Teaching Matters 2021

Call for Proposals

Teaching Matters

Providing Engaging, Inclusive, and Equitable Instruction: A Special E-Publication of Thought Pieces

19th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

the check in table at Teaching Matter 2019

About the Conference

Because of COVID, we are cancelling our face-to-face conference originally scheduled for March 11 and 12; however, we are not letting that stop us from talking about how much teaching matters! So please “join us” for the nineteenth annual Teaching Matters, which we will mark by creating a Teaching Matters Conference Special Edition e-Book in honor of this year’s conference topic. The Gordon State College Presidential Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity will be invited to act as this year’s Selection Board, and a virtual conference Kick Off session will be released to announce the publication of this special e-Book (more information forthcoming).

About this year's theme

At no other time in the history of Higher Education has engaging, inclusive, equitable education been such an important topic. In spring, we all made the pivot to remote instruction, a shift for which many of us were unprepared. Higher Ed’s unpreparedness with regard to online learning was not the only issue exposed by COVID, however. Also exposed were vast equity gaps that affected our students from low-income families and, especially, underserved groups. All our students were and still are socially distanced, anxious about learning online, and experiencing various levels of trauma; in addition, many were and still are marginalized, experiencing basic needs insecurity, and more likely to contract and die from COVID 19. Indicators suggest that a significant number are even disillusioned and now question the efficacy of a higher education degree. As a result of what many refer to as our multiple pandemics, educators are being asked to be more deliberate and intentional than ever. This special publication of Thought Pieces seeks to showcase the ways in which faculty are meeting that call. Now, more than ever, teaching matters.

Important Dates

All submissions must be received by January 31, 2021, at which time they will undergo a blind review process; accepted essays must be print ready by March 31, 2021. A virtual conference Kick Off session will signal release of the e-publication. See below for specific submission instructions.

Contact Information

Direct any questions to the CETL Director, Dr. Anna Higgins-Harrell at a_higgins@gordonstate.edu or at (678) 359-5095.