2019 Annual Professors Conference - Call for Proposals

August 7, 2019

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Economic Education department requests proposals for concurrent session presentations at its 2019 Annual Professors Conference: The Art and Science of Teaching Economics.

The conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, and conclude at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. It includes a reception on Thursday evening and breakfast and lunch on Friday. The conference is free, but all presenters must be registered. Presenters are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations.

Learn more and register.

Concurrent sessions are 75 minutes in length with three presenters assigned to each session. Please plan on limiting your presentation to 20 minutes, which will allow 20 minutes for each of the other presentations, and for 15 minutes at the end for questions from the audience.
Audiovisual equipment (a screen, projector, computer, and sound) will be provided in each room. The number of conference attendees typically is 100.

Conference Theme: The Art and Science of Teaching Economics

While teaching strategies have evolved over time, in many college classrooms, instruction rests on a method of student engagement developed by Socrates during the Golden Age of Athens. Of course, students, professors, the curriculum, and the labor market have all changed dramatically since the fifth century B.C. But, change for the sake of change is never advised. This year's conference will consider the important elements of instruction, while remembering that effective teaching is both art and science.

Concurrent Session Tracks

  • Effective Use of Technology in Instruction
  • Best Practices for Teaching at the Introductory/Principles Level
  • Engaging Students in the Large Lecture Classroom
  • Active Learning for the College Classroom
  • Economics and Cognitive Science


To submit a proposal to be part of a session, please provide the following information via email by 5 p.m. Aug. 13, 2019, to David Perkis at David.Perkis@stls.frb.org:

  • Presentation title
  • Contact information for the person submitting the proposal and each additional presenter
    • Name
    • Title
    • Institution name
    • Institution address (city, state, ZIP code)
    • Email address
    • Phone number
  • Abstract
    • A 60-word or less abstract to include in the conference program
  • Presentation Description
    • In 500 words or less, please describe the following:
      1. Objectives: Clearly state your goals for this presentation. What session track are you applying for? What do you hope to accomplish?
      2. Content/Skills: Describe in detail what participants will learn by attending this presentation. What new skills, teaching methods, content, lesson ideas, or applications of technology will they come away with?
      3. Presentation Strategies: Tell us how you intend to present your material. Indicate opportunities for audience participation. Describe any materials you plan to hand out.

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee including professors, and you will be notified of selection by Aug. 29.

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