Call for Proposals

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) invites proposals for sessions that prepare faculty, staff, and administrators to advance understanding and practice by fully integrating global learning into the educational experiences of all students at all institutional types.  


The deadline to submit proposals has passed. Thank you to all that submitted. Notifications will be sent by June 14.


• Proposal Form 



Conference Themes 

For context and more detail on the conference themes, please see the conference overview. 


Strategic Planning for Global Learning 

ideas; institutional structures; strategies for inclusive global learning; implementation plans 


Global Learning Experiences 

interdisciplinary; developing professional and civic skills; collaboration; real-world applications 


Global Learning in Today’s Global Context 

local, regional, national, and international political contexts for global learning; allaying antiglobal rhetoric; integrating global learning into local and global communities; power dynamics; relationships; international perspectives and differences; curriculum design to encourage multilingualism 


Affirming Undocumented, Immigrant, and International Students 

fostering belonging; visibility; creating programs to ensure students’ full participation, agency, and engagement with their institutions 


Powerful Pedagogies 

assignment and course design; curricular and cocurricular integration; experiential learning; integrating civic, intercultural, and global skills; connections to social justice; professional development 


Equitable Access 

inclusion across cultural, ethnic, gender, racial, and socioeconomic lines; access for adult learners and students with disabilitiesinnovative models and programs; institutional support programs 


High-Impact Practices 

balancing and leveraging community-based high-impact practices for student learning and success; connecting high-impact practices; engaged learning 


Session Formats 


Poster Session (6090 minutes) 

Poster presentations are visual displays of research, models, and materialsA poster session provides an opportunity for presenters to talk with attendees about how to apply findings to their own work. AAC&U provides a 4’x3’ bifold poster board and 6’x3’ table for the poster board.  


Facilitated Discussions (60 minutes) 

Facilitated discussions provide time for colleagues to examine topics through the iterative sharing of expertise and experiences. They provide an opportunity to work through issues, engage in problem solving, and explore new ideas.  


Workshops (75 minutes) 

Workshops are designed to provide conference attendees with opportunities to deeply examine, explore, or experience specific topics. They should include opportunities for engagement through practice, reflection, or engagement. 


Innovation/Ideation Sessions (30 minutes) 

These sessions feature research, models, or emerging ideas. They might address any of the suggested conference topics or related topics of interest. The presentation should include time for questions or discussion. 


Roundtable Discussions (75 minutes)  

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. 


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 from across a broad spectrum of higher education contexts.  

The proposal selection committee will include experienced academic professionals with a range of backgrounds and areas of expertise. Considerations will be made to ensure sessions address the scope of topics within the conference themesThe 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 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 here.    


Developing and Submitting a Proposal 

The online proposal has closed. Thank you for your interest.

  • Presenter name(s), session title, institution name, Carnegie Classification, and professional title and email address of each facilitator 
  • Conference theme 
  • Session format 
  • Anticipated learning outcomes for participants (100-word limit) 
  • Background and evidence of the effectiveness of work being presented (250-word limit) 
  • Plan for participant engagement (150-word limit, not required for posters) 
  • Session title (100-character limit, including spaces) 
  • Brief description to be used in conference program if accepted (2–3 sentences for a total of 75–125 words. Descriptions should summarize the above fields and highlight what is distinctive and transferrable about the work you are presenting) 


Additional Information and Requirements 


The deadline to submit proposals has passed.


Upon submission of a proposal, the primary session contact should receive an automatic message confirming receipt. If the contact does not receive this message (and it has not been captured by a spam filter), please email 


All session presenters are responsible for conference registration fees, travel, and hotel expenses. Presentations will take place from the afternoon of Thursday, October 17, to midday on Saturday, October 19. Presenters should plan to be available at the time their session is assigned in the conference program, which will be shared by August 1. 



The primary session contact will receive an email message indicating the decision on the proposal by June 14. 



If you have questions or need additional information, please email   


AAC&U Meeting Sponsorships 

AAC&U’s Meeting Sponsorships program provides organizations, nonprofits, companies, publishers, and others the opportunity to showcase their products and services while exchanging information with a higher education audience. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the AAC&U Sponsorships web page or contact AAC&U's Office of Outreach and Member Engagement at 202-387-3760 or