2016 Guidelines for Submitting Proposals

Proposal Submission Deadline: 1 May 2016 has passed. This page is here to document our process only.

Step 1: Determine the type of proposal

Once you have an idea of a topic that interests you, determine which type of proposal you wish to submit. There are three types of presentations at the annual meeting.

Research Interest Group (RIG). A finished paper of publishable quality is presented and discussed among a group of conference participants. If your proposal is accepted, the final paper must be submitted by 15 September 2016 in order to be posted in the REA Annual Meeting Proceedings. Please see instructions under Step 2.

Workshop. A highly interactive session is facilitated, providing conference participants with practical and scholarly resources or approaches for practices of religious education. These sessions may increase awareness or enhance performance of specific religious education practices. The contexts for these practices may include faith communities, classrooms, or other settings. While workshop materials will not be included in the REA Annual Meeting Proceedings, an outline of the workshop must be submitted by 15 September 2016 to be posted in the proceedings. Please see instructions under Step 2. Note: We will accept only four high quality workshops, with a preference for those that attend to the needs of practitioners.

Posters. In this year’s conference, we are dedicating an early breakout session to what is new and emerging in the field. A primary way we are engaging this is through posters. Posters are a place to present emerging research, research-in-progress that may lead to a publishable paper, or current practices and programs. A poster presentation will allow the author to meet and speak informally with interested participants pertaining to research done, still continuing, or in preparation, thus stimulating the exchange of ideas and networking opportunities. This format offers an opportunity for both established and newer researchers. A presentation using words, graphs, charts and/or tables on a poster (space 90 cm wide and 120 cm high) for display and discussion will take place during a prominent time slot at the conference. Posters may use digital media if presented on the author’s own laptop. A description of the poster must be submitted by 15 September 2016 to be posted in the REA Annual Meeting Proceedings. Please see instructions under Step 2.

Step 2: Write your proposal

The proposal begins with an abstract of no more than 600 characters (approximately 130 words). You then have an additional 1,000 words to make the case for your proposed presentation. Please craft your proposals according to distinct and labeled sections, as indicated for each type below. Please limit proposals to TWO SINGLE-SPACED PAGES.

For RIG papers, in 3 distinct and labeled sections: (after 600-character précis)

  1. Main points or a summary of the argument or analysis that will be presented;
  2. Description of methodology (e.g., literature-based review and analysis, qualitative or quantitative research, conceptual analysis, historical research, or insights from a community of practice); and
  3. A selected bibliography of primary sources grounding your work.

For workshops, in 5 distinct and labeled sections: (after 600-character précis)

  1. Main concepts/issues, and/or practice(s) being addressed,
  2. Intended Audience: Who would benefit from attending your workshop?  (e.g. teachers of religion in schools? in communities of faith? in higher education? in wider community?);
  3. What will participants do in your workshop? Provide an outline of the event with a clear description of what will be experienced and learned by participants;
  4. What theories inform your workshop?; and
  5. What resources will be presented and/or used in the workshop?

For posters, in 5 distinct and labeled sections: (after 600-character précis)

  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)?

Step 3: Submit your proposal

Proposals must be submitted by 1 May 2016.  All proposals must be submitted through the REA website submission form. Proposals sent by other means will not be considered.

Step 4: Wait for notification of acceptance

Notification of your proposal’s acceptance status to the Annual Meeting program will be sent by Monday, 15 June 2016.

Participation requirements at the Annual Meeting:

You do not have to be a member of REA to submit a proposal. However, if selected to present, presenters must hold a current membership as well and be registered for the meeting by 15 October 2016.

Persons may submit no more than two proposals in response to the Call for Papers.

Audiovisual Requests:

The REA recognizes the importance of using digital equipment during presentations. However, costs for renting this equipment at a hotel are prohibitive. We encourage participants to bring and share a personal or departmental LCD projector and laptop.  Alternatively, analog equipment such as overhead projectors, etc., is available to rent at the participant’s cost.  There is a place to note your audiovisual needs in the proposal submission form.

Step 5: Submit completed papers, outlines, or descriptions

RIG Papers

Completed Research Interest Group (RIG) papers for the program must be received in electronic format (‘doc’ or ‘pdf’) by the Executive Secretary Lucinda Huffaker (secretary [at] religiouseducation [dot] net) no later than 15 September 2016.

PAPERS NOT RECEIVED BY THAT DATE WILL BE CANCELLED FROM THE ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM.

Unless otherwise requested, all papers will be posted on the website prior to the meeting.

REA publishes all conference proceedings under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license in order to permit their wide dissemination and use. By submitting their work to the REA, authors accept that it will be published under the CC-BY 4.0 license. Once posted on the REA website, papers will not be removed from the online annual conference proceedings. However, copyright remains with the author, and authors can make whatever further use of the material they wish. 

By 11 January 2017, RIG papers that were presented at the meeting may also be revised and submitted to the Call for Papers Committee, which will act as a peer review jury for the conference issue of the journal Religious Education. Selected papers are recommended for possible publication and sent to the editor of the journal, who then makes the final selection. RIG presenters will receive a copy of the Guidelines for Contributors. Your paper must be no longer than 6000 words (including references), single-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman Font, 1” margins all around.

Workshop Outlines and Poster Descriptions

Workshop and Poster presenters have an opportunity to revise their submissions before they are posted on the Annual Meeting website. Aids for planning and creating posters are on the REA website. Revised outlines and descriptions must be received in electronic format (‘doc’ or ‘pdf’) by the Executive Secretary Lucinda Huffaker (secretary [at] religiouseducation [dot] net) no later than 15 September 2016.

OUTLINES AND DESCRIPTIONS NOT RECEIVED BY THAT DATE WILL BE CANCELLED FROM THE ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM.

Please follow the Guidelines for Presentations and supplementary Guidelines for Creating Posters on the REA website. 

Unless otherwise requested, workshop and colloquia outlines and poster descriptions will be posted on the website prior to the meeting. 

REA publishes all conference proceedings under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license in order to permit their wide dissemination and use. By submitting their work to the REA, authors accept that it will be published under the CC-BY 4.0 license. Once posted on the REA website, workshop outlines and poster descriptions will not be removed from the online annual conference proceedings. However, copyright remains with the author, and authors can make whatever further use of the material they wish. 

For questions about the Call for Papers, please write to:

Dr. Katherine Turpin
Chair of the Call for Papers Committee
kturpin [at] iliff [dot] edu