Call for Proposals

Cisco College Core Curriculum Conference (C5)
Proposals due by April 7, 2017

Cisco College will again host a conference in the Spring of 2017 dedicated to faculty members and their classrooms, providing educators with a chance to come together and share successful teaching strategies.

The Cisco College Core Curriculum Conference is pleased to invite proposals that illustrate best classroom practices and innovative teaching techniques related to the following areas:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication Skills
  • Empirical & Quantitative Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Social Responsibility
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Assessing the Core

The conference will be held May 18 & 19, 2017, at Cisco College’s Abilene Educational Center in Abilene, Texas. The goal of the conference is to provide faculty members with many learning opportunities to expand their knowledge of teaching techniques. Although faculty members from all public two-year and four-year institutions are welcome to attend, the conference will focus on the special budgetary restrictions and practical needs of faculty at community colleges in Texas. Therefore, although solidly grounded in sound pedagogical theory, presentations should focus on practical application of theory and techniques. Proposals will be accepted to fill concurrent sessions (total running time is approximately 60 minutes) and poster sessions. Concurrent sessions will be held in classrooms and meeting spaces on campus with computers, LCD projectors, and screens available. Multiple posters will be displayed simultaneously in a large room for both attendees and presenters to move around and share what they have learned. No AV equipment (computers, projectors, screens, etc.) will be provided for poster presentations.

Submission Guidelines:
  1. All proposals should be e-mailed as Word attachments to by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017. Please be sure to include “C5 proposal” in the subject line.

  2. Concurrent session proposals should include the following:
    • A title that is descriptive of the contents of the submission.
    • An abstract that provides a brief description (approximately 100 words) of the submission for inclusion in the conference program and promotional materials.
    • An extended description with more detail (possibly including a working outline of the submission).
    • A clear indication of how the submission topic is related to one or more key conference areas.
    • The expected outcomes of the presentation.
    • A clear indication of active learning strategies to be used or the ways in which the presenter will encourage interaction with the participants.
    • A brief biographical sketch (approximately 100 words including school or professional affiliation) of all presenters.

  3. Poster session proposals should follow the theme of “My Bright Idea” and should include the following:
    • A title that is descriptive of the contents of the submission.
    • An abstract that provides a description (fewer than 300 words) of the “Bright Idea” the presenter had related to teaching with one or more of the proposed competencies in mind. The poster should follow the idea all the way from inception through execution providing the context of its application as well as possible ideas for adaptation to other areas or disciplines.
    • A clear indication of how the submission is related to one or more of the key conference areas.
    • A brief biographical sketch (approximately 100 words including school or professional affiliation) of all poster presenters.

  4. All sessions of the Cisco College Core Curriculum Conference are noncommercial. Individuals should refrain from direct promotion of a certain product or brand that includes monetary self-interest. Sponsorship opportunities are available for commercial or corporate entities.  

Evaluation of Proposals
  1. Each proposal will be reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers.

  2. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated in the following areas:
    • Quality
      • Does the proposal provide innovative ways to address core curriculum objectives?
    • Information
      • Does the proposal include sound content and application?
    • Practicality & Applicability
      • Does the proposal show clear practical application and the ability to adapt the ideas presented to various settings and budgets?


Acceptance of Proposals

Notification of acceptance of proposals will be delivered by e-mail by approximately Friday, April 14, 2017. Presenters must give confirmation to Brandi Terry by Friday, April 21, 2017. All presenters and co-presenters are expected to register for the conference and are responsible for their own registration fee, travel, and lodging. The primary presenter may register for the conference at a reduced rate of $75.00.

The primary presenter is expected to submit one copy of handouts, PowerPoint presentation, and/or requests for additional materials via e-mail to on or before Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in order to be included in the conference materials.