CALL FOR PROPOSALS: THE FORUM’S 17TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Evolution and Revolution: Solutions in Action

International Educators are in uncharted territory. Never have we faced such challenges, and never has our work been more important. A global health and economic crisis has forced us to adapt, innovate, and improve, to demonstrate resilience, and to support each other. Though there may be impediments to travel, connecting the world is critical.

As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Forum’s founding, let’s reflect on what we’ve learned over the past two decades, and how recent events charge us to change in the twenty years to come. Join us for dynamic dialogue on the evolution of our work and the revolution needed to thrive in the uncertain times ahead. This call for proposals is a call to action and a call to innovate, collaborate, and share. Now is the time to think big, present bold ideas, and offer innovative solutions.

We welcome solutions-oriented proposals around the following areas of focus:

  • Examples of innovation and lessons learned
  • Health, safety, well-being, and crisis management
  • Advocacy and resilience for education abroad as the landscape of higher education evolves
  • Research and data collection to make a case for education abroad
  • Education abroad as professional preparation: building skills to solve global problems
  • Creative funding models
  • New challenges for equity, diversity, and inclusion: keeping inclusive excellence central
  • Fostering a sustainable future through education abroad
  • Meeting the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s students
  • New responsibilities for students as global citizens during and post-COVID
  • Leveraging technology: onsite, virtual, and blended experiences
  • Building, rebuilding, enhancing, and expanding trusting partnerships
  • Solutions for reciprocity and authentic engagement with the host community
  • Standards of Good Practice in a new world

Panels with representation crossing multiple countries, institutions, organizations, experience levels, and identities are preferred, as well as proposals that are applicable at a range of institution and organization types. Colleagues from HBCUs, TCUs, MSIs, community colleges, host institutions, and graduate and professional schools are strongly encouraged to participate. Additionally, the committee seeks proposals that balance theory/research and practice, stimulate discussion and provide tangible takeaways.

The 17th Annual Conference will be a hybrid event, offering face-to-face programming in Boston and opportunities for virtual participation for those who are unable to travel. Session leaders must indicate on their proposal whether they would like to present in person, online, or whether both options are possible.

The proposal submission deadline is September 4, 2020.

 

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Please note that all presenters must register for the conference.

 

Session Proposal Tips and Suggestions

What makes a session proposal work?

  • Diverse points of view and multiple voices on the session topic: this can mean different institutions and organizations, and/or types of education abroad colleagues and partners, or contributors from outside the field of education abroad;
  • Ample time for comments and/or questions from the attendees;
  • A topic that clearly relates to the conference theme;
  • A balance of theory and practice;
  • Concrete conclusions: sessions offering specific tips, tools, and takeaways;
  • Consideration for the different constituencies in education abroad;
  • Demonstrated professionalism, preparation, and personality.

What doesn’t work?

  • Panels that focus on the accomplishments of only one institution, organization, or program;
  • Panels of more than 4 presenters;
  • Proposals lacking planned audience engagement and interaction;
  • Reading scholarly papers.
Proposal Review Criteria

The Conference Committee will score each proposal based on the following:

  1. Does the proposal add something new to the existing dialogue in the field? (0-5)
  2. Does the proposal relate to the conference theme? (0-5)
  3. How well does the proposal articulate learning objectives? (0-5)
  4. Is there adequate time for questions and discussion? Does it create a forum for dialogue? (0-5)
  5. Do the presenters represent diverse perspectives? (0-5)