Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference Proceedings



Session Proposals: in review, notifications go out late April/early May


Thank you to everyone who submitted a session proposal for the 2018 Innovations in Teaching & Learning conference!  

This year, we received ~80 proposals and the competition is extremely rigorous for a limited number of spots.  Proposals are currently out for review.

Program selections will be determined through a blind review process: 3-4 Mason faculty members, representing a range of experience with Stearns Center events and teaching, will review each proposal.  When making the final decision about a session proposal, the ITL planning committee will carefully consider the reviewer scores and comments, how the proposal contributes to a diverse program, and the number of spots available. 

Thank you again and we will post an announcement when notifications go out.

Warm regards,

Laura Lukes, PhD

2018 ITL conference director

Posted: 2018-03-27

Call for proposals--2018 ITL conference


Now accepting session proposals through March 19, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to celebrate our 10th Innovations in Teaching & Learning conference this year! To celebrate this milestone, our theme is “Small Changes, Big Impact: 10 Years of ITL” and our keynote speaker is Dr. Saundra McGuire, author of the 2015 book Teach students how to learn: Strategies you can incorporate into any course to improve student metacognition, study skills, and motivation. Her keynote address is about small changes faculty can make to teaching practices to improve student outcomes and learning experience.


For this year’s conference, we invite you (members of the Mason community) to submit proposals for conference sessions focused on small changes instructors can make to various aspects of their teaching practice (e.g., learning goal planning, learning activity and assessment designs, classroom management, use of specific digital teaching tools) to improve student learning outcomes and the Mason student experience. Additionally, we seek proposals for sessions that provide opportunities for the proposed presenter(s) and the Mason community to reflect on or showcase how previous ITL conference experiences and speaker ideas have impacted their students and/or inspired them experiment with new teaching strategies.


Proposals are being accepted for a variety of session types:
*1-minute activity/tip (new this year!)
*5-minute Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Lightning talks,
*15-minute teaching activity showcase,
*15-minute traditional presentations,
*40 or 90-minute panel/roundtable discussions,
*40 or 90-minute interactive mini-workshops, and
*poster session.


We especially encourage proposals that address technology-enhanced strategies and tools, teaching in active learning classrooms, designing for engaged learning, strategies for working with international/multilingual students, inquiry- and research-based courses, mentoring/advising, experiential/community-based learning, supporting student writing/communication skills, and strategies for incorporating mindfulness and well-being into learning. We also encourage sessions that focus on these teaching practices: time and classroom management tactics, strategies for fostering teaching conversations and collaborations within your department, and the mechanics of how to conduct research on your teaching–sharing your teaching strategies beyond your classroom to a broader community through the scholarship of teaching and learning.  If you’d like to talk to someone about your ideas before submitting a proposal, please send us an email ( or call (703-993-6200) to schedule a time to talk with someone about your ideas.


In addition to session proposals, the Stearns Center will be organizing a few special panel sessions on frequently requested topics. If you’d like to be considered as an invited panelist for these special sessions (topics to be announced later), please submit a brief statement of interest through the proposal form.


Proposals and statements of interest in serving on an invited panel are due by Monday, March 19. More details can be found on the request for proposal page.  We look forward to hearing from you!



Laura Lukes, PhD
2018 ITL Conference Director
Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning

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