The New Explorations in Teaching (NEXT) Conference is an annual gathering at The University of Akron to share new ideas and explore topics that affect teaching in higher education.

We are currently in the planning stages for NEXT 2019. Check back soon and mark your calendars now for 2019.


  • Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Student Union - Akron, OH


Call for Proposals

You are invited to submit a proposal of no more than 500 words for any of the formats listed below. Proposals are due by December 10, 2018.

  • Individual: In this 50-minute LEARN session, the speaker will present an aspect of their pedagogy or research.

  • Panel: In this 50-minute DISCUSS session, the speakers (maximum 3) will present research or pedagogical practices with the goal of opening discussion among panelists and session attendees.

  • Workshop: In this 50-minute CREATE session, the speaker(s) will lead attendees through a guided, hands-on activity.

  • Steal My Idea: In this 5-minute session, the speaker(s) will present a classroom practice, technology, or lesson that opens boundaries or breaks down barriers to education. Conference attendees will vote to determine the idea most worth stealing.

  • Poster Presentation (Graduate Students Only): In addition to the standard sessions, graduate students are invited to submit proposals for a poster presentation. Posters will be displayed in the lobby, and conference attendees will vote on the presentation that best addresses the conference theme.

Submit a Proposal