Call for Submissions March 13 and March 14, 2020 

Submissions Window has Closed

 should address one or more of the following strands and demonstrate ways in which they impact teaching and learning.


Inclusion- Ensuring that all students feel included in the higher education setting. The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity (individual differences)—in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical).

Diversity- Acknowledging group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations) and individual differences (e.g., personality, prior knowledge, and life experiences).

Equity- Creating spaces for reflection and practices that are capable of closing the opportunity gaps for students from marginalized populations. While equality is framed with sameness as the end goal, equity may require differentiating instruction and support. Equity may be defined as a state in which all people, regardless of their socioeconomic, racial, or ethnic grouping, have fair and just access to the resources and opportunities necessary to thrive.

Accessibility- Ensuring that students have equal and equitable opportunities to take full advantage of their education. Factors such as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, perceived intellectual ability, past academic performance, special-education status, English-language ability, and family income or educational-attainment levels—in addition to factors such as relative community affluence, geographical location, or school facilities—may contribute to certain students having less “access” to educational opportunities than other students.

Student Success- Providing all students more purposeful pathways through college, no matter the student's chosen program or major, no matter the degree—all leading to essential learning outcomes. Efforts toward student success are rooted in long-standing commitments to diversity, equity, and quality of learning.

session Formats


There are five session formats at the 2020 CSU SoTL:

Symposium Session (30 minutes). Sessions last 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for interactions with participants through questions and discussions.

Round Table (15 minutes/3 repetitions). Round tables sessions last a total of one hour with presenters giving the same 15 minute presentation three times, allowing for participants to visit three tables in 60 minutes (15 minute presentations allow for 10 minutes of presenting, 5 minutes of questions, and 5 additional minutes are allotted for participants to rotate to the next table they want to visit).

Interactive Session (90 minutes). Interactive Sessions are opportunities for actively engaging participants, facilitating collaborative conversation, or demonstrating effective educational development practices. Session proposals should include both abstract and a facilitation plan or schedule of activities. Creative and engaging approaches are encouraged, and diverse formats are welcome. 

Poster Session (Saturday, March 14 only). Posters will be displayed to allow presenters to engage with symposium participants. Posters may feature emerging or completed research and/or topics that inspire critical discussion and engagement with symposium strands.

Virtual Session (30 minutes, March 13 only). This year's symposium will be offered in two formats, in person and virtual. Participants will be able to attend the symposium in either format. Virtual sessions (on Friday, March 13 only) last 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for online interaction with participants through questiosn or discussion. 



Review Rubric/Criteria



All session proposals EXCEPT posters 

 Rubric - All Sessions Except Posters PDF File


Poster session proposals 

Rubric - PostersPDF File




Deadline for submissions : Midnight on December 3, 2019


Communication of acceptance or rejection: No later than January 13, 2020


Presenters must confirm acceptance by registering
for the conference by February 14, 2020

Session Proposals 

Submitted proposals should address the following: 

  1. Title, 12 words max 
  1. Please type your abstract below: (150 words maximum for all session abstracts except the interactive session which has a 200 word count maximum) Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and published in the proceedings if accepted. Abstracts beyond the word limit will not be reviewed or accepted. 
  1. How does your presentation address one or more of the symposium strands? (100 maximum)
  2. What outcome/s do you intend for your participants and how will you know they have been achieved? (100 words maximum)
  3. Who is your intended audience and why? (50 words maximum)(e.g., general higher education audience, humanities faculty, STEM faculty, student affairs staff) Keep in mind that sessions appealing to a broad audience of higher education professionals, including faculty from a wide range of disciplines, are more likely to be robustly attended.
  4. How will you engage your audience throughout the session? (100 words maximum)
  5. *For interactive session only: interactive session facilitation plan (100 words maximum)


Poster Proposals

 Submitted poster proposals should address the following:


  1. How does your poster address one or more of the symposium strands? (100 words maximum)
  2. What outcome/s do you intend?  (100 words maximum)
  3. Who is your intended audience and why? (50 words maximum)(i.e., humanities faculty, STEM faculty, student affairs staff… because…)?