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Call for Proposals

Student meeting with members of the community in Nepal

The DEADLINE for submitting a Session Proposal for WISE 2014 is Friday August 30, 2013.

Access the WISE 2014 Proposal Form here.

The WISE 2014 Conference Committee invites proposals from faculty, education abroad professionals, and anyone interested in student learning during study abroad and other forms of international activities (internships, service-learning, service, research, etc.). The committee seeks proposals that will be informative and relevant regarding any aspect of intercultural learning and development or the assessment of students’ intercultural skills and awareness, whether before departure, while abroad, or post-return.

Successful sessions at WISE tend to be those that encourage interaction and reflection among presenters and attendees, are based on practical, real-world experience in working with students, and offer personal reflection informed by theory. We particularly seek proposals from individuals who have attended WISE previously and who will report on programs or activities developed, lessons learned, or projects implemented that stem from what they learned at WISE.

Sessions at WISE 2014 will be 75 minutes in length. Proposals should indicate the number of presenters who will participate in the proposed session. Presenters are encouraged to allocate 20-30 minutes for discussion and Q&A.

Topics and themes for possible sessions include:

  • What methods and activities work best for introducing students to cultural values, norms, and expectations?
  • What types of activities and interventions work well for helping students explore and understand their own cultural expectations and identities?
  • What successful activities or formats work well for encouraging student reflection on their experiences?
  • What types of activities work best for cross-cultural development while abroad?
  • What forms of assessment will help us know to what extent students are learning or not learning?
  • What forms of co-curricular activities, homework and reading assignments help students understand their host culture?
  • What are best practices for helping students reflect on and unpack their experiences abroad? In what ways is reflection done abroad different from reflection after students return home?
  • What do we mean when we talk about ā€œintercultural developmentā€ in the context of study abroad?
  • How do culture shock and difficulties of cultural adjustment affect students in the development of intercultural skills? What strategies and activities work well for helping students to develop effective coping skills?

Proposals should be submitted to:

Steven Duke, WISE 2014 Conference Committee Chair

Email: — Fax: 336-758-4809