Call for Proposals (Closed)

2017 Capital PKAL Regional Network Conference
April 14, 2017 | Morgan State University

Deadline for proposal submission: January 31, 2017 (extended)

Prospective presenters are invited to submit proposals that address evidence-based practices related to the themes below that can be widely adapted in 2- and/or 4-year institutes of higher education.  Oral presentations (60 minutes total by a panel or single presenter, including 15-20 minutes of interactive participant discussion) and poster presentations are welcomed. 

Please note that all session facilitators are responsible for conference registration fees, travel, and hotel expenses.   

Capital PKAL conference themes:

THEME 1. Collaborations between Community Colleges and Universities

This theme focuses on innovative collaborations between two- and four-year institutions that strive to better prepare and support students, particularly those from underrepresented or non-traditional populations, as they move along the continuum of higher education in STEM. Examples might include, but are not limited to:

  • Programs that ensure a smooth transition from community college to a four-year institution
  • Programs that encourage and provide support for non-traditional students to persist in obtaining a STEM degree and/or pursuing graduate education 

THEME 2.  Strategies for Teaching STEM in a Collaborative Learning Environment

This theme emphasizes collaborative teaching and learning strategies which enable STEM and non-STEM students alike to learn and apply 21st century skills. Examples might include, but are not limited to:

  • Incorporation of independent research experiences into majors’ and non-majors’ STEM courses
  • Activities/lessons that display cultural competence or culturally relevant pedagogies
  • Active learning strategies which require students to engage in, think about, discuss and solve problems
  • Professional development strategies for faculty to implement student-centered approaches in their classrooms

THEME 3. Dismantling Silos : Collaborating Across Disciplinary and Organizational Boundaries in Universities

This theme focuses on collaborations between academic disciplines, STEM to STEM and STEM to non-STEM, as well as collaborations between academic and non-academic departments within universities which strive to connect and align academic content with the broader student learning and living experience. Collaborations between faculty and administration which effectively advance STEM learning for all students are also emphasized. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Interdisciplinary courses or programs combining STEM and non-STEM disciplines
  • Programs that integrate disciplinary content into the student residential experience
  • University Infrastructure aimed at encouraging cross-disciplinary work
  • Mechanisms for recognizing and rewarding faculty and/or staff for interdisciplinary high-impact practices

Session Formats


Posters should be 41" width  X 40" height. and should include curricular and/or co-curricular program designs, high impact practices, assessment rubrics and research findings, as appropriate. The poster presentation is an opportunity to reach a wider audience and to have more in-depth conversations among colleagues with similar interests.

Oral Presentation

Oral presentations may be a single group/presenter or a panel of presenters. Proposals may indicate a preference for the type of oral presentation and the selection committee may request a certain type of presentation based on proposals submitted. All oral presentations, regardless of format, are a total of 60 minutes in length and must include 15-20 minutes of interactive participant discussion. Presentations should relate directly to the theme and should include relevant background research, outline of program or project including important milestones, assessment information, and lessons learned.

Developing and Submitting a Proposal

Proposals are accepted through an online form and must include:

  • Full names of all presenters
  • Institution of each presenter
  • Contact information for each presenter
  • Sub-theme 
  • Preferred type of presentation – poster/oral presentation; if oral presentation, any preference for single/panel presentation
  • Title of presentation
  • Abstract (150 words or less) – for publication on website and/or event handout
  • Description (a more detailed description of the program or project being presented, including an indication of how it connects to the chosen sub-theme, how it was developed and/or implemented, assessment results, etc)
  • Intended audience