Guidelines for Presenting a Poster

Are you interested in presenting a poster during the Poster Session at the REA Meeting in July? Congratulations! Presentation of a poster provides an excellent opportunity to interact with scholars on an individual basis, and incorporate extensive visual displays into the conference presentation.

Posters use words, pictures, charts and/or accompanying media for display and discussion pertaining to research done, still con­tin­u­ing, or in prepa­ra­tion, thus stim­u­lat­ing the exchange of ideas and net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties. The poster session can be particularly beneficial for graduate students and those with works-in-progress, as it provides the opportunity for detailed feedback and one-on-one conversations. Groups of scholars may also submit proposals for a thematic collection of posters (e.g., on a collaborative project).

To facilitate conversation across levels of expertise, established members in the field and in the organization will be invited to briefly respond to each of the posters during a specific poster session. Posters remain on display in a high-traffic space throughout the conference, providing ample opportunity for persons to view your work and note your contact information.

Submit a Proposal

The proposal begins with a précis of no more than 600 characters (approximately 130 words). You then have an additional 1,000 words to describe your poster. Please use 5 distinct and labeled sections:

  1. What is your topic?
  2. What is your research question and methodology?
  3. What theories inform your research? What are your core references?
  4. How is this research innovating the field of religious education?
  5. What is the status of the research at the time of the proposal (e.g. finished ethnographic research, at beginning of reading)?

The deadline for poster proposals is February 1. All proposals must be submitted through the REA website.

Approved Proposals

By May 27, presenters of Posters must submit an outline of the main concepts/ issue, the methodology, and the primary sources grounding the poster for posting on the website, along with any digital media attachments.

This 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’) by Executive Secretary Lakisha Lockhart (secretary [at] religiouseducation [dot] net). OUTLINES NOT RECEIVED BY THAT DATE WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE PROCEEDINGS AND WILL BE CANCELED FROM THE ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM. Unless otherwise requested, all outlines will be posted on the website prior to the meeting.

To present a poster at the annual meeting, you must be a current member of the Religious Education Association and registered for the annual meeting by June 1. Event registration and membership are available through the REA website at

Poster Specifications

A poster is a visual approach to presenting research. 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. Accompanying media will need to be self-explanatory and running on a loop; it should not be tied to presenter explanation (e.g., PowerPoint).

  1. Your poster must correspond to the title and content of the abstract you submitted.
  2. Your poster must be no larger than a total of 42”x 60” (AO size – 841mm x 1189mm) and consist of materials that can be mounted easily with pushpins. Note: creative use of smaller sections to make a composite poster-sized presentation can reduce printing and shipping costs.
  3. Posters should be designed for clear viewing from a distance of beyond 3′ so that they can be viewed by a number of people at the same time.
  4. To ensure visual effectiveness of your poster, use large lettering and a minimum of text. Use a minimum font size of 18 points; 20-24 points is recommended. Simple is more legible. “Times New Roman” is easier to read than sans serif fonts such as “Geneva”.
  5. Use of color can visually enhance your poster.
  6. Media should only be used to augment poster presentation; it cannot replace a poster (e.g., PowerPoint). It must be a continuous loop rather than a sequential explanation of presentation. Presenter is responsible for providing equipment (e.g., laptop, speakers) and its security. Most likely, there will be wireless internet access, but presenters should be prepared to bring copies of web-based materials on a thumb drive, disc, etc. Small tables for laptop computers may be available on request. Laptops must run on battery power (or inform us if your laptop will require a power supply). Requests for tables, power supply, and internet access must be submitted with your outline to Lakisha Lockhart by May 27.  Requests after May 27 will not be accommodated.
  7. You are responsible for bringing your poster to the conference. You can ship it in a poster tube or you can have it printed on site (be sure to check for printing locations). Please be sure to pick up your poster at the end of the conference. We cannot be responsible for posters which have been left behind.


  1. REA will provide 4’x8’ poster boards and push pins. Poster boards are double-sided, i.e., two poster presenters will share one poster board, one on each side.
  2. Put your poster up at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the poster session.
  3. You may distribute handouts or a full paper of your poster. If you would like your handouts/paper posted to the meeting website so that everyone has access to them, send them by May 27 to secretary [at] religiouseducation [dot] net. They will become a permanent part of the online Proceedings.
  4. The author should remain by his/her poster board for the duration of the official poster session (check the schedule). Before the poster session, rehearse a brief summary of your project. Many viewers will want a quick “guided tour” of your poster. Don’t be afraid to point out uncertainties in your work; this is where you may get useful feedback. To facilitate conversation across levels of expertise, established members in the field and in the organization will be invited to briefly respond to each of the posters.
  5. Posters will be displayed for the entire conference. If you wish to keep your poster, you must remove it at the end of the final conference session.

Below are resources for thinking about and preparing your poster presentation.