Guidelines for Session Presenters

To present a paper or lead a workshop or colloquy at the annual meeting, you must be a member of the Religious Education Association and registered for the annual meeting by November 1, 2013.

Research Interest Group Presenters

Presenters of research papers must submit their full papers no later than September 19, 2013, or your presentation will be cancelled from the annual meeting program. Papers must be sent electronically to the Executive Secretary, Dr. Lucinda Huffaker, at secretary [at] religiouseducation [dot] net. Papers must be no longer than 3,000 words (not including references) and submitted in the following format:

  • PDF file format
  • Author(s), institution(s), email address, “2013 REA Annual Meeting, Nov 8-10” 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 another presenter and will share a 75 minute 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 should be allotted to each presenter in a paired 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 15-20 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 pedantically 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 in January 2014.

Colloquy Presenters

Presenters of Colloquia are not expected to contribute a paper although they may distribute material in their session and/or submit material in advance for posting on the website (e.g. drafts, handouts, bibliography, outlines). These materials are due September 19, 2013 sent electronically to the Executive Secretary, Dr. Lucinda Huffaker, at secretary [at] religiouseducation [dot] net.Colloquy presenters will often be paired with another colloquy presenter and will share a 75 minute session. Equal time for presentation and discussion should be allotted to each presenter in a paired 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 15-20 minute presentation. Please do not attempt to read a paper within this short timeframe. The most productive presentations will lay out a few key issues for discussion. 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 then find irritating any attempt you make to re-read or pedantically explain the material to them. 

Workshop Presenters

Workshop presenters will have a full 75 minute 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.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 then find irritating any attempt you make to re-read or pedantically explain the material to them.

Poster Presentations
Poster Presentations will be allotted a 1.75-hour timeslot during the meeting. However, posters will remain on display for one day to provide maximum exposure. Poster presenters will each have a space near the Book Display for setting up their presentation.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.  See also Poster Instructions.Resources for thinking about and preparing your poster presentation:
http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters/ (poster guidelines, arts & sciences)
http://gradschool.unc.edu/student/postertips.html (posters in humanities guidelines, including digital media options and excellent resource articles).
http://www.ajsnet.org/poster.htm (Assoc. Jewish Studies, digital media and poster…includes example by former Managing Editor for RE journal, Jennifer Thompson)
http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/presentations_poster.html (poster basics in humanities)