Submit a Proposal 2016

Call for Proposals is OPEN!

2016 Virginia Assessment Group Conference: Beyond Buzzwords: Showcasing Practices that Improve the Quality of Teaching, Learning, & Assessment.

November 16-18, 2016 Crowne Plaza, Richmond VA

In our ongoing efforts to facilitate sharing of essential, effective, and pragmatic practices in assessment, we encourage you to submit a proposal in one of the following three categories:

  • (a) Concurrent Sessions (60 minutes split among 2-3 presenters)
  • (b) Poster (60 minutes; usually 1-2 presenters)
  • (c) Pecha Kucha (a presentation where you discuss 20 or so images, for 20 seconds each as they advance automatically; session includes 30 minutes for discussion).

Conference Theme

We are particularly interested in proposals that connect with this year’s theme: Beyond Buzzwords: Showcasing Practices that Improve the Quality of Teaching, Learning, & Assessment. Proposals that showcase practices or initiatives that demonstrate how assessment can foster the improvement of teaching and learning and/or faculty development would be ideal. The deadline for proposal submission is September 19, 2016; however, early submissions are encouraged, as notification of acceptance will be made on a rolling basis within three-four weeks of a proposal’s submission.

Submitting a Proposal

Proposals are accepted through an online form and must include (word limits in parentheses):

  • Session title (20 words)
  • Session outcomes (50 words, no more than 3 key outcomes beginning with “Participants will”)
  • Proposal abstract (500 words)
  • Session description for the program (100 words)
  • Statement of intended audience/audience level (50 words)
  • Plan for participant engagement (150 words, not required for poster or Pecha Kucha proposals)
  • Brief biography for each presenter (150 words)

You can submit your proposal through our website (

Proposed Conference Schedule

Wednesday November 16, 2016

  • Evening – Joint Reception and poster session

Thursday November 17, 2016

  • Morning-noon – Opening plenary & concurrent sessions
  • Noon – Lunch and business meeting for all conference attendees
  • Afternoon-evening – Concurrent sessions

Friday November 18, 2016

  • Morning-noon – Pecha Kucha sessions
  • Noon – Closing plenary

Download a printable document:  2016 Virginia Assessment Group Call for Proposals.