Friday, August 17, 2012

CFP: Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy

CFP: Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy

This is an amazing conference, full of wonderful sessions, networking opportunities, and ideas.  I've presented there twice, and it is a wonderful opportunity for library and information professionals to share directly with higher education teachers, administrators, and vendors.  The best part might be the registration cost:  $0.00!  I highly recommend proposing your ideas and attending!

5th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
February 6-8, 2013
Proposal Due Date: October 8, 2012

The 5th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy is focused on higher education teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The conference showcases the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research.

The conference continues to grow and attract a widening community of US-based and international educators and scholars from an increasing number of institutions. The 2012 conference welcomed 760 participants from 150 institutions, 31 states, and 14 countries including Canada, Chile, Egypt, Nepal, Portugal, Singapore, and the UK. Participants report that the diverse and high-quality conference program, organization, and facility combine to promote rich dialogue and exchange that informs and energizes their teaching.

      Proposals Due: October 8, 2012
      Notification of Acceptance: October 22, 2012
      Registration Due: January 15, 2013
      Conference Date: February 6-8, 2013

Full guidelines, templates, and details for proposal submission can be found on the conference web site. Proposals are two pages in length for practice and research sessions and abstracts only for poster sessions. Accepted proposals, following a blind peer-review process, are printed in the full proceedings (see ).
** Practice sessions are focused on sharing, modeling and discussing higher education teaching and learning, while allowing for interaction among session participants.
** Research sessions inform participants of the design, implementation, and results of empirical research focused on teaching and learning in higher education.
** Poster sessions provide an opportunity to present and discuss scholarly research and/or practice in an informal scholarly environment.

The full Call for Proposals is available on the conference web site: To submit a proposal for review, the proposal must be submitted electronically on or before October 8, 2012.

Helen L. Chen will address Electronic Portfolios and Student Success: A Framework for Effective Implementation, highlighting that ePortfolios are more than just a technology: they imply a process of planning, keeping track of, making sense of, and sharing evidence of learning and performance. She is a researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the director of ePortfolio initiatives at Stanford University, as well as co-author of Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Guide for College Instructors (2011).

Loreto R. Prieto will address Culturally Competent Teaching and the "Browning" of the Academy: Working with Latino/a Students, an approach to conceptualizing culturally competent teaching with Latino/a students and offer a summary of related teaching practices. Dr. Prieto is a Full Professor of Psychology and Director of US Latino/a Studies at Iowa State University, as well as co-author of Getting Culture: Incorporating Diversity Across the Curriculum (2009) and The Teaching Assistant Training Handbook: How to Prepare TAs for their Responsibilities (2001).

There is no registration fee; however, both presenters and participants must register. Registration is available online at: The conference is free because we believe that budgetary reductions of travel money and professional development funds should not be a barrier to increased instructional effectiveness and student learning.

The conference hotel is
      The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
      540-231-8000 or 877-200-3360
The special conference room rates are $95.00 (plus taxes) for a single and $115.00 (plus taxes) for a double occupancy. Reference the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy to receive these special rates. Further information regarding transportation and accommodations (e.g. directions, maps, room descriptions, ground transportation) is available on the conference web site.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: 
Peter Doolittle (, Director
Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER)