Call for Proposals

ISSOTL22 Call for Proposals: “At the Intersections of SoTL: Transfer and Transformation, Diversity and Inclusivity”

  • February 8: Call for Proposals Released
  • February 14 – April 10 (extended from March 31): Proposals accepted—see portal submissions
  • Early June: Notification of decisions
  • July 1: Participation confirmation due for all presentations for inclusion in program
  • September 15: Early Bird Registration deadline
  • October 30 – November 1: ISSOTL International Collaborative Writing Groups working session
  • November 2 – 5: ISSOTL22 Conference
The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning invites you to join its 2022 annual conference, which will be hosted in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, from November 2 to 5, 2022. International scholars and educators will come together to share recent work and to discuss how our collective efforts will elevate the future of higher education. The conference will feature pre-conference collaborative writing groups, pre-conference workshops facilitated by leading scholars in the field, distinguished international plenary speakers, panel discussions, individual paper and poster presentations, concurrent workshops, and ISSOTL’s signature Conference Commons for informal idea-sharing and networking.

Conference Theme

For many, the goal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the exploration and transformation of the teaching and learning environment for both students and faculty, whether at the level of an individual class or the whole institution across all disciplines. There is little doubt that the impact of SoTL can be profound, yet the slow pace of change in higher education teaching, learning, and curriculum practices is a challenge felt universally around the world. This conference will invite research presentations, posters, and workshops at the intersections of the scholarship on teaching and learning in higher education that represent our diverse and inclusive cultures, perspectives, knowledges, disciplines, methodologies, partners, and levels of focus, and will explore the impact of our scholarship on advancing change across different teaching and learning contexts and communities. The theme of this conference is “At the Intersections of SoTL: Transfer and Transformation, Diversity and Inclusion.” Given this theme, we invite scholars to share work related but not restricted to the following:
  • The impact of SoTL on transforming teaching and curricular practices, and student learning
  • Using diverse (cultural, disciplinary) ways of knowing to shape our SoTL approaches and practices
  • The way linguistic and epistemic justice inform scholarly communication and inquiry
  • The inclusion of campus (including student, staff and faculty) and community partners within SoTL projects
  • Furthering our understanding of teaching, learning, and SoTL at the course, program, institutional, or cross-institutional levels
From the challenges of creating inclusive learning environments for all students to be successful within our increasingly diverse global higher education landscape, to the challenges faced in transferring evidence-based practices informed by SoTL across varied institutional, national, and disciplinary contexts, the ISSOTL 2022 Conference will provide a dynamic space for ongoing debate and dialogue about the future of teaching, learning, and SoTL in higher education.

A Note on ISSOTL22’s In-Person Format

ISSOTL22 will be an in-person, on-site conference in Kelowna, BC—barring unforeseen circumstances.  Why? This format isn’t just because so many are eager for an in-person gathering, but because of the impact of online or hybrid options on the conference logistics, budget, registration fees, and overall conference experience.

ISSOTL is eager to take advantage of virtual opportunities for those unable to attend in person, but much of this decision will always be contingent on the local hosting venue’s infrastructure and the impact on the conference budget, which then affects how much it costs to attend the conference. The ISSOTL22 hosts report that providing an option for integrating remote presentations into the in-person conference at the ISSOTL22 venue would require additional logistics to support a hybrid conference model, would be exceptionally expensive, and would thus significantly raise the cost of registration. Even running a parallel online conference separately from the in-person conference would have significant impacts on the viability of the in-person conference from a budget, registration fee, and logistical perspective.

We are however, able to take an important first step for ISSOTL members unable to attend the conference in person:

  • The three keynotes will be shared with ISSOTL members through a live stream, and will be recorded. 
  • The annual membership meeting will be shared with ISSOTL members through a live stream, and will be recorded. 
  • The posters will be uploaded into a virtual venue and will be viewable for ISSOTL members during and after the conference.

Links for these virtual features will be available through the ISSOTL membership portal.  To enjoy these parts of the conference, make sure your ISSOTL membership is up to date by visiting our Membership page.

ISSOTL is eager to see you and to be together, and to support those who can’t attend.

Types of Presentations at an ISSOTL Conference

In addition to more familiar panel, paper, concurrent workshop, and poster submissions, ISSOTL also invites presenters to push the boundaries of these presentation genres. For example, a presenter might present their SoTL work as an original piece of art with an artist’s statement instead of a traditional SoTL research poster, or use an embodied practice to engage audience members within a workshop. Regardless of approach to the type of presentation, proposals must still clearly articulate they meet the Proposal Review Criteria (see below).

Panel Discussions

Panel discussions are particularly appropriate for topics that benefit from multiple perspectives, including disciplinary, institutional, and national perspectives. The goal for panel discussions is to provide a minimum of 3 panelists (with the primary presenter serving as facilitator for the panel) and audience members the opportunity to exchange insights, engage in discussion, and learn from each other’s experiences. Panel sessions are 60 minutes and are expected to include at least 20 minutes for sustained discussion among panelists and audience members.


Single paper presentations are ideal for presentations on completed SoTL projects but also include topics about or related to SoTL itself. The goal of paper presentations is to provide presenters the opportunity to share knowledge and facilitate critical dialogue with conference participants. Single paper presentations will be combined into groups of three, and the final presenter will serve as session chair. Each paper will last a maximum of 30 minutes, which must include 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Concurrent Workshops

These workshops offer an opportunity for hands-on work on a SoTL question, research method, or topic during the concurrent sessions of the conference. Workshops are highly interactive and demonstrate effective practices in workshop pedagogy in general and ISSOTL’s conference pedagogy in particular. Plans for this engagement should be explicitly described in the proposal. Workshops are 90 minutes.


The poster session is a central and lively component of ISSOTL conferences. Posters present preliminary SoTL work, completed projects, or considerations of the field of SoTL in general. To inspire detailed dialogue and critical engagement, at least one author will attend the poster session to present and discuss the work with other conference participants. Posters will be presented in person.  In addition, all poster presenters will be asked to present their poster in an interactive, virtual venue, facilitated by ISSOTL.

Proposal Review Criteria

Content of Panel, Paper, Workshop, or Poster

  • Demonstrates an understanding of SoTL issues and/or existing scholarship in the field (A brief bibliography may be provided at the end of the proposal.)
  • Identifies and explains how the content relates to important question(s) related to SoTL, and/or the conference theme
  • Describes how the work contributes to the understanding or practice of SoTL

Significance of the Work

  • Advances SoTL through new or novel knowledge or practice, and/or extends and builds-upon current knowledge or practice

How the Work Will Be Shared

Contact & Connect

ISSOTL22 is hosted by the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, and the Conference Chair is Brad Wuetherick, Associate Provost, Academic Programs, Teaching and Learning at UBC Okanagan. Questions? Email:

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Submission Requirements

Proposal Submissions

The submission link will close at 11:59pm ADT on 04/10/2022.