Call for Proposals

Community Engagement Administrators Conference (CEAC)
“Recalibration:  Knowledge & Tools for Deepening & Sustaining Community & Civic Engagement”
June 9, 2020 [NOW VIRTUAL]

Proposal deadline: April 17, 2020
Proposal notification:  April 22, 2020

CEAC is for staff and faculty who lead, coordinate, and facilitate higher education community and civic engagement activities.

If you have participated in the SLCE (service-learning, community/civic engagement) field in the last decade, you have witnessed the rapid growth and institutionalization of this work. From offices to staff to conferences to credentials to minors and majors to classifications, etc. it is clear that higher education has embraced their role in preparing students for civic and social responsibility, strengthening democracy, and partnering with their communities to address critical public issues. However, in the midst of these field advances, we are aware of the dire predictions about the future of higher education due to demographic and economic shifts.  We have seen the growing critiques of the humanities, the co-curriculum, and pedagogies and practices such as those connected to civic and community engagement – while the argument to focus strictly on career and job preparedness continues to gain traction. Meanwhile, economic and social disparities continue to increase.

How can community and civic engagement professionals deepen, expand, and sustain their efforts in the current climate? The Webster’s Dictionary definition for “calibrate” is to “adjust or mark (something, such as a measuring device) so that it can be used in an accurate and exact way.” The 2020 CEAC is an opportunity for civic/community engagement professionals to recalibrate through networking,  discussions about these issues, and through sharing of best practices and insights.

CEAC will include a combination of workshops and roundtable and group discussions. We are currently seeking facilitators for the workshops and roundtable discussions.


All workshops should contribute to helping participants deepen their understanding and/or practice of community and civic engagement.

We seek to make CEAC an interactive day filled with deep inquiry and learning. We challenge you to embed community building methods and facilitation into your presentations and workshops. All presenters are encouraged to choose a presentation style that ensures clear delivery of the information, allows time for questions and answers, and provides participants with materials to take away from the session.  Workshop sessions are 60 minutes.

Proposals are sought for presentations in the following categories.

  1. Program Management and Sustainability

These workshops should highlight best practices and lessons learned in how to effectively establish, market, sustain, institutionalize, manage, and/or assess community and civic engagement methods, programs, and initiatives.  Preference will be given to sessions that address issues related to equity and access such as transportation; gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, etc.

  1. Engagement Innovation

These workshops should highlight methods, programs, initiatives, and projects that are unique, but with potential to be replicated at other institutions. These case studies can fall anywhere within the community and civic engagement eco-system. This includes co-curricular volunteerism, academic service-learning, social entrepreneurship, design thinking, philanthropy,  etc.

  1. Community Partnership Development

These workshops should focus on establishing, strengthening, and deepening relationships with community partners.

  1. Student Leadership and Development

These workshops showcase programs, models, initiatives, and strategies that develop and train students involved in the broad range of community and civic engagement pathways.  Special preference will be given to sessions that focus on democratic engagement (as 2020 is a presidential election year). This includes sessions related to election/voter engagement; dialogue, deliberation, and civil discourse; policy, activism, and advocacy; and political engagement (engaging students in running for office or engaging in political campaigns).

  1. Faculty Development

The workshop should explore issues related to faculty engagement in community engagement pedagogy and practice such as professional development and training, learning communities, service-learning development, community-based research, promotion and tenure, etc.

  1. Research and Theory
    These workshops should focus on research and scholarship deepening understanding of community engagement, practice, trends, and innovations.

Roundtable Discussions (we will use Zoom breakout rooms for these conversations)

During the day there will be one 40-minute session comprised of facilitated roundtable discussions. These are small group conversations (between 8-10 individuals) on topics/issues related to the SLCE field. This session will be followed by a plenary gathering of all conference participants where facilitators will share highlights from each conversation. These sessions can target a particular type of institution (e.g. community colleges) or a specific topic (e.g. ways to engage new faculty in service-learning).

Questions? Contact Leslie Garvin, Executive Director