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Call for Proposals

The deadline for submitting a proposal has passed.

The 17th Annual CUMU Conference, hosted by Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) from October 9 to 11, 2011, will focus on “Creating Tomorrow’s Future Today.”

Metropolitan and urban universities are uniquely situated, not only to create their own futures, but to assist their respective communities to realize their vision for the future. Such partnerships with an eye to creating new realities support and enhance mutual gain and shared futures.

This conference will explore university/community partnerships that are preparing both to embrace the future. Partnerships in the areas of enhancing student experiential learning, expanding the roles of faculty that embrace both university and community settings, extending the university’s reach through community partnerships, creating dual urban planning projects, and creating academic offerings that uniquely engage the local community are just a few examples of proposals fitting the theme. The conference will provide a forum for students, faculty and administrators to share ideas, experiences, and make recommendations concerning the leadership role that metropolitan universities must assume in creating the future.

Please join us for this stimulating conference that will include plenary sessions, paper presentations, special topic panels, roundtables, poster sessions, and student presentations. Plenary sessions include speakers from the Lumina Foundation, the NCAA and Indianapolis Super-bowl 2012 planning committee.

Suggested Topics Related to “Creating Tomorrow’s Future Today:”

  • University/community urban planning
  • Educational infrastructure
  • Environmental threats and remediation
  • Wellness and public health
  • Community partnerships for student experiential learning
  • Faculty roles with strong ties to the community
  • Niche academic offerings
  • Community partnerships that extend the university’s reach
  • University’s contribution to the cultural growth of the community
  • Translational research and its impact on the community

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Individuals must submit written proposals in Microsoft Word (Arial font 10) related to the conference theme for paper presentations, panel discussions, roundtable discussions, or poster displays. Submissions must include the following information:

  • Title of proposal
  • Presentation type desired: individual paper (15 minutes); panel (4 to 5 thematically related presentations, total of 1hour); poster; or roundtable (two presenters per table, 50 minutes total).
  • Intended audience for presentation (e.g., administrators, faculty, students, etc.)
  • Name(s) of presenter(s), affiliation, address and e-mail contact information (student presenters should identify themselves as such, as some student presentations will be grouped in student-led sessions) For group presentations, an asterisk (*) after the name of the lead presenter will denote the corresponding presenter.
  • Biographical sketch of presenter(s) (limit of two sentences per presenter)
  • 250-word abstract
  • AV equipment needs (LCD projector, overhead projector, or flip chart only -- presenters must provide their own laptop computer)

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is June 6, 2011.

Selection and Notification

The Program Committee will evaluate proposals with regard to relevance to the conference theme, potential interest to attendees, and the significance of the topic to the mission of the coalition. Notification letters will be sent electronically by June 1, 2011 to the corresponding presenter. All presenters must be registered for the conference and are expected to pay all related costs. CUMU will invite conference presenters to submit papers to the editor of Metropolitan Universities journal for possible publication in the journal.

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