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2017: Call for Proposals - Global Engagement and Social Responsibility: Higher Education’s Role in Addressing Global Crises
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Monday, March 6, 2017
The Association of American Colleges and Universities invites proposals that examine how faculty, professional staff, student affairs educators, and administrators across all campus sectors are working individually and collaboratively to advance student understanding of, commitment to, and agency for effectively and meaningfully engaging the global issues of our time. Proposals that showcase evidence-based practices and case studies that reflect any of the themes below, and that can be adapted readily to a wide range of institutional types, including community colleges and minority-serving institutions, are encouraged.
Please note that all session facilitators are responsible for conference registration fees, travel, and hotel expenses. Presentation times range from Friday, October 12 at 8:00 a.m. through Saturday, October 14 at noon, and presenters are expected to be available at the time they are scheduled by the conference organizers.
The specific themes to be addressed in this meeting are:
Conference sessions designated as “LEAP Featured Sessions” are intended to highlight the innovative work of colleges and universities that are members of AAC&U’s LEAP Campus Action Network (CAN). Featured Sessions make explicit links between campus-based educational reform and the Essential Learning Outcomes, principles of excellence, Signature Work, and high-impact practices described in AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative.
For more information on applying to have your conference session designated as a LEAP Featured Session, visit www.aacu.org/leap/can/featured-sessions
Poster (90 minutes; 1-2 presenters; 6'x3' table, 3'x4' poster board)
Posters share visual models of campus-specific approaches to global engagement, social responsibility and learning. They might focus on a particular course, program, curricular/cocurricular design; concept map; assessment rubric and feedback loops; strategic planning framework; or high-impact practice(s). The poster should include best practices, class examples with learning objectives, and step-by-step analyses where appropriate. Posters that include evidence of success and resources for participants will be given priority. Posters are displayed on a 6’x3’ table, which can also be used to display models, a laptop, or other resources.
Facilitated Discussions (60 minutes; 1-4 facilitators; room set in roundtables, no audio visual)
Facilitated discussions provide time for colleagues to more deeply examine topics of similar interest through iterative sharing of expertise and experiences. They provide an opportunity to work through issues, ideas, and challenges from multiple perspectives. Proposals for a discussion should briefly set the context for the conversation related to one of the conference themes. Contexts may reflect institutional type, position, or a particular area of practice; please clearly identify which of these will define your intended audience. Facilitators assist the group in examining new ways of thinking about the topic and strategies for moving forward given the complications of each individual’s professional reality and the expertise in the room. This session should allow for questions from all participants to stimulate and focus the conversation so that the issues discussed are meaningful to all involved.
Workshops - Theory to Practice/Case Study (75 minutes each; 2-4 facilitators; rooms set in roundtables; audio visual available upon request)
Workshops are designed to provide space for participants to examine and bridge theory with practice or focus on a case study. Participants should examine a critical theory (or theories) that are grounded in scholarly evidence for developing global learning or engagement-based courses, curricula, pedagogies, practices, or strategies for change. Workshops should be designed to engage participants in considering how the theory(ies) or case study are aligned with conference themes and ideally suited to develop models/practices that advance student learning outcomes and/or institutional transformation. Facilitators should provide scholarship and evidence related to the topic and should engage participants in reflection, discussion, and design work. Sessions that model high-impact practices, such as collaboration and hands-on activities, and that include a diversity of facilitators will be given priority. Please note that the session should be an analysis of theories and practices or case study that is adaptable to other institution types; show-and-tell style presentations describing what was implemented will not be accepted.
Engaged Digital Learning (25 minutes; 1-4 presenters; room set in roundtables; internet access and other supports as available upon request)
Engaged Digital Learning sessions feature and provide space to examine an innovative use of technology to connect students across space and time as they engage with others in project-based, service-oriented team activities. Presenters might address how technology is advancing global engagement, student learning, and social responsibility. Sessions might feature a multimodal design for programs, courses, and/or pedagogical practices that support learning in creative ways (for example, social media and new forms of technology-assisted community-based learning) and foster new outcomes (for example, collaborative discovery across time and place) that might not otherwise occur. Session facilitators should describe the technology, including its applications and outcomes, and allow time for participants to question and discuss implications for their own work. Proposals will be paired with others addressing similar themes to fill a one-hour time slot.
Innovation/Ideation Session (15 minutes; 1-4 presenters; room set in roundtables; audiovisual available upon request)
These sessions will feature cutting-edge advances in global learning and engagement frameworks, courses, programs, curricula, and/or high-impact practices that are still exploratory in nature. Presentations featuring approaches that failed to yield high-impact results as well as approaches with promising, yet minimal, outcomes data are encouraged. Sessions should describe the institutional context and guiding theory(ies), and should offer opportunity for audience discussion. Three proposals will be included in each one-hour time slot.
Proposals are accepted through an online format and must include:
- Name, title, institution, discipline and email address of each facilitator
- Session theme to be addressed and format
- Session title (100-character limit including spaces)
- Background and evidence of effectiveness of work being presented (250-word limit)
- Statement of intended audience (50- word limit)
- Anticipated participant learning outcomes (100-word limit)
- Plan for participant engagement (150-word limit, not required for poster or engaged digital learning proposals)
- Brief description to explain what your session will address (if accepted, this description will be used in final conference program; 150-word limit)
AAC&U strives to offer a balanced, informative, and thought-provoking conference that addresses the framework of undergraduate global learning, engagement, and social responsibility and that empowers and emboldens academic and student affairs educators to dramatically affect the quality of global engagement and social responsibility at their institutions and beyond. The conference proposal selection committee will include experienced, diverse campus practitioners. In evaluating each conference proposal, reviewers will be asked to consider both the technical aspects of the proposal and the way in which the presentation/session will contribute to advancing global engagement and social responsibility in undergraduate education. The following elements will be considered in the review of conference proposals:
- the potential for the proposed session/presentation to connect theory with practice to advance knowledge and understanding of global learning in undergraduate education;
- the extent to which the session/presentation offers creative, novel, and transformative mechanisms for faculty/student affairs educators’ development to enhance global learning;
- the overall contribution of the session/presentation to inclusive excellence; and
- the ease by which conference session/presentation materials and outcomes can be adapted to a wide range of institution types.
The deadline for proposal submission is March 6, 2017.
Upon submission of a proposal, the session contact should receive an automatic message indicating that AAC&U has received the proposal. If the contact does not receive this message (and it is not in his/her spam filter), please email Jacqueline Martin at Martin@aacu.org.
The session contact will be notified via email of the decision regarding the proposal by mid-April.
Expenses and Fees
All session facilitators are responsible for conference registration fees, travel, and hotel expenses. Please be sure that all individuals listed in the proposal have this information and can be available to present throughout the event. Presentation times range from Friday, October 12 at 8:00 a.m. through Saturday, October 14 at Noon.
AAC&U Sponsorship Program
Proposals that promote products or services available for purchase will not be considered through the regular proposal process, but will be referred to AAC&U’s Sponsorship Program.
More information about sponsorships is available by writing firstname.lastname@example.org.