American Sociological Association

Teaching and Learning Symposium

All submissions for the 2018 program must be made via the online submission system. The online forms will guide you through the steps required to submit your proposal.
1. Log in with your ASA username and password on the ASA member portal
2. Under the header "Annual Meeting," click on the link "2018 Submissions"

Submissions are invited for the inaugural ASA Teaching and Learning Symposium.  This new annual meeting element was established by ASA Council in response to the recommendations of the ASA Task Force on Community College Faculty in Sociology.  Consisting of four back-to-back sessions focused on teaching and learning in the discipline, the symposium will be scheduled either the day before or the day after the main day of sessions organized by the Section on Teaching and Learning. The result will be two full days of programing focused on teaching at the 2018 annual meeting. It is hoped that the symposium will create new pathways to engage a broader array of sociologists in discussions of teaching and learning in the discipline—including both community college faculty for whom developing a full paper confers little professional benefit and faculty in research intensive universities who care about teaching but whose areas of research do not include teaching and learning.

Requirements: Symposium submissions can address any topic related to teaching and learning in the discipline, including but not limited to: classroom activities, innovative assignments, curricular strategies, assessment approaches, service learning, integrating data analysis, linking course work to employment outcomes, and strategies for student engagement.  Submissions that address teaching and learning related implications or applications of the annual meeting theme, “Feeling Race: An Invitation to Explore Racialized Emotions,” are also welcomed. Presentations can take the form of a poster with a teaching idea plus a 1-page handout, a 20-minute informal roundtable discussion topic, or a 45-minute workshop. Individuals who wish to present research papers on the scholarship of teaching and learning are encouraged to submit their papers to the Section on Teaching and Learning.

When making a submission to the Teaching and Learning Symposium, the following will be required:

  1. Preferred format (poster with a teaching idea plus a 1 page handout; 20-minute informal roundtable discussion; 45-minute workshop).
  2. Title.
  3. Structured abstract (300 words), including a brief statement of the specific teaching and learning challenge to be addressed, the approach used to address the challenge, and how the presentation will be useful to audience members.
  4. Names, affiliations, and contact information for each presenter.
  5. Additional Information. Please indicate if you require AV equipment other than the standard LCD projector. If you wish to use additional AV equipment (beyond a standard LCD projector), that request should be noted when you submit your proposal. We want the symposium to be a high-quality learning experience, however charges for AV can be expensive so please limit your request to essential equipment. A request is not a guarantee that the equipment will be made available.
  6. When prompted to upload a supporting document, please upload a word document copy of  your structured abstract.

If you have any questions about submitting a Teaching and Learning Symposium proposal, please contact: Margaret Weigers Vitullo at or 202-247-9862.


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