Conference 2013 ~ November 6-10, 2013 ~ New Orleans
The deadline for proposal submissions is March 4, 2013.
Forum on Diversity Issues
Diversity in Context
This year’s Forum on Diversity Issues welcomes all honors students, Deans, Directors, educators, and support staff with varying levels of experience and expertise in diversity and honors education. The Forum seeks presenters who can help Honors Programs and Colleges initiate conversations on diversity issues as well as revise and further develop diversity initiatives already in place.
As our conference theme paradoxically notes, “New Orleans is a paradigm for the creativity that emerges from multicultural interplay”–an interplay that has also resulted in “cultural conflict.” Given this city’s spectacular model of diversity and its attendant challenges, what can honors learn about diversity, equity, inclusion—and especially hybrid mergers–from the place that is New Orleans? At the same time, what might the cultural contexts of our home institutions bring to this Forum’s conversation on diversity and honors?
What follows is a pastiche of possible questions to consider in formulating your proposals. Please feel free to pose and address your own pressing questions on diversity and honors as well:
What New Orleans practices in diversity might we merge into our own home cultures? What role has creolization/pastiche/reclamation of discarded materials played in those practices?
Given the role of masquerade in New Orleans, what roles do the performance of identity/misunderstanding of performance as identity play in relation to diversity?
How might the mood of New Orleans lend itself to new and innovative approaches to diversity in our home cultures?
How does the history of our home institution’s cultural context support or complicate diversity efforts? How can a 21st century retelling of that narrative support or augment diversity initiatives?
How much power do we have to (re)frame history nationally and internationally? How and where do our students learn their history(ies)? What sort of coursework could lend itself to this discussion?
How might the reelection of Barack Obama and the ensuing mantra that demography is destiny contribute to the discussion of diversity and honors?
2012 films Lincoln and Django Unchained have revived conversation on the ongoing ramifications of slavery and its role in America’s understanding of diversity. Is diversity in honors only (or largely) an ethnic issue in the United States? What sort of coursework could lend itself to this discussion?
How does the question of diversity in honors change when we consider honors in an international context? What sort of coursework could lend itself to this discussion?
What role does feminism play in honors education and in discussions of diversity? What sort of coursework could lend itself to this discussion?
What role should discussions of gender and gender identification play in honors? What sort of coursework could lend itself to this discussion?
Do we still try to practice a “don’t ask don’t tell” culture in honors education in the United States despite the President’s recent remarks that all Americans should be considered equal under the law? What sort of coursework could lend itself to this discussion?
If we think about transdisciplinarity as a form of diversity in honors, how might we consider the role and the value of teaching about diverse foods, art, music, histories, geographies, and cultures in honors education? What sort of coursework could lend itself to this discussion?
When it comes to diversity in Honors, are there limits on how diverse diversity should be?
Proposals should include a 200 word (max.) abstract/outline and a 50 word program description. Questions about the Diversity Forum may be addressed to Lisa Coleman at email@example.com or 580-745-7495 or Jon Kotinek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979-845-0300.
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, 2013.
General Sessions normally involve combinations of faculty/administrators and/or students. Proposals that include presenters from more than one institution and those based upon empirical research are particularly welcome. Presentation topics are encouraged to be related to the conference theme. Proposals should be designed to fit into one of the topical areas listed in the pull down menu. The categories are:
- Administration/Budget/Scholarships/Fundraising and Development
- Advising/Career Placement/Leadership Programs
- Assessment and Program Evaluation
- Buildings/Facilities for Honors Programs and Colleges
- Certification of Honors Programs and Colleges in NCHC
- Civic Engagement/Service Learning/Alternative Spring Break/Citizen-Scholar Programs
- Place as Text
- Curriculum Planning and Revision
- First-Year Experience/Freshman Orientation
- Honors and … (Athletics or Arts or the Professions or Science and Math, etc.)
- Honors Community/Living-Learning Communities
- Honors Faculty Development
- Honors Programs Located Outside the United States
- International Education/International Service Learning/Study Abroad
- Internships/Undergraduate Research/Practica
- Newsletter/Website for Honors Programs and Colleges
- NCHC Portz Grant Recipients—Program Innovations
- Major Scholarship Preparation
- Mentoring Students
- Recruitment and Retention
- Research About or Arising from Honors (Data-based About Any Topic)
- Teaching and Learning/Pedagogy within Honors or Relevant to Honors
- Technology and Honors Education/Online Honors Courses
- Two-year Colleges
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.
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, 2013.
Questions regarding the General Session Proposals should be directed to Jim Ruebel at email@example.com or 765-285-1024.
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.
No Audio-Visual equipment will be available for the Idea Exchange.
Questions about the Idea Exchange should be directed to: Joe King, firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-831-5116.
Master classes are performance classes in dance, drama, film, music,and poetry and allow for individual or group creative presentations. Depending on the enrollment, drama students may give monologues or small group scenes. Poetry participants will have the opportunity to present and to discuss their work. In music, soloists (instrumental and vocal) and small instrumental ensembles (trios and quartets) are encouraged to apply. In all areas, submissions that emphasize the conference theme will be given priority for acceptance. The culminating master class showcase will feature presentations from each master class.
2013 NCHC Music Master Class
The rich heritage of jazz in New Orleans is the impetus of the 2013 NCHC music master class. The music master class will be in the form of a jazz ensemble. Conference attendees are invited to join a core of local jazz musicians in performing standard jazz literature. In addition to completing the master class proposal form, interested persons should submit a digitized recording demonstrating their musical ability. Sight-reading and improvisation are desirable skills.
2013 NCHC Dance Master Class
Join Dance Professor Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton with student artists Kate Shugar and Maddy Thiemann in a dance composition master class that explores the interplay between movement and text. Come prepared to integrate your thinking body and your dancing body as we physically examine questions related to the construction of text and the development of a dynamic performance.
Please dress in free-moving clothing; pants covering the knees and socks are advised as we may be dancing on carpet. No prior dance experience is required.
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.
Questions regarding the Master Classes should be directed to: Brent Register at email@example.com or 814-393-2473.
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 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.
All work included in the poster session, including fine art, will be judged by a panel of 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. Students may also browse the video gallery of previous student winners of the poster competition to see examples of exemplary student research. Awards for the best poster/creative work are given in each of the following categories:
- Arts and Humanities
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Health Sciences
- Environmental Science, Conservation, and Green Technology
- Education and Pedagogy
- Business, Engineering and Computing
- Fine Arts
At the time of submitting a poster proposal, students must select a category for their research.
Posters will be on display for a 2 hour time period. Students must accompany their poster for the entire time. Posters left unattended will be disqualified from judging and removed from the display area.
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.
Electronic versions of student posters must be completed and uploaded to the NCHC website no later than three weeks prior to the conference date. Uploading posters prior to the session allows judges to preview student work and helps to ensure that posters meet NCHC standards.
No Audio-Visual equipment will be available for the Student Poster Session.
Questions regarding the Poster Session Proposal or faculty judging should be directed to Greg Tomso at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-473-7256. Presenters should carefully read the guidelines for preparing a conference poster on the NCHC website and review the NCHC poster gallery.
Retain a copy for your records.
Innovative honors course topics or research that arises from or is related to honors should submit to the NCHC Faculty Poster Session. This is the place to share new seminar topics or unusual course structures and assignments with others to inspire and expand teaching approaches. Presenters will stand with their posters to answer questions and discuss their courses for a two-hour period. We will construct an archive of syllabi on the NCHC website to which you can post course information and a PDF of your poster. For information about submission, please contact Phil Frana at email@example.com. Posters not directly related to honors should be thematically related to the conference.
No Audio-Visual equipment will be available for the Faculty Poster Session.
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.
No Audio-Visual equipment will be available for Roundtable Discussions.
Questions regarding Roundtable Session Proposals should be directed to Jim Ruebel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-285-1024.
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:
- 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 4, 2013.
- An electronic copy of the completed paper, received by 11:59 PM Central Standard Time, April 8, 2013.
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 email@example.com 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 Word or pdf copy of the completed paper must be submitted electronically by April 8, 2013.
Completed papers may be submitted here.
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. The Student Moderator application can be found here. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-953-3708.
The Teaching & Learning Committee will continue to sponsor the Student Fish Bowl, a forum for student discussion of honors teaching and learning. Requests for student volunteers will follow later.
- 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 you 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 2013 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 must be e-mailed by the honors director/dean to email@example.com by March 4, 2013. Student proposals failing to have this verification will not be considered.
All proposals must be submitted on-line no later than 11:59 PM Central Standard Time, March 4, 2013.
Proposals received after 11:59 PM Central Standard Time March 4 will not be accepted.
Presenters of accepted proposals must have paid conference registration fees no later than September 16, 2013.
General questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-472-9172.