Call for Workshop Proposals

NC Campus Compact’s 2018 PACE Conference will be February 14, 2018 at Elon University. 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.

This year we are introducing a new session model we are calling PACE Mini-Sessions. We believe this will encourage presentation of emerging research projects, new and innovative models, and/or, provide the opportunity for new practitioner-scholars to develop their skills.

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
  • Showcase emerging or innovative research and models

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 administrators who foster institutional support for students, faculty, and staff to engage with communities through scholarships and evidence-based practice
  • Students (graduate or undergraduate) studying the impacts of community engagement

Standard Workshop Tracks (1 hour workshops)

  • 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 innovations4

We expect to offer 24 standard workshops throughout the day.

PACE Mini-Sessions (15 minute presentations)

These sessions combine depth with brevity to allow for stimulating idea generation and conversations Curricular models will receive preference, but co-curricular models are also encouraged.  Three mini-talks will occur within the 1 hour session, with 5 minutes between each presentation for questions. The talks must fall within the topics below.

We expect to offer 24 mini-sessions (three per topic).

Below are the 2018 session topics:

1. Food Insecurity
2. Promoting Civility
3. Creating and Sustaining an Engaged Campus
4. Promoting Equity and Inclusion
5. Partnerships to Improve K-12 Education
6. Addressing Health Disparities
7. Empowering Students as Colleagues
8. Service Learning and STEM

You may submit a proposal(s) in both categories, but each presentation requires a separate proposal.

Proposal Selection Criteria

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 Category: Standard Format or Mini-Session
  • Presentation title (10-word maximum)
  • Standard presentation track
  • Mini-Session Category
  • Presentation description (300-word maximum) Be sure to include the purpose, learning objectives, partners, and impacts within your description.
  • Abstract for conference program (60-word maximum)
  • Technology needs
  • Primary presenter contact information*
  • Contact information for up to four co-presenters - For each presenter you list you must include:
  • First Name Last Name, Degree, Title, Department, Institution/Organization
    • Ex: Maggie Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Center for Service, North State University
    • Ex: Bruce Wayne, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mathematics, Carolina College

Please note that presenter info is not included in the selection process.

A MS Word preview of the proposal form is available but you must submit through the online form link above. We recommend that you input your data first in the Word form so that you have a copy of your submission.


To see examples of past workshops, access past PACE conference programs on the main PACE webpage. 

Proposal deadline: November 30, 2017 (5:00 p.m.)
Proposal notifications:  December 15, 2017
Selection process: All submissions will be peer reviewed. Applicants will be notified by December 15, 2017.

Please Note: PACE Presenters must also register and pay the conference fee of $100/pp ($130/pp if not Campus Compact member) by January 24, 2018.

For more info/questions, contact:
Leslie Garvin
(336) 278-7278