Call for 2018 NACTA Abstracts
Deadline: February 1, 2018

The 2018 NACTA Conference at Iowa State University, June 12–15, will serve as a venue for faculty and graduate students in agricultural, environmental, natural, and life sciences to share their scholarship of teaching, innovative teaching and advising ideas, and other relevant teaching and learning information through the theme of "Grow Your Adventure.”

Abstracts for the 2018 NACTA Conference are to fall within one of the four following topic areas:
  1. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
    SoTL is research grounded in how professors systematically investigate the teaching-learning process. Examples of SoTL scholarly assessment include: student learning (i.e. knowledge gained, problem-solving skills, communication skills), student interpersonal skills (i.e. attitudes, motivation, personal development, teamwork); courses; curricula; programs, etc. Empirical evidence is collected via multiple means (i.e. interviews, observations, journals, content analyses of student work, achievement or performance measures, questionnaires, etc.) and impact can be documented.
  2. Innovative Teaching Approaches
    Teaching that facilitates learner-centeredness, deep processing, student engagement, empowerment, and responsibility. Creative teaching ideas may include; experiential learning, interdisciplinary learning, problem-based learning, service-learning, and technology-enhanced learning. Innovative approaches to student advising (i.e. academic, student organizations, judging or competition teams) can be submitted to this category
  3. Other Educational Topics
    Approaches that do not fit into one of the two topic areas described above.
  4. Communicating the Value of Science (new for 2018)

Past conference participants have suggested adding a track that will encourage conversation around issues that impact NACTA members’ work in a broad way. A “Communicating the Value of Science” theme was selected for 2018 as a follow up to formal statements made by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in spring 2017. The organizations noted: “Communicating the value of science is a vital undertaking that will continue long after the March for Science”, AAAS.  The organizing committee invites proposals that describe strategies, programs, outreach efforts, etc. that are being used across the disciplines of agricultural, environmental, natural, and life sciences to communicate the value of science to students (K-12, or higher education), stakeholder groups, and the general public.


Abstract Format

Accepted abstracts will be a concise summary of factual information. A high-quality abstract contains the following key elements (without designating them as such): (1) a brief introduction, including objectives of the presentation; (2) relevant experimental conditions indicating the scope of study or survey (authors of predominately philosophical works may substitute other appropriate criteria); (3) observations, results, or data (however, data should be in summary form and not presented in tables or graphs) - philosophical abstracts must demonstrate application of said philosophy; and (4) a concise summary.


An abstract is unacceptable if it:


All abstracts must be submitted at this website:

If you have any questions contact the NACTA Journal Editor, Rick Parker, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline: February 1, 2018. All abstracts are reviewed by the NACTA Journal Editorial Board and the Editor. The author submitting the abstract will be notified of its status two weeks after the deadline.