2011 Annual Summit Call for Proposals

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Request for Proposals—ACA Summit XIV



Celebrating Success Across Appalachia:

Pursuing Knowledge in the 21st Century

October 14 and 15, 2011

We invite faculty and staff of ACA member schools to submit proposals for either fifteen-minute or fifty-minute presentations that address the implementation and achievement of strategies for engaged learning.

The Summit Planning Committee feels that engaged teaching and learning in the 21st century requires an openness to new ideas and approaches. In particular, understanding the intersection of interdisciplinary, traditional disciplines, and technology is challenging for all of us in the changing landscape of small private colleges. We want to know what you’ve done and what you think.

All proposals are due by Monday, May 30, 2011 Wednesday, June 15, 2011.


National Numeracy Network

This year, the National Numeracy Network, a group dedicated to best practices in helping students engage with quantitative literacy and competency, will also be meeting at the same time as the Summit (see . Members will be providing special sessions and workshops dedicated to these issues.

Dates /Location

The Appalachian College Association Summit XIV will be held in Asheville, North Carolina at the Asheville Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, 2011.

Topic Development

There are many different approaches to considering this topic, but we’d like to offer some questions that may serve as prompts (note, these are not the only questions or the best questions—they are meant to get you started thinking about the topic you want to present):

  • How can you transfer skills within and across disciplines?
  • How does technology facilitate thinking and learning?
  • How do you know you’ve succeeded with the use of technology or in interdisciplinary work?
  • How do we instill the excitement and passion of learning across the campus?
  • What is “information competency/literacy” across the disciplines and within the disciplines?
  • What are the most effective tools for teaching and learning in the 21st century?

Whether your proposal discusses the use of Zotero in the classroom, infusion of quantitative literacy into a fine arts curriculum,  or best assessment techniques for information competency/literacy, we are interested in what you’re doing and what you’re thinking about as you work with the students of Appalachia.

We are not designating specific topic areas but will review all proposals to determine groupings.


Proposal evaluation criteria:

Proposals should be one to two pages, single spaced, submitted via the process described at Wednesday, June 15, 2011 for consideration. Please write a short paragraph (80-100 words) that will serve as a descriptive abstract for the session to use in the program booklet. In addition, please address specifically how you plan to engage your audience (i.e., discussion questions, interactive techniques, etc). If appropriate, some designation of the intended audience would be useful. The criteria for evaluation will include topic, innovation, and program balance. You will be notified if your proposal is accepted by Friday, July 15, 2011.

Discipline Sessions (Will honor others on request)

Discipline sessions currently under consideration are: Sciences, Honors Programs, Learning Centers, Libraries, First Year Programs, International Studies, Religion and Philosophy, Undergraduate Research, Computer Science/Computer Information Systems/Instructional Technology, Education, Health Sciences, and Business. This year, discipline sessions will be held Friday morning, October 14, 2011.

For more information:

As the plans for the ACA 2011 Summit develop, they will be posted on the ACA website: If you have particular questions about the proposal process, please contact contact us at 859.986.4584 

Please click here for the application.