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Call for Proposals

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The DEADLINE for submitting a Session Proposal for WISE 2015 is Wednesday September 10, 2014. The WISE 2015 Proposal Form is available here.

WISE is the premier conference focused on the development of intercultural skills and awareness during study abroad and international travel. WISE is a practitioner’s conference focused on helping faculty leaders, program coordinators, student advisors, and other staff develop the knowledge and skills they need in order to help education abroad students and international students develop intercultural skills and awareness.

The WISE Conference is designed for faculty who lead or teach short- or long-term programs abroad, and for study abroad professionals who assist students in this important cross-cultural experience.  It is a place where faculty, study abroad professionals, and other international education and assessment experts can share insights, strategies and personal experiences about intercultural competency in practical, hands-on sessions. In 2015, WISE will add sessions for faculty and staff who work with or support international students at their institutions.

The WISE 2015 Conference Committee invites proposals from faculty, education abroad professionals, international student support staff, and anyone interested in student learning during study abroad (including international students who study abroad on U.S. campuses). The committee seeks proposals that will be informative and relevant regarding any aspect of intercultural learning and development or the assessment of student learning abroad, either 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.

Most sessions at WISE 2015 will be 75 minutes in length. Those interested in proposing a session that is longer in length (e.g. 90 or 120 minutes) should indicate their desired length in the proposal. 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.

Suggested topics and themes for possible session topics include:

  • What do we mean by intercultural competence? What do we mean by global competence? What are the different approaches to assessing these forms of competence?
  • 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 international students and/or domestic students explore and understand their own cultural expectations and identities?
  • What types of activities work best for intercultural development both on campus and while abroad?
  • 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 are best practices for helping international students interact more effectively with students on U.S. campuses?
  • How do we best prepare students for re-entry to their home country and culture?
  • What are best practices for helping returning students to apply their intercultural learning abroad to their lives back on campus or at home?
  • What do we mean when we talk about “intercultural development” in the context of study abroad (including work with international students)?
  • 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?

Those submitting a proposal are asked to use the WISE 2015 Proposal Form.

Proposals should be submitted to:

Steven Duke, WISE 2015 Conference Committee Chair
Center for Global Programs and Studies
Wake Forest University
116 Reynolda Hall, PO Box 7385
Winston-Salem, North Carolina  27109   U.S.A.
Email: — Fax: 336-758-4809