PACE Call for Proposals

Proposal Deadline:  January 15, 2021

NC Campus Compact’s 2021 PACE Conference will be February 10, 2021. The event will be virtual and use the Zoom webinar platform.

We are seeking proposals for presentations that will inform or advance the research and practice of community engagement through research findings, innovative program design and partnership models, proven community/institutional impacts, effective curriculum or co-curricular models, institutional capacity building and institutionalization, or successful community engagement practices.

Special Track – Media/Information Literacy 

It has become increasingly evident, especially in light of the 2020 election, that mis- and disinformation is a problem that is threatening the very foundation of our democracy.  It is contributing to the growing distrust in the  institutions upon which our society is built and adding to the polarization and incivility that is so prevalent.  We are interested in sessions focused on research, courses, and/or campus-based models  that seek to address information/media illiteracy.  While the focus is on curricular models, we will consider innovative co-curricular programs and initiatives.

Conference Goals

  • Introduce tools, research, and practice for strengthening “the engaged campus”
  • Deepen understanding of community engagement, exploring diverse and newer perspectives on  theory and practice
  • Highlight research and practice on related topics, including disciplinary approaches to community engagement, engaged scholarship, and demonstration of impact
  • Renew commitment to build transformative campus-community partnerships
  • Showcase emerging or innovative research and models
  • Create a context where the voices of faculty, staff, community partners, and graduate students are all embraced and valued

Who Should Submit a Proposal?

Individuals, teams, and collaborators including:

  • University and college faculty and staff involved in the study, research, and/or practice of community engagement, the implementation of engagement programs, or service-learning, social entrepreneurism, community-based research or other community-engaged pedagogies
  • Community partners working with colleges and universities
  • Higher education administrators who foster institutional support for students, faculty, and staff to engage with communities through scholarships and evidence-based practice
  • Students (graduate or undergraduate) participating in community engagement

You may submit a proposal(s) in both categories below, but each presentation requires a separate proposal.

Workshop Categories (1 hour workshops)

  • Capacity-building, institutionalization: Integrating community engagement across campuses; best practices for engagement including risk management, community-campus partnerships; assessment of impact; building the engaged campus; promotion and tenure practices
  • Pedagogy:  Service-learning, community-based research; social entrepreneurship; philanthropy; discipline-specific examples; new and diverse contexts for curricular engagement; engaging faculty
  • Research and theory:  Research and scholarship deepening understanding of community engagement, trends, and innovations
  • Community Partner development & sustainability: Best practices in building reciprocal and sustainable partnerships with the community
  • Civil Dialogue & Discourse
  • Special Track: Media/Information Literacy

PACE Mini-Sessions (20 minute presentations)

These sessions combine depth with brevity to allow for stimulating idea generation and conversations Curricular models will receive preference, but co-curricular models are also encouraged.  Two mini-talks will occur within the 1 hour session, with 10 minutes between each presentation for questions. The talks must fall within the topics below.

Below are the 2021 session topics:

  1. Food Insecurity
  2. Democratic & Political Engagement
  3. Creating and Sustaining an Engaged Campus
  4. Equity and Inclusion
  5. Partnerships to Improve K-12 Education
  6. Addressing Health Disparities
  7. Empowering Students as Colleagues
  8. Community College Engagement
  9. Civil Dialogue & Discourse

Proposal Selection Criteria

Reviewers seek to select a diversity of workshops within each track, models that have demonstrated impact or sustainability, and research presentations that recognize and build upon the theory associated with community engagement. All workshops should contribute to helping participants deepen their understanding and/or practice of community engagement, as well as their commitment to building transformative campus-community partnerships.

Preference will be given to presentations that involve a community partner. This includes a community organization or agency representation and/or community resident.

Proposals will be given one of the following ratings:  accept, accept with minor revisions, combine with similar proposal, or decline. The reviewers’ decision will be final.

Where necessary, all proposals must be in accordance with local policies for research involving human subjects.

Submission Guidelines

Below are the questions included in the proposal form.

Email address:  Please submit your email address to receive a copy of the form in your inbox.

Institution name: Enter the name of the institution for the person submitting the form. If your presentation involves multiple institutions, you can include that in the description and when you identify the presenters.

Category Selection: Workshop or Mini-Session
Select the category for the presentation for which you are submitting this specific form. You can submit multiple proposals in the same category and submit proposals in multiple categories but you must submit a separate form for each proposal. 

Presentation title (10-word maximum)

Presentation description (300-word maximum) Be sure to include the purpose, learning objectives, partners, and impacts within your description.

Abstract for conference program (60-word maximum)

Primary presenter contact information

For workshops we recommend no more than four presenters. For mini-sessions we recommend no more than two.

For each presenter you list you must include:

  • First Name Last Name, Degree, Title, Department, Institution/Organization
    • Ex: Maggie Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Center for Service, North State University
    • Ex: Bruce Wayne, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mathematics, Carolina College

Please note that presenter info is not included in the selection process.


Proposal deadline: January 15, 2021 (5:00 p.m.)
Proposal notifications:  January 28, 2021
Selection process: All submissions will be peer reviewed.

Please Note: PACE Presenters must be registered as part of a campus team by February 1, 2021. PACE registrations this year are being handled per campus by the NC Campus Compact primary liaison.  Please let your liaison know if you are interested in participating in this year’s virtual conference.

For more info/questions, contact:
Leslie Garvin 
(336) 278-7278