Call for Proposals

NC Campus Compact’s 2014 PACE conference will be February 5, 2014, at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Proposals are sought for presentations that will inform or advance the research and practice of community engagement through research findings, innovative program design and partnership models, proven community/institutional impacts, effective curriculum or co-curricular models, institutional capacity building and institutionalization, or successful community engagement practices.

Conference Goals

  • Introduce tools, research, and practice for strengthening "the engaged campus”
  • Deepen understanding of community engagement, exploring diverse and newer perspectives on  theory and practice
  • Highlight research and practice on related topics, including disciplinary approaches to community engagement, engaged scholarship, and demonstration of impact
  • Renew commitment to build transformative campus-community partnerships
  • Recognize an outstanding faculty and civic engagement administrator for their contributions to the field

Who Should Submit a Proposal?

Individuals, teams, and collaborators including:

  • University and college faculty and staff involved in the study, research, and/or practice of community engagement, the implementation of engagement programs, or service-learning, social entrepreneurism, community-based research or other community-engaged pedagogies
  • Community partners working with colleges and universities
  • Higher education adminstrators who foster institutional support for students, faculty, and staff to engage with communities thorugh scholarships and evidence-based practice
  • Graduate students studying the impacts of community engagement

Workshop Tracks

  • Capacity-building, institutionalization: Integrating community engagement across campuses; best practices for engagement including risk management, community-campus partnerships; assessment of impact; building the engaged campus; promotion and tenure practices
  • Pedagogy:  Service-learning, community-based research; social entrepreneurship; philanthropy; discipline-specific examples; new and diverse contexts for curricular engagement; engaging faculty
  • Research and theory:  Research and scholarship deepening understanding of community engagement, trends, and innovations

Proposal Selection Criteria

Proposals will be accepted online:  September 18, 2013 until November 4, 2013 DEADLINE EXTENDED! to November 9, 2013
Proposal notifications:  December 6, 2013
Participation confirmation due from all presenters:  January 3, 2014

More than 30 presentations will occur in four 60 minute sessions. Each proposal will be reviewed by three reviewers.  Reviewers seek to select a diversity of workshops within each track, models that have demonstrated impact or sustainability, and research presentations that recognize and build upon the theory associated with community engagement.  All workshops should contribute to helping participants deepen their understanding and/or practice of community engagement, as well as their commitment to building transformative campus-community partnerships.

Proposals will be given one of the following ratings:  accept, accept with minor revisions, combine with similar proposal, or decline.  The reviewers' decision will be final.

Where necessary, all proposals must be in accordance with local policies for research involving human subjects.

Submission Guidelines

  • Presentation title (10-word maximum)
  • Presentation format: All presenters are encouraged to choose a presentation style (i.e. lecture, hands-on activities, panel presentation) that ensures clear delivery of the information, allows time for questions and answers, and provides participants with materials to take away from the session.
  • Abstract for conference program (60-word maximum)
  • Presentation description (300-word maximum)
  • Presentation track
  • Technology needs
  • Room set-up request (e.g. round table, small group, panel)  Please note that this option is based on availability and capacity at the conference site
  • Primary presenter contact information*
  • Contact information for up to five co-presenters*
    • *For each presenter you list you will include degree, title and department/program/office. Example: Jane Doe, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Communications

Click here to submit your proposal online by November 4th

  • You can review a Microsoft Word version of the proposal form here but must submit through the online system.
  • To see examples of workshops, you can access previous PACE conference programs on the main PACE webpage.  

If you would like to discuss a proposal idea, please contact:
Leslie Garvin
Associate Director
NC Campus Compact
(336) 278-7278