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Call for Proposals

Submission deadline-
August 15, 2024

31st Annual HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference


“Teaching, Learning and Sustainability in an Era of Change”


October 17-19, 2024

Houston, Texas



Focus of 2024 Conference

Welcome to the HBCUFDN Conference, where we gather to explore the dynamic landscape of teaching, learning, and leading in the era of change. This year's theme highlights the vital role of historically black colleges and universities in fostering academic excellence and advancing assessment initiatives. Join us as we delve into innovative strategies and best practices that empower students, faculty, professional staff, and administrators to excel in an ever-evolving educational environment. Together, we will harness the power of technology, embrace diverse perspectives, and cultivate inclusive leadership to shape the future of education and drive positive change within our institutions and beyond.


Ensuring quality in higher education has been a cornerstone of the HBCU Faculty Development Network Annual Conference. For over 30 years, the HBCU Faculty Development Network has covered a variety of programs for administrators, faculty, and staff, aimed at improving students learning outcomes. Programs include (but are not limited to) quality management, curriculum development, and faculty development. 


We cordially invite you to participate in this 31st Annual HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference to be held on October 17 – 19, 2024.  We invite faculty, administrators, faculty development directors, and personnel of all areas that support an academic program to submit proposals for presentation at this year's conference that support the theme: “Teaching, Learning and Sustainability in an Era of Change.” 


The conference offers three days of workshops, concurrent sessions, and plenary sessions. The conference provides an excellent opportunity for participants to network with colleagues; exchange strategies proven successful in teaching and learning and develop practical skills that can be put to immediate use upon return to their respective institutions. Attendees will take away from this conference useful information that works and will assist them in enhancing their current role.

Conference proposals should address at least one of the following strands:

Teaching & Learning

  • Brain-based Teaching & Learning

  • Current Issues & Trends in STEAAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Arts, Math)

  • Diversity, Inclusion and Equitable Learning

  • Global Trends in Teaching & Learning and Student Engagement

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Learning and Assessment Across the Curriculum

  • Post Pandemic Issues

  • Teaching and Learning in a Crisis

Innovative Instructional Design & Technology

  • Course/Curriculum Design/Redesign

  • Instructional Technology

  • Online vs Face to Face vs Hy-Flex

  • Artificial Intelligence/ChatGPT


Educational/Faculty Development and Administration

  • Accreditation

  • Centers for Teaching & Learning

  • Ethics

  • Leadership Development in Higher Education / Workplace Productivity

  • Shared Governance (success, planning, tenure, and promotion)

Research in Higher Education

  • Scholarship of Counseling

  • Scholarship of Education Administration

  • Scholarship of Educational Development

  • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

Student Success

  • Cross-institutional partnerships

  • Financial Aid

  • International and Study Abroad Student Support

  • Living & Learning Communities (Residence halls, Bridge programs)

  • Mentorship/ Advising & Counseling

Submission Deadline:  August 15, 2024

For additional information contact
Laurette B. Foster, Executive Director

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