Writing a Conference Proposal…and getting it accepted!

Faculty and staff sometimes do not realize that what they do in their classrooms, advising sessions and programming is unique and worth sharing on a larger stage. Think about how you have developed your craft—it is likely that many of the skills and strategies you employ have been workshop topics at conferences. Presenting and conducting a workshop is an opportunity for you to share your ideas and help others learn new techniques and perspectives on education.

All conferences have a general theme but often accept workshop and presentation topics that are tangentially related. This opens the door for you to present on a variety of topics, but keep in mind that linking your topic to the theme in a concrete way may increase the likelihood of proposal acceptance. Look at previous conferences to see if the topic has been covered in recent years—reviewers often want to see new and innovative ideas.

If you are new to conferences, start here with a basic introduction to writing your proposal.Submitting a conference proposal from Julie Shaw.

Once you have a topic in mind, the conference proposal writing is the next step.

Some things to keep in mind with when writing your proposal

There are many formats for conference sessions—workshops, formal presentations, teaching tips, posters. The length and type of information required in your proposal can vary, too. Each conference proposal process is unique, so read the guidelines carefully. Make sure you are providing the information requested and have included all the relevant details that will make your proposal a success.

Consider teaming up with a colleague for your proposal and potential presentation. Sharing the workload and doubling the ideas can be a smart approach especially if you are new to conferences.  Even if you go it alone, have a second reader for clarity, understanding and proof reading.

Three upcoming conferences to consider:

Check with Judi Greene-Corvee to see if professional development money is available to help cover conference costs which can include registration, materials and travel.

Career Development for Students

Learn about resources available from the GCC Connect team to support students on the pathway to employment.  The team works to connect students with local employment and internship opportunities, and can provide valuable assistance to your students in areas such as resume writing, cover letters, and interviewing skills.

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Look at this helpful document, Career Skills Checklist for Students and Advisors as we work to create students who are “job ready”. Another important part of preparing students for jobs and the business of finding the perfect position is creating a cover letter that truly represents their skills and potential while also speaking to the needs of the position and employer. Use this workshop idea from Andrew Baker as it is, or modify it to suit the needs of your class. Jumpstart – Writing Effective Cover Letters

Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking involves the application of reasoning and logic to new ideas, information and situations. Good critical thinking skills prepare students for life in the “real” world and allow them to be smart consumers of everything from education to media to health and career decisions. Critical thinking skills are important for the workplace, too. Employers continually rate the ability to think critically as a skill they seek in their workers. The question is, “How do we foster these skills in our students in any discipline and at every academic level?”

Critical thinking starts with an open-minded approach that allows students to gather information and then make a judgment about what to do with that information. Refraining from an initial reaction allows students to apply reasoning based on facts rather than an emotional response. Critical thinking revolves around this deliberate process of reflection and consideration. Activities that involve the use of empathy provides student with an opportunity to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and experience a problem from a new perspective and see sides of an issue that might be hidden under normal circumstances.

All disciplines can benefit from having students engaged in critical thinking in the classroom. Students should be encouraged to challenge their own assumptions as well as those of their classmates and instructors in ways that are thoughtful and consistent with classroom decorum.  When students become critical thinkers they assess what they know and what they need to know to draw a conclusion about new ideas and information. Individuals with critical thinking skills are better at negotiating school, work and life challenges. They begin to question why the world is the way it is, and what needs to happen in order for it to change.




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CoCurricular Activities:

Seeking input for activities. Make a suggestion for an event that matches your course.  Both the diversity standing committee and student development have funds to bring speakers/panels/workshops to campus. The goal is to align programs with general education abilities and the principles of education to enhance learning that happens inside the classroom. We are very grateful to faculty who have suggested speakers and programs to us, and to those who continue to bring their students to co-curricular programs. The hope is that use of this form will create an even more meaningful connection between classroom and co-curricular learning.

Student development:  Working with the whole student

learningreconsidered is an argument for the integrated use of all of higher education’s resources in the education and preparation of the whole student. This document represents years of work and collaboration between ACPA (American College Personnel Association) and NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators); the two largest professional associations for student affairs professionals.

It is never too early or too late for students to master the skills they need in the workplace.

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