Call for Proposals: 2022 Annual Meeting

A Hybrid Meeting

AAC&U is looking forward to gathering in person for the 2022 Annual Meeting. While we hope to see many of you in Washington, DC, we will also offer a virtual component for those unable to join us in person. The plenary sessions and some concurrent sessions will be live-streamed. All conference participants will be able to view recordings of these sessions after the meeting.

Since the 2022 Annual Meeting will be a hybrid event, you will be given the option of selecting between the in-person and virtual formats during the proposal submission process. All proposals will be reviewed based on their individual merits and regardless of the session format selected.

The Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios will be an entirely virtual event and will be held on Monday, January 24, 2022.


The long-awaited reopening of economies and societies—and campuses—in the aftermath of the pandemic brings with it an elated expectation of restoration and recovery: the return to normal. Yet while many of the immediate challenges COVID-19 created for colleges and universities may now begin to recede, the pandemic turned a powerful spotlight on existing challenges that had for too long been left unresolved. Particularly with respect to equity, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated and deepened trends already undermining the democratic role of higher education. Democracy requires a form of higher education that is both accessible and affordable, that is not structured by racism, and that is valued because it produces graduates who are socially and economically mobile as well as practiced in the arts of democracy and civic life.

The 2022 Annual Meeting will bring together a broad and diverse community of educators not to look back to an idealized pre-pandemic normal but to look resolutely forward. The meeting program will provide a clear-eyed assessment of the obstacles that remain on the path to a liberal education for many students today. And, finding confidence in the capacity for innovation demonstrated across higher education during the pandemic, it will also showcase and examine new models, practices, and solutions aimed at removing those obstacles and reinvigorating liberal education in service to democracy.


Detailed information about what is required for a submission and tips for a successful proposal can be found here.




Addressing Racialized Practices

Sessions in this track will focus on identifying and overcoming practices that perpetuate privilege and bias in curricular and cocurricular settings and on ways to build faculty, staff, and student capacity to address historical and contemporary racial issues. Sessions will also focus on campus-community partnerships that seek to break down racial hierarchies and dismantle the belief in a hierarchy of human value as well as on the role of institutional leaders in upholding institutional values, missions, and goals by addressing racism within higher education.

Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation 

Sessions in the track will focus on innovative and equitable teaching, learning, and assessment practices and on professional development strategies that prepare faculty to apply these practices in learning environments of various kinds. Sessions will also focus on the use of affordable and open educational resources (OER), ePortfolios, and other digital pedagogies as well as on general education pathways at and between two-year and four-year institutions.

Equity and Student Success

Sessions in this track will focus on reimagining or revitalizing diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success efforts to address existing and emerging student needs and for strengthening institutional capacity and cross-division collaboration to achieve equity and student success goals. Sessions will also focus on innovative and equitable models of educational design (e.g., high-impact practices and guided pathways) that embrace the diversity of student identities and promote student learning and engagement.

Global and Civic Learning

Sessions in this track will focus on innovative models for fostering integrative global and civic learning across majors and disciplines and for facilitating global learning for all students through equitable and ethical engagement with local and global communities. Sessions will also focus on the case for civic learning in a time of political and cultural polarization and amid global concerns about the fragility of democracy.

Liberal Education and Democracy

Sessions in this track will focus on making the case to campus and community stakeholders—and beyond—that, in a democratic society and an increasingly global economy, a liberal education is an essential form of preparation for work, life, and citizenship. Sessions will also focus on the inextricable links between the knowledge and skills developed through a liberal education and the civic capacities required to strengthen and sustain democracy. 

Undergraduate STEM Reform

Sessions in this track will focus on the integration of STEM disciplines with the arts and humanities and the exploration of global issues and challenges through STEM curricula.

Whole-Person Development and Campus Well-being

Sessions in this track will focus on whole-person development across the curriculum and cocurriculum and on how high-impact practices, including civic and career-based experiences, can contribute to the cultivation of a growth mindset in students. Sessions will also focus on innovative practices for advancing an institutional commitment to wellness for the entire campus community (students, faculty, and staff) and for promoting well-being, belonging, and flourishing.