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Oct 19 2016
Oct 21 2016
America/New York

2016 Fall Academic Conference:

Inspiring Innovative Learning

Call for Proposals and Save the Date!

October 19-21, 2016

The Fall Academic Conference returns on October 19-21, 2016, in Saratoga Springs, NY. The conference steering committee is combining the face-to-face activities with webcasting of the plenary sessions, so that those unable to travel to Saratoga can still participate in some of the conference events.

This year’s conference theme, Inspiring Innovative Learning, applies to the whole college community – students, faculty, and staff. We are interested in receiving concurrent session or poster session proposals around the theme of academic innovation in all its many and varied forms – think of innovative course and program development, open educational resources (OER), curriculum and instruction design, educational technology digital library resources, MOOCs, micro-credentialing, competency-based education, applied learning, workplace learning and any other new and exciting ways of teaching and learning that will support and enhance our students’ success while expanding our own views of what makes an exceptional educational experience.

We are seeking an outside speaker who can inspire and energize us in the realm of academic innovation as we continue the transition to the new organizational structure.

Also new this year will be the Turben Lecture by Turben scholar, Dr. Julie Shaw. Normally a feature of the All College Conference, Dr. Shaw has graciously agreed to the change in venue – please make plans to attend this presentation!

Updates to the conference will be posted on the conference website,

Call for Proposals

In addition to individual AOS/program area meetings, there are opportunities for concurrent sessions and a poster session. These presentations may be by individuals or teams on topics related to the theme of Inspiring Innovative Learning.. The concurrent sessions will be in one hour blocks and the poster session will be combined with a refreshment break.  In the spirit of the conference’s theme, we plan to increase engagement across the college through social media platforms, giving everyone the opportunity to join in.  

Please send your concurrent session and/or poster session proposals to Terri Hilton ( in the Office of Academic Affairs by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1, for review by the Fall Academic Conference Steering Committee. Proposals should not be longer than 200 words.  Please indicate in your proposal:

  • Names of the presenter(s) and affiliation
  • Title of the proposal
  • Type of session: Concurrent or Poster session
  • Technology needs (e.g., laptop, projector)

AOS/Program Meetings

We know that the Areas of Study have a lot of work to do this year related to the catalog project. We suggest that AOS conveners/program chairs set the agenda, including detailed goals and outcomes expected, for individual AOS/program area sessions early, and communicate to constituents as soon as possible.

2016 Fall Academic Conference Steering Committee

Any questions about the conference may be directed to any of the Steering Committee members.

Aimee Woznick (DAS/Buffalo), Elizabeth Bradley (MAT/SGS), Lue Turner (CHS/Rochester), MaryAnn Borden (Arts/Saratoga Unit), Mete Cetiner (SMT/Latham), Michael DiNicola (PE/SON), Nathan Whitley-Grassi (Educational and Emerging Technologies/ITS), Rosalyn Rufer (faculty co-chair and BML/SGS), Sarah Hertz (BME/Manhattan), Troy Jones (Educational Studies/Staten Island), Shelley Dixon (OAA co-chair), Eric Strattman (OAA), Amanda Mickel (OAA support team), and Terri Hilton (OAA support team).

Conference Date: 
Oct 19 2016 - Oct 21 2016
Application/Proposal Deadline: 
Jul 1 2016
Saratoga Springs, NY
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