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Call for Proposals

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The call for proposals closed on March 31, 2011.
Applicants were notified via email whether their proposals have been accepted or not.

Conference Theme

The 2011 meeting of the National Outreach Scholarship Conference will explore Engaged Scholarship and Evidence-based Practice.


Proposals are sought for presentations that will advance discourse about engaged scholarship and evidence-based practice, by communicating research findings, program designs and impacts, lessons learned, and curricular and policy development reflective of diverse contexts, partnerships, populations, and institutions. Presentations may address (but are not limited to) community-based research, urban/rural interactions, international contexts, business and industry, distance-based delivery, underserved populations, cooperative extension, service-learning, continuing education, and university-wide outreach and engagement programs.

Presentation Tracks

Proposals are invited for presentations in five tracks:

  • Methods and Practices of Community-Based Research and Creative Activities
  • Translational Science and the Diffusion of Innovation
  • Globalization and International Engagement
  • Technologies as Tools for Engagement
  • Leadership and Professional Development for Engaged Scholarship

Presentation Formats

Proposals may be submitted in any of the following four formats:

Workshops are designed to exchange information about a particular body of knowledge, evidence-based practice, engaged teaching technique, assessment or research instrument, or methodology. A workshop should include a small number of presenters and the emphasis should be on disseminating specific knowledge. Active discussion between audience and presenters should take place throughout the session. Workshops will be scheduled for 60 minutes, comprised of 40 minutes of presentation and 20 minutes of questions and answers.

A symposium must include three or four presentations on a related topic (research finding, practice, program, policy issue, etc.). Symposia that feature active panel debate about a topic, or present various perspectives about a topic, are preferred to those in which speakers all report from the same perspective. It is important to recognize the diverse disciplinary, professional, institutional, and geographic contexts represented in the NOSC when organizing a symposium. Preference will also be given to symposia that report longitudinal outcomes of programs and scientific studies. Symposia will be scheduled for 60 minutes, 20 of which should involve active discussion with members of the audience.

Poster symposium
A poster symposium consists of regular posters that are organized around specific themes. Poster symposia are assembled in one of two ways: 1) A group of four presenters from diverse centers/programs/institutions can propose a thematic poster symposium. One of the presenters should act as primary presenter and submit all poster abstracts in one proposal and moderate the session. 2) The NOSC program committee may assemble a group of 6-8 proposals that share a common theme and assign them to a poster symposium. In this case, the NOSC program committee will select a moderator for the poster symposium. Poster symposia are scheduled for 60 minutes, comprised of 20 minutes for attendees to view posters and 10-minute presentations of each of the four posters.

Poster presentations are best suited to reporting results of research studies and evaluations, or presentations of translational, educational, service-learning, clinical, or other programs of engaged scholarship or evidence-based practice. Posters will be displayed continuously during open viewing periods. Also, to encourage networking and discussion of the displayed work, at least one author is expected to be present at the poster during a formal session.

Proposal Submission Requirements

  • Presentation title (10-word maximum)
  • Presentation format
  • Abstract for conference program (50-word maximum)
  • Presentation description (250-word maximum)
  • Presentation track
  • Presentation technology needs
  • Primary presenter contact information
  • Contact information for up to five co-presenters