2023 Conference on Global Learning

Call for Proposals

The proposal submission period is now closed.

Developing and Submitting a Proposal

The online proposal form included fields that requested the following information:

  • Presenter name(s), session title, institution name, Carnegie Classification, and professional title and email address of each facilitator
  • Conference track
  • Session format
  • Proposal Abstract (Max 400 words) The abstract should describe the content and significance of the session and its format, how the session relates to the theme of the meeting, and how the audience will be engaged. Be sure to include new information, examples of innovation, and proven results. Please format your abstract into the following sections:
    • Anticipated learning outcomes for participants (100-word limit)
    • Background and evidence of the effectiveness of the work being presented (250-word limit)
      • For Ideation Sessions, please describe the benefits of feedback for your emerging session topic and how you arrived at this point in developing this concept, idea, or activity.
    • Plan for participant interaction (not required for posters)
      • For Dialogues for Learning, please provide the guiding questions for the interactive part of your session.
      • For Strategy Sessions and Workshops, please describe the interactive components and specific takeaways from the session.
  • Brief Description (Max 150 words) Provide a short description to be used in promotional materials and in both the meeting program and the mobile app. Please remember that—should your proposal be accepted—a participant’s decision to attend your session will be based, in large part, on this description. It should be accurate and as compelling as possible.
  • Expected Learning Outcomes (Max 75 words) Describe or list the outcomes with which you hope the audience members will leave the session (i.e., the “takeaways”). Descriptions should summarize the above fields and highlight what is distinctive and transferrable about the work you are presenting).

Proposal Review Criteria

AAC&U strives to offer balanced, informative, and thought-provoking conferences focused on practical and theoretical approaches to global learning at the course, departmental, and institutional levels across a broad spectrum of higher education contexts.

The proposal selection committee includes experienced academic professionals with various backgrounds and areas of expertise. Considerations will be made to ensure sessions address the scope of topics within the conference themes. The following elements serve as proposal selection criteria:

  • Relevance and significance to conference themes
  • Potential for practical, tangible, and transformative takeaways for conference participants
  • Plans for involving participants in reflection, discussion, exercises, and other activities that will help them understand and apply the material. Plans should be appropriate to the session format
  • The extent to which proposals reflect diverse perspectives, innovations, disciplines, and strategies for change. Student voices and perspectives are encouraged

Proposals that promote products or services available for purchase will not be considered through the call for proposals. Information related to AAC&U Sponsorships can be found toward the bottom of the page in the “AAC&U Sponsorship Opportunities” section.

Conference Tracks

    • What does inclusive global learning mean in different global contexts?
    • What strategies and practices are being used to encourage and facilitate the participation of disabled students?
    • How are students who have not historically been involved in global learning included?
    • What are some cost-effective practices for integrating global learning across curricular and cocurricular initiatives?
    • How are global learning and institutional equity issues being aligned to advance student learning?
    • How can the connections between global learning and career preparation be strengthened?
    • How are global learning experiences preparing students for what today's employers want?
    • How do global learning programs develop students' intercultural humility and/or intercultural knowledge?
    • What types of global learning experiences do employers value?
    • How has collaboration with campus career services offices enhanced global learning?
    • How are students, staff, and faculty prepared for ethical engagement and power differentials in community-engaged experiences?
    • How are institutions acting locally while thinking globally?
    • How are students engaging with peers around the world on civic issues?
    • How are students responding to the climate crisis globally?
    • What practices are making global learning more equitable for all students?
    • What are successful models and/or strategies for equitable collaboration across countries?
    • How have inequitable partnerships and practices been decolonized?
    • How is technology facilitating engagement of more students in global learning?
    • How are students addressing global challenges across national and institutional lines?
    • What innovative practices are increasing participation in global learning?
    • How are global learning initiatives being offered across traditional disciplinary and curricular boundaries?
    • How are students participating in globally focused institutional research?
    • How are institutions using innovation to expand and integrate global learning into curricular and cocurricular offerings?
    • How are educators being empowered to integrate global learning into their courses?
    • How is global learning being assessed at the course, program, and institutional levels?
    • What models for professional development are being used to bring global learning to scale?
    • How are institutions making the case for global learning?
    • How are professional schools making the case for global learning?
    • What evidence are institutions sharing to show the value of global learning?

Session Types

  • Provide time for an examination of global learning topics through iterative sharing of practices, 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. Presenters will dedicate at least 20 minutes to discussion.

    60 minutes

  • Features emerging practices, research, concepts, and ideas that advance global learning at different stages of development. These sessions offer space for engagement and feedback on new or refined efforts that have emerged with differing degrees of success. Presenters will have 15 minutes to present followed by 15 minutes of feedback and engagement.

    15 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 presentations 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 session provides an opportunity for presenters to talk with attendees about how to apply findings to their own work.

  • 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 pre-conference workshops.

    2.5 hours

  • Roundtables allow for conversation among a small group of colleagues. Presenters are assigned a table for the duration of the session. Participants may move between tables and are prompted to do so every twenty minutes.

    20 minutes

  • 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 issues.

    75 minutes

Additional Information and Requirements

The deadline to submit proposals was June 6, 2023.
Upon submission of a proposal, the primary session contact should have received an automatic message confirming receipt. If the contact did not receive this message (and it has not been captured by a spam filter), please email [email protected].

All session presenters are responsible for conference registration fees, travel, and hotel expenses.
Presentations will take place from 2:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 12, to 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 14. Presenters should plan to be available at the time their session is assigned in the conference program, which will be shared in early fall.


The primary session contact will receive an email indicating the decision on the proposal in mid-July.

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If you have questions or need additional information, please email [email protected]

AAC&U Sponsorship Opportunities

AAC&U provides organizations, nonprofits, companies, publishers, and others a variety of opportunities to showcase their products and services, share best practices and solutions and engage with the AAC&U higher ed community.

  • AAC&U values the insights from both inside and outside the higher education campus community. If you are a non-campus practitioner (e.g., non-profit, for-profit, association, consultant, etc.) interested in submitting a conference proposal, there are two options available to you for participation:

    1. Submit a proposal through the standard call-for-proposals process. Your proposal will be peer-reviewed by the program director and the conference planning committee. If your proposal is accepted, there is no fee to present other than the conference registration fee to attend. If, in addition to a regular conference session, you would like to explore additional opportunities to increase visibility or engage with our program attendees, please reach out to the AAC&U Advancement team ([email protected]) to explore your options.
    2. Contact the AAC&U Advancement team ([email protected]) to learn more about sponsored session options as a program partner. Please note that this is a paid sponsorship option. Limited session slots are available and partners pursuing this option must adhere to guidelines regarding session content development.

    For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact [email protected].