The Call for Proposals is now OPEN through February 15, 2021


Click here to submit a proposal


Please Note


  • Presenters vs Authors
    It is our policy to list only presenters on conference materials rather than authors. If you wish to give credit to co-authors for their work, you may include a line in the abstract that says the work was done in collaboration with them.


  • Presenters Must Register
    As this is a self-funded event and presenters make up such a large percentage of the group, we do require all presenters to register and pay the registration fee. Any presenter/co-presenter not registered will not be listed on conference materials.


  • Attending the Conference
    Lilly Conferences are committed to creating events that build community among its participants. In order to accomplish this, presenters are encouraged to participate in the whole conference, sharing with and learning from one another.


  • Cancellations
    If at any point after your proposal is submitted you realize you will no longer be able to present, please do let us know so that we can make appropriate programming decisions.  If you need to cancel AFTER the program is assembled, again, please let us know as soon as possible so that we may offer the spot to proposals on the waitlist; as your session has already been reviewed, you will be able to defer it to a future Lilly event.


  • Late Submissions
    Due to print deadlines, any poster submitted after Dec 2nd will not appear in the printed program, however, it will be listed in the eProgram and within the Guidebook app.


We encourage you to submit a proposal but no more than 2 proposals per presenter will be considered. To be accepted, presentations must:

  • Demonstrate scholarly teaching

  • Build upon a foundation of published literature or include original data

  • Be applicable across disciplines

  • Have stated learning objectives

  • It is an expectation that during the 60-minute concurrent sessions, ​presenters will have planned opportunities to engage the audience with the content being presented.  Please do not rely on think-pair-share, brainstorming or open question and answers.  Use the opportunity to model active engaged learning through other pedagogical strategies to draw in the audience.

  • Be non-commercial

Proposal Questions

As you develop your proposal, we suggest that you create your draft submission in a word file and be prepared to provide the following:

  • Contact Info
    Name, institution, department, academic rank, business address, work telephone, and email for yourself and co-presenter(s)


  • Identify which track your proposal best fits 
    Academic Success; Active Learning Strategies; Assessment, Student Learning; Creating Communities of Learners; Course/Curriculum Design/Redesign; Engaging and Motivating Students: Innovative Pedagogical Approaches; Multiculturalism/Diversity/Inclusion; Online Learning and Teaching;  Preparing Future Faculty; Service/Experiential Learning; STEM; Teaching Well with Classroom Technologies; or Other


  • Title (maximum of 10 words)


  • 25-Word Summary
    Please summarize your presentation in 25 words. This summary will appear in conference program.


  • Abstract   (maximum 100 words)
    If accepted following blind peer-review, this abstract appears the conference program. Please be sure the abstract is free of reference to author(s), institution/company, city/state, or your country.


  • Presentation Outcomes
    List three Learner-Centered Outcomes that describe what conference participants will gain by attending your session. Outcomes should complete the following statement: "At the end of this session, participants will be able to:...." These will appear in the conference program.


  • Session Description (maximum of 500 words)
    Please elaborate on the content of your presentation. This information will be used during the peer-review process to more accurately judge your proposed presentation. Consider detailing the proposed presentation using a timeline to outline the presentation experience. Alternatively, provide more narrative to enrich the reviewers’ understanding of your proposed presentation.elaborate on the content of your presentation.


  • Presentation Activities (required for 60-minute sessions)
    How will you engage session participants during the session? If you are planning to present a 60-minute concurrent session, you must select two strategies from the list that you will use to engage participants.
    (Think-Pair-Share; Brain Storming; Lecture Wrappers; Problem-Based Learning or Team-Based Learning; Case Study; Buzz Groups; Jigsaw; Gaming; 3-2-1 Process; Webquest)


  • References
    Please list references from published literature that supports the core content you wish to present. (References cited do not have to be published works of the presenter but rather include the references that serve as the foundation of the work to be presented.)


  • Session Format
    60-minute concurrent, 30-minute concurrent, round table discussion, and poster presentation

Please note that once you have written your proposal, abstract, and description, it takes about 15 minutes to complete the online submission by entering your contact information, co-presenter information, and cut/paste your proposal into the dialogue boxes.

Peer Review

All proposals undergo blind review by faculty from institutions across the United States and abroad. All names and references to the presenter's institutions are removed; blinded proposals are then sent to volunteer reviewers with an evaluation rubric. Reviewers make the recommendation that proposals should either be accepted as submitted,  accepted with revisions, accepted but presented in a different format than the author requested, or denied. We greatly value the contribution that the blind review process makes in conference presentation selections and the subsequent program development.


Thank you to our proposal reviewers that take time out of their very busy schedules to help us make programming decisions.


Posted Materials

It is our practice to publish a conference program with the session title,  25-word summary, abstract, and learning outcomes. We do not publish a conference proceedings. It is our intent that presenters will be recognized for their scholarly contribution through the archived posting of their peer-reviewed abstract and presenting material at an interdisciplinary conference. Additionally, limiting the publication to abstracts only allows the author(s) to then submit the complete work for publication in an appropriate journal or online format.  As a result it is the practice of Lilly Conferences to list only presenters in the conference program and abstracts.  It is expected that credit for authorship is given during individual presentations.


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