CUFA Conference at the 2014 NCSS Annual Conference

Proposals to present at CUFA 2014 at the NCSS Annual Conference

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) invites proposals for scholarship to be presented at its Annual Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, November 19, through Friday, November 21, in Boston, Massachusetts. The theme of this year's conference is The Civic Mission of Schools. CUFA's program will include papers, symposiums, and contemporary issues dialogue sessions focused on empirical research or conceptual analyses of social education. In addition, the conference will feature invited speakers as well as CUFA- and NCSS-cosponsored Research Into Practice (RIP) sessions.

Deadline: Monday March 17, 2014 11:59PM PST.

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Presentation Formats

Individual Paper Sessions

Comprised of several independently proposed papers, an individual paper session gives authors an opportunity to present abbreviated versions of their empirical or theoretical/conceptual scholarship. After the papers are presented, a discussant will offer commentary on key revelations, vexations, and themes raised by the papers, and a chairperson will moderate questions and responses by audience members. For the sake of effective presentation and discussion, individual papers should be limited to 10,000 words, excluding references. The typical structure for a session with four papers includes a brief introduction by the chairperson, 12 minutes for each author's presentation, 12 minutes for the discussant's commentary, and 15 minutes of audience participation.

Symposium Sessions

A symposium offers presenters, discussants, and audience members the opportunity to explore a particular problem or theme from various perspectives. Organizers of symposium sessions typically establish the topic, identify and solicit participation from appropriate scholars, and assemble and submit a single proposal representing the collective work of participants. Symposium proposals should include no more than six participants. The organizer must obtain permission and input from each individual represented in a symposium proposal. Symposium proposals must specify a discussant for the session. All presenters in a symposium should submit to the discussant a paper or commentary addressing the central theme or questions under consideration; symposium papers should be limited to 10,000 words. The chair, presenters, and discussant will determine how time is to be allocated during symposiums.

Invited Symposia

In 2014, the CUFA program will feature invited symposia that provide a focused conversation about specific under-addressed critical issues facing social studies research and practice. We invite scholars to take responsibility for organizing a session around one of four themes: (1) cultivating a more just society through social studies education/teacher education activism and pedagogy; (2) disrupting gender norms in social studies education/social studies education research; (3) the capacity of social studies education/social studies education research to empower LGBTQ youth; (4) ways in which social studies education/social studies education research can access cultural funds of knowledge to promote powerful social studies teaching and learning for diverse student populations. Organizers of invited symposia will solicit participation from appropriate scholars, and assemble and submit a single proposal representing the collective work of participants. Symposia proposals should include no more than six participants. The organizer must obtain permission and input from each individual represented in a symposium proposal. Symposium proposals must specify a discussant for the session. All presenters in a symposium should submit to the discussant a paper or commentary addressing the central theme or questions under consideration; symposium papers should be limited to 10,000 words. The chair, presenters, and discussant will determine how time is to be allocated during symposiums.

Contemporary Issues Dialogue

The contemporary issues dialogue format offers conference attendees an opportunity to explore contemporary issues or dilemmas in social education via a unique forum not represented by paper sessions and symposiums. Contemporary issues dialogues can include informal discussions, town hall meetings, roundtables, papers-in-progress, structured poster sessions, research planning and methodological activities, professional development workshops, off-site visits, video presentations and performances, and book talks. Sessions that promote active participation and open dialogue among audience members are strongly encouraged. Proposal authors will determine how time is to be allocated during contemporary issues dialogues.

Research Into Practice (RIP) Sessions

RIP sessions offer CUFA members the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate the implications of research for educational practice. Given their association with the regular NCSS Conference program, audience members typically are classroom teachers, teacher educators, and some supervisors and school administrators. With that audience in mind, presentations should feature scholarly, yet accessible, discussions and activities of interest to practicing educators. The NCSS leadership has allocated six one-hour timeslots for RIP sessions on Friday, November 21.

Submission Guidelines

To submit a proposal complete the proposal submission form.

In addition to completing this proposal submission form, presenters must provide a PDF or Microsoft Word compatible document, as described below, that includes a narrative of 2000 words or fewer, excluding title, abstract, and references. (See instructions and the upload link that are provided during form submission.)

Please do not include the names or affiliations of authors and presenters in the proposal document and ensure that no identifying information is embedded in the proposal document as metadata.

The Program Chair reserves the right to reject without review any proposal that exceeds the 2000-word limit. The Program Chair reserves the right to disqualify submissions in which authors' identifying information is revealed.

The submission deadline is Monday March 17, 2014 11:59PM PST. No submissions will be accepted after that time and date.

Individual Paper and Symposium Proposal Contents

Each proposal should include the following elements: a) the title; b) an abstract of 50 words or less that matches the abstract entered on the proposal submission form; c) the purposes and/or objectives of the study; d) the theoretical framework or perspective; e) research design and/or methods of inquiry; f) findings or arguments and their warrants; g) the importance of the work's contribution to scholarship; and h) references. To preserve the integrity of the blind peer review process, please do not include the names or affiliations of authors and presenters in the proposal document. The Program Chair reserves the right to disqualify submissions in which authors' identifying information is revealed. The review criteria will incorporate the clarity, organization, and perceived scholarly significance of elements c) through g) above. Only work that has not been published previously or presented at another professional conference is eligible for consideration.

Contemporary Issues Dialogue and Research Into Practice (RIP) Proposal Contents

Contemporary Issues Dialogue and RIP session proposals should include the following elements, as appropriate: a) the title of ten words or less; b) an abstract of 50 words or less that matches the abstract entered on the proposal submission form; c) the purposes and objectives of the session; d) theory and research in which the session is grounded; e) methods of presentation or modes of activity for the session; f) findings or arguments and their warrants; and g) references.

To preserve the integrity of the blind peer review process, please do not include the names or affiliations of authors and presenters in the proposal document. The Program Chair reserves the right to disqualify submissions in which authors' identifying information is revealed. The review criteria will incorporate the clarity, organization, and perceived significance of elements c) through f) above.

Participation Requirements

It is expected that all authors or presenters represented in a proposal will register for the Annual Meeting and attend and participate in their conference sessions. If an emergency or other unforeseen circumstance precludes a participant from attending, she or he should immediately contact the Program Chair, Alex Cuenca, at cufa2014@slu.edu. To promote diversity among perspectives and participants, no presenter shall appear as author or co-author on more than two proposals, or as chair or discussant on more than two proposals.

Awards

Those submitting individual paper proposals will have an opportunity to nominate their papers for two awards: the Kipchoge Neftali Kirkland Social Justice Award and The National Technology Leadership Initiative (NTLI) Fellowship Award. The winners of both awards will be announced at the 2014 CUFA business meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Kipchoge Neftali Kirkland Social Justice Award honors the legacy and memory of Kipchoge Neftali Kirkland, an inspirational educator, researcher, and spoken word artist. Dr. Kirkland strove to meet the needs of underserved and marginalized populations through his life's work and activism. The award recognizes an innovative social justice-related paper presented at the CUFA Annual Meeting that makes a distinguished and significant contribution to promoting social justice in educational research and teaching. Eligible papers should demonstrate an integrative analysis and/or make an important theoretical, methodological, or empirical contribution to scholarship in social education.

The National Technology Leadership Coalition Initiative (NTLI) Fellowship Award recognizes an exemplary paper related to technology in social studies education presented at the CUFA Annual Meeting. The award emerged from collaboration among the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), the NTLI, and CUFA. Winners of this award also are asked to present their papers at the SITE Annual Meeting, and following editorial review, their papers are eligible for publication in the Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education Journal (www.citejournal.org), cosponsored by professional associations related to technology integration in social studies (CUFA), science (ASTE), mathematics (AMTE), English (CEE), and education in general (SITE).

Audio/Visual Requirements

Presenters will have access to an overhead monitor and screen but no other audio/visual equipment will be furnished by CUFA for conference presentations. VCRs, Monitors, Computers, Modem Connections, Projection Systems will NOT be furnished by the Conference. If you plan to use any additional equipment, you may bring your own or place an order with the hotel directly. An order form and price list can be provided upon request. However, the ordering of and payment for additional equipment is your responsibility.

Volunteer Opportunities

In order to strengthen the quality and diversity of papers and sessions at the 2014 Annual Meeting, please volunteer to serve as a proposal reviewer, session chair, and/or discussant. To volunteer as a reviewer, please use the link below. To volunteer as a session chair or discussant, please email program chair Alex Cuenca-- cufa2014@slu.edu.

Reviewer Signup

Questions

General inquiries related to the 2014 Annual Meeting, the online submission system, and the proposal guidelines should be sent to the Program Chair, Alex Cuenca, at cufa2014@slu.edu. Thank you for your time, attention, and participation.

Attention graduate students: Graduate students can anticipate a call for proposals from the CUFA Graduate Forum in mid May.

If you’re a Twitter user and would like to tweet about the conference, the official conference hashtag is #CUFA14

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