CCNCCE 2012 Annual National Conference
Leaders Leading Leaders in Service Learning and Civic Engagement
Call for Proposals
(Information subject to change without notice.)

The Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE) invites you to submit a proposal to present at its 21st annual national conference, May 23-25, 2012. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 9th, 2012. Detailed instructions for submitting a proposal are outlined below.

The 2012 conference theme is "Leaders Leading Leaders in Service Learning and Civic Engagement". Our keynote speakers and workshops presenters will assist us by sharing their knowledge, research, challenges and solutions on how they are developing and implementing successful leadership strategies at their educational institutions and in their communities to ensure we have the best leaders leading us into the future.

Conference Goal: The conference goal is to provide and enhance the participant's knowledge on how to utilize service learning and civic engagement strategies to meet the academic needs of their students while serving their communities.

Instructions for Submitting Proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for concurrent pre-conferences and workshop sessions during the Center's 21st Annual National Conference. Workshop sessions are 60-minute sessions, which should be designed to be highly interactive. Pre-conference sessions are either 3 hours (half day) or 6 hours (full day with lunch at noon). Proposals to present at the conference must be submitted in electronic form.

Concurrent Sessions: Concurrent Sessions are to be interactive and designed to give participants specific skills and strategies related to the topic presented with emphasis within the three major conference tracks: Leadership, Technology, and Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement.

Some of the issues you may wish to address in your presentation are:

  • Engaging stakeholders in crucial conversations to define the role of internal and external partners in helping students have a holistic education and life.
  • Student Leadership Development (Honors, Dev Ed, General, Veterans, etc.)
  • Faculty Leadership Development
  • Higher Education reclaiming its civic and democratic mission
  • Service Learning and Civic Engagement assessment data for informed decision making
  • Philanthropy and its impact on social justice, service learning, and civic engagement
  • Harnessing the passion of others to guarantee community impact
  • Physical learning environments to enhance service learning experiences
  • Using technology and social media to tell your service learning story to keep you students connected to campus, peers, and a global community
  • Service learning as a core to high schools and college completion
  • Mentoring: peer to peer; faculty to student; college employee to student; faculty to faculty
  • The role of faculty in and out of the classroom in helping students succeed and complete their degrees
  • Developing effective partnerships in service learning and civic engagement
  • Leveraging your program's internal and external resources through creative partnerships to support service learning and civic engagement
  • Resource development for service learning and civic engagement from the private and public sectors (e.g. AmeriCorps, GEAR UP, NSF, Gateway to College, Achieving the Dream,, Kresge Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, etc.)
  • Incorporating service learning and civic engagement into the curriculum
  • Effective evaluation and assessment of service learning programs
  • Research data to help guide your service learning and civic engagement strategic plan
  • STEM initiatives utilizing service learning
  • Aligning service learning and civic engagement with workforce development
  • Assisting our veterans on campus and in our communities
  • Service learning meeting environmental and health needs
  • Service Learning, civic engagement, and meeting accreditation requirements
  • The Basics: Service-Learning 101 and Civic Engagement 101
  • Service Learning and Civic Engagement curriculum development and grading
  • Student and faculty reflection
  • Student developed and lead projects

To submit a proposal for the 20th Annual Conference, click HERE or on the "Submit Proposal" tab at the top of this page and submit your proposal online.

Deadline for Submission: March 9, 2012
Notification by: March 23, 2012

In addition to conducting a workshop presentation during the conference, presenters are responsible for submitting a 3-5-page conference paper, which describes the conference session, no later than May 1, 2012. Conference papers are posted to the CCNCCE website and also may be available through the ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges. For a sample of conference papers, please review previous conference proceedings. Presenters should forward one copy of the original in electronic format (PC compatible).


Neither honoraria nor expenses will be paid to program presenters. All presenters are required to pay the discounted presenter registration fee of $400, which includes the pre-conference session. Pre-conference attendance is not required of presenters but is included in registration cost. Presenters and other conference participants are encouraged to participate in the pre-conference, but they must register and pay the pre-conference registration fee, if applicable.

Equipment supplied by CCNCCE

Every session will be provided with a standard Audio/Video package which includes the following:

  • Screen
  • 1 Easel, 1 Flip-Chart, Markers, and Masking Tape
  • LCD Projector for viewing PowerPoint Presentations or DVD's
  • Free Internet Access in workshop rooms

We are not able to provide laptop computers, so if you plan on using the LCD Projector, you must bring your own laptop computer to use with it. If you plan on showing a DVD, you must bring a laptop that has a DVD drive.

The Lead Presenter will be charged $100.00 for this standard Audio/Video package. Additional audio/video equipment may be provided for an additional fee.

Required Release Forms:

All presenters must complete a Talent Release Form and a Photo Shoot Release Form and fax the completed forms back to us at 480-461-6284 when submitting their proposals. These forms give us the right to post onto our website the paper on your presentation that you submit to us and photos from the conference that you may appear in. Below are the links to download these forms:

Program Changes

The Center reserves the right to recommend changes in proposals submitted for presentation if multiple proposals are submitted on similar topics or if the proposals do not adequately capture the needs of the CCNCCE or its constituents.


Once a proposal has been accepted, presenters are automatically registered from the information provided on their Proposal to Present form. Presenters who are attending the pre-conference should send an e-mail to Susan Foss at indicating which pre-conference(s) they plan on attending. Presenters are then expected to pay their reduced presenter fees and the lead presenter audio/video package fee.

Photography and Participant Release:

Submission of your conference registration/proposal authorizes CCNCCE to publish in any format and use for any purposes your name, affiliation, and any photographs, video footage, and audio recording taken of you at the 2012 Annual National Conference.

More information on this conference will be posted as it becomes available. This information is subject to change. For more information, please contact Susan Foss at 480-461-6280 or email her at Please check back with us soon for further details.