Call for Proposals

The Faculty Summer Institute Steering Committee invites college-level instructors and support professionals to submit proposals for our 2018 event, which will again embrace the theme of Adapt, Evolve, Engage. While FSI has traditionally resided “at the intersection of teaching, learning, and technology,” proposals touching on all subjects related to excellence in teaching and student learning are encouraged.  

Successful proposals will include a strong grounding in established pedagogy, research-supported practices, or significant personal experience; clear learning outcomes for participants; and clearly identified ways of using active learning techniques in the presentation of the materials. All presentations, regardless of format, should aim to enhance the growth of experienced or aspiring instructors or instructional support professionals, and thus ultimately benefit students in their learning. Please see the evaluation rubric for specific criteria.

Types of Proposals

Pre-Conference Workshops

  • Pre-Conference Workshops should provide significant professional development opportunities centered on a specific topic or skillset.
  • These hands-on, specialized workshops will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and have an additional registration fee of $25.
  • Up to 3 presenters for each pre-conference workshop will have their FSI registration fees waived.

The deadline to submit a pre-conference workshop proposal was February 15, 2018.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Concurrent sessions are 45 minutes in length and encourage concise presentations. A limited number of 90-minute (double) sessions will be accepted for more in-depth topics.
  • Please include in your narrative what skills or prior knowledge participants will need to get the most out of your presentation. For example, “This session requires participants to have a basic knowledge of Twitter, Facebook, and similar social media platforms.”
  • You will be asked to select the room setup that best suits your presentation: classroom (long tables and chairs), theater (chairs only), banquet (round tables and chairs), or you may leave it up to the committee to decide.
  • We are continuing the "bring your own device" (BYOD) model. BYOD means that participants wishing to enhance their engagement in the conference sessions are encouraged to bring their own devices (laptops, tablets, phones) preloaded with apps/software recommended by presenters and listed in the session descriptions. No computer labs will be available.
  • All Mac and tablet users must bring their own HDMI or VGA adapter for the projector. Basic HDMI and VGA connections for PCs will be provided.

The deadline to submit a concurrent session proposal was March 7, 2018.


FSI welcomes either digital or paper format posters describing relevant research, teaching with technology innovations, or effective program developments on your campus. Poster presenters are required to meet format, size, and technology specifics listed below, and to make available a digital or printed 1-page summary of poster highlights.

  • Paper (or fabric) format no greater than 48” x 36” or 36" x 48". Printing costs average $40-$100. Laminating is desirable, but not required.
  • Posters may be printed using Excel to tile your picture, piecing together the 8-1/2” x 11” pieces, and mounting them on paper or cardboard.
  • A digital poster presentation would consist of a web page with a mix of content (such as videos, interactive lectures, slideshows, photo albums, short games, or other elements). Technologies include web design software; screen capture or lecture capture software; presentation software; image authoring and editing tools; interactive learning object authoring tools; open-source wikis, and others. Digital poster presenters are responsible for bring their own display devices. Power will be provided on site.
  • Presenters should also provide a digitally available or printed 1-page summary of poster highlights for attendees to view.

The deadline to submit a poster proposal was March 7, 2018.