Friday, December 20, 2019


The deadline for proposals for the 2020 Annual Conference has been extended to December 27. You can submit your proposal at

This year’s conference theme, Learning (Centers) Now for the Future, encourages dialogue about how learning centers can innovate within and beyond our centers.

To this end, there are five proposal tracks:

Student Today, Learner Forever
This track welcomes proposals focused on innovations and practices that aim to empower students through formal or informal mentoring or coaching to help them develop as learners. Sessions may address the ways in which students are coached or mentored in learning centers, or how to incorporate less traditional programming such as academic interventions, other types of student support, or academic peer mentoring. Sessions may discuss coaching or learning theory, collaborations related to learning center activities including discipline-specific tutoring, workshops or exam reviews, or other joint initiatives.

Change is Scary; Students Aren’t
This track welcomes proposals that address the needs of our ever-changing population of students and learners. Sessions may address the ways in which learning center professional, paraprofessional, and student staff bring unique and diverse identities and perspectives to the field, the ways in which changes in the backgrounds, needs, and abilities of learners provide challenges as well as opportunities for growth, or the ways in which learning centers can support and empower learners who may challenge older theories of learning or learning center pedagogy. Sessions may also demonstrate methods or practical strategies for supporting students and staff from a range of backgrounds.  

Innovative Training and Development
This track welcomes proposals that focus on how learning centers train students or professionals for their roles. Sessions may discuss different learning assistance positions and the various types of training models, topics, and projects that trainers create and facilitate. Sessions may also address the benefits and incorporation of one or more of the various training certification programs, such as CRLA, NCLCA, or ACTP, into their training programs.

Enhancing Learning Centers via Technology
This track welcomes proposals focused on creative and innovative uses of technology in learning centers. Sessions may address the way that technology is utilized directly in work with students either by professional or student staff, how technology facilitates the creation or utilization of resources, and/or the use of technology to expand access to learning center services and resources for learners in a variety of contexts. Sessions may also discuss usage of technology or software for appointment setting, survey creation, data collection, data analysis, or optimization of learning center operations.

Everyone involved with learning center work is welcome to submit, including peer tutors and student workers. Student presenters are strongly encouraged to apply! There is an alternative process for vendors interested in being sponsors; interested vendors should contact

Although MDCLCA is a Maryland-based affiliate, we do invite conference submissions and participation from learning center staff outside of Maryland, especially those in the Capital Region, including Washington, DC and Virginia. All proposals will be blind reviewed.

To Submit
The submission form is available on the MDCLCA website. Click on the "Annual Conference" tab, and then select "Submit a Proposal" from the drop-down menu.  After successfully submitting a proposal, you will receive an email confirmation.
  • Proposals must be submitted no later than Friday, December 27th.
  • Presenters will be notified via email by Tuesday, January 21st.
  • Please contact for questions or more information.