2022 Conference on Global Learning

Call for Proposals

The proposal submission period is now closed.

Developing and Submitting a Proposal

The online proposal form includes fields requesting the following information:

    • Name, title, discipline/department/office, institution name (and Carnegie Classification), and email address for each facilitator/presenter
    • Session track
    • Session format
    • Session title (75-character limit, including spaces)
    • Session Abstract: Provide a brief description to be used in the conference program if accepted. The abstract should summarize the nature of the work conducted and highlight what is distinctive and transferrable about the work to be presented. (150-word limit)
    • Anticipated participant learning outcomes (100-word limit)
    • Importance of this session (topic) at this time for participants: (100-word limit)
    • Background and evidence of effectiveness of work being presented (250-word limit)
    • Plan for participant engagement: Provide a detailed plan for how attendees will be engaged in a virtual environment (150-word limit; required for workshops and dialogues for learning, optional for other session types)
    • Citations (if applicable)
    • Participant guidance for both categories more than one response may be selected:
      • Level of work: The session is designed for beginner, intermediate, or advanced participants.
      • Campus roles: The session is most relevant for administrators, community partners, diversity, equity, & inclusion professionals, general education professionals, faculty of all types, global learning educators, student affairs professionals, policymakers, practitioners, researchers, or others.

Proposal Review Criteria

AAC&U strives to offer a balanced, informative, and thought-provoking conference focused on frameworks for undergraduate, graduate, and professional liberal education. We seek to empower and embolden campus educators to provide a coherent, purposeful undergraduate experience for all students, with emphasis on effective pathways from cornerstone to capstone at two- and four-year institutions.

The proposal selection committee will include experienced academic professionals in the field of global learning from a diverse range of backgrounds and areas of expertise. Successful proposals will represent evidence-based theory-to-practice models that have proven effective in creating coherent, purposeful educational experiences for all students. Successful proposals may also represent models that emerged rapidly over the past year and for which a case can be made that the models are likely to prove effective through empirical inquiry over time. Successful proposals will also involve practitioners from across a campus or institution, and proposals featuring presenters across countries will also be appreciated. The following elements serve as criteria for proposal selection:

  • Presentations should have the potential to advance new approaches to integrating global learning into curricular and cocurricular initiatives and connecting global learning with critical issues that matter to students and to society.
  • Sessions should foster and sustain collaborations across divisions, programs, and/or schools.
  • Sessions should include models that connect research and scholarship with effective, equity-focused courses, curricula, pedagogies, assessment practices, and campus cultures that engage all students in high-quality global learning experiences.
  • Sessions should offer creative, novel, and transformative mechanisms for designing and facilitating critical dialogues to advance understanding across difference and promote idea sharing for institutional transformation.
  • Presentations should provide evidence of effectiveness, lessons learned, challenges overcome, and applicability across a range of institutional types.
  • Sessions should include explicit plans for involving participants in reflection, discussion, exercises, and other activities that will help them understand and apply the material.

Priority will be given to proposals that reflect innovations and perspectives from multiple disciplines, programmatic areas, institutions, and/or include partners from other countries. We particularly welcome student perspectives.

Conference Tracks

    • How are students who have not historically been a part of global learning being included in global learning initiatives?
    • How are all students gaining global experience at your institution?
    • How is the diversity of international students reflected in conversations about DEI?
    • What strategies support the inclusion of disabled learners in global learning programs and initiatives?
    • How are the learning outcomes of DEI and GL aligned in student experiences?
    • How are students being assessed at the intersections of DEI and GL?
    • How are emerging trends for 2040 impacting global learning?
    • What emerging trends are part of critical conversations for global learning?
    • What role will technology play in shaping the future of global learning?
    • How have assessment practices of global learning evolved to capture assessment for today’s realities?
    • How are students’ global learning experiences preparing them for work and life?
    • What types of global learning experiences do employers’ value?
    • How are students, staff, and faculty prepared for global engagement across differences?
    • How are students and educators prepared for diversity (race, class, gender, etc.) in international contexts?
    • What types of opportunities for civic engagement do students have in global contexts, whether local or international?
    • How are students engaging with their peers around the world on civic issues?
    • How are students prepared for ethical engagement and power differentials in community-engaged curricular and/or cocurricular experiences?
    • How have students responded to the global climate crisis locally and/or internationally?
    • What are successful models and/or strategies for working across countries and institutional types?
    • How do you move beyond colonizing partnerships?
    • How have institutions successfully decolonized courses, syllabi, assignments, and/or student experiences?
    • How do you democratize student global learning assessment?
    • How are you using technology to engage more students in meaningful global learning experiences?
    • What types of faculty development best prepare faculty to engage in virtual global learning?
    • What are models of success in digital global learning?
    • What types of curricular and cocurricular experiences prepare students for meaningful engagement in learning about and for democracy?
    • What strategies and practices have empowered students to explore democracy in a global context?

Session Types

  • Provide time for colleagues to examine topics through the iterative sharing of expertise and experiences. They provide an opportunity to work through issues, ideas, and challenges from multiple perspectives, engage in problem solving, and explore new ideas.

    Session facilitators should briefly set the context for the conversation related to one of the conference themes and should clearly articulate the intended audience in terms of institutional type, position, or particular area of practice. Facilitators assist the group in examining new ways of thinking about the topic and strategies for moving forward given the professional reality and expertise of attendees.

    60 minutes

  • Feature innovative practices that have emerged as global learning has been reframed in response to the disruption of the global pandemic and/or institutional efforts to make higher education practices more equitable. Each session consists of multiple presentations of equal length, with time for questions and feedback. The presentations run back-to-back.

    15 minutes

  • Pecha kucha (“chit chat” in Japanese) is a combination of visual and oral presentation organized to convey a creative endeavor, research finding, or other interesting activity related to a particular conference theme. A Pecha Kucha presentation, which consists of 20 slides each running for 20 seconds, is carefully orchestrated to articulate key elements featured in each slide.

    Three Pecha Kucha presentations will be combined with 30 minutes of discussion time to create one 60-minute session.

  • Organized around visual displays of research, models, and materials. A poster/video session provides an opportunity for presenters to talk with attendees about how to apply findings to their own work.

    60 minutes

  • Designed to guide participants as they develop plans of action for significant work at the level of the course, program, or institution. Presenters should provide resources and templates to help participants structure their planning. There will be opportunities for discussion and feedback. These sessions will be held as preconference workshops.

    All pre-conference workshops are expected to be highly interactive, utilizing creative strategies that are appropriate for a virtual space and grounded in the basic principles of adult learning. For this reason, proposals for pre-conference workshops should provide highly detailed information on the workshop structure, plan for engagement of the target audience, an appropriate balance between content delivery and breaks, and anticipated learning outcomes for attendees.

    2 hours

  • Provide an interactive environment for conference attendees to bridge theory and practice and to deeply examine, explore, and/or experience relevant theories and implementation strategies in the context of real-world global learning issues. Proposals for workshops must provide details about the scholarship that will inform the workshop topic.

    Proposed sessions that are designed to promote engagement, such as small-group collaboration and experiential learning, and provide details about the approach to conference attendee engagement will be given priority.

    75 minutes

Additional Information

The deadline to submit proposals is June 20, 2022.
Upon submission of a proposal, the primary session contact will receive an automatic message confirming receipt of the submission. If the contact does not receive this message (and it is not in their spam or junk folder), please email [email protected]. The primary contact is responsible for sharing presenter-related communications with all co-presenters.


The primary session contact will receive a proposal notification letter indicating the decision on the proposal during the week of August 26th. Please be sure to check your spam or junk folder as well. If the message is not received, please email [email protected].

Expenses and Fees

All session presenters are responsible for conference registration fees, travel expenses, etc. Please ensure that all individuals listed in the proposal have this information and will be available at the appropriate time during the event.

Session Times

Presentations will take place between the morning of Wednesday, October 12, through mid-day Friday, October 14. Please ensure that all individuals listed in the proposal have this information and will be available at the appropriate time during the conference.

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

Organizations, nonprofits, companies, publishers, and others have valuable opportunities to showcase their products and services in a variety of formats during the conference. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please go to AAC&U Sponsorships or email us at [email protected].

Sponsors interested in session presentations should consult the submission and review guidelines above or email us at: [email protected].