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Proposal Guidelines

Conference 2014 ~ November 5-9, 2014 ~ Denver

DiversityGeneral | Idea Exchange | Master Classes | Student Posters | Faculty Posters |Roundtables | SIRP | Student Moderators | MeetingsGeneral Information

All proposals must be submitted on-line no later than 11:59 PM Central Standard Time, March 5, 2014.


Forum on Diversity Issues

As the members of NCHC gather at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, we have an opportunity to contemplate how far we have come in addressing diversity issues in honors and how much further we must go. Thus, this call asks for proposals that describe successful local, regional, and national diversity efforts in honors in order to spark a national conversation that both takes stock of those efforts and/or considers the next steps in the climb.

Forum topics and questions to consider may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Is it time to diversify our current definitions of diversity? How might that affect honors education and diversity?
  • How might honors lead campuses in terms of diversity, or become an incubator for diversity?
  • Are there ways to build diversity into other components of honors, such that greater diversity is accomplished through other means? For example, the concept of diversity is often framed entirely in terms of the community members or the co-curriculum. How do we view this primary emphasis of our programs in terms of diversity? How can the teaching, research, and scholarship dimensions of our programs be tied to a larger idea of diversity? 
  • What home campus, regional/state, or national diversity initiatives could you describe and present to the Forum? What has been the nature of these initiatives? What has been their degree of success? What have been some pitfalls and challenges? For example, what is the impact of deliberately infusing diversity in campus, regional, or national leadership or in the keynote speakers chosen at regional or national conferences? What impact have these initiatives had on your thinking or on your campus?
  • What Forum conversations on diversity and honors could be sparked by articles published in various NCHC venues?*
  • What should our “next steps” be?

*For possible articles or themes on diversity, see, for example:

  • Setting the Table for Diversity, the first NCHC diversity monograph, addresses issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in honors education.
  • Occupy Honors Education (forthcoming), addresses diversity, equity, inclusion, heterogeneity, and social justice as values, nationally and internationally, and asks how institutions of higher education demonstrate or fail to demonstrate those values. Most particularly, it asks how honors education—students and professors alike—can contribute to that conversation.

Honors around the Globe is a 2012 issue of the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council that addresses international honors education (JNCHC 13.2).

Proposals should include a 200 word (max.) abstract, a 50 word program description, an outline of the presentation, and a short list of proposed outcomes. Questions about the Diversity Forum may be addressed to Jonathan Kotinek at jkotinek@tamu.edu or 979-845-1957.

An LCD projector is available for the Forum on Diversity. Requests for an LCD projector will require a $75 payment upon selection of the proposal.  All requests must be made at the time of proposal submission. No requests made after this submission will be allowed.  An invoice will be sent when the proposal is accepted and must be paid by September 16, 2014. 


General Sessions

General sessions normally involve combinations of faculty, administrators, and possibly students. Proposals that only include student presenters will be considered but are generally discouraged. Proposals that include presenters from more than one institution and those based upon empirical research are particularly welcome.  Proposals related to the conference theme are especially welcome.

Faculty wishing to present new or innovative honors course topics should submit a Faculty Poster Session proposal rather than a General Session proposal. Students wishing to present their honors research should submit a Student Poster Session proposal or a Student Interdisciplinary Research Panel proposal rather than a General Session proposal.

Questions regarding the General Session Proposals should be directed to Barry Falk  at falkbl@jmu.edu or 540-568-5535.

An LCD projector is available for General Sessions. Requests for an LCD projector will require a $75 payment upon selection of the proposal.  All requests must be made at the time of proposal submission. No requests made after this submission will be allowed.  An invoice will be sent when the proposal is accepted and must be paid by September 16, 2014. 


Idea Exchange

The Idea Exchange provides conference attendees the opportunity to exchange and gather information on NCHC Committees, professional organizations, student organizations, honors programs and structures, innovative practices, special campus opportunities, or scholarship opportunities. Presenters at this traditional Saturday morning breakfast session will display materials on a table and/or easel as stimuli to informal discussion. Idea Exchange presentations do not have to be related to the conference theme. NCHC provides individual tables for printed material and/or handouts.

Questions about the Idea Exchange should be directed to: Becky Spritz, bspritz@rwu.edu.

NO LCD projector is available for the Idea Exchange.


Master Classes

Master classes are performance classes in drama, music, poetry, and film and allow for individual or group creative presentations. In all areas, submissions that emphasize the conference theme will be given priority for acceptance. The culminating master class showcase will feature selected presentations from each master class. Applicants for the music master class must submit a recorded audition piece. Applicants for the poetry master class must submit samples of poetry.

  • Drama (Depending on the enrollment, drama students may give monologues or small group scenes.) – The drama master class will be facilitated by Marilouse Michel, Clarion University.  Questions should be directed to mmichel@clarion.edu.
  • Poetry (3 poems required. Poetry participants will have the opportunity to present and to discuss their work.) – The poetry master class will be facilitated by George Moore, University of Colorado.  Questions should be directed to george.moore@colorado.edu.
  • Music (Soloists (instrumental and vocal) and small instrumental ensembles (trios and quartets) are encouraged to apply.)
  • Film – the film master class will be facilitated by Michele Forman, Director of the Media Studies Program at the University of Alabama Birmingham.  Questions should be directed to mforman@uab.edu.
  • Dance – The dance master class will be facilitated by Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton, Columbia College.  Questions should be directed to mjyonkey@columbiasc.edu.
     
    General questions regarding the Master Classes should be directed to: Donzell Lee at dlee@alcorn.edu or 601-877-6140.

Audio Visual (AV) is available for Master Classes. All requests must be made at the time of proposal submission.  No AV requests made after this submission will be allowed.


Student Poster Sessions for Research and Creative Works

Students may present original research or fine art in the NCHC Student Poster Sessions. Research must be presented in the form of a standard poster. Students and their faculty advisors should carefully review the poster guidelines page for more examples and more information about poster design. Students may also browse the video gallery of previous student winners of the 2012 and 2013 poster competition to see examples of exemplary student research.

Students wishing to participate in the Poster Sessions should begin by submitting a Poster Session Proposal. All proposals must include a well-written abstract that summarizes the student’s research, including outcomes. In addition, abstracts should clearly state the significance of the project in terms that can be understood by a general scholarly audience and clearly convey the student’s original analytical, critical, or creative contribution to his or her discipline. Preference will be given to completed research.

All work included in the poster session, including fine art, will be judged by NCHC faculty judges. Judges complete a judging form that includes a numerical score and qualitative feedback for student presenters. Students may pick up their judging forms from the judges’ table 30 minutes after the end of their session.

If submitting a Student “Poster” proposal you must select one of the following categories:

  • ART – Visual arts (photography, sculpture, other artistic creations)
  • A&H – Arts and Humanities (Literature, philosophy, communications, art history, etc.)
  • BEC – Business (economics, accounting, management, etc.); Engineering (chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical etc); or Computer Science
  • DIV – Diversity issues on any dimension (Gender Studies, etc.)
  • E&P – Education and pedagogy (learning initiatives, program development & assessment, experiential learning, community service, study abroad, etc.)
  • ENV – Environmental science, conservation, green technology
  • HS – Health Sciences (Disease related projects, nursing, public health, etc.)
  • NSM – Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Biology, chemistry, physics, math, biochemistry, neuroscience etc)
  • SBS – Social & Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, sociology, history, political science, anthropology, social work, etc.)

In the abstract submission process, you must indicate the title of the presentation, the names and contact information of presenting authors, and submit an abstract (150-200 words) that will be used for review purposes as well as a brief description (50 words or less) that will appear in the conference program.

Posters and artistic works do not need to relate to the conference theme. Students with projects not suited for poster presentation should consider the Student Interdisciplinary Research Panels and other venues for conference participation.

Questions regarding the Poster Session Proposal or faculty judging should be directed to Mike Sloane at sloane@uab.edu or 205-934-8733. Presenters should carefully read the poster guidelines for preparing a conference poster on the NCHC website.

NO LCD projector is available for the Student Poster sessions.


Faculty Poster Session

Want to showcase an innovative honors course or share your findings from honors-specific research? Submit a poster to the Faculty Poster Session. This is the place to share new seminar topics, unusual course structures, inventive honors assignments, or research with other innovative teachers. Presenters will stand with their posters to answer questions and discuss their courses or findings for a two-hour period. With permission, accepted posters (and syllabi, where appropriate) will be archived on the NCHC website. Complete faculty poster guidelines are available here http://nchchonors.org/annual-conference/faculty-poster-guidelines/.

For questions about submissions, please contact Philip Frana at franapl@jmu.edu. Posters not directly related to honors should be thematically related to the conference.

 NO LCD projector is available for the Faculty Poster session.


Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable Discussions provide conference attendees the opportunity to engage in spirited conversation and collaborative exchange of information and resources related to a wide variety of disciplinary, pedagogical, programmatic, institutional, or timely global issues. The format of roundtable discussions will be lively, interactive discourse among leaders and participants, not lecture or panel-style delivery. Presenters should regard themselves primarily as facilitators and should limit their own remarks to 10 minutes or less.

Extensive collaboration among the presenters before the conference is encouraged since the goal is to foster extensive, diverse, and cogent perspectives on important topics of interest to honors students, faculty, and staff. Roundtables should be pre-organized, but some individual proposals may be combined to form a viable discussion group.  Multiple roundtables will be arranged in busy rooms charged with animated conversations.  Roundtable Discussion presentations do not have to relate to the conference theme but should be related to or arise from honors education. Discussion leaders may provide their own printed material and/or handouts to help focus conversations.

Questions regarding Roundtable Session Proposals should be directed to Barry Falk  at falkbl@jmu.edu or 540-568-5535.

 NO LCD projector is available for Roundtable sessions.


Student Interdisciplinary Research Panels

Student Interdisciplinary Research Panels give students engaged in high-level research opportunities to present papers in a discussion format that differs markedly from student poster sessions.  Paper submissions may focus on any academic discipline and will be reviewed and grouped into interdisciplinary panels of 3-4 papers by a selection committee.  No pre-arranged panels will be accepted.  There are no specific research and/or length requirements.  Students have 15 minutes to present their papers and will be expected to discuss their research, rather than read their work. Traditionally, former NCHC presidents chair the sessions and help facilitate discussion.  In this juried competition, only the best papers will be selected. Papers should be written in language suitable for an academic audience representing a variety of disciplines.  Students should also consider Poster Sessions and other venues for conference participation. For examples of previous SIRP sessions, click here.  In order to be considered for a panel, a student must submit the following:

  1. On-line Student Interdisciplinary Research Panel proposal, which will include a 50-word description of the project and a 150-200 word abstract by March 5, 2014.
  2. Students will be required to submit an electronic copy of the completed paper by midnight April 8, 2014.  To upload a paper at any time after the initial proposal has been submitted, follow the link that was emailed at the beginning of the submission process.

The honors director of students selected to participate in SIRP sessions must certify that the student will attend the NCHC conference upon notification of acceptance.  This is especially important in SIRP sessions because each panel is designed around the relationship among the three papers.

For selection process and presentation format, click here.

Questions regarding Student Interdisciplinary Research Panel proposals should be directed to Richard Badenhausen at rjb@westminstercollege.edu or 801-832-3102.

No Audio-Visual equipment will be available for SIRP presentations.

Fax copies of the proposal form and papers will not be accepted. A copy of the completed paper must be submitted electronically by April 8, 2014.


Student Moderators

Student Moderators for the General Sessions will be responsible for the sessions to which they are assigned. Responsibilities include arriving early, ensuring that the room is set up, reminding the presenters of the time frames, beginning and ending on time, introducing the presenters, and encouraging and facilitating discussions.  Student Moderators will not be notified until 10 days before conference of which session they are moderating.  Questions regarding topics or proposals should be directed to Jack Rhodes at rhodesj@citadel.edu or 843-953-3708.


Meetings

This year we are asking that committees, regional organizations, and special interest groups submit meeting requests through the proposal system.



General Information applicable to all proposals

  • Proposals may be submitted in only one category. The same proposal may not be submitted in multiple categories.
  • The same proposal may not be submitted by different main presenters.
  • Duplicate submissions will not be reviewed.
  • Participants are limited to two presentations or panels of presenters, excluding pre-conference BIH and DIH sessions.
  • Valid, unique emails must be provided for all proposers.
  • Proposals require a Session Description for the program, limited to a maximum of 50 words, and a brief abstract or summary of the proposed presentation, limited to a maximum of 200 words.

For faculty proposals:

  • Please remember your institution must be a current member of NCHC before submitting a proposal.
  • All presenters MUST be from current NCHC member institutions; if more than one presenter is included in a proposal submission, please verify membership status of all presenters before submitting the proposal.
  • All presenters must register and pay conference registration fees by the early deadline or the proposal will be withdrawn.
  • The Institutional contact at your institution or organization will be notified of your proposal acceptance.

Students intending to present research should select either the Poster Session proposal or the Student Interdisciplinary Research Panel proposal, not General Sessions.

For student proposals, the approval of the honors director/dean is required to verify that:

  • the student’s institution is a 2014 member of NCHC;
  • the student is in good standing in the local honors program;
  • the student will attend the conference if this proposal is selected for inclusion in the conference program;
  • institutional support will be provided for registration, transportation, and any reasonable costs to attend the conference.
  • The above verification will be complete following the close of proposals.  Honors Directors will be provided with a list of student proposals for review.

All proposals must be submitted on-line no later than 11:59 PM Central Standard Time, March 5, 2014.

Proposals received after 11:59 PM Central Standard Time March 5 will not be accepted.

Presenters of accepted proposals must have paid conference registration fees no later than September 16, 2014.

General questions should be directed to nchc@unl.edu or 402-472-9150.

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