Call for Proposals

WISE Conference 2020

WISE 2020 Call for Proposals is now open. Read the information below and submit via the Call for Proposals Form by September 16, 2019.  Visit the Past Conferences tab to review the types of sessions offered at WISE. Contact with any questions.

About WISE Concurrent Sessions:

Faculty and international educators are  invited to submit session proposals that bolster the conversation on intercultural learning surrounding study abroad, on-campus programming, and the international student experience.  

Characteristics of a strong WISE Session Proposal include:

  • innovative approaches and methods to support the intercultural development process for students
  • findings of academic research or personal reflection informed by theory
  • various perspectives by partnering with co-presenters from different institutions/organizations
  • voices of students, including as co-presenters, to add to the robustness of the session (students are encouraged to apply for a WISE registration grant)
  • experiences of traditionally underrepresented institutions/groups, such as community colleges, HBCUs, first generation students, etc.
  • interaction among presenters and attendees
  • concrete learning outcomes for session participants

Suggested Topics:

  • Intercultural learning or training skills
  • Effective approaches to assessing intercultural competence
  • Practical pedagogical tools
  • Best practices for international student acclimation, intercultural development, and study abroad knowledge application  
  • Innovative ideas that stem from knowledge gained at previous WISE Conferences

Session Format:

Sessions are 75 minutes. Presenters are encouraged to include 15+ minutes in their session for discussion and Q&A. Multiple presenters for a session are welcome and should be noted on the proposal.


For more information on previous conference sessions, please explore the WISE 2019 Conference session descriptions as detailed in last year’s program.


  • All participants whose proposals are accepted for a session are required to register for the WISE Conference by the early bird deadline (December 16, 2019) and attend the conference to present their scheduled session.
  • All presenters must register for WISE Conference and are responsible for their own expenses (limited registration grants available). Conference dates are February 13-14, 2020.
  • All presenters are asked to indicate if special assistance is needed so that we can, if necessary, make reasonable accessibility accommodations. Email by December 16, 2019.


Leigh Hatchett Stanfield, WISE Conference Chairperson
Executive Director of Global Engagement & Administration
Center for Global Programs and Studies
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina  27109   U.S.A.
Phone: 336-758-5938