The Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching is excited to announce the return of the Research on Teaching and Learning Conference!

Date: Thursday, December 5 - Friday, December 6, 2019
Location: David Braley Health Sciences Centre (Hamilton, Ontario)

The theme for this year focuses on Research on Teaching and Learning Within and Across the Disciplines. Disciplinary connection is a defining feature of research on teaching and learning. This conference provides an opportunity for a 'deep dive' into current issues and trends within different disciplinary contexts while simultaneously providing spaces to discuss points of convergence and connection across disciplinary boundaries and contexts.

The conference will provide an opportunity for attendees to share and celebrate the change and engagement that can occur in teaching and learning when we participate in SoTL and educational research. 

We invite abstracts that explore research on teaching and learning in one or more of the following sub-themes:

  • Experiential Learning
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Students as Partners
  • Educational Leadership
  • Technology-Enhanced Education
  • Mental Health and Well-being
Proposals should consider how these issues are interpreted, understood, enacted, and investigated within and across disciplinary contexts. 


Proposals can take the form of the following types of participation: 

Workshops (1 hour)
Hands-on, participatory sessions that will allow participants to learn about some aspect of teaching and learning research through application. 

Short Papers (20 min + 5 min Q&A)
Participants can communicate condensed research results (or related material). While these sessions may be akin to traditional conference papers, presenters are encouraged to include interactive components wherever possible. 

Poster Presentations
Participants present research ideas and/or findings in an informal context that facilitates one-to-one discussion and exchange with other conference attendees.  

Panel Discussions
These sessions should bring together the perspectives of 2 - 4 presenters in a cohesive conversation surrounding innovative ideas, current topics, and issues regarding research on teaching and learning.  

SoTL Sandbox (1 hour) **NEW**
Presenter(s) share early-stage research questions with the objective of establishing connections and receiving feedback from like-minded researchers. 

Individuals are free to submit more than one proposal, but should be first author on only one paper presentation. Work in progress is welcomed. 


The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 30, 2019 at 5:00pm. 
Please email your completed proposal to  

All proposals must include the following: 
  1. Submission Title
  2. Submission Type 
  3. Sub-theme(s) that align with the abstract
  4. Author name(s), title(s) & contact information - please indicate student authors with (*)
  5. Brief abstract (no more than 250 words) indicating focus and objectives of the session
    *Proposals for workshops, long papers, and sandbox sessions should also outline the interactive methods that will be used
  6. Audio-visual supports (e.g. computer with PowerPoint, internet connection, DVD player) and other supplies (e.g. flip chart paper & markers) desired for the session 
    *We will do our best to meet your needs, but cannot guarantee that all requests will be met
All proposals will be peer-reviewed.  Authors will receive feedback on their submission(s) by Monday, November 4, 2019. 

  • By submitting an abstract, you agree to register for and to participate in the conference if your submission is accepted.
  • By submitting, you are also giving the 2019 Research on Teaching and Learning Conference planning committee permission to publish the submission information, if accepted, in promotional materials related to the event.
  • The abstract you submit will be the one included in the final conference program. No editorial changes will be made.
If you have any questions about the conference or submission requirements, please contact
Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching

Mills Library L504, McMaster University,
1280 Main Street West, Hamilton,
Ontario, L8S 4K1

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