Call for Proposals: North Carolina PKAL Regional Network Meeting

May 16, 2017 | North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina
Deadline for proposal submission: April 17, 2017

North Carolina- Project Kaleidoscope (NC-PKAL) will hold its 2017 North Carolina PKAL conference at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.  This conference is sponsored in collaboration with NCAT’s STEM Center of Excellence for Active Learning and the NSF HBCU-UP ACE Implementation Project in Data Science and Analytics.  This year’s conference is entitled, Engaging Modern Learners through Innovative Teaching Pedagogies.  

Proposals are invited and encouraged to showcase evidence-based practices that reflect any of the themes below, and that are poised for immediate uptake and adaptation in a wide range of institution types, including community colleges and minority serving institutions. Of particular interest are proposals that effectively integrate two or more of the conference themes. It is also expected that presenters be available at the time they are scheduled by the conference organizers.

Conference Themes

The specific themes to be addressed with this Call for Proposals are the following:

  • Development and Implementation of Course Redesign
  • Assessment of Student Learning for Classroom Instruction and Materials
  • Integration of Effective Mathematics Teaching across the STEM Curriculum
  • Promoting Effective Learning Across Teaching Environments using Technology
  • Increasing Retention and Graduation Rates of Underprepared STEM Students
  • Contribute-a-Theme

Session Formats

Poster (60 minutes; 4’x3’ poster)

Posters share visual models of research findings; course, program, curricular/co-curricular designs; concept maps; assessment rubrics and feedback loops; strategic planning frameworks and high-impact practices. The poster session provides an opportunity to reach a broad audience and initiate conversations with colleagues with similar interests. Posters are displayed on a 4’x3’ poster board.

Oral Presentation (15 minute presentations [12 minutes to speak, 3 minutes for questions]; computers and video projectors are standard in the presentation rooms)

Oral sessions share current work—in research, theory, or practice—related to the conference domains. They engage participants in considering how to use this framework to promote student success. Proposals should explicitly connect to a particular theme and use any of the guiding examples. Presenters should provide data/findings related to the topic, effective practices, milestones for success, and strategies for change, and engage participants. Please, note that the session should be an analysis of effective frameworks, theories, and practices that are adaptable to others – not a show-n-tell of what you did.

Developing and Submitting a Proposal

Proposals are accepted through an ONLINE form and must include:

  • Name, title, institution, and email address of each presenter with indication of primary person of contact
  • Session theme
  • Presentation format (please rank format preference from most preferred to least or no preference)
  • Session title (100 character limit including spaces)
  • Brief abstract to be used in the conference program if accepted (150 word limit)
  • Statement of intended audience (100 word limit)
  • Participant outcomes (100 word limit)
  • Description of evidence indicating that the method, activity, or pedagogy was effective (150 word limit)

Proposal Review Criteria

North Carolina PKAL strives to offer a balanced, informative and thought provoking conference that best fits within the framework of increasing STEM student success, which also empowers and emboldens STEM academicians to dramatically impact the quality of STEM education in North Carolina. The conference proposal selection committee includes experienced, diverse academic STEM professionals. In evaluating conference proposals, reviewers are asked to consider both the technical aspects of the proposal and the way in which the presentation/session contributes to increasing STEM student success. The following elements are considered in the review of conference proposals:

  • the potential for the proposed session/presentation to advance knowledge and understanding of STEM undergraduate education;
  • the extent to which the session/presentation offers creative, novel and transformative evidence-based mechanisms for enhancing STEM learning, particularly for diverse audiences;
  • the extent to which the proposed session/presentation effectively incorporates two or more of the conference themes; and
  • the ease by which conference session/presentation materials and outcomes can be adapted to a wide range of institution types.

Additional Information

The deadline for proposal submission is April 17, 2017. Upon submission of a proposal, the primary contact should receive an automatic message indicating that NC-PKAL has received the proposal. If the primary contact does not receive this message (and it is not in his/her spam filter), please e-mail


The primary contact may receive a request from the proposal review committee asking for a change from most preferred mode of presentation. This request would be made depending on the scoring of proposals and/or the number of proposals listing the same preferred mode of presentation. Acceptance notification via email for the submitted proposal will occur on or before April 21, 2017.

Expenses and Fees

All session facilitators are responsible for conference registration fees, travel, and hotel expenses. Please, be sure that all individuals listed in the proposal have this information and can be available to present throughout the event. Presentation times range from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 16, 2017 at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Questions? Please contact  Dr. Margaret Kanipes at