Call for Papers

The Dalton Institute is pleased to include the Research Track for our 28th annual meeting. Whether an administrator, faculty member, or graduate student in the field of higher education, the practice of producing, consuming, and integrating research and assessment efforts into our work constitutes a core professional competency. The Dalton Institute supports both the generation and integration of research as scholar-practitioners within the field of higher education.

Submit a Paper Proposal

Empirical and Scholarly Paper Sessions

We invite submissions of empirical and scholarly paper proposals describing empirical, conceptual, philosophical, theoretical, or historical scholarship efforts. Empirical papers may be based on quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods approaches. Papers should address topics relevant to the Institute’s broad area of interest in college student character and values development including, but not limited to:

  • Campus climate
  • Co-curricular programs
  • Identity development and intersectionality
  • Learning models
  • Service learning
  • Spirituality and faith development
  • Student development (general)
  • Student involvement and engagement

Submission Guidelines

  • All proposals are due October 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM.
  • Dalton Institute proposal and paper submissions are not anonymous.
  • Proposals will be submitted in two formats:
    • Text of proposal will be cut/pasted into an online submission form.
    • Full full proposal must be uploaded in Word (.doc/.docx) format via online submission form.
  • All submitted proposals will be evaluated by a review committee.
  • At least one (1) author of any accepted paper must register no later than the earlybird registration deadline.
  • Final papers must be provided to the discussant approximately one month prior to the Dalton Institute

Submission Format

Research session proposals should include the following sections:

  1. Title
  2. Author(s) name and institutional affiliation
  3. Abstract (100 word max.)
  4. Literature review
  5. Methodology*
  6. Data analysis*
  7. Summary of findings and discussion

Proposals should be no longer than 3 pages (single-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman). There are no specific section limits other than for the abstract (100 words).

*Not applicable to non-empirical papers

Review Criteria

Paper proposals will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Relevance to Institute purpose and theme
  • Clarity and quality of the paper
  • Grounding in the literature

Session Format

Paper sessions will last 60 minutes. In each session, 2-3 authors will have 15 minutes each in which to present their paper to attendees. Given the limited presentation time, authors should focus on key research questions, methodology, and results/implications. Time will be allotted for discussant comments and a moderated question and answer period.