2021 Call for Proposals

Reimagining Democracy in the Biden–Harris Administration and Beyond:

A Tribute to Bernardo P. Gallegos and his Legacy

The 2021 Society of Professors of Education Conference Call for Proposals

Daylong Live Synchronous Virtual Conference

Saturday, April 10, 2021 (8am-5pm EDT)

Proposals Due February 16, 2021: etboyles@vt.edu

Professors of education, students, and practitioners—you are invited to reimagine democracy in the Biden–Harris Administration and beyond. We are keen to think, write, teach, and lead educationally in social movements, civil organizations, and educational institutions. For the 2021 conference, we will gather online as a force for justice against the national swell of anti-Blackness, insurrection, and conspiracy theory. Advocating for a critical, socially, and racially just democracy, we will pay tribute, in memoriam, to our good friend, mentor, and esteemed colleague Professor Bernardo Gallegos and his legacy. A president of the Society of Professors of Education (SPE), he was a scholar of Indigenous narratives and identities, history, and colonial legacies. As engaged scholars, we will honor his larger-than-life presence.

The Society invites proposals for live synchronous presentation at its annual meeting to be held virtually on April 10, 2021 focused on the conference theme “Reimagining Democracy in the Biden–Harris Administration and Beyond:    A Tribute to Bernardo P. Gallegos and his Legacy.” We also welcome proposals that address the Society’s primary goal (below). Select papers presented at the conference may be published in SPE’s Professing Education journal.

Founded in 1902, the SPE is a professional and academic association open to all persons engaged in teacher preparation, curriculum studies, educational foundations, and related activities. The Society’s primary goal is to provide a forum for consideration of major issues, tasks, problems, and challenges confronting professional educators. SPE is an interdisciplinary organization. Its members include both scholars and practitioners in education.

Presenters are limited to ONE proposal submission.

To be included in the program, presenters of accepted proposals must be(come) paying members of the Society. Membership and fees are managed by SPE Secretary-Treasurer Robert C. Morris: rmorris@westga.edu. The membership fee is very reasonable—join at your earliest convenience. Fill out the 2021-2022 membership form here.

Call for Reviewers: Besides submitting your work, you can volunteer as a proposal reviewer; email: etboyles@vt.edu.


Submission: By February 16, 2021, email your Word-formatted proposal to the SPE Program Committee Coordinator:

Emily Boyles: etboyles@vt.edu. The subject line of your email message must read: “SPE 2021 Proposal.”

Cover Sheet: Each proposal should have a separate cover sheet that lists: 1) title of the paper and SPE 2021 proposal;   2) names, affiliations, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and relevant backgrounds of ALL proposal submitters; 3) identify the corresponding presenter handling communications. The cover sheet will not be sent to proposal reviewers. Except for the cover sheet, the proposal must NOT contain information identifying submitters of the proposal.

Length: Proposals should be 350 to 500 words (excluding the cover sheet). The proposal should restate the title of the presentation, describe its contents, and discuss its significance. Keep in mind the conference theme or Society’s goals.

Notification: The proposal review outcome will be emailed to the proposal submitter, along with conference details.

Join us—we look forward to seeing you online!

Carol A. Mullen, Professor, Virginia Tech, and SPE President

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