Texas Tech University

2019 Advancing Teaching & Learning Conference Call for Proposals

The Texas Tech University Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Advancing Teaching and Learning Conference on Thursday, February 21, 2019. 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, The Science of Learning and Why It Matters will be given by Dr.Josh Eyler. Dr. Eyler is the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and adjunct associate professor of humanities at Rice University. The theme for this year's conference is based on Dr. Eyler's forthcoming book "How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching" and his keynote discussion, "The Science of Learning and Why It Matters" and workshop, "Why Failure is Essential for Student Learning." 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 encourage students to take risks and use failure to learn?
  • What teaching strategies are you using that help students to learn? What have tried that didn't work, and what did you learn from this experience?
  • How have you encouraged your students to be more curious?
  • 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 Thursday, November 1st and will be due by Monday, January 7th.

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