Call for Proposals

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The Engagement Scholarship Consortium seeks proposals for its 2019 conference, Deepening Our Roots: Advancing Community Engagement in Higher Education.  The conference will be held October 8 and 9, 2019 (Pre-Conference: October 6-7, 2019) in Denver, Colorado. 

The conference will take a retrospective look at the driving forces behind public higher education institutions’ “return to their roots” of public trust; share insights into current engagement theories and practices; and provide perspectives on the future and next level of higher education’s engagement with communities.

As the 1999 Kellogg Commission Report, Returning to Our Roots: The Engaged Institution, concluded:

Today, we (public higher education institutions) are called on to re-shape Morrill’s conception anew. If we succeed, historians of the future will continue to celebrate our contributions because we insisted that we could do more—and we could do it better. (p. 13)

Proposals are invited for presentations and posters related to one or more of the following conference topics:

  • Novel Approaches and Solutions to “Old” Problems
  • Engaging Students, Faculty, and Communities in New and Different Ways
  • New Partnership Models, Practices, and Approaches to Solving Problems
  • Innovative Collaborations with Minority Serving Institutions
  • Redesigning Extension and Engagement to Prepare for the Future
  • Challenging Societal Issues and Facing Human Crises
  • Measuring and Communicating Institutional and Broader Societal Impacts  
  • New Funding Models for Community Engagement
  • Current and Future Opportunities for Engagement
  • Any other topic clearly related to the theme of advancing community engagement*

*We encourage proposals developed jointly with community partners.


Individuals, teams, and collaborators including:

  • University and college faculty and staff involved in the study or practice of engaged scholarship, the scholarship of engagement, the implementation of engagement programs, or service learning
  • Community, government, and corporate partners working with colleges and universities.
  • Engagement professionals
  • Undergraduate and graduate students studying the impacts of service learning and community engagement
  • Higher education administrators, including student affairs professionals, who foster institutional support for community engagement
  • Faculty and staff who engage with communities through scholarship and evidence-based practice


Proposals may be submitted in any of the following formats:

Symposium. A symposium combines two or three presentations grouped around a common sub-theme or closely related topics. If presenters are aware of other presentations that logically fall within the same symposium, please inform the ESC program committee. Otherwise, the program committee will group individual presentations into symposia. Each presentation will be allotted 20 minutes, of which at least 5 minutes should involve active discussion with the audience.

Workshop. Workshops are designed for one or several presenters from the same institution or project team, who plan to share information about a particular body of knowledge, evidence-based practice, engaged teaching or research techniques, assessment or research results, or methodologies.  Active discussion between audience and presenter(s) 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.

Roundtables. Roundtables consist of several poster presentations that are organized around a common theme.  Posters are best suited for reporting specific results of a research study, or presenting translational, educational, service-learning, clinical, or other programs of engaged scholarship or evidence-based practice. Round tables are scheduled for 60 minutes.


  • Primary presenter contact information
  • Contact information for up to five co-presenters
  • Presentation title (10-word maximum)
  • Presentation subtheme(s) or topics the proposal relates to
  • Presentation format (symposium, workshop, or poster roundtable)
  • Abstract for conference program (50-word maximum)
  • Presentation description (300-word maximum)
  • Three to five learning objectives
  • Presentation technology needs

The submission deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019.  Click here to submit your proposal!
(Note: Once you are in the Texas Tech University Competition Space proposal submission system, click on “ESC’19 Call for Proposals” under the title menu; next click on the “Apply” button which will lead you to a login page. If you are a new user of Competition Space, you  must first click on “Register” for a user account at the bottom of the page in order to begin the application process.)

For further questions related to the proposal requirements, contact Dr. Birgit Green, ESC’19 Program Co-Chair: e-mail:; phone: (806)834-2308.   In case of technical issues, please contact