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Faculty Volunteers

Faculty participation is a key component of the inaugural campus-wide Graduate Research Conference. Faculty can participate in many ways:

  • Motivate graduate students to submit an abstract for the conference and/or to attend the conference;
  • Attend the conference and show support for your graduate student(s)—and encourage other faculty to attend the conference;
  • Serve as a reviewer, panel discussant, or roundtable chair (See Proposal Submission for a description of panel presentations and roundtable discussions).

Serving as a reviewer, panel discussant, or roundtable chair is particularly important. It is through these roles that faculty can provide constructive feedback and commentary to students.

Specific tasks for each of these roles are outlined below:

  • Faculty Reviewers:
    • Faculty reviewers will read 10-15 of the submitted proposals (400-word abstract and bibliography) to determine student participation. Faculty reviewers will receive abstracts via email on Thursday, September 22, 2016; by Monday, October 3 faculty will recommend if each proposal is appropriate for the conference, adheres to proposal guidelines, and is best suited for the type of presentation selected (panel presentation, poster presentation, or roundtable discussion).
  • Panel Discussant or Roundtable Chair:
    • Faculty can serve as a panel discussant or roundtable chair at the conference. Attendance during the assigned session (50 minutes to begin at either 5 pm or 6 pm) is required; the conference is Monday, November 7, 2016. Faculty will receive the final papers (3 for panel presentations and 3-5 for roundtable discussions) on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, and will then prepare commentary for the conference.

Faculty participation is central to the Conference and there are many ways to support the event. Interested faculty should fill out a Faculty Volunteer Form to let us know how you can make this event successful. Faculty who volunteer as a reviewer, panel discussant, or roundtable chair will receive more detailed instructions in mid-September on review criteria and roles.