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We invite you to submit proposals for HERDSA 2008 under the overarching conference theme of Engaging Communities.
We are particularly seeking submissions that encourage debate on the varied roles of higher education institutions and educators in engaging with their communities. We hope that all submissions will allow participants to explore new ideas that challenge existing paradigms and engage participants in collaborative discussions are particularly sought.

All submissions must be made through the MyReview online system located at utdc.vuw.ac.nz/HERDSA2008. Please read through all the various options for types of contribution below and then click on the links provided to make your submission.

Submissions may address one of the four sub-themes:

  • The Scholarship of Engagement: Exploring the role of tertiary institutions in the search for answers to pressing social, civic, economic and moral problems
  • Engaging Our Communities:  Exploring the challenges for institutions and their employees in engaging with the needs of communities previously under-represented in tertiary education, at the same time as acknowledging and valuing contributions they bring to institutions.
  • Learning within Communities:  Exploring ways of building and sustaining successful learning communities in tertiary education contexts
  • Engaging with each other:  Exploring the forms of leadership within institutions that are most likely to support the emergence and sustainability of communities of practice

The 2008 conference organisers are keen that, regardless of the sub-theme a contribution may address, contributors will encourage debate related to the role of tertiary education institutions and educators in engaging with their communities to

  • create sustainable solutions to social, civic, economic and moral problems, and
  • construct appropriate and effective educational environments.

Submissions are accepted on the basis that at least one presenter must register and attend the conference.
Authors will find it helpful to refer to the Information for Reviewers (PDF), in particular the sections on the review process and rating the papers, before submitting their paper.  Contributions should be original, comply with copyright law and reflect the HERDSA guidelines relating to format and presentation.
The closing date for all submissions is 26 February 2008.  
There will be NO extensions to this submission date.


Types of contributions

  1. Research or Scholarly Papers (Refereed paper)
    40 minutes (up to 20 min presentation, 20 min discussion)
  2. Showcases (Refereed abstract)
    20 minutes (up to 10 min presentation, 10 min discussion)
  3. Special Interest Symposia (Refereed abstract)
    80 minutes (30 min presentations; 50 min discussion)
  4. Poster Presentations (Refereed abstract)
    10 minutes (up to 5 min presentation, 5 min discussion)


Reviewing process: Research or Scholarly papers

Contributors must submit their full paper by 26 February 2008 for the double blind peer review process. Research or scholarly papers will be up to 4,000 words.  The papers will be refereed by at least two reviewers selected by the Conference Committee. 
All papers accepted in the refereed paper category will be included in the refereed proceedings of the Conference Engaging Communities, Research and Development in Higher Education Volume 31.  In addition they will be placed on the Electronic Proceedings.  Please ensure that you follow the HERDSA paper guidelines for formatting.


Reviewing Process: Showcases, Special Interest Symposia, and Posters

Contributions for all other session types (Showcase, Special Interest Symposia, and Posters) will be considered on the basis of an abstract.  Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by at least two reviewers selected by the Conference Organising Committee.  The nature and extent of the abstract required varies depending on the type of contribution.  Information required within abstracts is included in the outlines below.
All accepted abstracts will be included in the electronic proceedings.


Guidelines for Research and Scholarly papers

Refereed paper

  • 40 minutes (no more than 20 min presentation, at least 20 min discussion)

Research papers describe completed studies based on qualitative, quantitative or other analytical methods. Scholarly papers do not require original empirical investigation, but must demonstrate a thorough understanding and rigorous analysis of current issues in higher education, leading to well argued conclusions. Paper presentations will take place in 40-minute sessions – allowing up to 20 minutes for presentation and at least 20 minutes for questions and discussion.
Proposals for research and scholarly papers will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • the relevance of the topic to the conference themes
  • the relevance of the paper for the conference audience
  • the soundness of the research methods and critical analysis
  • originality and contribution to scholarship
  • clear and coherent presentation of the argument.

Authors must submit a full paper for a formal peer review process (see Information for Reviewers (PDF) for full criteria and standards for refereed papers).
The maximum length for a research/scholarly paper is 4,000 words.
As an alternative, you may submit your proposal as a Showcase (20 minute presentation slot), which can also include research and/or scholarly work.


Guidelines for Showcases

Refereed abstract
20 minutes (no more than 10 min presentation, at least 10 min discussion)

Acceptance will be on the basis of a 500 word (max) abstract. 
Showcase sessions provide for two types of presentations. 

  1. Presentations which showcase successful or innovative techniques for, or approaches to, teaching as well as information about programmes or student learning activities.  In these cases the abstract should set out context and setting, what was done, and information related to evaluation and impact.
  2. Presentations of research or scholarly work that is underway where session feedback may lead to modification and later publication.  In these cases the abstracts will be selected according to the criteria for research and scholarly papers.
Showcases should be designed to run for a total of 20 minutes including at least 10 minutes for discussion.


Guidelines for Special Interest Symposia

Refereed abstract
80 minutes (no more than 30 min presentations; at least 50 min discussion)

Acceptance will be on the basis of an abstract (500 word max for each presenter).
A symposium is an integrated, interactive engagement between two or more presenters and the audience. The focus of the discussion is a clearly identified theme that reflects an emerging issue in policy, practice or research.  Participants will make individual or collaborative presentations linking their perspectives to the theme, with ample opportunity for discussion.  A nominated person will moderate this discussion.  Symposia should be designed to run for 80 minutes including at least 50 minutes for discussion.
Proposals for symposia will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • the relationship of the topic to the conference themes
  • the relevance of the symposium for the conference audience
  • the range of expertise and/or points of view represented by the presenter(s)
  • the strategies to be used to encourage audience participation.

The abstract for the Special Interest Symposia should set out the emerging issue in policy, practice or research and outline its significance to the conference theme.  The abstract will make links to literature in order to show the standpoint from which the session will be presented.  The abstract must clearly describe each presenter’s focus and involvement. It must also identify how the presenters will engage with each other and with the audience (e.g., describe the format of the session and set out the strategies which will be used to ensure audience participation.) 


Guidelines for Posters

Refereed abstract
10 minutes (up to 5 min presentation, 5 min discussion)

Acceptance will be on the basis of a 500 word (max) abstract. 
Posters allow participants with similar interests to interact by using the poster as a discussion point.  The conference organisers regard posters as an equally important alternative to oral presentations.  Posters will be available for viewing in the poster and exhibition room for the duration of the conference.  Interactive poster review sessions will be specified in the conference program.  In these sessions, a specialist discussant will introduce and review several posters organised around a theme, and then chair a general discussion allowing each poster presenter up to five minutes to offer comments or argument before discussion.
Proposals for poster presentations will be evaluated on the same criteria as for research and scholarly papers.  Proposals will be required in the form of an abstract of no more than 500 words outlining the context and outcome for the poster.