2015 Convention Proposals

January 1st, 2017 by


UCEA Call for Proposals for the 2015 Convention is now open – Submit Here


If you have any questions regarding the submission process, your message must be received 48 hours prior to the May 10th deadline or we cannot guarantee a response or an extension of the deadline.

All Convention submissions must be submitted under one of the following convention categories. For reference, UCEA has included highly-reviewed proposals in each submission category from the 2014 Convention:

  1. Paper Session: These sessions are intended for reporting research results or analyzing issues of policy and practice in an abbreviated form. Presenters are expected to provide electronic copies of papers. The proposal summary should include a statement of purpose, theoretical framework, findings, and conclusions. For research reports, also describe data sources and methods.
  2. A Symposium should examine specific policy, research or practice issues from several perspectives, contribute significantly to the knowledge base, and allow for dialogue and discussion. Session organizers are expected to chair the session and facilitate discussion. Symposium participants are expected to provide electronic copies of papers presented during the session.
  3. International Community-Building Sessions: These sessions, regardless of format (i.e., paper, symposia, conversation, etc.), require participants to be from two or more different countries. These sessions must focus on critical issues of leadership practice, development or research from multiple international perspectives. The proposal summary should describe the purpose of the session, the session format, and a list of the national contexts that will be represented.
  4. Critical Conversations: These sessions are intended to stimulate informal, lively discussions around a series of provocative questions or research in process. Sessions may include a panel of participants who facilitate and guide the conversation; alternatively, sessions may be organized as a dialogue where the organizers and attendees discuss an issue or series of questions. The proposal summary should describe the purpose of the session, the ways in which participants will engage in conversation/dialogue, and examples of questions or areas to be addressed. Proposals that address cross-cutting issues are particularly welcome.
  5. Innovative Sessions and Mini-Workshops: Proposals utilizing innovative presentation/interaction strategies are encouraged, such as web-based projects, films, and the use of technology to increase interaction and participation. The proposal summary should describe the focus and purpose of the session or mini-workshop (to be held during the convention), the innovative format, and how the format will enhance adult learning and discussion.
  6. Ignite Presentations (5 Presentations will be combined to create an Ignite Session): These sessions are intended to stimulate informal, lively discussions using a cluster of four to five 5-minute presentations with no more than 20 slides per presentation, where each slide is displayed for approximately 15 seconds while the speaker addresses the audience. The intent of an Ignite session is to spark interest and awareness of multiple yet similar topics while encouraging additional thought and action on the part of presenters and members of the audience. Ignite sessions are an ideal way to present innovations, effective strategies and tools, problems of practice, collaborations, etc. The proposal summary should be for an individual (5-minute) Ignite presentation that describes the purpose and topic of the 5-minute presentation, relevant literature, findings (if applicable), and examples of questions or areas to be addressed.
  7. Post-Convention Work Sessions and Workshops: These sessions, which provide both 2- and 4-hour sessions for scholars of similar interest, are encouraged for (a) groups of scholars who are working on projects directly related to the core mission of UCEA and (b) scholars who wish to present a workshop for faculty members attending the convention. Proposals should describe the purpose of the session, relevant literature, how the time will be used, the role and expertise of facilitators, outcomes for participants, and plans for disseminating information from the session/workshop to UCEA member institutions and the field.
  8. Graduate Student Symposium: Successfully launched at the 2012 Convention in Denver, the Symposium will be returning at the 2015 Convention in San Diego, CA. Doctoral students from UCEA member institutions are invited to submit proposals for this preconference session. Further details regarding the call for proposals can be found on the Graduate Student portion of the UCEA website:
  9. UCEA Film Festival: For those who are tech-savvy, the 2015 UCEA Convention will again play host to a Film Festival! Participants may submit 5-minute videos that explore broadly the landscape of quality leadership preparation, including research and engaged scholarship, preparation program designs and improvement efforts, policy work, and the practice of educational leaders. Additional details can be found in the UCEA Review and on the UCEA website. Video Submissions are due July 31st, 2015.