Call for Proposals

The South Carolina Conference on Innovations in Teaching and Learning and Coastal Carolina University invites proposals from faculty, staff, administrators, librarians, and graduate students. The conference will take place virtually on Friday, July 16, 2021. The theme for this conference is Riding the Waves of Hope in Higher Education.

Proposals should be submitted by Friday, March 12, 2021. EXTENDED DEADLINE: March 31, 2021. Notifications of acceptance will be given by Friday, April 30th, 2021.


Engaging Pedagogy: Submissions to this track should focus on engaging practices, new applications, and effective pedagogies in online, hybrid, face-to-face classrooms.

Topics in this track might include:

  • Best practices in teaching and learning
  • Instructional strategies that encourage student engagement
  • Practices, applications, and tools supporting engaging classroom environment
  • Strategies that foster participation and discussion in online settings
  • Strategies for accelerated online courses
  • Lessons learned from emergency remote instruction
  • Initiatives and policies that support teaching and learning

Classroom Research: Submissions to this track should focus on research that has been conducted on any aspect of teaching and learning in higher education, using a variety of methodologies and focusing on a wide range of learner populations and educational contexts.

Topics in this track might include:

  • The use of theory and/or data to advance scholarly knowledge in teaching and learning
  • Presentation of outcomes on the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Research questions, designs, and methodologies in teaching and learning
  • Interdisciplinary, region-specific, country-specific, or comparative studies on the effectiveness of digital and online instructional practices

Instructional Technology: Submissions to this track should focus on emerging technologies and tools, and their applications in various learning spaces of higher education.

Topics in this track might include:

  • Successful implementations of emerging technologies
  • Best practices in instructional technology
  • Technologies that support student engagement and learning outcomes
  • Tools for community-building and collaboration Teaching and learning with virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, holograms
  • Assistive technology in teaching and learning

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Submissions to this track should focus on addressing issues and generating best practices related to equity, access, diversity, and social justice for ALL in higher education.

Topics in this track might include:

  • Inclusive pedagogy
  • Anti-ism practices and LGBTQ+ issues
  • Universal design for learning
  • Culturally responsive teaching
  • Students with disabilities
  • Historically underrepresented groups and marginalized groups in higher education
  • Initiatives and policies that focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Open education resources (OERs), and pedagogy

Financial Measures in Turbulent Times: Submissions to this track should focus on financial issues and budgeting decisions within higher education during times of economic uncertainty.

Topics in this track might include:

  • Cost-cutting measures
  • Open education
  • Open educational resources (OERs)
  • Budgeting
  • Tuition and Assistantships
  • Innovative practice to address economic uncertainty
  • Affordable learning solutions and technologies

Innovations in Organizational and Educational Development: Submissions to this track should focus on how organizations and units within higher education are responding to and supporting growth in unique ways.

Topics in this track might include:

  • Train the trainer
  • Faculty development
  • Mentoring programs
  • Faculty course mentors
  • Development for chairs, deans (administrators)
  • Innovative leadership initiatives and programs

Presentation Title (20-word max):

A good title is memorable, concise, and quickly conveys the value of the session. Shorter titles are preferred.

Primary Presenter’s Name:


Primary Presenter Email:

Additional Presenters and contact information:

Presentation Length:

  • 20-minute presentation
  • 45-minute presentation

Conference Strands:

Please select the one conference strand that best applies to your presentation.

  1. Financial Measures in Turbulent Times
  2. Engaging Pedagogy
  3. Classroom Research
  4. Instructional Technology
  5. Innovations in Organizational and Educational Development
  6. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Proposal Format (Choose one):

  • Panel Discussion – Panelist must identify other facilitators and a unifying theme for this 45-minute format
  • Workshop – Hands-on demonstration experience with high-levels of engagement
  • Roundtable – Roundtable facilitators should be bring focusing questions to pose to attendees. This format is 10 minutes of presentation followed by 35 minutes of discussion and feedback.
  • Presentations – Presenters will have 20 or 45 minutes to share their work and answer questions. Please allow at least five minutes for Q&A

Abstract (150-200 words)

This is the abstract for your presentation as it will appear in the conference program. The abstract should be geared toward your audience and be clear, concise, and engaging. It should be accurate in conveying the most important points of emphasis in the presentation and the type of presentation format that will be used. Practical and clear in mentioning any specific deliverables that attendees will get from your session.

Proposal Description (500 words max)

This information will be used to help select presentation proposals. It will not appear in the conference program. Please provide a detailed description of additional background information, the purpose of your presentation, and how your presentation is unique and different on this topic. The description should include how you will connect to the theme of the conference.


Add three keywords for your presentation in this section.

Key References:

Please share references for your presentation in this section.

Audience Engagement:

This area should include how you plan to engage your audience during your presentation. You should have a more in-depth explanation of your audience engagement if you are submitting for a 45-minute presentation.

Learning Outcomes:

This information will be used to help select presentation proposals. It will not appear in the conference program, unless you specifically include them in the abstract. Please note each learning objective you have for the presentation from the participants’ standpoint, starting with a verb.

Other Questions

Would you be willing to present your session twice?

Would you be willing to consider presenting in another format?

Would you be willing to serve as a roundtable facilitator?

Is this a research proposal paper for the conference proceedings?


Conference Date: Friday, July 16, 2021

Call for conference proposals: December 11, 2020

Deadline for conference proposals: Friday, March 12, 2021 Extended Deadline for conference proposals: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Deadline for reviewers to complete review of proposals: Friday, April 16, 2021

Notification of conference presentation acceptance: Friday, April 30, 2021

Deadline for presenters to accept and register for the conference: May 14, 2021