Request for Proposals


If you have any questions about session types or the submission process, please see our FAQ page or contact the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at

The Stearns Center invites George Mason University faculty and staff to submit proposals to present on their teaching and teaching-focused research at the 14th annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference.  

There are many ways to participate in this year’s ITL, from short lightning talks or on-demand materials, to research posters, to more sustained interactive sessions. Please see the Session Proposal Guide (link below) for details and information on how to submit a proposal.  

This year’s hybrid conference will take place on Friday, September 30, 2022. 



RFP Session Proposal Form


Wednesday, March 9, 2022 


Overview of Session Types 


Showcase Session Lightning Talks (Session length: 50 minutes; individual talks: 5 minutes) 

Organized around a series of themes (see Submission Guidelines), Showcase Sessions consist of a series of lightning talks by faculty members on a teaching strategy or SoTL research, paired with an interactive activity designed in collaboration with Stearns Center staff or session convener. Presentations will be live, either on-campus or on-Zoom. These sessions will be supported for live-streaming by Stearns Center.

Interactive Sessions (Session length: 50 minutes) 

These research-backed, interactive sessions are a chance for faculty presenters to really dig into a strategy or teaching innovation with a group of their colleagues by describing an innovation, demonstrating a technique and/or engaging participants in an activity. All sessions are designed for audience participation and takeaways. These sessions will be live on-campus sessions. (If you would like to support your own session for live-streaming via Zoom, please provide additional information as noted in the RFP). 


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Poster 

Present your research about teaching and learning on a poster for our in-person, end-of-the-day session.  


On-Demand Sessions (if selected, final objects due late August) 

Published in our online conference proceedings, these come in a variety of forms and will be accessed asynchronously. They might include: 

  • Teaching Artifact with Reflection or Annotation 
  • Video Presentation (15 min. max) 
  • Digital Poster Presentation 
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Video Presentation (15 min. max) 


RFP Session Proposal Form


Dear Colleagues: 

We are excited to announce that the request for speakers and session proposals for Mason's 14th annual Innovations in Teaching & Learning (ITL) conference is now live! This event is an opportunity for the whole Mason community to come together to reflect on how teaching and learning is evolving at Mason, especially over this last year, and to exchange tips, strategies, tools, and resources with colleagues.    

After two years of hosting the conference online, we will pilot a new format: an in-person conference with some live streaming. Please mark your calendars for Friday, September 30, 2022, with all in-person sessions held on the Fairfax Campus.  Proposals are invited for interactive workshops, panels/roundtables, and lightning talks; for our in-person Poster Session to close out the conference day; and for our On Demand collection of short video presentations, annotated teaching artifacts and digital posters.  We are currently seeking proposals that showcase specific teaching approaches, assignments, and tools that will help instructors in any discipline effectively support student success at Mason and beyond.   

We know you are busy trying to survive another semester of remote work and the pandemic, so we’ve reimagined the submission process this year to make it easier for you to present and share your ideas with colleagues at the conference.  Additional information about the RFP process and session type is available via this link.   

Have lots of ideas to share? You are welcome to submit multiple proposals.   


Not sure what kind of topic to address? All session topics are welcome, although we especially encourage proposals that provide specific strategies, activities, or assignments for:  

  • STEM innovations
  • Inclusive and equitable teaching
  • Community-engaged learning
  • Making the most of active learning classrooms
  • Authentic assessments and assignments
  • Innovations in online, hybrid, or blended modality teaching
  • Perspectives from faculty new to Mason
  • Strategies for effective and equitable feedback/grading
  • New technologies for engaging students
  • Teaching (with) writing
  • Other (you’ll be asked to specify)


Want to talk to someone about your proposal ideas? If you wish to discuss your proposal content ideas before submitting a proposal, please contact the 2022 ITL Program Coordinator, Dr. Katherine Miscavige (


Want to help select the program?  

We currently are seeking faculty, staff, or graduate students to review proposals and help select the best possible conference program. (You can propose a session and still serve as a reviewer.) What does reviewing entail? Typically, we ask people to review 6-10 proposals, and it takes about 1-2 hours to complete. Proposals are ~1 page of information. You will have a scoring rubric to evaluate the proposals (for audience, topic, Mason-focus, and context/transferability) with room for comments/suggestions and assign an overall score. Proposal reviews will be due around the end of March/early April. Interested? Please complete our reviewer volunteer form. We will follow up with volunteers early March with their proposal assignments and more details. Please contact the Conference Director, Ashley Joiner (, or the Program Coordinator, Katherine Miscavige ( if you have any questions.   


--The 2022 ITL Planning Team   

Learn more about session formats, selection criteria and FAQs below!