Call for Proposals

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The University of Minnesota is pleased to announce the eighth of these Keeping Our Faculty Symposia. We invite you to join us as we gather to engage cross-disciplinary theories, rigorous scholarship, and innovative practices to advance conceptual, empirical, and practical work to recruit, develop, and retain American Indian faculty and faculty of color.

Solicitation of Symposium Topics

We seek proposals for scholarly papers, panels, workshops, presentations, best practices and posters related to recruiting, retaining, and advancing American Indian faculty and faculty of color in academia. As always we encourage new voices to join our conversation on topics including, but not limited to, the following questions:

  • What important lessons have we learned about diversifying faculty?
  • How might partnerships within and between educational and community organizations creatively and effectively enhance faculty diversity?
  • Proposals should identify the type(s) of institutions to be considered in the presentation and how the presentation will engage the audience.
  • How do power relations inside academic settings shape the experiences of American Indian faculty and faculty of color? How might we transform those power relations in ways that facilitate more positive experiences?
  • When faculty members are "under fire" for their beliefs, what is the role of other faculty and administrators in both supporting those faculty and responding to the multiple constituencies to which they are responsible?
  • In our current sociopolitical environment, what are the factors that are strengthening and eroding academic freedom? What action might be taken to ensure the future viability of this critical academic principle?
  • What policies are most effective in advancing faculty diversity? What policies impede institutional ability to advance faculty diversity?

How to Submit

Authors must submit a pdf copy of their proposal (500-750 words, not including references) by the posted deadline.
Submissions can be for individual proposals (15-20 minutes) or for an entire session (75 minutes) inclusive of time for discussion.
We encourage presentations representing multiple institutions and/or disciplines. The number of presentation sessions is limited.

View sample submissions from previous years:

Notification of Acceptance

The planning committee will review the proposals and authors will be notified of the acceptance of their presentation. Accepted proposals will be listed on the conference website.