News from NCHC | August 2020

In This Issue...

NCHC20 Virtual Events

Fall Portz Grants

Student Scholarships

Free Virtual Roundtable: 2-Year Institutions

NSSE Honors Consortium Invitation

Honors Online Monograph Call

JNCHC Call for Papers

HIP Call for Papers

GEICO Member Discount

#NCHC20 Virtual Events

Details are shaping up for NCHC's fall Virtual Events! In the absence of our much beloved NCHC Annual Conference, we are doing our very best to reimagine fall trainings and sessions into a format and schedule that allows you flexibility for both participation and attendance. We've advanced our deadlines for presenters as semester timeframes have shifted, so that we can collect information and sessions ready for your viewing this October. We recognize that our honors colleagues are struggling under the weight of additional obligations, concerns, and decisions in this new semester - and as your professional home for honors information, we are striving to create a quality event series that balances valuable discussion and opportunities to participate with conscientious use of your limited time and budget funds.

The event structure we are finalizing combines a mixture of session formats. To provide opportunities for presenters to participate with the most flexibility, our scheduled sessions will be primarily pre-recorded presentations. During these sessions, selected to give a variety of perspectives on the "Big Hearts, Big Minds" theme, presenters will be attending in real time to interact through each session's Q&A feature. Aiming to include as much of the content variety as we can accomodate in this new event platform, presenters were also invited to record their session and upload it to an on-demand presentation library. All session recordings, both real-time and on-demand, will be available to registrants for a full year following the event.

We were incredibly fortunate to retain both of our invited keynote speakers from the planned Dallas 2020 conference. Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt will open the NCHC20 Virtual Events on September 30 with a conversation about racial and implicit bias, and her commitment to use her research findings to develop positive solutions in our contemporary world. Megan Phelps Roper will be featured at the opening of both our Student and Professional events, answering questions from NCHC members and sharing lessons learned about how understanding and compassion can transform lives, even across the widest of ideological gulfs.

The Student and Professional Virtual Events will also include live networking components, where attendees can socialize and interact. A gallery will be included for student and faculty poster presentations, including a judging component. Though the time frame is compacted to complete research, we hope the opportunity to include presenters' work on this new and developing platform will be a welcome opportunity for students to participate as they are able.

In the absence of sponsor and graduate program tables, attendees will find special galleries of Sponsor and Grad Hub information, where they can browse sponsor details, view videos and resources, and connect with those vendors and programs they are interested in. As always, we are grateful to our sponsors for the support they give to our organization and the useful opportunities they provide to our membership.

None of this would be possible without the dedication of our members, whose passion for honors connection helps us overcome the many obstacles that such a major event shift has set in motion in 2020. A huge thank you to all who share research, plan, create, restructure, flex, and reimagine with us this year!

Fall Portz Grants

Are you seeking to infuse some energy in your honors program with an innovative project? NCHC wants to assist you in making your dream a reality!The NCHC Awards & Grants Committee invites interested NCHC institutions and professional members to submit an application for an NCHC Portz Grant. These grants are intended to support honors program/college innovation and can be small (up to $500) or large (up to $1,500)! Complete the NCHC Portz Grant Application Form below, including your supporting narrative and proposed project budget.

Fall Portz Grant applications are open August 1 - September 28, 2020.

NCHC Fall Portz Grants

Student Awards and Scholarships

Deadline Extended for Freddye T. Davy Scholarships

As a community created to support and enhance honors education, the NCHC has established a variety of scholarships and awards to support honors student research, to encourage presentation and interaction with the national network of honors students, and to recognize the hard work, innovation, and service that so many students are dedicating to their campuses and their communities.

Traditionally, the Freddye T. Davy Scholarship is intended to help students attend the NCHC Annual Conference. Because the Annual Conference will not take place in 2020, up to four recipients of the 2020 Freddye T. Davy Scholarship will receive $1,000 each to use toward the costs of an honors event or activity that will honor the award's spirit of participation in the educational community. This could be a regional conference, a local educational event, an online event, etc. The recipients will also receive free registration to the NCHC20 Virtual Events, and will be recognized by NCHC as part of a Virtual Awards Ceremony this fall. The deadline for applications has been extended to August 31, 2020.

The Freddye T. Davy Scholarship represents an important step in ensuring that deserving, underserved students get the quality academic experience needed to address and encourage their participation in both their educational communities and in the communities they will be part of long after graduation. Directors & faculty, we encourage you to nominate your outstanding students for this award, along with the additional available NCHC scholarships in 2020. Help us to recognize and celebrate the incredible student leaders at member institutions across the country!

Freddye T. Davy Scholarship Application

Additional 2020 Student Awards:

NCHC Virtual Roundtable

Cultivating a Virtual Honors Environment within Two-Year Institutions

Throughout the nation, honors courses and honors programming must be distanced and, more often than not, remote, throughout the fall. In response, 2-year honors communities are responding with agility through innovation and flexibility. As is often the case, some programs and colleges are serving as models for their institutions.

Join honors directors Quakish Williams (Broward College) and Kathleen King (Hillsborough Community College) as we explore ways to cultivate a virtual honors environment in response to COVID-19 restrictions through a round table discussion to discover our "new normal." We want to know and share what has been done to develop a rich community of learners in honors in response to vast changes in delivery.

Click Here to register for this Virtual Roundtable!

NSSE Honors Consortium

Open Call for Participation in the Third Year (2021) of the NSSE Honors Consortium

Dear honors colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a call for interested parties at NCHC four-year degree member institutions to join the Honors Consortium for the Spring 2021 administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The NSSE is one of the most widely used surveys of undergraduate student experience in the United States, asking questions on high impact practices and dozens of other items of special interest to honors educators. This will be the third year in a multi-year effort to maximize participation among interested schools that participate in NSSE in alternating biennial or triennial cycles.

This project opens up to participating institutions the possibility of comparing honors to non-honors students on every item in the standard NSSE survey, as well as a small set of additional questions designed by a special working group of the NCHC Research Committee. Fifteen schools have already participated in the 2019 and 2020 administrations of NSSE, generating rich student-level data for comparison of the honors student experience with that of the general student body.

For more detail, please read the project overview online at the NCHC website:

Honors program leaders who are interested in this project should work to secure commitments from campus stakeholders and submit a signed NSSE data sharing agreement by September 1, 2020. Those pursuing such commitments are encouraged to indicate their intention to join the Honors Consortium as soon as possible.

For those interested in joining the NSSE Honors Consortium, please contact consortium coordinator Dr. Andrew Cognard-Black, co-chair of the NCHC Research Committee.

Call for Submissions: NCHC Monograph

Honors Online: Teaching, Learning, and Building Community Virtually in Honors Education

Abstracts Due: October 15, 2020
Papers Due: June 1, 2021
Editor: Dr. Victoria Bryan, Dean of the Honors College (Cleveland State Community College)

This collection will include theoretical approaches to honors education in virtual environments and more tangible examples of reimagined course design and assignment design tailored for an online classroom. The purpose of this volume is to offer the honors community an opportunity to see how honors education can be reimagined for virtual learning while keeping the importance of community, student voices, and student needs at the center of our course design and classroom discussions. Articles should present and discuss demonstrable evidence of the effectiveness of their online/virtual instruction practices. While the collection will give space to voices cautious about what is actually possible in an online environment, my hope is that contributors can use that sense of caution to design honors experiences that serve our students well.

Honors faculty, administration, and current/recently graduated students are welcome to contribute to this volume.

Ideally, this collection will include contributions organized into two sections:

  1. Structural, theoretical, and pedagogical approaches to online education in honors programs and honors colleges (4,000-7,000 words).
  2. Shorter pieces that outline assignments, lecture structures, social events, and extracurricular activities that work well in a virtual learning environment (1,000-1,5000 words – flexible depending on content, formatting, etc.).

*Abstract for either classification of contribution should be 200-300 words.

For further details about style and content, please see the full Call for Proposals.

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JNCHC Call for Papers

The next issue of JNCHC (deadline: September 1, 2020) invites research essays on any topic of interest to the honors community.

The issue will also include a Forum focused on the theme "Big Hearts, Big Minds," which was the intended theme for the 2020 NCHC conference. 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 Suketu P. Bhavsar. In his essay "Teaching from the Heart," he coaxes the reader toward a perception and practice of teaching that includes our spiritual and emotional, as well as our cognitive, selves. He suggests that honors should lead in a paradigm shift valuing the expression of our whole selves in our connections with students and colleagues. He provides three examples from his own experiences as a student and as a teacher; these stories illustrate that through a careful expression of compassion and authenticity, we may deepen our and our students' experience in the academy. He proposes that becoming a compassionate educator is a skill that can be learned, and he offers some lessons for readers to start on that path.

In Appendix B of his essay, Bhavsar has supplied a list of possible topics to which readers are invited to respond. Other possible topics and questions for Forum contributors to consider might include the following:

  • Bhavsar asks his readers to tell their own stories of practicing authenticity and compassion as teachers, so tell yours.
  • Respond to Bhavsar's challenge to "contribute thoughts, examples, experiences, successes, and failures" to a debate about why or whether a paradigm shift is what we need in honors.
  • Discuss Bhavsar's comment that in his early days of teaching, his kindness "was based on personality rather than compassion." What is the difference, and why does it matter?
  • Describe problems—be they practical, ideological, or pedagogical—that you see in Bhavsar's advocacy of compassionate teaching.
  • How would it be possible to implement Bhavsar's approach to teaching in our age of assessment and evaluation?

Information about JNCHC—including the editorial policy, submission guidelines, guidelines for abstracts and keywords, and a style sheet—are available on the NCHC website.

Please send all submissions to Ada Long at

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.

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Call for HIP Submissions

(including a special section on the coronavirus)

Honors in Practice is accepting submissions for Volume 16 (2021). The deadline is January 1, 2021.

Editorial Policy for Honors in Practice

Honors in Practice (HIP) is a refereed journal of applied research publishing articles about innovative honors practices and integrative, interdisciplinary, and pedagogical issues of interest to honors educators. HIP employs a double-blind peer review process. Authors should include discussion of how central ideas and practices may be applied in campus settings other than their own, and the thesis should be located within a larger context such as theoretical perspectives, trends in higher education, or historical background. Essays should demonstrate awareness of previous discussions of the topic in honors publications and other relevant sources; bibliographies of JNCHC, HIP, and the NCHC Monograph Series are available on the NCHC website.

Brief Ideas about What Works in Honors

HIP also publishes short descriptions of a successful course, project, idea, or assignment. Submissions should be 500-750 words long; they should have three keywords; the abstract should be short (preferably one sentence); and references (if any) should be internal.

Special Section on Dealing with the Coronavirus

For the 2021 volume of HIP, we invite contributions to a special section on how honors faculty and administrators have been dealing with the coronavirus. Submissions might focus on the difficulties or delights of online teaching in honors, any challenges you have faced resulting from anxiety (mental, emotional, medical, or technological) among your students and/or you, any unexpected experience you have had, and any advice you have for other honors educators based on your experience. We suggest an essay length of 1000-2000 words but do not plan to be strict about word count.

Submission Guidelines

We accept material by e-mail attachment in Word (not pdf). We do not accept material by fax or hard copy, nor do we receive documents with tracking.

If documentation is used, the documentation style can be whatever is appropriate to the author's primary discipline or approach (MLA, APA, etc.), employing internal citation to a list of references (bibliography).

All essay submissions to the journals must include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a list of no more than five keywords. For a submission to "Brief Ideas about What Works in Honors," the abstract should be short (preferably one sentence) and include a maximum of three keywords.

Only the "Brief Ideas" have minimum or maximum length requirements; the length should be dictated by the topic and its most effective presentation.

Accepted essays are edited for grammatical and typographical errors and for infelicities of style or presentation. Authors have ample opportunity to review and approve edited manuscripts before publication.

Please send all submissions to Ada Long at

Abstracting and indexing services providing coverage of HIP are Academic OneFile; Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational Curriculum & Methods and Educational Psychology & Administration; Current Abstracts; Education Abstracts; Education Index; Education Research Complete; Education Source; Educator's Reference Complete; ERIC; InfoTrac; and OmniFile Full Text Mega. Current and back issues of HIP are available in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Digital Commons repository and for purchase on the NCHC website.

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