Guidelines for Presenters at the Annual Meeting

Eligibility

To present a paper, lead a workshop or colloquy, or present a poster at the annual meeting, you must be a current member of the Religious Education Association and registered for the annual meeting before October 15th. Event registration and membership are available through the REA website at www.religiouseducation.net.

Research Interest Group Presentations

Presenters of research papers must submit their full papers no later than September 15th. Papers must be sent electronically to the Executive Secretary, Dr. Lucinda Huffaker, at secretary [at] religiouseducation [dot] net. Papers are limited to 6000 words (not including the title, abstract, and references) and should be in this format:

  • PDF file format
  • Author, institution, email address, “REA Annual Meeting” [date of meeting] in upper left hand corner of first page, prior to centered title, then abstract
  • Times New Roman 12 point
  • 1” margins
  • Single spaced
  • Page numbers, bottom center
  • Footnotes with Bibliography

Presenters of research papers will typically be paired with at least one other presenter and will share session known as a “Research Interest Group.” All papers will be posted on the website prior to the meeting. Presenters should assume that those attending the session have read the paper in advance. Equal time for presentation and discussion will be allotted to each presenter in a session. A moderator will be assigned to facilitate each paired presentation, and may invite discussion either after each presentation or after both presentations are completed.

Presenters should carefully prepare a 15 minute presentation. Please do not attempt to read your paper within this short timeframe. The most productive presentations will remind attendees very briefly of the basic argument and outline of the paper, and lay out a few key issues for discussion. Session attendees should have read the paper in advance and be ready to take up the issues you name or raise issues of their own. Presentations may be supported by printed handouts (outline, discussion questions, etc.), or audio or visual materials (see notes below regarding AV guidelines). Please do not plan to read through a PowerPoint presentation which could be easily read in a few minutes by attendees themselves. Bear in mind also that most attendees will immediately read (very quickly and very efficiently) anything you hand out or project (during which time they will not attend to anything you say), and will then find irritating any attempt you make to re-read or explain the material to them.

Presenters of papers may revise and submit their papers for possible inclusion in the conference issue of the Religious Education Journal. Detailed information will be sent to the presenters following the annual meeting. The Call for Papers Committee will act as the peer review jury. The journal editor will make the final selections.  Submissions are due the following January.

Workshop Presentations

Workshop presenters will have a full session. The most productive workshops will engage participants around a small set of issues or questions and provide constructive practical suggestions for addressing those issues.

Presenters of Workshops are required to submit an outline of the main concepts/issue, the methodology, and the primary sources grounding the presentation for posting on the website. This outline must be submitted electronically no later than September 15 to the Executive Secretary, Dr. Lucinda Huffaker, at secretary [at] religiouseducation [dot] net. OUTLINES NOT RECEIVED BY THAT DATE WILL RESULT IN CANCELLATION FROM THE ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM. The outline should be confined to 2-pages single-spaced, 12 point, Time New Roman font, 1” margins all around, and must be received in electronic format (‘doc’ or ‘pdf’). Additional resources or handouts supporting the presentation may also be submitted in advance for posting on the website. These materials are also due September 15.

Presentations may be supported by printed handouts or audio or visual materials (see notes below regarding AV guidelines). Please do not plan to read through a PowerPoint presentation which could be easily read in a few minutes by attendees themselves. Bear in mind also that most attendees will immediately read (very quickly and very efficiently) anything you hand out or project (during which time they will not attend to anything you say), and then find irritating any attempt you make to re-read or pedantically explain the material to them.

Poster Presentations with optional digital media

Presenters of Posters are required to submit an outline of the main concepts/issue, the methodology, and the primary sources grounding the presentation for posting on the website. This outline must be submitted electronically no later than September 15 to the Executive Secretary, Dr. Lucinda Huffaker, at secretary [at] religiouseducation [dot] net.

Poster Presentations will be allotted a specific timeslot during the meeting.  However, posters will remain on display the entire conference to provide maximum exposure.  See additional Poster Instructions online.

A poster is a graphically based approach to presenting research. In presenting your research with a poster, you should aim to use the poster as a means for generating active discussion of the research. Presentations may be supported (but not replaced) by printed handouts (outline, discussion questions, etc.), or audio or visual materials (see notes below regarding AV guidelines).  Accompanying media will need to be self-explanatory and running on a loop; it should not be tied to presenter explanation (e.g., PowerPoint).  Below are resources for thinking about and preparing your poster presentation.

Resources:
www.pitt.edu/~etbell/nsurg/PosterGuide.html (excellent poster guidelines, traditional, natural sciences)
www.ncsu.edu/project/posters (poster guidelines, arts & sciences)
writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/presentations_poster.html (poster basics in humanities)
gradschool.unc.edu/student/postertips.html (posters in humanities guidelines, including digital media options and excellent resource articles).
www.ajsnet.org/poster.htm (Assoc. Jewish Studies, digital media and poster…includes example by former Managing Editor for our journal, Jennifer Thompson)

A/V Guidelines

If you will need a projector, screen, or other A/V support for your presentation, please let Lucinda Huffaker know before September 15.  Requests after September 15 cannot be accommodated.  Presenters must provide their own speakers for sound. Projectors cannot be used with poster presentations.

If you plan to use digital media (such as DVD) or a laptop display for your poster presentation, your presentation will need to run from your personal laptop. Presenters must provide their own speakers for sound. Small tables for laptop computers will be available upon request. Laptops must run on battery power (or inform us if your laptop will require a power supply). In order to accommodate sufficient tables, power supply, internet access, and spacing, please submit requests to Lucinda Huffaker before September 15.  Requests after September 15 cannot be accommodated.