Call for Proposals

The application process for the 2021 Virtual Conference now closed.  If you received funding and have not submitted your proposal, please contact Nancy Daczko-Krestan @


This is an open call, but if you received funding from the University Teaching Council, you are obligated to submit an abstract and present your work.

This call for proposals is for the annual Celebrating College Teaching Conference which will be held virtually this October.  Proposals will be considered in the Roundtable and FlashTalk formats.  All proposals must align with the Mission and Vision of the Strategic Roadmap for a Distinctive Kent State and are encouraged to align with the conference theme of Celebrating Student-Centered Teaching during the Pandemic.

Vision: To be a community of change agents whose collective commitment to learning sparks epic thinking, meaningful voice and invaluable outcomes to better our society.

Mission: We transform lives and communities through the power of discovery, learning and creative expression in an inclusive environment.

Thematic Focus: The conference theme is “Student Centered teaching During the Pandemic and Beyond.” Please focus your presentations as much as possible to reflect the theme.

Submission Divisions:

Refereed Roundtables (Breakout Rooms) – Oct. 22, 2021 – Morning Session: 9a.m. - 10:30a.m.

Two 40-minute sessions per Roundtable (Breakout Room) will be presented.

  • Deliver 10-minute presentation of key concepts (No PowerPoint or formal lecturing)
  • Stimulate and encourage discussion among participants at the table for the remaining 25 minutes.
  • Provide handouts that can be uploaded  (where appropriate) for guests in the session

FlashTalk Sessions  October 22, 2021 – 2:30pm – 3:30pm

FlashTalk sessions will replace the poster session for this year's conference.  Presenters are asked to plan to attend for the entire 1 hour session.

  • FlashTalks will be a brief synchronous presentation (no more than 10 minutes) followed by 10 minutes for Q & A.
  • FlashTalks may be presented in any modality that is appropriate to suit both the content (multimodal presentations allowed) and virtual presentation format that will be utilized during this year’s conference.
  • All FlashTalk presenters are encouraged to share any additional materials with guests in the session

Submission Requirements - Please note:

  • Indicate submission division (Roundtable or FlashTalk)
           (If your choice cannot be honored, you will be asked to present in a different format.)

  • Submit a clearly worded 100- to 150-word abstract describing the nature of the work as it pertains to this proposal. Include its applicability to teaching and how the authors will engage participants.

  • Include title (no more than 10 words), all authors and institutions.

  • Include address, phone number and email addresses of all authors.

Proposal submissions will be peer-reviewed by a Celebrating College Teaching Conference ad-hoc committee

If you have questions, please contact conference co-chairs: Vic Perera at or Jim Seelye at