Call for Proposals: July 2017-December 31, 2017

The 10th International Conference on Supplemental Instruction will provide an opportunity for U.S. and international administrators, faculty, staff, and students to meet and present on SI, research and knowledge gained on the subject, and related topics. The Proposal Selection Committee for the 2018 International Conference on SI invites presentations that share expertise and insights into the important and complex undertaking of providing student academic support through Supplemental Instruction. We welcome proposals from faculty, SI supervisors, SI leaders, researchers, administrators, and other professional educators.

Session proposals are invited for Concurrent Sessions, Research Paper Presentations, and Poster Sessions on topics addressing peer collaborative learning. Special preference will be given to Certified SI Programs; to panel proposals (three or more presenters); and to proposals that address the conference theme of Sustaining Safe Harbors: Community, IncluSIvity, and Accessibility.

This session type is best for those wishing to make formal presentations with questions and interaction. Preference will be given to proposals that include a panel.

These sessions allow presenters to share research endeavors in the field of Supplemental Instruction. Authors of unpublished research papers accepted for presentation will also be invited to submit their paper to the Supplemental Instruction Journal. Again, preference will be given to proposals that involve a panel of researchers.
These sessions allow informal interaction with a large number of conference delegates. Poster sessions are presented in the form of an exhibit during the breakfast session and delivered through the use of visual display and handout materials. The poster session host should expect to make brief remarks, share information, and answer questions about the presentation topic. Numerous poster sessions will be scheduled concurrently, and conference delegates will be free to move from one poster session to another.

All proposals must be sent on or before December 31, 2017. Since the conference program must be finalized and presenters notified in time for preconference coordination, late proposals will not be accepted. If you have questions regarding the guidelines for proposals, please e-mail Shaunte Montgomery or call (816) 235-1178.

Notifications will be emailed on a rolling basis until February 15th.

*** If your institution requires you to know your proposal acceptance status prior to these dates, please advise us of this information when you submit your proposal, and we will happily work with you to expedite this process.

Unfortunately, because of budgetary restrictions, it is not possible to offer an honorarium or to waive registration fees for program presenters. Presenters not registered by the presenter registration deadline (April 20, 2018) will have their presentation removed from the conference program.

When two or more people are presenting, the contact presenter is responsible for notifying all co-presenters of the status of the proposal. No session selected for the conference should have its content significantly changed once accepted. Presenters are responsible for providing session handouts.

The Proposal Selection Committee will consider balance in the range of topics, level of expertise, interests covered, and professional and geographic distribution of the program presenters when accepting proposals.

When submitting your proposals, please be prepared to include the following information:


List presenter first and last name(s) in the order you would like them to appear in the program.

Type of Session

Indicate only one: Concurrent Session, Paper Presentation, or Poster Session.

Session Title

Use a title that reflects the content. The title is important for attracting participants to your session. Only the title, the name of the presenter(s), and institutional affiliation(s) will appear in the daily schedule section of the conference program booklet. Choose a title that will be clear to the intended audience. Lengthy titles may be edited by the conference program chair.


Type a 50-word (maximum) summary. If your proposal is accepted, this summary will appear in the conference program. It should be written in the third person future tense (e.g. “The presenter will begin with…).


Create a 250-500 word session abstract. Describe the objectives and content of your presentation. Include your assumptions, rationale for your program, techniques, or ideas; a summary of evaluation procedures and anticipated or actual results; and any research relevant to your presentation, which may in the form of a brief bibliography. Please include a description of how you will involve participants.

Audiovisual Needs

Each room will be equipped with an LCD projector, screen, speakers and laptop computer with wireless internet access. If you are using an Apple computer, you are responsible for bringing the adapter to make it compatible with provided equipment. If you have additional needs, please contact us.

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