University of Southern Indiana


Types of proposals 

We are accepting four different types of proposals: research manuscripts, workshops, panel discussions, practice/application proposals. Abstracts should not exceed 150 words and proposals should not exceed 2,000 words. Please see below for detailed information on each proposal type. 

Research Manuscripts - Share the results of a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods studythat contribute to the emerging literature and educational strategy discourse. Submissions should include a clear statement of research purpose, review and synthesis of related literature, clear explanation of methodology, discussion of findings and conclusions, and appropriate recommendations. 

Workshops – Workshops are provided to offer an opportunity for a longer (90 minutes), more in-depth experience , and active participation around an innovative educational practice, teaching and learning tool, or research method. Workshop proposals should include an overview, learning outcomes, delivery methods, and a timeframe breakdown for a 90-minute session. 

Panels - Panel chairs will bring together experts in an area of work for facilitated discussion and question and answer. Panels should include 3-6 people and will have 60 minutes. Proposals must include an issue statement, foundation in salient literature, and guiding questions. 

Practice/Application Manuscripts - Submissions should discuss a project, program, practice, or tool that has been implemented. Application manuscripts should include a clear issue statement, a foundation of the pedagogy in salient literature, a description of the application, a discussion of outcomes and implications, and recommendations 

Topic Categories for Proposal 

Proposals must align closely with one of the 4 categories listed below. Please choose one.   


Building, Sustaining, and Valuing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Higher Education   

This track features sessions designed to advance learning and collaborative exchange related to core topics in diversity, equity, inclusion. Example sessions may focus on key theoretical frameworks for supporting underrepresented minorities in higher education learning environments (critical race theory, belonging, etc.), research supporting diverse learning environments, emerging social movements impacting global LGBTQ+ communities, and historical significance and modern-day goals of Minority-serving Institutions. This category explores the foundations of diversity, equity, and inclusion and offers participants a chance to engage in various topics across DEI regarding higher education spaces.   


Reconstructing the Cultural Climate in Organizational Systems  

This track features sessions designed to improve systems, relationships, and processes across organizations. As socio-political and organizational climates continue to impact organizations and their practices, organizations must embrace a collective involvement to reconstruct their cultural climate. While global pandemics and economic recessions continue to affect our students and employees we must examine what role organizations play and reconstruct accordingly. Proposals submitted to this category should include theoretical-based research that focuses on cultural climates and environments.  


Teaching, Learning, & Assessment  

Teaching, Learning, and Assessment are at the core of education. Teaching, Learning, and Assessment focus on what students are learning, how they are learning, and the quality of learning. Proposals submitted in this track should focus on culturally relevant pedagogy that considers the backgrounds of all students. In addition, technology and accessibility are pertinent to the ways in which students are being taught. Constant changes in student demographics and technological advances call for conversations around evaluating teaching, learning, and assessment as they relate to DEI.


Inclusive Hiring & Employee Wellbeing   

To most effectively serve an increasingly diverse pool of employees and students, it’s essential that global individuals from diverse backgrounds are represented, equipped to advance their careers, and experience a sense of belonging in their workplaces. This track will explore inclusive excellence with respect to hiring practices, training and development, professional development, and mentorship. Proposals can also be submitted along the lines of career advancement, inclusivity, mental health, and wellness, etc.  

Presenters whose proposals are accepted must register for the Conference. Presenters will be notified of their program status by August 20, 2021, and presentation details (date and time) will be shared no later than September 1, 2021

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