The promotion of interdisciplinary and individualized learning is not new. Individualized and interdisciplinary
forms of learning trace their roots to the progressive educational movements of the early 20th century. In the past
few decades, higher education has increasingly adopted some of the characteristics of this progressive educational
tradition by promoting connections between classroom learning and the ‘real’ world, by recognizing the importance
of mentoring, and by breaking down some disciplinary silos. More recently, the rising cost of higher education and
the upheavals of the pandemic have reinforced student interest in making their education meaningful and relevant to
their lives and career ambitions, a goal many IMPs heartily endorse. In this context, what distinguishes IMPs from
other academic programs? How can IMPs best navigate institutions that remain organized around disciplines? What
challenges do IMPs face when promoting the learning goals of their students?
Call for Proposals
We welcome proposals that address the future of individualized and interdisciplinary learning in all its many forms.
Possible themes include:
● Theoretical frameworks that guide IMPs (individualized/interdisciplinary/general studies).
● Defining learning goals (for students, for programs)
● Assessing outcomes on the student level and programmatic level
● Data-driven research findings on IMPs
● Common curricula (proposal courses, capstones, eportfolios) and other impactful courses and assignments
● Advising individualized or interdisciplinary students and serving special populations
● Supporting undergraduate research and creative inquiry
We welcome proposals from all who have an interest in interdisciplinary and individualized programs: faculty, staff,
students, and alumni. Proposals may be for individual sessions, panels, roundtables or other formats.
You’ll be expected to provide your name, position, affiliation, proposal title, brief description for program, proposal (500
Deadline for Proposals:
Dec. 15, 2022. You can expect a response by Jan. 1, 2023
Proposals will be evaluated by the Steering Committee using the following standards:
● Clearly stated purpose and objectives
● Engaging program format that involves the audience and stimulates discussion
● Conceptually strong foundation with appropriate documented research and/or experience
Early Bird Conference Registration Deadline: Jan 20, 2023 – more details to be shared soon.