Call for Proposals American Association of Blacks in Higher Education 2013 National Conference on Blacks in Higher Education Loews Midtown Hotel Atlanta, Georgia February 28-March 2, 2013 Conference Theme Pathways to Success within Higher EducationThe American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) pursues numerous initiativesthat address the pipeline of Black students, faculty and staff in higher education, bringingissues pertinent to Black faculty and staff to the attention of the larger academic community,and reorganizing African American achievements and accomplishments to higher education.AABHE also facilitates and provides opportunities for collaborating and networking amongindividuals, institutions, groups and agencies in higher education in the United States andInternationally.This year’s conference will focus on the following the following strands: Pathways to Leadership Pathways to Publishing/Research Pathways to Health/STEM Pathways to Diversity/Ethnic Studies Pathways to the Cultural ArtsAABHE is seeking presenters to (1) share their best and promising practices for increasing thenumber of blacks entering and succeeding in higher education and (2) showcase their relevantresearch. Proposals for conference sessions should address one of the following five strands.STRAND 1: Pathways to Leadership – Strategic leadership enables Black professionals to obtainthe advantages necessary to succeed and advance in the competitive world of higher educationfor faculty, staff and administrators. Strategic leadership encourages collaboration andinnovation; and helps to “navigate the complexities inherent in institutional change andorganizational politics in higher education” which include mentoring and professionalopportunities.
STRAND 2: Pathways to Publishing/Research – Engaging in research and other forms ofscholarship and disseminating work through peer reviewed publications is a critical factor for asuccessful academic career. Although teaching and service are important responsibilities for anacademic career, the scholarship recognized by peers through publications weighs heavily. Thechallenge for many academicians is balancing teaching and service while creating opportunitiesto produce scholarly publications. This strand seeks proposals which illustrate successfulstrategies for publishing and examples for producing publishable manuscripts from variousacademic activities (e.g., teaching, research, service.)STRAND 3: Pathways to Health/STEM – Provide avenues to support, promoting the successfulpursuit of studies and careers in STEM fields. This includes the health, natural, physical andsocial sciences (S) technology (T), engineering (E) and mathematics (M). Various strategieshave been implemented to promote awareness and interest, enhance educationalpreparedness and decrease barriers (financial, social and structural) as a means of increasingthe volume and capacity of the educational pipeline into these fields. This strand seeks toexplore the success and challenges of past and current strategies as well as provide anopportunity to discuss emerging innovative approaches to increase the number of blacks in allSTEM fields and promote their long term success.STRAND 4: Pathways to advance Diversity/African American Studies – A changing worlddemands a changing university, curriculum and academic research environment. Proposals areencouraged in two basic areas. First, proposals are encouraged that address best practices,model programs or excellent examples of diversity programs that increase African Americanenrollment, retention or improve campus life for African Americans on our campuses. Second,proposals are encouraged that address changes in the academic content: e.g. practices thatadvance African American/Black/Pan African Studies curricula, or programs of research,scholarship or creative productions that are drawn from and deeply serve our community’sneeds. Proposals may come from diversity officers, faculty, staff or students addressingtransformation in the academic community or canon in the service of African Americans.STRAND 5: Pathways to the Cultural Arts – Routes to identifying, supporting, promoting,celebrating and documenting the cultural arts through practices and research that stimulatesocial awareness and honor diverse cultural values. Cultural arts refer to the transformationand collaboration of different art forms. It embodies creative thinking and critique, whichencompasses art forms such as visual art, literature, music, theatre, film, dance and others.Cultural arts help to explain the world in which we live, and often challenge current ideas,thoughts and practice in higher education and beyond.
GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONPlease adhere to each of the following guidelines in order to successfully submit a proposal forconsideration. All proposals must be submitted electronically online through AABHE website,on the provided form. Please forward all proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Forquestions or concerns send an email to email@example.com or call 877-459-7438x105. Submissions must be received no later than 11:59pm PST. on Friday, October 12, 2012.Program TypeGeneral Conference Program Session (60 minutes)General Interest Sessions are scheduled throughout the conference. These programs arechosen in large part because of their relevance to the conference theme and incorporation ofthe strands. General interest sessions are designed to be interactive conversations betweenpresenters and participants.Best Practices Roundtable Discussion (60 minutes)A roundtable session is literally a collection of roundtables. One presenter is assigned to eachroundtable. A Roundtable format provides a great opportunity for a less formal, but more indepth exchange of information.Required InformationPresenter(s) __________________________________________________________________Institution(s) __________________________________________________________________Address ___________________________________________________________________City ___________________________________________________________________Phone Number ____________________________________________Fax Number _____________________________________________Email Address _____________________________________________Additional Presenter InformationPresenter(s)________________________________________________________________________Institution(s)________________________________________________________________________Address________________________________________________________________________City _____________________________ State ____________Zip _______________Phone Number ____________________ Fax _________________Email Address ____________________________________________
Additional Presenter InformationPresenter(s)________________________________________________________________________Institution(s)________________________________________________________________________Address________________________________________________________________________City _____________________________ State ____________Zip ____________________Phone Number ____________________ Fax _________________Email Address ___________________________________________Presentation Type: General Session Roundtable DiscussionConference Strand (select up to two):Which strand will you discuss within your session and/or roundtable discussion?Pathways to Leadership____ Pathways to Publication/Research___Pathways to Health/STEM___ Pathways to Diversity/Ethnic Studies___Pathways to the Cultural Arts____Program Title: (10-word limit)Abstract: (85-word limit). This abstract will appear in the conference program booklet.Program Description: (500-word limit). The program description should include the purposeand rationale and an explanation of how this program connects to the conference theme and atleast one of the core areas.Call for Proposals Deadline: Friday, October 12, 2012Notification of program submission decisions will be made on or before October 31stWe reserve the right to make any changes as it relates to time allotment and/or placement inthe program. These changes will be indicated in your letter of acceptance.