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Call for Proposals

Submission deadline-
September 8, 2023

30th Annual HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference


"Leading through Challenge: Navigating Complex Higher Education Environments with Grace and Grit"


October 26-28, 2023

Houston, Texas


Focus of 2023 Conference

The conference theme "Leading through Challenge: Navigating Complex Higher Education Environments with Grace and Grit" is focused on the challenges faced in the field of higher education. The conference aims to provide a platform for administrators, faculty, professional staff and students to share their academic experiences on how to traverse the complexities faced in today’s colleges and universities. These complexities include student and faculty engagement, balancing teaching, research and service, shifting enrollment and retention strategies, organizational change, institutional priorities and a host of other issues that compete for our resources and attention. There will be opportunities for attendees to learn from keynote speakers, experts, and peers in panel discussions, roundtables, poster sessions and workshops. This theme recognizes the pivotal role played by the higher education community and the importance of sharing ideas for tackling the diverse range of challenges faced in education. The conference seeks to empower educators with tools and knowledge to help them lead through change and uncertainty with grace, optimism and determination. 


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.  This year's conference celebrates 30 years of continuous programs and service in developing the faculty workforce, especially at HBCU institutions. 


We cordially invite you to participate in this 30th Annual HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference to be held on October 26 – 28, 2023.  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: “Leading through Challenge: Navigating Complex Higher Education Environments with Grace and Grit.” 


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

  • 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


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:  September 8, 2023

For additional information contact
Laurette B. Foster, Executive Director

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