Submit a Proposal


Proposal submissions open February 4, 2019 and close February 28, 2019.

Please review the guidelines outlined below to frame your proposals before beginning the proposal process as some changes have been made for the 2019 Conference.

Important reminders about proposal submissions:

  • Your NCHC Membership must be current by the submission deadline of February 28th for your proposal to be considered.
  • If you will need an LCD for your presentation you must request it within the submission process. LCDs are ONLY available for General Sessions and Workshops and will require a $75 LCD fee.
  • NCHC limits individuals to two presentations at the Annual Conference. Only the first two presentations submitted with your name as a presenter will be reviewed.
  • For NCHC19, proposals will be reviewed using a blind review process. This means that in the first round of review, no identifying information about presenters will be included for reviewers; proposals will be considered solely on the strength and content of the submitted proposal abstract.


General Submissions for NCHC19 have now closed.


Submit a Master Class Proposal

(guidelines below)

If you submitted a proposal for the 2018 conference, your email address & password should already be in the proposal system. If not, you will need to create a login.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent in early April. Conference registration opens April 2nd, through the NCHC Member Portal software (not the proposal submission system). All accepted presenters must be registered and paid by August 9th, 2019.


NCHC19 Proposal Guidelines


General Information applicable to all proposals:

  • Proposals may be submitted in only one category. The same proposal may not be submitted in multiple categories.
  • The same proposal may not be submitted by different presenters.
  • Duplicate submissions will not be reviewed.
  • Valid, unique emails must be provided for all presenters.
  • Proposals require an approximately 50-word session description for the conference program and an approximately 200-300 word abstract of the proposed presentation.
  • NCHC limits individuals to two presentations at the Annual Conference. Only the first two presentation submitted with your name as a presenter will be reviewed. If you are listed as a presenting author on more than two proposals you will be removed from the third proposal and any subsequent submissions. If you are submitting on behalf of multiple authors please check with all prior to submitting to make sure they are not already affiliated with two proposals. This excludes Signature Program strands (BIH, DIH, PSIH, etc.) and meetings.
  • When entering Author information, you will indicate whether an Author is the presenting author or corresponding author. Only those planning on both registering for the conference in New Orleans and presenting should be listed as presenting authors.


    For faculty/staff proposals:

    • All presenters MUST be from current NCHC member institutions; if more than one presenter is included in a proposal submission, please verify membership status of all presenters before submitting the proposal.
    • All presenters must register and pay conference registration fees by August 9, 2019 or the session will be withdrawn.
    • The NCHC institutional contact at your institution or organization will be notified of your proposal acceptance.

    Students intending to present research should select either the Poster Session proposal or the Student Interdisciplinary Research Panel proposal, unless co-presenting with a faculty or staff member. In that case, a proposal in the General Session category is appropriate.


    Style Sheet for Submitting Proposals for NCHC’s Annual Conference

    1. Write in complete sentences.
    2. Write in a formal style though one that eschews disciplinary jargon. Avoid contractions, slang, clichés, and other forms of casual writing.
    3. Do not capitalize “honors,” “program,” “honors program,” “honors college,” or “college” unless they are part of the official title of a program or title: e.g. Goodfolk State University Honors College; the honors college at Goodfolk State University; honors education.
    4. Do not capitalize titles or disciplines unless they are part of a formal title.
    5. Do not use quotations or italics for emphasis.
    6. Avoid rhetorical questions. Make statements instead.


    For student proposals, the approval of the honors director/dean will be required after the proposal deadline to verify that:

    • the student's institution is a current member of NCHC;
    • the student is in good standing in the local honors program or honors college;
    • the student will attend the conference if this proposal is selected for inclusion;
    • institutional support will be provided for registration, transportation, and any reasonable costs to attend the conference.

    The above verification will be requested by the national office following the close of proposals. Honors Directors will be provided with a list of student proposals for review.

      Presenters of accepted proposals must have paid conference registration fees no later than August 9, 2019.

      General questions should be directed to nchc@unl.edu or 402-472-9150.


      Proposal Types

      Master Classes

      Master classes are performance classes in drama, music, poetry, and film and allow for individual or group creative presentations. In all areas, submissions that emphasize the conference theme will be given priority for acceptance. The culminating master class showcase will feature selected presentations from each master class. Applicants for the music master class must submit a recorded audition piece. Applicants for the poetry master class must submit samples of poetry.

      • Drama (Depending on the enrollment, drama students may give monologues or small group scenes.) – The drama master class will be facilitated by Donna Clevinger. Questions should be directed to dclevinger@honors.msstate.edu.
      • Poetry (3 poems required. Poetry participants will have the opportunity to present and to discuss their work.) – The poetry master class will be facilitated by Dr. Mark Yakich, Loyola University New Orleans. Questions should be directed to yakich@loyno.edu.
      • Music (Soloists - instrumental and vocal - and small instrumental ensembles - trios and quartets - are encouraged to apply.) The music master class will be facilitated by Dr. Donzell Lee (Alcorn State University), Dr. Rebecca Sorley (University of Indianapolis), Steven C. Edwards (Delgado Community College), and Dr. Galit Gertsenzon (Ball State University). Questions should be directed to dlee@alcorn.edu.
      • Film – the film master class will be facilitated by Michele Forman, Director of the Media Studies Program at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Questions should be directed to mforman@uab.edu.

      General questions regarding the Master Classes should be directed to Brent Register at register@clarion.edu or 814-393-2473.

      Audio Visual (AV) is available for Master Classes. All requests must be made at the time of proposal submission. No AV requests made after this submission will be allowed.

      General Sessions

      General Sessions are 50-minute presentations, which normally involve an individual presenter or combinations of faculty, staff, administrators, and possibly students. Proposals for sessions that only include student presenters are generally discouraged. Proposals that include presenters from more than one institution, that are research-based, or that explore best practices in honors education will be given priority.

      Research-Based Presentations are those whose collected data – which could be quantitative and/or qualitative –substantiate the thesis or premise of the proposal. For example, a study might consider the effect of a new peer mentoring program on GPA or retention over a number of years.

      Best Practices in Honors Education are presentations that describe innovations and/or best practices in honors pedagogy, co-curricular experiences, housing, administration, and any other area related to honors education. Presentations that include outcome measures, such as student learning outcomes, program completion rates, and other qualitative measures of success will receive priority.

      NOTE: Students wishing to present their academic discipline-specific research should submit a Student Poster Session proposal or a Student Interdisciplinary Research Panel proposal rather than a General Session proposal.

      Questions regarding the General Session Proposals should be directed to Elaine Torda, NCHC president-elect and 2019 conference chair, at elaine.torda@sunyorange.edu.


      An LCD projector is available for General Sessions and will require a $75 payment upon selection of the proposal. All requests must be made at the time of proposal submission. No requests made after this submission will be honored. An invoice will be sent when the proposal is accepted and must be paid by August 9, 2019.

      Please note that the NCHC AV package only includes an LCD projector and screen; audio is not available. Presenters are responsible for bringing a laptop computer, personal files, and any necessary adaptors, particularly for Apple devices.


      Workshops

      Workshop proposals should address topics which span the interest of many institutions and are not specific to a single institution, course, or discipline. A workshop is a focused meeting spanning 1-4 hours that will attract a significant group of people interested in a common topic for an intense, interactive, informational discussion. (Indicate in your proposal your desired workshop time span.)

      A typical workshop may consist of:

      A warm-up activity. Start by getting people relaxed and comfortable with each other using a quick creative challenge or quirky introductions. This is vital--plenty of studies demonstrate the importance of being in a relaxed state for productive conversation to take place. Anxieties and tensions prevent people from making the kinds creative leaps and improvisational thinking required to make creative workshops successful.

      Clearly stating the objectives for the session. It is critical that everyone understands the context of the activities that will follow.

      A framing of the problem to be solved. If participants are to stay on track, it is important to draw some hard boundaries within which everyone is encouraged to play. Think of this as building a fence around the playground. The tighter this fence, the more likely participants will see useful ideas at the end of the day. Every constraining detail is a potential trigger for a brilliant idea, so be sure the brief is focused and specific.

      Dividing people into smaller teams. This encourages participation and ensures there will be a variety of ideas presented at the end of the day.

      Idea generation activities. The bulk of time is typically spent in these two to three activities spread across the session. While the types of activities vary with every workshop, they share one goal: to encourage participants to look at the problem/opportunity in different ways. This can be by:

      • role-playing a specific brand or person ("how would Elizabeth Warren, Arnold Schwartznegger, and Starbucks solve this problem?")
      • reversing the problem ("how might we encourage people to cheat?")
      • forcing connections between unrelated things ("how is our idea like a paddleboat?").


      Idea refinement and focusing activities. Ideas are collected, sorted, and prioritized using various voting exercises.

      Small groups sharing their ideas with each other followed by a discussion of relative pros and cons of each idea.

      If you envision a session in which one or more individuals instruct an audience on an interesting topic, please submit a General Session Proposal instead of a Workshop Proposal.

      Note: Workshop presentation rooms will be set with theater-style seating, not rounds. Please ensure your workshop activities can accommodate this room setup.


      An LCD projector is available for workshops and will require a $75 payment upon selection of the proposal. All requests must be made at the time of proposal submission. No requests made after this submission will be honored. An invoice will be sent when the proposal is accepted and must be paid by August 9, 2019.

      Please note that the NCHC AV package only includes an LCD projector and screen; audio is not available. Presenters are responsible for bringing a laptop computer, personal files, and any necessary adaptors, particularly for Apple devices.


      Panels

      Panel sessions explore a single issue or question and include representatives of differing viewpoints. The topic should be relevant to multiple segments of the NCHC community. While we encourage panel sessions on a wide range of topics, panels that tie to the conference theme of creativity and innovation will be especially welcome.

      Panels must include more than one presenter, with all panelists identified at the time of submission. Any panels submitted with just one presenter will not be reviewed.

      The conference organizing committee may work with proposers of selected topics to shape and refine proposals, or to combine similar panels in some cases.



      LCD projectors are NOT available for this session type.


      Faculty/Staff Posters

      The conference selection committee will consider proposals for Faculty/Staff Poster sessions that showcase innovations and/or best practices in:

      • honors pedagogy
      • co-curricular experiences
      • advising
      • housing and living learning environments
      • administration
      • issues related to professional administrative staff
      • any other area that has to do with honors education

      Preference will be given to proposals that share new seminar topics, unusual course structures, and inventive honors assignments. Presentations that include outcome measures, such as student learning outcomes, program completion rates, and other qualitative measures of success are also encouraged.

      Presenters will stand with their posters to answer questions and discuss their courses or findings for a two-hour period. Complete faculty poster guidelines are located here.

      Recognition will be given to outstanding posters. Awards will be presented to posters that excel in the following areas:

      • developing new honors course materials, new courses, or new modes of teaching, or
      • revising and revitalizing an existing honors course, or
      • innovating in the areas of honors advising, housing and living learning environments, or program administration

      For questions about submissions, please contact Philip Frana at franapl@jmu.edu. Posters not directly related to honors should be thematically related to the conference.


      LCD projectors are NOT available for this session type.


      Student Posters

      Students may present original research or fine art in the NCHC Student Poster Sessions. Research must be presented in the form of a standard poster. Students and their faculty advisors should carefully review the student poster guidelines page for examples and more information about poster design.

      Students wishing to participate in the Poster Sessions should begin by submitting a Poster Session Proposal. All proposals must include a well-written abstract that summarizes the student’s research, including outcomes. In addition, abstracts should clearly state the significance of the project in terms that can be understood by a general scholarly audience and clearly convey the student’s original analytical, critical, or creative contribution to his or her discipline. Preference will be given to completed research.

      All work included in the poster session, including fine art, will be judged by NCHC faculty judges. Judges complete a judging form that includes a numerical score and qualitative feedback for student presenters. Students may pick up their judging forms from the judges’ table 30 minutes after the end of their session.

      If submitting a Student Poster proposal you must select one of the following categories:

      • ART - Visual arts (photography, sculpture, other artistic creations)
      • A&H - Arts and Humanities (Literature, philosophy, communications, art history, etc.)
      • BEC - Business (economics, accounting, management, etc.); Engineering (chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical etc); or Computer Science
      • DIV - Diversity issues on any dimension (Gender Studies, etc.)
      • E&P - Education and pedagogy (learning initiatives, program development & assessment, experiential learning, community service, study abroad, etc.)
      • ENV - Environmental science, conservation, green technology
      • HS - Health Sciences (Disease related projects, nursing, public health, etc.)
      • NSM - Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Biology, chemistry, physics, math, biochemistry, neuroscience etc)
      • SJ - Social Justice
      • SBS - Social & Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, sociology, history, political science, anthropology, social work, etc.)

      In the abstract submission process, you must indicate the title of the presentation, identify the names and contact information of presenting authors, and submit an abstract (200-300 words) that will be used for review purposes as well as a brief description (50 words) that will appear in the conference program.

      Posters and artistic works do not need to relate to the conference theme. Students with projects not suited for poster presentation should consider the Student Interdisciplinary Research Panels and other venues for conference participation.

      Questions regarding the Poster Session Proposal or faculty judging should be directed to Mike Sloane at sloane@uab.edu or 205-934-8733.


      LCD projectors are NOT available for this session type.


      Student Interdisciplinary Research Panels (SIRP)

      Student Interdisciplinary Research Panels give students engaged in high-level research opportunities to present papers in a discussion format that differs markedly from student poster sessions. Paper submissions may focus on any academic discipline and will be reviewed and grouped into interdisciplinary panels of 3-4 papers by a selection committee. No pre-arranged panels will be accepted. There are no specific research and/or length requirements. Students have 15 minutes to present their papers and will be expected to discuss their research, rather than read their work. In this juried competition, only the best papers will be selected. Papers should be written in language suitable for an academic audience representing a variety of disciplines. Students should also consider Poster Sessions and other venues for conference participation. In order to be considered for a panel, a student must submit the following:

      • On-line Student Interdisciplinary Research Panel proposal, which will include a 50-word description of the project for the conference program and a 300-word abstract by February 28, 2019; and an electronic copy of the completed paper by April 3, 2019.

      The honors director or dean of students selected to participate in SIRP sessions must certify that the student will attend the NCHC conference upon notification of acceptance. This is especially important in SIRP sessions because each panel is designed around the relationship among the three papers. The above verification will take place following the close of proposals. Honors directors will be provided with the names of their students who have submitted.

      Questions regarding Student Interdisciplinary Research Panel proposals should be directed to Matt Jordan at mjordan5@aum.edu or 334-244-3357, or Kate Bruce at bruce@uncw.edu or 910-962-3374.



      LCD projectors are NOT available for this session type.


      Idea Exchange

      The Idea Exchange is a dynamic opportunity for conference attendees to gather new ideas and information about honors practices and opportunities in an energetic, fast-moving environment.

      Presenters will highlight their unique practices and opportunities at idea stations positioned in thematic clusters throughout a large room. NCHC will provide one table per idea station, but no other equipment (e.g. LCD projectors, easels) will be available.

      The goal of Idea Exchange is to engage in thoughtful discussions about new and emerging ideas about your station topic with conference attendees. Creative displays and handouts are highly encouraged as a way to draw attendees to your station.

      Preference will be given to Idea Exchange proposals that share new, creative, and/or innovative ideas (as opposed to best practices which are shared in other formats at the conference); include evidence of assessment / measures of success; and have a clear fit with this session environment. Please include this information as part of the conference abstract in the proposal.

      Thematic cluster options (select one during submission):

      • Advising and mentoring
      • Building community
      • Communication strategies
      • Diversity and inclusion
      • Experiential learning
      • NCHC-sponsored initiative or committee
      • Programming and special events
      • Recruitment and marketing
      • State/Regional honors council-sponsored initiative
      • Student leadership and involvement
      • Unique honors courses / course activities
      • Other

      Questions regarding the Idea Exchange Session Proposal should be directed to the NCHC Office at nchc@unl.edu or 402-472-9150.



      LCD projectors are NOT available for this session type.


      Forum on Diversity

      The Diversity Forums are sponsored by the Diversity Issues Committee which is committed to advocating for greater attention to inclusion, diversity, equity, access, and social justice (IDEAS) within the national honors community. The Diversity Forum is a key NCHC venue for working to enhance a critical consciousness about the role and place of honors education itself within both our member institutions and the world of higher education.

      Consistent with this mission and the 2019 NCHC conference theme, “Disrupting Education: Creativity and Innovation in Honors,” the Diversity Forum is seeking proposals that illuminate the potential for making honors a force for progressive and transformative change – both in and out of the classroom from recruitment to graduation. Presentations that illustrate best practices for promoting inclusion, diversity, equity, access, and social justice, with potential applications across institutional settings, are especially desired.

      Select presentations will be grouped according to themes and the structure of the sessions will be designed to encourage both formal presentation and dialogue.

      To ensure time for meaningful dialogue, presentations are limited to 20 minutes.

      Suggested topics might include:

      • Effective communication/language practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion
      • Valuing vulnerability
      • Choosing honors as an underrepresented student
      • Diversity fatigue (a passive resistance to diversity based on exhaustion with the topics of diversity, inclusion, equity, social justice, etc.)
      • Institutionalizing diversity in honors
      • Neglected diversity topics

      Click here for additional questions or prompts on these topics.

      Questions about possible proposals should be directed to David Jones, Alan Oda, or Malin Pereira.

      Panelists are expected to come to the beginning of their session and check in with the moderators, even if they are scheduled to make their presentation last. That way all panel members know what has been said by the other panelists, and they can more readily participate in the conversation during the last 30 minutes of the session.


      LCD Projectors are NOT available for this session type.


      Forum on International Education

      Honors education continues to expand internationally, all the while enriching the concept and form it can take. The 2019 Conference Selection Committee invites those involved with honors international education to share the discoveries and practices of their own honors programs and colleges.

      To that end, the International Education Committee invites proposals for the following hour-and-a-half panels:

      • Internationalizing your honors program or college – strategies employed, such as collaborations with international students on campus, curricular development, co-curricular initiatives
      • Research on honors international education (in collaboration with the NCHC Research Committee) – documented outcomes and assessment of honors pedagogy and practices

      Proposals submitted to the NCHC Forum on International Education will be reviewed and grouped by the International Education Committee co-chairs.

      PLEASE NOTE: Regardless of the number of presenters for a given accepted presentation, the presentation as a whole must last only a total of 20 minutes to give the other members of the panel time to make their presentation. Thirty minutes will be saved at the end for shared discussion among presenters and audience.

      Panelists are expected to come to the beginning of their session and check in with the moderators, even if they are scheduled to make their presentation last. That way all panel members know what has been said by the other panelists, and they can more readily participate in the conversation during the last 30 minutes of the session.

      Questions about the Forum on International Education may be addressed to the International Education Committee co-chairs, Kevin Dean at kdean@wcupa.edu or Kim Klein at kmklei@ship.edu.


      An LCD projector is available for the International Education Forum and will require a $75 payment upon selection of the proposal. All requests must be made at the time of proposal submission. No requests made after this submission will be honored. An invoice will be sent when the proposal is accepted and must be paid by August 9, 2019.

      Please note that the NCHC AV package only includes an LCD projector and screen; audio is not available. Presenters are responsible for bringing a laptop computer, personal files, and any necessary adaptors, particularly for Apple devices.


      Roundtables

      Roundtable Discussions provide conference attendees the opportunity to engage in spirited conversation and collaborative exchange of information and resources related to a wide variety of disciplinary, pedagogical, programmatic, institutional, or timely global issues. The format of roundtable discussions will be lively, interactive discourse among leaders and participants, not lecture or panel-style delivery. Presenters should regard themselves primarily as facilitators and should limit their own remarks to 10 minutes or less.

      Extensive collaboration among the presenters before conference is encouraged since the goal is to foster extensive, diverse, and cogent perspectives on important topics of interest to honors students, faculty, and staff. Roundtables will typically be pre-organized, but some individual proposals may be combined to form a viable discussion group. Multiple roundtables will be arranged in busy rooms charged with animated conversations. Roundtable Discussion presentations do not have to relate to the conference theme but should be related to honors education. Discussion leaders may provide their own printed material and/or handouts to help focus conversations.

      Questions about the Roundtables may be addressed to Kirsten Bartels at kirsten@nsula.edu and John Emert at emert@bsu.edu.


      LCD Projectors are NOT available for this session type.


      Meetings

      Committees, regional organizations, and special interest groups should submit meeting requests through the proposal system. In the session description field, please note any general information about your committee that will help our attendees identify which committees are of interest. In the program description field, please note any special requests for scheduling or room arrangement.


      LCD Projectors are NOT available for this session type.


      Student Moderators

      Student Moderators for the General Sessions will be responsible for the sessions to which they are assigned. Responsibilities include arriving early, ensuring that the room is set up, reminding the presenters of the time frames, beginning and ending on time, introducing the presenters, and encouraging and facilitating discussions. Student Moderators will not be notified until 10 days before conference of which session they are moderating.

      Questions regarding topics or proposals should be directed to Dierdre Ragan at dragan@citadel.edu or 843-953-3708.