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Call for Proposals

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2022 CPHE Conference Call for Proposals

We invite contributions on contemplative practices within the higher education setting that have not been presented elsewhere. Call for pproposals for the 2022 conference is currently closed. Submitters will be notified no later than Friday, January 7, 2022. Suggested areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Contemplative pedagogy (CP) in higher education
  • CP-Research in arts, humanities, medicine, science, and technology
  • Leadership and management (e.g., university administration, campus-wide initiatives)
  • Health and wellness
  • Antiracism, inclusion, and other social justice efforts
  • The environment and sustainability
  • Student communities and student life
  • Campus mindfulness
Registration Requirements

If your proposal is accepted, each presenter must register for the conference. The conference does not pay presenters honoraria, reimburse expenses (e.g., travel, lodging, or copying), or waive conference registration fees.

We encourage submissions by professionals, graduate/professional students and undergraduates, including joint endeavors between students and faculty/staff as well as individual work. 

Please submit a proposal for one of the following session formats:

General Session (45 minutes)

Interactive presentations/workshops addressing some aspect of contemplative approaches in pedagogy (any field or discipline), curriculum, student affairs, student health, leadership/organizational development in higher education, or issues of major societal import. Sessions may include 1 or 2 presenters. General sessions should incorporate presenter remarks as well as active or experiential elements, such as contemplative practice(s). The facilitator should incorporate time for discussion/Q&A.

To Apply: Please indicate the session’s purpose, goals, and expected learning outcomes for participants.

Research Talk (20 minutes)

This type of presentation includes one paper or talk (preferably not read to the audience) on a focused topic for 15 minutes, with 5 minutes added for Q&A.

To Apply: Research questions/hypotheses should be clearly articulated and address important questions relating to contemplative approaches in higher education. Significance of the problem should be justified. Please indicate the session’s purpose, goals, and learning outcomes for participants.

Panel Discussion (60 minutes)

The panel should contain at least 3 panelists. This type of session includes brief opening presentations (5-7 minutes) from individual panelists on a selected topic and then discussion among those same panelists. Please note that a panel focuses on panelists’ presentation and interaction with one another, while a roundtable focuses on presenter-audience interaction. Please allow 10-15 minutes for audience Q&A and discussion.

To Apply: Please provide a detailed description of the session, listing all proposed panelists, explaining the relationship to contemplative practices, and the anticipated format of the session. Clearly indicate how the session will benefit attendees.

Roundtable Conversation (60 minutes)

A roundtable should consist of 3 or more participants who have a topic to explore. The roundtable presenters begin by making brief (3-5 minutes per person) opening remarks about a selected topic, and the remainder of the session should feature interaction with the audience. Please note that, while a panel focuses on panelists’ presentation and interaction with one another, while a roundtable focuses on presenter-audience interaction.

To Apply: Please provide a description of the session topic, clearly explaining the relationship to contemplative practices and how it will benefit the audience.

Lightning Talk (5 minutes)

Lightning Talk presentations are brief, spoken presentations accompanied by visual resources that complement the presenter’s talk. These can be from across all fields or disciplines, including new work or established work. Each presenter will give a 5 minute presentation on a topic on which they are working. Presenters will be grouped into 45-minute sessions that will include a group of Lightening Talks and time at the end for Q&A.

To Apply: Please provide a description of the topic, clearly explaining the relationship to contemplative practices.

Contemplative Practice Session (45 minutes)

A Practice Session should include only brief remarks to provide context, and then focus on audience members learning to do something in a participatory way. Almost all of the period must be given over to group participation.

To Apply: Please provide a description of the practice, grounded in a framework based on literature and include one or more references for the materials and/or approach used to design the practice. Describe intended learning outcome and anticipated benefits for the participants.

Student-focused Session (45 minutes)

These sessions focus specifically on students as their audience, and they can take many forms. Sessions may include 1 or 2 presenters. Key elements include student-specific content, engagement appropriate to students, and an overall session design that accentuates student interests.

To Apply: Please clearly state how the session will involve student participation and/or target student audiences, including a statement of the session’s purpose, goals, and expected learning outcomes for participants.

Poster Presentation

Poster sessions are designed to allow summaries of research and scholarship through engaged, individual conversation. The poster should include all relevant information, brief presentation/discussion by the presenter (2-5 minutes), and then informal discussion. Posters will be on display throughout the conference with presenters available for questions during a scheduled conference time. This is a great opportunity for student presenters and works-in-progress.

To Apply: Please clearly state the focus of the poster (e.g., project, course, research, contemplative practice), including a statement of goals and objectives.

Call for proposals is currently closed. 

Guidelines for Submission

To Submit Your Proposal

To Submit Your Proposal

Call for proposals is currently closed.  

All proposal submissions will be notified by Friday, January 7, 2022.

If you have any questions please contact either Ernest Solar at solar@msmary.edu or Juliet Trail at juliet3190@gmail.com

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must include:

  • A corresponding Author: name(s), email address, organization(s), and role (such as: job title, faculty level, student level, consultant title, etc.),
  • All Other Participant information: name(s), email address, organization(s), and role (such as: job title, faculty level, student level, consultant title, etc.) for each participant,
  • Title: Brief descriptive title,
  • Proposal Type: General, Research Talk, Panel Discussion, Roundtable, Lightening Talk, Contemplative Practice Session, Student-Focused, and/or Poster Presentation,
  • Short Description: A brief 250 word description of the proposal, 
  • Professional Bio(s) for all authors: Limited to 100 words per author,
  • References: (not required) If applicable to your submission, you may provide a list of references for the works/research cited in your detailed proposal. Submitted references will not count toward the proposal word count,
  • Audio Visual Needs: (if applicable) An explanation of the A/V needs for your submission. Note: LCD projectors will be provided for all presentations in concurrent session rooms. Please bring a laptop and appropriate adapter if you plan to do a presentation or need an internet connection (wifi is available).

Submission Review Process

Submission Review Process

The conference committee coordinates the peer-review and selection process of all submissions.

Submissions will be evaluated according to all of the following criteria:

Relevance to the conference mission

  • The submission should provide evidence that it is new, innovative, and makes a substantive contribution to the conference mission.

Perceived interest to the conference audience

  • Session description should clearly explain the details regarding why the session will benefit attendees.

Evaluation per proposal category as followed:

  • General & Research Sessions: Research questions/hypotheses are well articulated and address important questions and relationships. Submission includes at least a statement regarding preliminary findings of at least a portion of the work.
  • Panel Discussions: A panel session should clearly identify the issue(s) addressed, their significance to the conference mission, and the expected outcomes. The description should explain what each panel member is contributing.
  • Roundtable Sessions: A roundtable session should clearly identify the issue(s) addressed and their significance to the conference mission. The description should explain what each roundtable member is contributing.
  • Lightening Talk: A Lightening Talk presentation should give a brief description of the topic. It should explain its relevance to the conference mission.
  • Contemplative Practice Session: Session description clearly explains the contemplative practice to be covered and format for the session. Practice is grounded in a framework based on literature and contains references for the materials/information used to design the practice.
  • Student-Focused Session: Student session should clearly indicate how students are involved.
  • Poster Presentation: Research questions/hypotheses are well articulated and address important questions and relationships.

Statue Notification

Acceptance notifications to the corresponding author will be emailed to everyone by Friday, January 7, 2022. It is vital that your submission includes a valid email and daytime phone number.