News from NCHC | February 2020

In This Issue...

NCHC20 Proposals

NCHC20 Plenary Speaker

2020 Upcoming Events

NCHC Affiliated Events

Dates & Deadlines

JNCHC Call for Papers

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NCHC20 Proposals

Submit your NCHC20 Proposal Today!

Session Proposals Close February 27 :: Additional participation calls opening in Spring 2020

For information on the 2020 Conference Theme and preliminary conference details, visit the NCHC20 Conference Page here.

Important reminders about proposal submissions:

  • Your NCHC Membership must be current by the submission deadline of February 27th for your proposal to be considered. If you still need to renew for 2020, log in to your NCHC profile page to view your invoice.
  • If you will need an LCD for your presentation you must request it within the submission process. LCDs are ONLY available for certain session types, 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 NCHC20, 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.
  • Please be aware of any travel limitations that may be in place at your institution. Read more here.

Looking for co-presenters on your selected topic? Log into the NCHC member portal and use the SocialLink newsfeed to coordinate your presentation with other NCHC members.

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NCHC20 Plenary Speaker

Announcing our 55th Annual Conference Plenary Speaker:

Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt

Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford. She has a Ph.D. from Harvard, and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including a 2014 MacArthur "genius" award. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers. She is widely considered one of the world's leading experts on racial bias.

She was one of the first social science researchers to apply her research on implicit bias to law enforcement, and President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing quoted her testimony in its call for implicit bias training at all levels of law enforcement.

She is co-founder and co-director of SPARQ, a Stanford Center that brings together researchers and practitioners to address significant social problems. SPARQ not only addresses social problems in the area of criminal justice, but also in health, education, and business.

With SPARQ, Dr. Eberhardt has worked with the Oakland Police Department on improving police-community relations. California's former Attorney General, Kamala Harris, and the Department of Justice used pilot versions of her trainings on implicit bias to develop a statewide training program for law enforcement officials. She is also part of a federal monitoring team overseeing the New York City Police Department's reform efforts in the aftermath of a judge's ruling to end controversial "stop and frisk" practices.

She has consulted for Airbnb, Nextdoor, and other businesses who have read her research and reached out to see how social science can be applied to reduce bias in the business world.

The hallmarks of her work are: unsettling research revealing the long, pernicious reach of unconscious racial bias, and an unrelenting commitment to use her findings to develop positive solutions in our contemporary world.

Interest has built in Dr. Eberhardt's work through media coverage of her research in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Discover Magazine, WIRED, Vox, and Slate. Her work has been featured on the BBC, PBS, and NPR as well as in popular books, such as NPR correspondent Shankar Vedantam's The Hidden Brain and Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow.

Registration and hotel booking for NCHC20 opens April 1!

2020 Upcoming Events

The year ahead is full of training opportunities and professional events for NCHC members!

Professional Development

Registration Opening Soon for these NCHC Summer Institutes!

  • Honors Assessment Institute: July 15-17 in Lincoln, NE
  • New Directors Institute: July 12-14 in Lincoln, NE
  • Admissions & Recruitment Institute: July 23-25 in Orlando, FL
  • Honors & Mental Health Institute: July 2020 in Lincoln, NE

Experiential Learning


NCHC Affiliated Events

See the calendar below for events hosted by NCHC member institutions that may be of interest to the honors community.

June 15-17, 2020 5th Honors International Faculty Institute
Registration Closes April 1
August 20 -December 7, 2020 Grand Canyon Semester @ Northern Arizona University
Registration Now Closed

NCHC members are invited to submit their faculty and student honors events for inclusion in the Affiliated Events calendar. Submitted events will be reviewed monthly.

Submit Your Event

Dates and Deadlines

Take note of these upcoming important dates for NCHC members!

February 3-27 Proposals Accepted for NCHC20
March 1NCHC Fellows Nomination Deadline
NCHC Founders Award Nomination Deadline
March 15Spring Portz Grant Deadline
Portz Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship Deadline
March 31NCHC Consultant Grant Deadline

JNCHC Call for Papers

The next issue of JNCHC (deadline: March 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 "The Professionalization of Honors." 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 Patricia J. Smith. In her essay, "The Professionalization of Honors Education," she cites the theory of how an occupation becomes a profession advanced by sociologist Theodore Caplow in 1954: "Caplow identifies four stages whereby a developing profession transitions to a professional association: organizing membership, changing the name of occupation from its previous status, developing a code of ethics, and after a period of political agitation, beginning a process by which to enforce occupational barriers." Synchronizing the evolution of the NCHC with the Caplow's stages of professionalization, Smith argues that the issue of certification, which has been controversial and disruptive in NCHC's past, is likely to arise again as a matter for serious attention.

Questions for Forum contributors to consider might include the following:

  • Is certification—the establishment and enforcement of "occupational barriers" (Caplow) or the use of "a nationally accepted instrument to be used in a process of certifying honors colleges" (Smith)—a necessary next step in the professionalization of honors?
  • Is the professionalization of honors inevitable? Is it necessary? Is it desirable?
  • Is standardization a necessary consequence of professionalization?
  • What values does certification add to or subtract from honors education?
  • If the NCHC were to "establish and sustain its jurisdictional authority" over honors education, what might be the responses of various interest groups such as two-year colleges and research universities? Would they accept this authority or withdraw from it? What would be the effect on the internationalization of honors, given the different structures and values of honors education in other countries?
  • What characteristics of honors education might (or might not) distinguish the NCHC from the kind of professional organizations that Caplow describes?
  • If honors develops as a discipline rather than a profession, is Caplow's argument for the inevitability of "occupational barriers" or certification irrelevant to honors?

Information about JNCHC—including the editorial policy, submission guidelines, guidelines for abstracts and keywords, and a style sheet—are attached and are also 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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