Call For Proposals - NEFDC Conference
NEFDC Fall Conference 2024
College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center
Friday, October 18, 2024
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Our keynote speaker will be Lance Eaton, writer, instructional designer, and  PhD candidate in Higher Education at UMass Boston. 

We will spend the day grappling with the complex relationship between technology and teaching and learning; specifically, the importance that technology, and most recently AI plays in our work with learners - be it in classroom spaces or educational development, and the importance of tending to relationships in higher education that have become fragile because of myriad social and political forces, and constant change in higher education. 

Since 2020, educators have had to face a steady stream of forces (socio-political, economic, and technological) that have catalyzed seismic shifts in how faculty teach and their students learn. What has become clear, and there is significant evidence to support this, is that these changes have impacted the sense of belonging and community that faculty, staff, and students feel at higher education institutions across the US. Faculty often report feeling less connected to their colleagues and students; students may seem more difficult to engage, and because of tense national and geopolitical events, many college campuses are experiencing fractured relationships.  As faculty and educational developers, our work is predicated upon building and sustaining relationships that support learning and well-being. Within the last year, there has been a necessary focus on the impact of AI on teaching and learning.  Although it is incumbent upon us to teach our students to ethically and productively use AI as a skill that will prepare them for “real world” applications, it cannot replace learning that occurs through deep human connections.

At this conference, we seek proposals for the following:

  • 50-minute interactive workshops where participants will leave with some new knowledge and skills that they can use in their teaching and faculty development initiatives;

  • 15-minute sessions that teach practical tips for teaching or research;

  • 50-minute facilitated roundtable discussions where participants can engage in conversations about complex and often difficult topics related to teaching and educational development with their peers.

*All conference proposals are blind, peer reviewed.
This in person conference will be held at College of the Holy Cross. 
Proposal Deadline: August 16, 2024

To help you prepare your proposal, here is an overview of the major questions you will be asked.

  • Names and contact information for all presenters.
  • The title of your presentation.
  • The type of presentation you would like to offer (50-minute interactive workshop, 25-minute teaching tips, or Poster).
  • Session Outcomes: A 600 character or less description of the take-aways or learning outcomes of your  session.
  • Abstract: A 600 character or less, program-ready description of the session, explaining its relevance to    the conference theme and its value for participants. NEFDC reserves the right to edit your description for clarity and length, if accepted. 
  • Session Plan: A 2000 character or less description of your plan for running the session.
  • Bibliography: A 1000 character or less list of scholarship your session is based upon.

Please only list presenters who will be attending the NEFDC conference. Should your proposal be accepted, all presenters will be required to be registered by the early bird deadline for the presentation to be listed in the program. The NEFDC Board has lowered the early bird presenter registration fee to $100 for this year's conference in acknowledgement of the current fiscal climate among colleges and universities in the Northeast. 

Questions: Contact the Proposal Co-Chairs at

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