NOTICE: Submission deadline is now February 5, 2019.


The 2019 NACTA Conference at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI), June 18–21, 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 "Connecting to STEM.”

Abstracts for the 2019 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. Connecting to STEM (new for 2019)
    Agriculture, food and natural resources programs and classes embody a connection to STEM, providing a context for learning STEM. These abstracts should focus on teaching about and learning how to connect to STEM in agriculture, food and natural resources.

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.

Guidelines for NACTA Abstracts

  • Abstracts are limited to one paragraph of 250 words, not including title and by-lines.
  • Create the abstract with MS Word or compatible software, using Times New Roman, 12-point font or similar.
  • Title of abstract should be brief (70 to 90 characters including spaces), precise and in bold.
  • Author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s) follows the title.
  • First author/submitting author should be the contact author.
  • Presenting author’s name should be followed by an asterisk (*).
  • Body of the abstract is single spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font or similar.
  • Use single space.
  • Do not include illustrations or bibliographical references in the abstract.
  • Indicate if you would like to be considered for an oral presentation. Those not chosen for oral presentations will be posters.
  • If an author submits multiple abstracts, the topic and content of each must differ substantially.
  • Abstract should stand alone and contain valuable information for both those in attendance as well as those who read it in the NACTA Journal. Abstracts are subject to editing before publication in the NACTA Journal, volume 63, supplement 1.

An abstract is unacceptable if it:

  • Contains significant grammatical errors and (or) meaningless statements such as: "The results will be presented."
  • Includes no statement/s relating to the objective(s).
  • Fails to comply with submission requirements.
  • Presents opinion/speculation with no demonstrated application for teaching or advising efforts.


All abstracts must be submitted at this website:

Questions? Contact, Rick Parker, NACTA Journal Editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline: February 5, 2019.
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.