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Call for Proposals: ADP National Meeting, June 2-4, 2011, Orlando

This is a Call for Proposals for the American Democracy Project (ADP) National Meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 2-4, 2011.

Proposals are due Monday, March 7, 2011.

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Please join us in Orlando for our Ninth Annual National American Democracy Project (ADP) Meeting being held at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld. The meeting begins on Thursday, June 2nd and ends with a reception on Saturday night, June 4th. We have negotiated a hotel room rate of $139 single/double plus 12.5% tax.

The theme of this year’s meeting is, Beyond Voting: Active Citizenship in the New Era. In a recent post for the ADP Blog, Harry Boyte wrote that, “We need to rise to the occasion of citizenship. The American Democracy Project can take the lead. In the words of the civil rights song, ‘We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.’” Indeed, there is no better time than now for us to do the work of engaging and activating college students for meaningful lives of citizenship. During this meeting, we will be exploring the idea of “Active Citizenship,” as framed in the following set of questions: What does it mean to be an active citizen? How does online technology shape our citizenship behaviors? Are there generational differences in how we think about citizenship? What are key citizenship behaviors and skills that students should graduate with? How is citizenship being expressed in both virtual and face-to-face settings? What are the signature pedagogies and practices that encourage students to become active citizens?

THIS IS A CALL FOR PROPOSALS. We are interested in presentations that address both theoretical and practical issues: concepts of citizenship; civic engagement and democracy in higher education; and descriptions of programs and practices. When submitting proposals about programs and practices, please be sure that you address analysis as well as description: what worked and what didn’t; what were the issues encountered during implementation; how were partners brought in; etc. We are particularly interested in topics that focus specifically on institutionalizing citizen preparation. This is not a traditional academic conference. We are interested in sessions that go beyond merely presenting a set of activities and instead describe step-by-step strategies for doing civic engagement work on college campuses.

We are seeking PRESENTERS for concurrent panel sessions and workshops. To submit a proposal for presentation:

  1. Review the suggested list of topics and the description of the sessions.
  2. Go the “Submit a Proposal” section at the end of this form and complete the online proposal entry form.

Proposals are due Monday, March 7, 2011.  However, proposals can be submitted immediately. We use a rolling admissions process, which means that proposals will be evaluated and decisions made weekly, so the earlier the submission, the earlier you will know if your proposal has been accepted. This process of early notification may provide you with an opportunity to identify a source of funding sooner, as well as help clarify your summer plans.

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Cecilia Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project, at (202) 478-7833 or orphanc@aascu.org. For logistical information about the meeting, please contact Jill Gately, Program and Meetings Manager, ALC, at (202) 478-4668 or gatelyj@aascu.org.

CATEGORIES FOR PROPOSALS

CATEGORY 1:  Beyond Voting: Active Citizenship in the New Era

We are seeking presentations that explore the conceptual and theoretical dimensions of civic engagement. What are the defining issues of citizenship in the 21st century? What are the new frameworks for thinking about citizenship in this global era? How are perspectives about citizenship mediated by gender and ethnicity? What are the different generational perspectives on citizenship? How is citizenship being expressed in both virtual and face-to-face settings?

CATEGORY 2:  DIVERSITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

We are seeking proposal submissions that address this important and often overlooked aspect of our work.  Each proposal should address the following: How can we be more inclusive of diverse populations in the civic engagement “movement?” What specific events and strategies have you used to engage diverse students in civic and political efforts on and off campus?  How has the election of the first African-American president affected your work with students? If you are a member of a minority community, how (if at all) has your identity been important to your work in the civic engagement field?

CATEGORY 3:  ANALYSIS OF THE USE OF SIGNATURE PEDAGOGIES AND PRACTICES

We are seeking presentations about the high-impact practices that you have developed to encourage students to be active citizens. Which signature pedagogies and practices have you used to inspire students to deeper levels of political and community engagement? Signature pedagogies and practices include such things as Democracy Plazas, Naturalization Ceremonies, campus-wide events, in-class deliberation strategies, community-based learning experiences, etc.

CATEGORY 4:  WORKING WITH STUDENTS

Students are absolutely indispensible to the success of the American Democracy Project. Without student collaboration and input, there is no way to know how to design successful, high-impact programs. How have you worked directly with students to design and implement American Democracy Project activities?

CATEGORY 5:  INSTITUTIONALIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

We are seeking presentations on topics such as how to infuse civic engagement across campus, organize a project, find funding, publicize your project, work with community partners and community colleges, collaborate between academic and student affairs, secure faculty buy-in, nurture and sustain institutional attention, etc. We are also particularly interested in faculty promotion and tenure strategies, as well as recognition and reward.

CATEGORY 6:  ASSESSMENT

We are seeking presentations on assessment strategies, assessment tools, and assessment results across the broad range of institutional life: assessment of courses or programs, assessment linked to institutional outcomes, or assessment that evaluates the effectiveness of specific strategies. We are particularly interested in the assessment of civic skills as one dimension of civic outcomes.

CATEGORY 7:  CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN ACTION SERIES

We also seek proposals from those campus representatives involved in national ADP initiatives:

  • America’s Future
  • Civic Agency
  • Deliberative Polling
  • eCitizenship
  • Political Engagement Project
  • Seven Revolutions
  • Stewardship of Public Lands

CATEGORY 8:  THE VIEW AT 30,000 FEET

Based on your comments and feedback from last year’s meeting, this year we’re trying something new. We’re hosting a series of exchanges that will explore big-picture topics and philosophic questions about citizenship and civic engagement, theories of diversity, models of political efficacy, etc. Propose a topic for one of these sessions.

CATEGORY 9:  OPEN TOPICS

If you would like to make a presentation on a topic not already listed, submit your proposal in this category.

Please note:  Some presentations may fit into several categories. When submitting your proposal, use the category that best describes your presentation.

DESCRIPTION OF SESSIONS

The presentation sessions are 1 hour and 15 minutes in length, with a moderator/presenter and approximately 3 presentations. Individual presentations should not exceed 10 minutes. Handouts are encouraged. LCD projectors for PowerPoint presentations will be available. Internet will be provided in each of the concurrent sessions. There will be a time keeper in each session.

Please note: If you submit a presentation where you are the sole speakers and your proposal is accepted, you will be placed in a concurrent session with other presentations on the same topic.         If you would like to link your presentation to another proposal(s) (from your institution, from colleagues at other institutions, community partners, etc.), please note this in the online proposal form.

Once you submit a proposal, you are agreeing to present during any of the timeslots allotted June 2-4, 2011. We will notify you of your exact presentation time no later than March 21, 2011.

The purpose of these sessions is to get a substantial number of strategies and ideas presented in a short period of time, leaving time in each session for discussion and dialogue. Please note: For those presentations that focus on campus practice, the presentations should not be simply a description of a program or project. Instead, please discuss the program or project, but then focus on how the project or activity was organized or developed, funded, assessed, what issues and concerns arose, and how those issues or concerns were addressed.

TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

1) Review the suggested list of topics and the description of the sessions.

2) Complete this short online survey.

Proposals are due by March 7, 2011.  However, proposals can be submitted immediately. We use a rolling admissions process, which means that proposals will be evaluated and decisions made weekly, so the earlier the submission, the sooner you will know if your proposal has been accepted. This early acceptance process may provide you with an opportunity to identify a source of funding support sooner, as well as help clarify summer plans.

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Cecilia Orphan at (202) 478-7833 or orphanc@aascu.org.

 

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