Call for CSA Conference Teaching Practice Cluster Sessions

Hello All,

Conference season has wound down, the Fall semester is underway, and right as you thought you might have a reprieve from the rush of the new term proposal season has begun!

I (Gary Barron) will be your Teaching Practice Cluster conference coordinator this year. That is, if you have session proposals please send them to me. I will coordinate with you and others who may have proposed similar sessions to integrate them if necessary, ensure that sessions fit with the Cluster purpose and goals (stated below), and forward our proposed sessions to the CSA.

Purpose

The CSA Teaching Practice cluster promotes and supports teaching excellence in all its forms. We welcome all sociologists who are interested in teaching sociology from first year through graduate school. As more and more post-secondary institutions across Canada are creating faculty positions focused on teaching, this cluster will provide this growing body of sociologists an opportunity to share ideas and promote common interests. This cluster is focused on, but is not limited to: offering workshops and professional development activities to promote and support teaching excellence in sociology, acting as a conduit to bring together teaching sociologists to share their experiences, and building on best practices and promoting the value of teaching at Canada’s colleges and universities.

Goals

Promote the value of teaching (including the supervision and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students). Offer professional development opportunities/resources on teaching for members to share.

I have included an email from Sherry Fox with information regarding the call for Cluster sessions. Please contact me directly if you have any questions, or with your session proposals.

I will ask that you submit your proposals to me by October 15, 2015 this will allow me resolve any outstanding issues before forwarding to Sherry Fox by her deadline of November 1, 2015.

Also, this year Congress and the CSA Annual Conference are being held in Calgary, Alberta. I grew up in Calgary and currently live here, so if you have questions regarding the city, getting here, or transportation and you can’t find the information on the Congress website:
http://congress2016.ca/plan-your-trip
Let me know and I can help you out as best I can.

Thank you for your interest in the CSA Teaching Practice Cluster, and I look forward to seeing what great sessions we have at Congress this year.

Don’t be afraid to contact me, Gary Barron:
(grbarron (at) ualberta.ca)

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Call for Proposals

The 2016 Conference Call for Session Proposals is now open!
http://www.csa-scs.ca/files/webapps/csapress/annual-conferences/call-for-sessions/

As research clusters, you have the opportunity to submit your session proposals through the main online system or directly to me via email.   This will enable you the option to collect proposals from your members before submit your cluster’s final sessions to be considered for the conference programme.   Please note that all session proposals are due by November 2, 2015 and subject to review by the association conference chair.

If sending your proposals by email kindly use a word document and include the following details:

  • Session organizer(s) – full name, email, affiliation, department, professional status
  • Session title and description – up to 200 words or 400 if french version included
  • Primary session category and cross-listing categories
  • Session format (regular, panel, roundtable, joint, cross-listed, plenary)
  • Session language

You can contact Sherry Fox with questions at: office@csa-scs.ca

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