proposal requirements are included below. For the 50-minute workshops, interactive sessions with active audience participation are strongly encouraged, and presentations could be led by a faculty member or team of faculty members and graduate part-time instructors. Cross-disciplinary presentation teams are encouraged. For poster presentations, consider how to best present your research, program or work-in-progress related to teaching and learning. Poster presentations may be given by graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Questions you might consider when planning your session might include the following.

  • How do we foster deep learning in our students?
  • What are ways in which you encourage your students to engage in critical thinking?
  • How might we encourage our students to invest more time and effort in their learning?
  • What kinds of teaching practices or assignments might allow us to better serve underprepared or at-risk students?
  • How might high impact teaching and learning practices support efforts to increase critical thinking?
  • How can instructors improve student motivation and confidence in the classroom?
  • How can we teach and connect with today's college student more effectively?

Other topics related to issues of teaching and learning, geared towards a broad disciplinary audience, are also welcome and encouraged.


Proposals may be submitted online beginning Wednesday, November 1st and will be due by Monday, January 8th.

For more information about the call for proposals or for general questions related to this conference, please visit our conference website or contact Micah Logan at 806-834-0093.

Proposal Requirements & Specifications:

  • Abstract: In 100 words or less, please provide us with an abstract for your proposed session. This abstract will be used in the conference program.
  • Session/Poster Description: In 600 words or less, please describe your proposed session. Be sure to address session objectives, plans for audience interaction if proposing a 50-minute workshop, and references.
  • In 100 words or less, please explain how this session will relate to a broad, interdisciplinary audience.
  • Concurrent Session Equipment Needs (select all that apply from the following list)
    • Computer
    • Projector
    • Audio
    • Internet
  • Poster Presentation Specifications 
    • Presenters will be provided with a 4x8 poster board and tacks. Posters must be printed in a large format scale; presenters are responsible for printing.
    • Poster sessions have no multi-media support and no power outlets.

Submit your proposal here.


Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center