5th Annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference - April 2-3, 2017 - The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, Virginia

FWCA Call for Proposals Submission Guidelines

Theme: Say (Her, Their, Our) Name  

The Faculty Women of Color in the Academy (FWCA) conference is calling for workshop and poster proposals that advance the FWCA mission to connect with research colleagues, support aspirations, and empower growth and change.

 The FWCA is a unique educational and professional development conference that provides women faculty, university administrators, post-doctoral and graduate students, and undergraduates with a forum to network, engage and learn with peers from around the country. The two-day conference motivates and inspires participants to meet their professional goals. Through this high-quality, participatory, inclusive and interactive event FWCA participants:

  • gain lessons, ideas, tools, and strategies to bring back to their institutions, organizations, and communities. 
  • make new contacts and build lasting relationships. 
  • are inspired, motivated, energized, and empowered


  1. Prepare an expanded explanation of your proposal, which will be used to review the proposal and in the online program. 500-1000 words 
  2. Write a description and presentation Outline. Include the presentation purpose, background, and learning outcomes. For workshop presenters, provide a timeframe breakdown utilizing 1.5 hours of time
  3. Identify your targeted audience (faculty, administrators, graduate students, undergraduates)
  4. Describe the presentation’s relationship to the FWCA Mission to Connect. Support. Empower 
  5. Provide references of colleagues who are familiar with your work as a presenter.
  6. Prepare documents using Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch (2.5 cm) margin, and 8.5 by 11-inch page setting. Maximum of three pages. Submit as a PDF document
  7. Upload your Resume/Curriculum Vitae as a PDF document
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Submit your proposal by December 1, 2016


Successful proposals are ones that:

  • Represent multiple perspectives on a project, topic, or initiative;
  • Have a combination of expert advice and broad applicability / replicability;
  • Share promising practices and experiences on the presentation topic;
  • Are engaging and foster conversation, dialogue, and brainstorming.

Questions about the Call for Proposals may be directed to Inclusive VT at: inclusivevt@vt.edu.

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