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Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana  70130
United States
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877-459-7438 x105


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American Association of Blacks in Higher Education

2018 Call for Proposals

March 25 – 28, 2018

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

500 Canal Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

Dr. Dereck Rovaris, Conference Chair; AABHE President-elect

Conference Theme

Pathways to Success in Higher Education:

Education, the Ultimate Civil Right!

The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) provides leadership regarding success in Higher Education. It pursues numerous initiatives while communicating African American achievements. These initiatives address the pipeline of Black faculty, staff and students within post-secondary institutions, thus bringing broad issues pertinent to Black faculty, staff and students to the attention of the larger academic community. AABHE also facilitates and provides opportunities for individuals, institutions, groups and agencies in higher education, to collaborate and network nationally and internationally.

There are other African American/Black organizations representing our specializations, and AABHE supports its members as they address their particular areas of expertise. Moreover, AABHE encourages leadership within higher education and within our various areas. Therefore, the highest preference will be given to proposals that go beyond specific findings, practices or perspectives to emphasize the leadership component in the work. Leadership in this context is broadly construed as emphasizing the processes, characteristics, practices and value systems that encourage other individuals and institutions to advance the efforts and objectives of African American leadership within higher education.

AABHE invites proposals that focus on various aspects of leadership, policy, collaborations, research and innovative strategies that impact those who work with, within, and around institutions of higher education. Following the official theme: Pathways to Success in Higher Education: Education, the Ultimate Civil Right! AABHE encourages submissions that create opportunities for critical thinking about academia in an evolving political and economic climate. We welcome theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches that may advance our conceptualization of social justice and partnerships as we navigate various strategic pathways to success in the academy. Submissions are accepted in three formats: general conference presentations, roundtable discussions and one poster session with numerous posters and presenters.

Presentation Types

Please indicate the session type most appropriate for your proposal. 

General Conference Presentation (60 minutes)

Presentations are 60-minute formal scholarly or research paper presentations. These presentations can be performed by an individual presenter or an organized panel of presenters contributing expertise and perspectives on a topic or issue facing higher education professionals. Presenter(s) may share their research or innovations through a lecture or an introduction followed by discussion and/or activities.

Roundtable Discussion (60 minutes)

Roundtables are flexible and an ideal format for in-depth discussion. They involve one or more presenters speaking on a similar topic who share a table with several attendees interested in that topic area. For this conference, there will be a total of 12 seats at each table. Each presenter at each table, will have approximately 10-15 minutes to speak. After the presenters have completed their speeches at their respective tables, they will have approximately 15 minutes to receive feedback and have an open dialogue with all participants seated at the table. Presenters should bring questions to pose to others within their roundtable group. No additional audiovisual equipment, such as a screen or LCD projector, is provided. Proposals involving students as panelists, are strongly encouraged.

Poster Session (60 minutes)

Posters combine a graphic display of research with the opportunity for an informal discussion of findings throughout a 60-minute session. Individual presenters will set up displays that showcase their papers in a designated area of traffic flow. Detailed instructions about the preparation of posters, will be available. No additional audiovisual equipment, such as a screen or LCD projector, is provided. Student posters are strongly encouraged.

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