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Submission Deadline: All conference proposals are due by 11:59pm on November 12, 2018

We invite contributions on contemplative practices within the higher education setting. Suggested areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Pedagogy in higher education
  • Research in arts, humanities, medicine, science, and technology
  • Leadership and management, particularly within university administrations
  • Health and wellness
  • The environment and sustainability
  • Student communities and student life
  • Campus mindfulness

Registration Requirements

All presenters, chairs, and commentators are required to register and pay published conference fees.

If your proposal is accepted, each presenter must register for the conference. The conference does not pay presenters honoraria, reimburse expenses (e.g., travel, lodging, or copying), or waive conference registration fees.

Submissions may be one of the following forms:

Individual or Group Presentation: 45 minutes.
Research questions/hypotheses should be clearly articulated and address the important questions. Significance of the problem should be justified. The purpose, goals, and expected learning outcomes of the session are clearly stated. It is suggested that author(s) involve the audience through an interactive activity. Note: Presentation proposals sharing a theme might be grouped together.
Roundtable: 60 minutes.
The roundtable should have at least two facilitators and be highly interactive. The submission should contain a detailed description of the session that clearly explains the relationship to contemplative practices and format for the session. The session description should clearly explain how the session would benefit attendees.
Practice Session: 30–45 minutes.
Almost all of the period must be given over to group participation. The description of the practice should be grounded in a framework based on literature and contain references for the materials/information used to design the practice.
Poster Session:
The poster presentation involves a display depicting research or inquiry about a particular contemplative topic. These will be on display throughout the conference with presenters available for questions during unscheduled conference time. This is a great opportunity for student presenters.

Consider maximizing the impact of your presentation by:

  • Submitting a copy of your slides to the conference committee. They will be published on the conference website after the conference.
  • Submitting a paper for publication on the UVa website:

To Submit Your Proposal

Submission Form Field Description:
*all fields required unless otherwise noted

  • A corresponding Author: name(s), email address, phone number(s), organization(s), and role (such as: job title, faculty level, student level, consultant title, etc.).
  • All Other Participant information: name(s), email address, phone number(s), organization(s), and role (such as: job title, faculty level, student level, consultant title, etc.) for each participant.
  • Title: Brief, descriptive title.
  • Proposal Type: Individual Presentation, Panel/Roundtable or Practice Session.
  • Short Description: A brief 100 word description of the proposal, which will be used in the online and printed programs.
  • Detailed Description: A 500–1000 word description of the proposed session that includes the background of the problem or issue, proposed structure for your session, and audience outcomes.
  • Professional Bio(s) for all authors: Limited to 100 words.
  • References: (not required) If applicable to your submission, you may provide a list of references for the works/research cited in your detailed abstract.
  • Audio Visual Needs: (if applicable) An explanation of the A/V needs for your submission. Note: LCD projectors will be provided for all presentations in concurrent session rooms. Please bring a laptop and appropriate adapter if you plan to do a presentation or need internet (wifi is available).

Conference Proposal Submission Form

Submission Review Process

The conference committee coordinates the peer-review and selection process of all submissions. Submissions will be evaluated as follows:

  • Relevance to the conference mission – The submission should provide evidence that it is new, innovative, and makes a substantive contribution to the conference mission.
  • Preceded interest to the conference audience – Session description should clearly explain the details regarding why the session will benefit attendees.
  • Format specific criteria:
    • Individual Presentations – Research questions/hypotheses are well articulated and address important questions and relationships. Submission includes at least a statement regarding preliminary findings of at least a portion of the work.
    • Panel or Roundtable Sessions – A panel session should clearly identify the issue(s) addressed, their significance to the conference mission, and the expected outcomes. The description should explain what each panel member is contributing.
    • Practice Sessions – Session description clearly explains the contemplative practice to be covered and format for the session. Practice is grounded in a framework based on literature and contains references for the materials/information used to design the practice.

Status Notification

Acceptance notifications to the corresponding author will be emailed to everyone by December 20, 2018. It is vital that your submission includes a valid email and daytime phone number.

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