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Thanks for your interest. The deadline for submitting proposals has passed, but we look forward to seeing you at the conference.

HxA Conference 2022 will feature concurrent sessions led by members, content-area experts, and practitioners in higher education and K-12. 

2022 Theme: Renewing Spaces of Knowledge and Trust

Great minds don’t always think alike, which makes it vital for us to think together as we produce knowledge and seek answers to urgent questions. This collaborative project requires habits of heart and mind that make us open to diverse perspectives and the pursuit of truth. But across higher education, K-12 education, and related sectors like journalism and media, these habits are threatened. Fear and distrust undermine our classrooms and campuses while tribalism throws education and research at the center of the culture wars. 

How do we address this crisis? We need robust classrooms where students can boldly explore, constructive dialogue where disagreement is welcome, and more spaces dedicated to our shared belief in the pursuit of truth. How do we restore trust in one another, in our educational institutions, and in the teaching, learning, writing, thinking, and conversing that produce knowledge? 

Our concurrent panels will gather scholars and practitioners devoted to enriching our shared educational enterprise. We seek proposals that address this theme in the microcosm of a syllabus or the macrocosm of a campus event, in the nuances of research or the broad strokes of reporting, in the smallest of actions or the broadest of policy changes. How do we pursue knowledge and trust in 2022 and beyond? 

About the Concurrent Sessions: 

Audience
Contributors and presenters can expect an exciting range of professionals in their sessions. By and large, concurrent sessions will be attended by HxA members, including faculty across all disciplines and ranks; deans, chairs, and other administrative staff; students; K-12 professionals; and professionals in higher-ed-adjacent organizations. Many in this audience will be seeking practical advice, helpful stories of failure and success, and inspiration for their own work. In addition, we welcome other campus stakeholders, including college and university trustees, journalists, peer organizations, and alumni. It can be helpful to our broader audience to avoid leaning too heavily on jargon, acronyms, or insider references.

Format
We will feature 60- and 75-minute concurrent sessions, with up to 45 minutes of presentation and 15-30 minutes of audience Q&A facilitated by the presenter(s). Topics must respond to one of our calls below and feature applicable material for our audiences, and can range from discussions of theory or empirical studies to practical approaches. Presenters will be responsible for facilitation and time-keeping. Ample time for questions and discussion is highly encouraged. 

Traditional academic presentations are welcome, along with interactive approaches (paired with audience discussion, live polls, and engagement with material). We seek three kinds of proposals: individual presentations, full panels, and HxDialogues:

  • Individual presentation: We seek abstracts for presentations from individuals or small teams on a single topic that responds to one of the calls below. Accepted submissions will be granted either a full session slot or a place with other submitted presentations in a traditional panel designed by us. Abstracts should explain how presentations would accommodate 15- to 45-minute time slots.
  • Full panel: We seek abstracts for panels of three 15-minute presentations on a related topic, followed by discussion and questions with panelists and a moderator. Proposals should clarify the overarching theme of the panel and how each presentation contributes to the theme.
  • HxDialogue: We seek abstracts for dialogues from pairs who share a disagreement related to our call and can model The HxA Way in their conversation. Accepted HxDialogues will be granted a full session to model discussion for up to 45 minutes, followed by audience questions about their discussion and rhetorical approaches. 

We seek presentations, panels, and HxDialogues addressing the following specific ideas. We welcome creative rewording of panel and presentation titles. If you have a different proposal idea related to our theme, please scroll down and consider our Open Call.

Specific Calls

  • 1. Overcoming Self-Censorship

    What mindsets and strategies can help scholars, students, and thinkers stop self-censoring, think better about expressing themselves in difficult moments, and find the confidence to share their thoughts and inquiries boldly and helpfully?

  • 2. Building Trust and Curiosity in the Classroom

    How can teachers and university instructors help students trust one another’s intentions and exercise authentic interest about differing perspectives in the classroom?

  • 3. Cultivating Open Inquiry and Constructive Disagreement in Departments

    What policies and practices can departments undertake to encourage bold inquiry and engagement across differences?

  • 4. Changing the Culture of a Discipline

    How do we write, teach, and present ideas (e.g., in academic departments or at disciplinary conferences) in ways that winsomely disrupt echo chambers in our disciplines, disagree empathetically with peers, and establish trust when exploring unpopular avenues?

  • 5. Does Trust Matter?

    Our conference theme is Renewing Spaces of Knowledge and Trust. What does trust mean, does it matter, and if so, how does it help us improve our practices? 

  • 6. Measuring Campus Climate and What to Do With the Data

    What tools can help campuses effectively gather data about the openness of their learning and intellectual environment, and how can faculty and administrators use that data to improve campus climate?

  • 7. Why Do We Teach?

    Especially after the last few years, how should instructors understand their role in the classroom? What goals should they lay out for students related to social justice, the pursuit of truth, education for democracy, and/or other aims?

  • 8. What Is the Purpose of the University?

    Debate rages over the role universities should play in advancing social justice, seeking truth, developing citizens, and more. How do we see the purpose or telos of the university? What do we mean by words like “truth” or “justice” as they relate to campus? 

  • 9. Engaging Social Justice Narratives

    Should we engage calls for social justice in education? If so, how can we include constructive approaches to social justice in our teaching and writing? If the answer is more complex, how do we respond to perceived inequities and engage unproductive approaches in constructive ways?

  • 10. Thriving Without Tenure

    What does it look like for adjunct, contingent, and junior faculty to find support in their departments for heterodox research or beliefs held in good faith? What personal practices should they undertake, and how can departments and colleges better support them?

  • 11. Thriving as a Graduate Student

    Similarly, what does it take for a graduate student to trust their surroundings and pursue heterodox inquiries? What personal practices should they undertake, and how can departments and colleges better support them?

  • 12. Funding Your Heterodox Research

    Heterodox ideas cannot always find toeholds with grant applications and funding agencies. What tactics and approaches can applicants take to find supportive financial streams or write successful applications to traditional agencies?

  • 13. What Do We Mean When We Say “Reality and Fact”?

    Disciplines do not share epistemological grounding. How do scholars and students navigate different modes of evidence across the disciplines, identify shared facts, and live with seeming contradictions?

  • 14. Canceling “Canceling”

    In school board meetings, university campuses, social media, and more, cancellation and disenfranchising continues. How do we stop attempted canceling before it occurs and cultivate environments that privilege curiosity and empathy over fear and offense?

  • 15. Restoring Trust in Epistemic Institutions

    Beyond higher education, distrust and tribalism plague our society’s faith in expertise and in institutions like journalism that daily gather and produce knowledge. What practices and perspectives need to change in order to restore these spheres as reliable, constructive places of knowledge and dialogue?

  • 16. Improving Relations Between Education and Media

    While many of us rely on journalistic reporting and social media to learn about news across K-12 and higher education, this relationship can be tense when moments of cancellation and outrage erupt. What practices can slow the outrage machine and ensure more accurate information sharing among sectors?

  • 17. Addressing Elitism in America

    Our society both glorifies Ivy League culture and endures fierce perceptions of coastal elitism and anti-intellectualism. How do we renew values of intellectual practice and education for all while maintaining rigorous, intensive production of knowledge? How do we grapple with perceived academic inequity as it relates to socioeconomic status? 

  • 18. Stories of Success

    We all crave stories we can learn from and apply to our lives. What practices and approaches have helped you, your campus, or your organization engage across lines of difference, deepen trust, and pursue knowledge?

Open Call

  • Don't see the topic you're looking for in the Specific Calls?

    This call welcomes abstracts for presentations, panels, or HxDialogues that respond to our theme in a way not represented in the ideas listed above. Presenters could adopt (but are not limited to) the following approaches:

    • Teaching approaches proven to cultivate trust and constructive disagreement in the classroom 

    • Professional development strategies for growing toward greater curiosity and courage 

    • Road-tested practices that deepen collegiality, humility, and curiosity among colleagues 

    • Examples of successful or in-process policies and procedures that embed viewpoint diversity and empathy in campus events, committees, and other convenings

    • Helpful moves scholars or public writers can make that pursue open inquiry and constructive engagement with fellow voices 

    • Usable strategies for building campus or school climates that value curiosity and incentivize extending the benefit of the doubt

    • Practical ideas for improving the connections among higher education, K-12, and related intellectual spheres (social media, news media, etc.) 

    • Published studies or ongoing research into topics related to the conference theme and general HxA values 

    Proposals related to higher education, K-12, and adjacent spheres welcome!

Evaluation Criteria
Proposals will be evaluated by a team consisting of HxA staff and members on the degree to which they:

  • Are relevant to the conference theme and/or HxA values
  • Offer specificity in practices and/or ideas attendees can adopt or consider in their professional lives
  • Ground their claims (referring to empirical evidence, broader conversations, or professional anecdotes illustrating successes and failures)
  • Otherwise abide by The HxA Way
  • Provide a concrete/high-quality facilitation plan
  • Are informed by the presenter’s expertise and/or professional experience
  • Otherwise add value for HxA conference attendees and members

Disciplinary-based presentations are welcome, provided they can also offer some tools for transfer. While the bulk of concurrent sessions will include higher-ed and K-12 practitioners, it can be helpful to our broader audience to avoid leaning too heavily on jargon, acronyms, or insider references.

Accepted Sessions
You will receive confirmation once your proposal is under review. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but all submissions are due by Thursday, February 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET. During the review process, you may be asked to provide more information or answer clarifying questions, which does not necessarily indicate acceptance. Your timely response is greatly appreciated.

You will be notified about your proposal no later than March 11. Individual presentations may be accepted as a stand-alone session or assembled with other presentations into a panel.

Accepted panelists will receive complimentary lodging for the 2022 HxA Conference (Sunday, June 12, and Monday, June 13) at our conference venue, the Denver Grand Hyatt.

Submission Instructions

Heterodox Academy uses the online application platform Submittable to receive and review conference proposals. Applicants will be notified via Submittable or by email of decisions and other information pertaining to their proposal. 

What will the Call for Presentations submission ask for?

  • All submissions

    • Name

    • Email

    • Phone number

    • Professional title

    • Institution

    • Curriculum vitae or résumé

    • HxA member status

    • Abstract type (presentation, panel, HxDialogue)

    • Call responded to (open or specific)

    • Higher education / K-12 / other

    • Abstract title

    • AV needs

  • Single-presentation and small-team proposals

    • Abstract (200-400 words)

    • Facilitation plan (how you intend to run your session; accommodations for a  shorter presentation if placed on a panel; 200 words)

  • Panel proposals

    • Moderator to input primary contact information

    • All presenters’ information as above

    • 200-word abstract of panel topic and goals

    • Facilitation plan (how you intend to run your session; 200 words)

    • Abstracts of each presentation (200-400 words)

  • HxDialogue proposals

    • Proposal lead to input primary contact information

    • Name and information of fellow conversant as above

    • Abstract outlining history of relationship, reliability of collegiality, topic to be discussed, and goals for viewers (300-500 words)

Presentation Policies

  • All accepted presenters must register for the conference in order to attend and present (registration fees apply).
  • HxA exercises its sole discretion in determining which proposals to accept.
  • Although we aim to provide as much feedback as possible, time may not allow us to provide specific feedback on all rejected submissions.
  • Presenters will be asked to submit draft materials in advance of May 25; further information will be provided upon acceptance.
  • A limited number of keynotes and sessions will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date. As a courtesy to others, presenters cannot livestream or record their own sessions.

Questions? Please contact conference@heterodoxacademy.org.

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