Call for Proposals

39th Annual Conference of the

Eastern Educational Research Association

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

February 17-20, 2016




Dr. Jane Upshaw

Chancellor Emeritus, University of South Carolina Beaufort

Entrepreneurship in Higher Education


Dr. Daniel Mahony

President, Winthrop University, Rock Hill South Carolina

Building a Sustainable Research Agenda

Proposals are now being accepted for the 39th Annual Conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association, to be held at the Westin Resort Hotel, Hilton Head Island, SC, on February 17-20, 2016.  The EERA conference has been held each spring for nearly 40 years, and brings together the leading scholars from the eastern United States.  The refereed conference typically hosts over 300 scholars, meaning that the conference is small enough to network and connect with colleagues, but is large enough to offer a wide range of ideas, research methods, and topics.

Researchers may submit for consideration original proposals that have not been published or presented at another professional meeting. Proposals will be submitted through the online registration center on the EERA website, and if the proposal is accepted, the lead author must pay all conference fees and be present at the conference.  Research Paper formats require that the presenter prepare a paper for distribution at the conference.

Original proposed research presentations are to be based on completed work, or work to be completed before the annual conference. Proposals for the upcoming 2016 meeting will be accepted from Tuesday September 8th until Friday November 6th, 2015. The program will consist of papers and other formats for educational research presentations that have been accepted by the review committee. All submissions will be reviewed by at least two scholars or practitioners in the field of education.

Submitting a Proposal

A proposal may be submitted only once. An individual may participate in a maximum of three sessions, excluding invited addresses, business meetings, and award activities. EERA will provide overhead projectors for proposals accepted as Research Paper presentations; other audio-visual or equipment needs must be arranged by the participant.

Submitted proposals should be 2000 words or less and should summarize the major objectives or focus, the theoretical perspective, research methods or techniques, data sources, results, conclusions, and educational or scientific significance of the work. Electronic copies of the proposal must be submitted using key words for review. Each submission should include the title of the proposal and author’s name, institutional affiliation, mailing address as you want it to appear in the program and on the Web version of the program (including zip code). Please include a phone number (including area code) and e-mail address.

Session Formats

Research Papers

Description: Research paper proposals are structured synopses or completed data-based studies that utilize any variety of quantitative or qualitative methodological approaches. Theoretical papers are acceptable. Papers not meeting these criteria (e.g. literature reviews) should be submitted under another format. The proposed paper should be appropriate for submission to a refereed journal.

Evaluation Criteria: Paper proposals will be evaluated according to: (a) the significance of the problem or issue to the field; (b) the originality of the work; (c) the adequacy of the theoretical/conceptual framework; (d) appropriateness of the mode of inquiry; (e) the rigor and accuracy of the analysis of the data; (f) clarity of the written exposition of ideas, analyses, and arguments; and (g) reasonableness of stated conclusions and implications.


Description: Symposia are thematic, integrated dialogues between session participants about a clearly identified theme or topic. This format allows a team of researchers or practitioners to present or review scholarly perspectives on issues. The format is not intended as an opportunity to present papers that have not gone through a review process. Rather, symposia should provide attendees with an opportunity to hear presenters engage in dialogue amongst themselves as well as with attendees about cutting-edge research, practice, theory building, or policy development.

Evaluation Criteria: Symposia proposals will be evaluated on: (a) originality; (b) clarity of topic; (c) significance of topic and/or relevance to EERA members, (d) organization and coherence of individual presentations, (e) range of knowledge and points of view represented by presenters; and (f) opportunities for audience participation.


Description: Roundtables may be proposed on any topic, but are best suited for small group discussions intended to advance, enhance, or share information about research projects that are still in progress. Roundtables are also a useful format for discussion of sharply or narrowly focused topics of policy, practice, professional, or theoretical concerns. Proposals may be submitted that are for one roundtable only or for a group of related round tables.

Evaluation Criteria: Roundtable proposals will be evaluated on: (a) the significance of the topic/issue/ problem to the field; (b) clarity of objectives and intended outcomes of the session; (c) potential for stimulating scholarly discussion, (d) originality, and (e) methods planned to engage participants.


Description: Poster sessions combine the graphic display of materials with the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion of the research throughout the session.

Evaluation Criteria: Poster session proposals will be evaluated on: (a) the significance of the topic/issue/problem to the field; (b) clarity of objectives and intended outcomes of the session; (c) potential for stimulating scholarly discussion, (d) originality, and (e) methods planned to engage participants.

If you have questions about submitting a proposal or would like to talk to someone about the conference, please contact Dr. Shawn Fitzgerald at Widener University.  He is the 2016 Conference Chair and can be reached at (610) 499-4345 (or

Proposals can be submitted online at:





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