CFP: SoTL Commons: A Conference for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (3/31/07; 11/1/07-11/2/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Deborah Champion

Call for ProposalsPurpose
The purpose of the conference is to be a real and virtual *commons* for
college and university teachers, scholars, administrators, faculty
developers, and others interested in the scholarship of teaching and
learning as a focused, but expansive, evidence-based path for the
improvement of teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes. The
SoTL Commons Conference: November 1 * 2, 2007
Submission of Proposals: January 15 * March 31, 2007
Result of Proposal Review: Within 4 weeks of submission
Deadline to Confirm Acceptance of Invitation to Present:
June 1, 2007
Deadline for Presenters to Submit an Abstract for Conference Program &
Proceedings: July 1, 2007
Theme: *A Rite of Inquiry and a Passage for Learning*
The scholarship of teaching and learning is a momentum of questioning
assumptions about teaching and how students learn by means of inquiry
into the pedagogical process. SoTL can be a scholarly ritual of such
inquiry that leads to a re-conceptualization of what teaching is, and is
not, and what learning is and can be. This theme emphasizes that SoTL is
perhaps the most ready, steady way to improve teaching and learning in
higher education today, making this conference an intellectual *commons*
for all wanting to learn more about the research of teachers into
teaching and about the integration and application of SoTL in academic
careers and communities. The theme evokes the idea that teachers are
essentially life-long learners about teaching and that SoTL stimulates
the inherent curiosity of faculty to learn, know, understand, and apply.
With that inquiry and desire to know is the faculty*s experience with
research methodologies that, in SoTL, are turned towards the teaching of
the disciplines so they can be learned in the deepest ways possible.
SoTL is inquiry and is a passage to a new, even transformed, vision of
The following conference tracks comprise the concurrent
sessions:Research projects about teaching and student learning in higher
education (in classroom, online, or blended contexts) and their research
methodologies, evidence, analyses, implications, and applications.

Non-research analysis or synthesis of the nature, role and meaning of
the scholarship of teaching and learning; its integration or recognition
in an academic cultures; how to initiate and develop SoTL projects; ways
to promote, foster and support those engaging in such scholarship; how
SoTL can directly improve student learning outcomes; how SoTL has
transformed an academic community/culture; the connects between SoTL and
other forms of scholarship; the problems and benefits of international
collaboration in doing SoTL, and many other possibilities. Session
Formats Presentation Session (1 * 2 people): 45 minutes
A focused, interactive session is encouraged with clear objectives and
learning outcomes for the audience.Panel Session (3 * 5 people): 45
Rather than a series of short, individual presentations, panel sessions
should be genuinely interactive among the panelists, and between the
panelists and the audience. The panelists can develop different
perspectives or discuss various aspects of the topic.Poster Sessions: 90
Posters will set up before the start of the conference and will be
available for viewing throughout the conference. At designated times the
presenters need to be with their posters to discuss them with people
examining the posters.
There will be moderators for the presentation and panel sessions who
will contact the presenters prior to the conference to discuss
introductions and the content of the presentations. At each session, a
moderator will begin and end the session on time, introduce the
presenter(s) and the session topic, and distribute and collect session
assessment forms to the attendees.
Evaluation of Proposals
Each proposal will be reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers who will
recommend one of three options: 1) acceptance of the proposal, 2)
revision of the proposal, or 3) rejection of the proposal. The reviewers
will also provide comments for improvement, suggestions for recommended
revisions, or why proposals might not be accepted. These comments will
be given to the submitters of the proposals.
The reviewers will examine and evaluate proposals in these areas:Clear
connection between the title of the session and its content (titles
should be less than 10 words, compelling to attract an interdisciplinary
audience, and align with session content) Significance and relevance of
the topic for this conference Clarity and value of the objectives for
the session Means of engaging the audience in the session Expressed
learning outcomes for attendees Acceptance of proposals
The result of the review process will be provided to submitters within
four weeks of reception of the proposals. Thus, the earlier proposals
are received during the January 15 * March 31, 2007 submission period,
the sooner the review results will be obtained. The presenters of all
accepted proposals are to give confirmation to the conference chair
( by June 1, 2007 that they will present at
the conference in November. Presenters are responsible for their own
conference registration and fee, travel and lodging.
Presenters must supply abstracts of their presentations by July 1, 2007
to the Conference Coordinator ( These
abstracts will be used in the Conference Program Booklet and in the
Conference Proceedings. The format for the abstract is as
follows:Presentation topic and names/schools of presenters Abstract
text: 100 * 150 words Content: summarize content of the presentation,
including its objectives and learning outcomes for the audience. Provide
any relevant resources such as book or article titles and web sites.
Presenters are asked to fully participate in the entire conference and
attend sessions and events.

Presenters whose registration fee is not received by October 18, 2007
may be deleted from the conference schedule of sessions and program
booklet.Proposal Submission Form
All proposals will be submitted online using the form found at
For more information please contact Deborah Champion at
Deborah Champion
Program Management
Continuing Education Center
Georgia Southern University
PO Box 8124
Statesboro, GA 30460
FAX 912-681-0306 or 912-486-7760

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