Gulf-South Summit - March 2-4, 2011 -  Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center -Roanoke, Virginia
Request for Presenters

Proposal Deadline October 25, 2010

Join colleagues at the 2011 Gulf-South Summit, March 2-4, 2011 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center as we explore how communities and universities engage with topics of change in critical times. We invite proposals for presentation in the following three tracks:

  1. People: The following are some of the potential topics that may be explored: student, faculty, or community partner outcomes; innovative programming; assessment and evaluation strategies; recruiting people; motivating and sustaining participation; roles, rewards and incentives; leadership and student-led programs; integration of social networking and other technology.
  2. Place: The following are some of the potential topics that may be explored: reconnecting the university with community; exploring local and global connections through international service-learning; understanding contexts for learning and service; models of place-based programs and research; and asset-based community development models.
  3. Partners: The following are some of the potential topics that may be explored: defining partners; innovative cross-sector partnerships; corporate partners; social entrepreneurship; best practices; establishing community outcomes; evaluation/assessment strategies; sustaining partnerships; listening to partners; reciprocal partnership models; partner case studies.

We are accepting proposals in the following presentation formats:

  • Individual Presentations (30 minute presentation that the Program Committee will group with one other presentation in a 75 minute session).
  • Panel Discussions (75 minute presentation by co-panelists assembled by a primary presenter).
  • Interactive Workshops (75 minute workshops facilitated by one or more co-presenters).
  • Poster (Visual display presentation). Please note your poster should not exceed 48" x 48".

Presentations may be targeted to introductory or experienced audiences.

Instructions for Submission

The online submission fields include presentation title, presentation abstract, audio visual needs, and presenter information. Presenters will need to prepare a separate file giving a full description of the presentation (500 words maximum). This presentation description file will be uploaded to the online database in a pdf file.

The presentation description should include a rationale for the topic, goals for the presentation/panel/workshop, and ways in which participants will be engaged. Additionally, please indicate if the presentation format is an individual presentation, panel discussion, interactive workshop, or poster. Posters should not exceed 48" x 48".

Please address questions to the following individuals:

Richard L. Conville
2011 Gulf-South Summit RFP Chair

Office: 601-266-4272

Michele James-Deramo
2011 Gulf-South Summit Conference Chair

Office: 540-231-6947


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