In This Issue...
Meet the National Office Staff
NCHC23: Call for Arts Master Classes
Call for Monograph Submissions
Recently I brought a group of students to the Northeast Regional Honors Council conference, and it was wonderful to see old friends and meet new colleagues. I was energized by the excitement of my students as they became more confident in their interactions with other students and made presentations of their research that made them proud. We are fortunate to have NCHC and our regionals to forge connections with other honors professions and to expose our students to the world of research and conference participation.
I know the end of the semester is coming up quickly and our students are completing their thesis projects and papers, wrapping up their classes, and in some cases preparing to graduate. I hope you have the opportunity to celebrate with the students and colleagues who comprise your honors community before the semester ends.
Staffing at the NCHC office is looking up! Laura Damuth, Amber Klaus, and Tyrra Edwards have hired two new staff people to work in the national office! This will allow Amber and Tyrra to spend more time on the important work they do organizing our marketing and planning the conference and other events. They have been doing all the work of the office, and we are relieved to know that the work will be spread among a more reasonable number of people. The search committee for the new executive director is preparing to interview candidates for the position in May and June. We hope the new executive director will begin this summer!
Enjoy the spring sunshine,
Meet your National Office Team
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Registration for the upcoming NCHC annual conference in Chicago November 8-12 has recently opened. Now is the time to begin making plans to attend. With Revolutionary Honors: Liberty, Equality, and Humanity as the theme, we hope everyone will be challenged to look internally at how they can revolutionize themselves as they change the world—securing liberty, equality and humanity for all around them.
The program is rapidly coming together. We started with hundreds of ideas from students, faculty, administrators, and professional staff. Then reviewers from across NCHC have been critiquing the proposals, making recommendations for what should be included. Some of these presentations will be panels from multiple institutions. Others will be posters from students and faculty. Still others will be in-depth workshops. Signature programs, such as Place as Text, Beginning in Honors, and Developing in Honors, will also be highlights of the annual gathering. Our new NCHC: Engage event will allow for attendees to find ways to plug into NCHC and make better connections with activities and topics they are interested in. Even after a quarter of a century, I always go home from the conference with ideas I want to implement. I am sure you will learn new things as well. So plan to join us in Chicago November 8-12.
...Wait, when is the conference?
At last year’s conference some publicity material for NCHC23 had an incorrect date, citing it a week early. We thought we had retrieved all of that material, but some have resurfaced at a couple of the regional honors conferences; we assume someone just brought extra cards to the regional and handed them out. So make sure that you plan for the right date:
November 8-12, 2023!
NCHC23: Meetings Submissions
Have you made your meeting request for NCHC23?
Meeting proposals are open to all NCHC Committees, regional organizations, and/or special interest groups. If you are interested in reserving meeting space during the conference week, please submit meeting requests through the Ex Ordo proposal system. Select Meeting in the track, all formats. The title of the meeting should indicate the committee and/or special interest group requesting the meeting. The 200–300-word abstract should indicate the purpose/charge of the meeting. The authors should be the committee co-chairs and/or contact people for this meeting.
Request your Meeting for NCHC23
AND.... read on to also get involved at NCHC: Engage!
NCHC23: Calls for Volunteers
Call for Consultant Connect
A Consultant Center 2.0 Experience!
Always a conference favorite, arranging meetings with consultants gives attendees the opportunity to speak with experienced honors deans, directors, and advisors in an informal setting.
We are looking for volunteers to lend their expertise to the new NCHC23 Consultant Connect experience. Upgraded from previous versions of the Consultant Center, Consultant Connect will allow you to list your name in the conference mobile app and your Calendly link of available times to meet. Conference attendees will be able to book a time on your calendar, or you can make arrangements to meet at a time that’s convenient for you both, rather than a specific window in the conference schedule. Space will be set aside for as a designated meet-up spot for consulting appointments to take place.
If you are planning to attend the annual conference in Chicago and you enjoy meeting people on a one-on-one basis from a variety of institutions to sharing what you know about a particular topic, then this opportunity is for you!
Volunteer for NCHC23 Consultant Connect!
The deadline to submit the form is June 30, 2023. Acceptances will be notified by July so that you may build your conference schedule and share your availability ASAP.
If you have any questions about serving in the Consultant Connect experience, please contact Tyrra Edwards, Director of Conference & Events at email@example.com.
Thank you for your service to NCHC and your fellow conference attendees.
Call for NCHC: Engage Breakfast
The NCHC: Engage Breakfast is a dynamic opportunity for NCHC members to get engaged in NCHC activities and communities, taking full advantage of all their membership offers.
Presenters will highlight their unique engagement opportunities at idea stations positioned throughout a large ballroom space, coinciding with an all-attendee breakfast. NCHC will provide one 6-ft. table and two chairs per idea station. Easels may be available upon request. Presenters may bring laptops or iPads to demonstrate information, but power connection will not be available. Other technology (LCD projectors, power strips) will not be allowed.
The goal of NCHC: Engage is to inform attendees about new and emerging options to take action and get involved in NCHC activities and groups. Creative displays and handouts are highly encouraged to draw attendees to your station. Materials can also be uploaded to the NCHC23 Mobile App.
All presenters must be representing an NCHC committee, subgroup, initiative, activity, or event.
Host a table for NCHC: Engage!
Call for Students in Honors Facilitators
NCHC is once again offering a Students in Honors (SIH) track as a part of the Annual Conference. A popular conference event, students will meet with honors faculty 1-on-1 to get feedback on a resume, CV, personal statement, elevator pitch (introduction) or how to talk about their honors journey with others.
These sessions will take place at NCHC23 during the Students in Honors (SIH) sessions, likely on Saturday November 11. The more volunteers we get to staff a 1-hour session, the better we can serve the students who attend our event in Chicago. Can you contribute your expertise for an hour during NCHC23?
Please complete the submission form below with your preferred area(s) to consult in. Applications will close Friday, May 28, and we will follow up with you over the summer with further details. Thank you for your participation!
Submit Your SIH Consultant Application
Call for Arts Master Classes
Welcome to the NCHC23 Chicago Arts Master Classes!
Arts master classes are performance workshops and clinics that allow for individual or group creative presentations, coached or facilitated by experts in the discipline. This year we are offering master classes in drama, film, micro fiction, and music.
Applicants for the music master class must submit a recorded audition piece.
Audiovisual (AV) technology is available for arts master classes. All AV requests must be made at the time of proposal submission. Late AV requests cannot be accommodated.
DRAMA: The drama master class will be facilitated by Donna Clevinger (Mississippi State University). Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FILM: The film master class will be facilitated by Michele Forman (University of Alabama Birmingham). Questions should be directed to email@example.com.
MICROFICTION - New this year! The microfiction master class will be facilitated by Jennifer Cognard-Black (St. Mary’s College of Maryland). [We all know what short fiction is—but what is a microfiction? At its most basic, a microfiction is a story told in 280 words or less. Yet this form must also catch a reader’s breath, offering compelling characters, a central problem, efficient plots, and resonant endings. As the well-known microfictionist Jerome Stern has asked, “What can be done on a single typed page in this oldest of ways of telling? What bright shapes can it contain?"] Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUSIC: The music master class will be facilitated by Galit Gertsenzon (Ball State University), Bernardo Scarambone (Eastern Kentucky University), Larry Smith (Missouri Baptist University), and Rebecca Sorley (University of Indianapolis). Questions should be directed to email@example.com.
Evaluation of applicants will begin on May 26, 2023, with participants being selected on a rolling basis through August 31, 2023. The earlier you apply, the greater your chance of acceptance and the more time you will have to arrange funding and transportation for the conference. Successful application by July 1, 2023, will ensure inclusion in the prepared conference materials.
General questions regarding the NCHC23 Arts master classes should be directed to Steven Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 234-4457.
Steven Edwards (Delgado Community College)
Coordinator, NCHC23 Arts Master Classes
Submit for the Arts Master Classes
NCHC Events: Virtual DEI Roundtables
Sign up for a free Virtual Roundtable in 2023 to dive deep with your NCHC Community!
These free virtual events are presented by sponsors or NCHC Committees, and available for all in the honors community to participate in! Add these to your calendar today:
- FORGE Your Story: Igniting Student Growth and Development
presentedby Suitable and the John Martinson Honors College at Purdue University
Wednesday, April 18 | 11:00am CST
- Exploring LatinX & APIDA Identities Through Race, Ethnicities and Cultures
Wednesday, April 26 | 1:00pm CST
- Teaching CRT: Pitfalls and Challenges
Wednesday, August 9 | 11:00am CST
NCHC Events: Partners in the Parks
Take honors outside the classroom with NCHC's Partners in the Parks!
Partners in the Parks is an outdoor experiential learning program coordinated by the National Collegiate Honors Council. PITP projects at national parks across the country offer unique opportunities for collegiate honors students and faculty to visit areas of the American landscape noted for their beauty, significance and lasting value. For over a decade, PITP has led over 100 projects in more than 50 different national parks.
With five student projects across the country, there's an outdoor adventure waiting just for you in 2023.
Registration for our 2023 PITP project season is now open!
Hurry... spaces are filling quickly!
NCHC Events: Place as Text Faculty Institutes
Register today for a Place as Text experience in 2023!
NCHC Faculty Institutes are development opportunities for honors and non-honors faculty and administrators who wish to incorporate interdisciplinary and field-based elements into their courses and programs. The City as Text™ experiential strategies of the Institute include reflective practices and projects adaptable to study abroad, service learning, student orientations, campus assessments, and professional development workshops as well as honors courses in any discipline. Identifying and transferring principles of integrative experiential learning are important goals of these Institutes.
Registration Deadline EXTENDED to May 8!
Registration Deadline: May 16
NCHC Events: Summer Institutes
2023 Summer Institute Series
NCHC is bringing you a series of Professional Development options for 2023 that includes both in-person and virtual options. Grow your skills and your honors cohort this summer, no matter your travel situation! Whether you are new to honors or an experienced director or staff member, you can find creative approaches and best practices from NCHC's expert facilitators.
NCHC Faculty Awards
Is there an honors faculty member with exemplary teaching skills that you'd like to thank? Consider nominating them for the Ron Brandolini Award for Excellence at a Two Year Institution, or the Sam Schuman Award for Excellence at a Four Year Institution! Both awards were created to recognize outstanding honors faculty who give their all in the classroom and are committed to expanding the minds of their students through honors education. Nominations close June 15, so submit your information today!
Ron Brandolini Award for Excellence at a Two-Year Institution
Portz Scholars Competition
(closes June 2)
Four Scholars receive $350 scholarship + Free NCHC23 Registration
NCHC Honors Newsletter Competition
(closes June 30)
National Recognition & Award for Honors Print and E-Newsletters
Freddye T. Davy Student Scholarship
(closes June 2)
Four $1,000 scholarships toward NCHC23 travel & fees
John J. Hanigan Student Scholarship
(closes June 2)
One $500 scholarship toward NCHC23 travel & fees
Community Engagement Award
(closes June 2)
Up to 2 Free Registrations to present at NCHC23
NCHC Student of the Year Award
(closes September 8)
$1,000 to one 2-Year and one 4-Year Institution Winner
Call for JNCHC Submissions
The next issue of JNCHC (deadline: September 1, 2023) invites research essays on any topic of interest to the honors community.
The issue will also include a Forum focused on the theme “Creating an Honors Faculty,” in which we invite honors educators to examine how honors faculty are defined, selected, recruited, retained, and rewarded. We invite essays of roughly 1000-2000 words that consider this theme in a practical and/or theoretical context.
The lead essay for the Forum is by Lynne C. Elkes of Loyola University Maryland. In “Creating and Celebrating Honors Faculty,” Elkes applauds the unique quality of honors educators, who approach their students and their work with a passion beyond what is expected of higher education in general. Teachers attracted to honors become part of a community of learners along with their students, contributing not just their academic expertise but their whole selves to their shared love of learning, going beyond any expected job requirements to partner with their students, to mentor them in their research, and to help them become better people as well as students. At the same time, honors programs tend to lack structure compared to typical academic disciplines, which have defined hierarchies and systems of rewards such as tenure, promotion, and salary protocols. Honors programs typically attract different kinds of faculty at different ranks and with different levels of job security, from tenured to contingent. This flexibility and ineffability—sometimes controlled chaos—can create authenticity, but it can also lead to abuse when faculty are taken for granted and expected to take on significant extra responsibilities without attendant expectations of reward. Elkes suggests that some standardization within the practices of hiring, retention, compensation, and job responsibilities could reduce this kind of abuse, acknowledge the special dedication of honors faculty, and evoke a higher level of respect not just for honors teachers but for the kind of devotion they commit to teaching and learning.
Contributors to the Forum on “Creating an Honors Faculty” may, but are not obliged to, respond directly to Elkes’s essay. Questions that Forum contributors might consider include:
- Is the loose structure and hierarchy of honors faculty a benefit, liability, and/or inevitability?
- How should honors faculty be selected, and who should select them?
- Is there any hard evidence for the assumption that honors faculty are exceptionally dedicated to teaching?
- Would a traditional academic reward system disrupt the passion and personal dedication we associate with teaching in honors?
- Does honors have—or can it create—a just and satisfying reward system different from that of a typical academic discipline?
- Can a different kind of reward system for honors faculty promote diversity, equity, and inclusion?
- How is an honors faculty created on your campus, and does it work?
- What character traits are essential for a good honors teacher?
- What academic credentials (if any) should be required to teach in honors?
Information about JNCHC—including the editorial policy, submission guidelines, guidelines for abstracts and keywords, and a style sheet—is available on the NCHC website.
Please send all submissions to Ada Long at email@example.com.
NCHC journals (JNCHC and HIP) and monographs are included in the following electronic databases: ERIC, EBSCO, Gale Cengage, and UNL Digital Commons. Both journals are listed in Cabell International's Directory of Publishing Opportunities.
Call for Monograph Papers
Belonging in Honors - NCHC Monograph Series Call for Papers
The concept of belonging has gained traction in higher education over the course of the past decade. That concept, however, has a much longer history in fields such as psychology, evolutionary theory, or more recently social cognitive neuroscience. These fields converge to affirm the human need for belonging because it supports identity development, well-being and happiness. More importantly, social psychologists and student affairs scholars have demonstrated that a sense of belonging has implications for students' persistence and retention in college and graduate school. Because “belonging is inherently tied to our social identities and the nuanced forms of oppression experienced, and resisted by students from minoritized social identity groups” (Vaccaro and Newman 4), much of the work on belonging has focused on the nuanced needs of specific identity groups, especially students who were long excluded from institutions of higher education.
One of the strengths of honors education is our collective investment in building community among our students, faculty, staff, and administrators. This monograph concerns itself primarily with the essential but fluid sense of belonging and its relationship to more common concepts in the literature on honors education, such as diversity, inclusion, and community. Theorists and practitioners have contributed ideas for what constitutes best practices to create more inclusive honors programs and colleges and increase the diversity of our students' identities. Belonging in Honors proposes to build upon this rich literature to explore the structural changes as well as the critical practices and pedagogies implemented over the last decade to support all honors students from matriculation to graduation and to prepare them for a changing world. While a sense of belonging might be subjective and prove challenging to measure, it is essential to create space for excellence for a larger number of people. Honors practitioners’ reflections on, and systematic analyses of, the mechanics of belonging are essential to the identification of future directions and frameworks for honors education.
The editor of Belonging in Honors invites critical and scholarly submissions that reflect honors practices far and wide, qualitatively as well as quantitatively. Specific disciplinary approaches and clearly positioned voices that engage with, respond to, and add to the following prompts are expected:
- Intersectionality and identity are key to understanding barriers to a sense of belonging to institutions whose audience was originally conceived more narrowly. What structural changes have been implemented to ensure that less represented minorities or differently abled students, for instance, also have a sense of belonging? How have efforts to give all students a sense of belonging impacted enrollment management, financial aid, curricular approaches and other practices affecting honors students’ experience in college.
- Students, faculty, and staff will derive a sense of belonging from intentional and mindful practices. How do institutional size and demographic makeup impact what makes a successful strategy? What lessons can be applied across institutions?
- If the literature on sense of belonging has clearly demonstrated its positive correlation to retention, few studies to date extend their analyses of retention to completion. How has the value of giving students a sense of belonging in honors been measured? Have such quantitative analyses been helpful in advocating for honors more broadly?
- Honors educators have long been concerned about building and fostering community. Who is made to feel at home in honors? How has the increasing diversification of honors students’ identities led practitioners to foster community in new ways to provide all our students a sense of belonging?
Submission Guidelines & Deadlines
Submission of abstracts due: 15 June 2023
Submission of essays: 1 November 2023
Traditional essays, the length of which may vary. The editor of this monograph encourages all authors to familiarize themselves with the NCHC Style Sheet. All submissions, solicited and unsolicited, will be peer-reviewed by the Publications Board of the National Collegiate Honors Council.
Questions, abstracts, and full essays should be sent to Anne Dotter at firstname.lastname@example.org as word documents.
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