2023 Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment

Call for Proposals

AAC&U invites proposals for the 2023 Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment, The Innovation Imperative: Empowering, Celebrating, and Rewarding Campus Change Agents.

The 2023 conference includes both in-person and virtual sessions. In-person presentations will take place from Thursday, February 9, through Saturday, February 11, at the New Orleans Marriott, in New Orleans, LA followed by virtual sessions on three successive Wednesdays, each focused on one of the conference’s three content pillars:

  • February 15, 2023: Virtual GENERAL EDUCATION, Pedagogy, and Assessment Session
  • February 22, 2023: Virtual General Education, PEDAGOGY, and Assessment Session
  • March 1, 2023: Virtual General Education, Pedagogy, and ASSESSMENT Session

AAC&U strongly encourages proposals that balance conceptual and theoretical frameworks with concrete, pragmatic examples; that highlight the how and the why of a practice, strategy, or cutting-edge model for achieving integrated and intentional designs for general education; and that showcase evidence of quality learning through general education programs. Proposals should address how the work can be adapted in a wide range of institutional types for diverse populations of students.

Presenters should indicate their preferred modality (i.e., in-person or virtual) for each proposal they submit and plan to be available when their session is scheduled.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, October 31, 2022.

The proposal submission period is now closed.

Submission Guidelines

  • The online proposal form includes fields requesting the following information:

    • Name, title, discipline, institution name, Carnegie Classification, and email address for each facilitator
    • Session theme and format
    • Preferred modality (in-person, virtual)
    • Session title (75-character limit, including spaces)
    • Anticipated participant learning outcomes (100-word limit)
    • Background and evidence of effectiveness of work to be presented (250-word limit)
    • Plan for participant engagement (150-word limit; required for workshops, optional for other session types)
    • 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 transferable about the work to be presented)
    • Level of work: beginner, intermediate, or advanced
  • AAC&U strives to offer a balanced, informative, and thought-provoking conference focused on frameworks for undergraduate liberal education. We seek to empower and embolden campus educators to provide a coherent, purposeful undergraduate experience for all students. The proposal selection committee will include experienced academic professionals 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 undergraduate 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.

    Priority will be given to proposals that reflect innovations and perspectives from multiple disciplines, programmatic areas, and institutions. We particularly welcome student perspectives.

    The following elements serve as criteria for proposal selection:

    • 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 learning experiences.
    • Sessions should offer creative, novel, and transformative mechanisms for designing general education and assessment.
    • 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, and institutions. We particularly welcome student perspectives.

  • We invite proposals for individual or panel presentations on topics related to the following conference tracks:

    • Curricular Reform, Redesign, and Change: Sessions in this track will highlight the efficacy of general education structures, approaches to (re)design and/or strategies for implementation, and exemplar theories of change as well as pragmatic advice for navigating policies and politics implicated in reform efforts.
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Sessions in this track will address access, affordability, and student success, including transfer issues and the alignment of general education curricular structures, issues of digital equity, pedagogical approaches, and outcomes with larger institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
    • Meaningful Assessment: Sessions in this track will emphasize the interconnected nature of teaching, learning, and assessment; leveraging institutional data to understand patterns of student progress and achievement; and creating compelling stories through powerful data visualization.
    • Teaching and Learning: Sessions in this track will expand conceptions of what is possible in the general education classroom by sharing equity-minded pedagogical approaches and strategies for centering diverse lived experiences on the syllabus as well as in the classroom, regardless of gen ed structures or course/program modality.
    • Career Relevance and Readiness: Sessions in this track will focus on strengthening connections between general education and employability/career success through high-impact educational practices, career-relevant teaching techniques, and creative institutional-employer partnerships.
  • Poster Session - In-Person Only (60 minutes; 1-2 presenters)
    Poster presenters share visual models of research findings; general education course, program, and curricular or cocurricular designs; concept maps; assessment rubrics and feedback loops; faculty development, support, and reward programs and policies; frameworks for design thinking and strategic planning; and high-impact practices. The poster session provides an opportunity for presenters to talk with attendees about how to apply findings to their own work.

    Dialogues for Learning - In-Person or Virtual (60 minutes; 1-4 presenters)
    Dialogue for Learning sessions provide time for colleagues to examine timely and potentially provocative topics of similar interest through the iterative sharing of expertise and experiences. They provide an opportunity to work through issues, ideas, and challenges from multiple perspectives. The facilitators’ job is to kickstart small group conversations that then feed into a collective discussion of the question at hand. These dialogues may address the following questions:

    • How can general education be organized to result in student integration of learning across content areas?
    • How can general education designs improve students’ ways of knowing?
    • How can siloed organizational structures be made coherent and purposeful?
    • How can general education be a sense-making and meaning-making experience for students?
    • How can academic structures and systems that were created for a different time and place be critically examined and reshaped?
    • How can faculty professional development for student success be supported and recognized?
    • How can assessment processes and results be made to matter for students and faculty?
    • What if the critics are correct, and much of how assessment is currently conducted is wrong?

    Proposals for Dialogue for Learning sessions 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 each individual in the room.

    Theory-to-Practice Workshops - In-Person or Virtual (75 minutes each; 2-4 presenters)
    Workshops provide opportunities for participants to bridge theory and practice. Facilitators should guide participants in examining critical theories and scholarly evidence that support the mechanics of how to develop purposeful general education courses, curricula, pedagogies, practices, pathways, or strategies that integrate learning with the majors in the context of real-world issues. Facilitators should provide scholarship and evidence related to the topic and engage participants in reflection, discussion, and design work. Reviewers will give priority to proposals that model high-impact practices such as collaborative and hands-on activities, those that include a diversity of facilitators, and those that explain how the work applies to other institutional types.

    Pecha Kucha - In-Person Only (6 minutes; 1 presenter recommended)
    Pecha Kucha (“chit chat” in Japanese) sessions combine visual and oral presentations 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 running for 20 seconds each, 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. The following link provides an overview and guidelines for designing a Pecha Kucha presentation: http://avoision.com/pechakucha.

  • The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, October 24, 2021.

    Upon submission of a proposal, the primary session contact should receive an automatic message confirming that AAC&U has received the proposal. Please remember to check the spam folder. If the primary contact does not receive this message, please email [email protected].


    The primary session contact will receive notice via email of the decision regarding the proposal in early November.

    Registration Fees and Travel Expenses

    All session presenters are responsible for paying the conference registration fees as well as any travel and hotel expenses.

    Session Times

    In-person presentation times will occur from the evening of Thursday, February 9, through the afternoon of Saturday, February 11. Virtual sessions will be scheduled thematically on February 15, February 22, or March 1, 2023. Please ensure that all individuals listed in the proposal have this information and can be available at the appropriate time during the event.

    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].


If you have questions or need additional information, please email the Office of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation at [email protected]