Why conferences?

Adults wearing nametags sit around a table playing with legos. The surrounding classroom space has whiteboards with writing on them. The photo implies an interactive conference session.

Like conferences in your discipline, pedagogy conferences are only partly about the sessions you attend.  They are a great opportunity to meet other people who are as passionate about teaching and learning as you.  It’s in the “in between” conversations that you make connections and find inspiration from diverse ideas.  Just like you may the only person in your department with your disciplinary speciality, you may be the only one in your department engaging in SoTL.  Conferences are a way to find others engaged in this work like you.  If you are new to SoTL, sessions at these conferences also provide a great “crash course” on SoTL project approaches and strategies.

Below is a selected list of possible conferences to get involved with.  Be sure to check out Kennesaw State’s comprehensive conference list.

Getting Started with Conferences

Our list of pedagogy-related conferences below is not comprehensive, but it is easily overwhelming. Plus, if you’re like us, you may have limited funds to attend conferences.

How do you choose the right conference for you? We suggest exploring the links below and reaching out to your center for teaching and learning to help you identify the best one based on what you want to get out of attending it. For instructors local to George Mason, you might start with the annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning (ITL) conference hosted by Mason’s Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning!

National and International Conferences

American Council on Education

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience

Annual Distance Teaching and Learning Conference

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

The Chair Academy’s International Leadership Conference

Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy


Instructional Technology Council: eLearning Conference

International Conference on Academic Integrity

International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED)

International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning Conference

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference

Lilly Conferences

Lilly International Conference

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

National Education Association Annual Meeting

Niagara University Conference on Teaching and Learning

POD Network Conference

Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices (S-STEP)

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conferences

SoTL Commons Conference

Team Based Learning Conference

The Teaching Professor Conference

Disciplinary Conferences

Frontiers in Education (Engineering and Computing)

International Studies Association Annual Convention

National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology

SENCER Institutes (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities)

Society for the Teaching of Psychology Conference

Regional Conferences

Midwest Conference for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

New England Faculty Development Consortium Conference

Southern Regional Faculty and Instructional Development Consortium