CFP: The Inclusive Academic: Strategies for Maintaining Balance in a Changing Academic World

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Call for Papers
March 12, 2020 to March 13, 2020
Georgia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Communication, Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Teaching and Learning


Teaching Matters Conference

18th Annual Interdisciplinary Higher Ed Conference

The Inclusive Academic: Strategies for Maintaining Balance in a Changing Academic World
Thursday and Friday, March 12 & 13, 2020


About the Conference

Join us for the eighteenth annual Teaching Matters conference, an interdisciplinary teaching and learning Higher Ed conference hosted by Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia.  Individual Presentations, Panel Sessions, Workshops, Roundtable Discussions, and Posters focus on innovative and creative pedagogical methods, issues surrounding teaching and learning, and educational theories. The conference is open to all who have a passion for teaching and learning, with conference events designed so that educators can have meaningful conversations and share approaches for ensuring student success. 


About this year's theme                  

As conscientious educators, we put student success above all else, working diligently to be engaging teachers, but we cannot do so from a place of exhaustion, anger, or boredom.  This year’s conference asks the question “How do we stay on the cutting edge of scholarship in teaching and learning and in our individual disciplines and not find ourselves on the edge of a breakdown?”  Session presenters will offer strategies and approaches for cultivating professional growth while ensuring life balance, for creating inclusive spaces for our students while also navigating the waters of campus politics and culture, for keeping teaching fresh while juggling service responsibilities.  How do you keep the balance?

Potential topics could include but are not limited to the following:

  • Keeping Teaching Fresh
  • Balancing Service, Professional Development, and Teaching
  • Confronting Discrimination in Academia
  • Self-Care, Mindfulness, Life Balance
  • Handling Adjunct, Non-Tenure Track, New Faculty, and Mid-Career Issues 
  • Maintaining Engaging Classrooms
  • Dealing with Difficult Co-workers/Students
  • Navigating Promotion and Tenure Channels
  • Balancing Academic Freedom and Institutional Voice 
  • Reflecting and Recharging 

Registration opens October 14; register by February 27, 2020 for the $50.00 early registration fee.

Interested in submitting a proposal? Please complete our proposal form online at


All proposals must be received by January 17, 2020, at which time they will undergo peer review.

Direct any questions to the CETL Director:

Dr. Anna Higgins-Harrell at or at (678) 359-5095.

Contact Info: 

Dr. Anna Higgins-Harrell