Proposal Submissions & Presenter Information

Thank you to those who submitted work for consideration at ACT 2020. The ACT Director and Steering Committee are currently reviewing submissions and will notify submitters of their acceptance/rejection by late June.

Please note that, due to high demand, submitters may only serve as the first author on 1 symposium or workshop. Additionally, they may only be included as an author on as many as 3 symposia or workshops. There is no limit to the amount of posters on which a submitter may be an author. Proposals will be evaluated based on their importance, novelty, and anticipated interest-value to ACT attendees.

Proposal presentations fall under one of four categories:

1. "Live from Pittsburgh" session (single author, 5 minute demonstration of a teaching technique to the majority of the ACT attendees, no computer usage)

2. Poster

3. Symposium (25-minute or 45-minute, or you can opt to indicate you would be willing to do either)

4. Workshop (2-hour session in which the facilitator[s] will lead participants through work on a task, such as course design, syllabus construction, job market applications, etc.)

For all submissions, you will be asked to provide author information, a presentation title, a 300-word abstract, and a presentation type (scholarship of teaching and learning, recommendations and best practices, professional development).

If you are submitting a symposium or workshop, you will also be asked to provide a 100-word abstract. 

Please also indicate your interest in hosting a "Lunch and Learn" table on teaching or other professional development issues, either along with your other submission(s), or solo. No abstract is necessary for the Lunch and Learn tables; just a title is needed (of 10 words or fewer).

Presenter Information for the Annual Conference on Teaching (2020)

Symposium/Workshop Presenters

This year we will have symposia of two different durations: 45-minutes and 25-minutes. We also have 2-hour workshops as a presentation type. It is possible to submit a symposium or workshop as either a solo author, or as a team of multiple authors.

We encourage presenters to model exemplary teaching and engage the audience during their presentation as much as possible (through discussion, reflection, Q/A, group work, etc.). We also encourage you to prepare and distribute any relevant handouts or slides to audience members. Especially for workshops, submitters should be prepared to have their participants engage in some sort of work-related task on the topic at hand (revising a syllabus, developing a teaching tool, etc.)

Each of the presentation rooms will have a projection screen, LCD projector and wireless Internet access, a remote slide advancer, and a laptop situated within the room with an “audio patch” allowing you to project audio from the laptop provided by our audio/visual provider. Please arrive as quickly as possible before your session to make sure your presentation works to your liking on the laptop. The presentation rooms will have microphones at the podium.

In order to facilitate smooth transitions between symposia and high quality audio video, I will request that first authors send me, Jordan Troisi (, their symposia presentation file before the conference begins. I will be in touch with presenters about this in advance of the conference.


Authors should prepare a poster than is no larger than 36 inches tall X 42 inches wide. Please note that the maximum width of the posters has been reduced from last year's conference, and will allow us to affix 2 posters per one poster board. The posters will be affixed to one of the free-standing poster display boards scattered throughout the room (we’ll provide the push pins). Many people expect poster presenters to have handouts so please bring at least 50 copies with you. Please note that technology will not be available during the poster session.

The poster session will take place from on Friday evening. The “social hour” begins 15 minutes before the poster session so that you can grab a drink, mingle with other participants, and/or view the other posters before your presentation. Please put your poster up as the social hour is beginning and stand next to your poster during the entire poster session.

Like with the symposia and workshops this year, you will be asked to provide the best descriptor of your poster type when you propose your submission (scholarship of teaching and learning, recommendations and best practices, or professional development). We’ve included this request because this will allow conference attendees to better determine which sessions are most fitting for them.

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