Cassola Conference on Teaching Communication (proposals due 12-10-10; April 8, 2011)

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Johnson & Wales University
14th Annual Cassola Conference on Teaching Communication
Friday, April 8, 2011

"Impacts and Implications"
Many of us joined the teaching profession because we want to make an impact and help students develop as learners, thinkers, and contributing members of society. Communication is the tool we use to make this impact. However, we can never be sure of the implications. Are we communicating effectively? What do our students learn from our classes? How do they learn? How can we teach students to be effective communicators and make their own impact in their fields and communities?

Joining us to kick off the conference with his keynote address will be Colin Beaven, author of No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Our Way of Life in the Process.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the impacts and implications of communication in:

• The classroom
• The academy
• Interpersonal, cross-cultural, and non-verbal situations
• Writing
• Collaborative learning
• Social media and virtual encounters
• Interdisciplinary courses
• Listening
• Active Learning
• Political discourse and debate
• Community Service Learning
• The ESL classroom
• Learning differences

Session Formats (choose one):

Presentations (60-minute sessions before lunch)
• Individual or collaborative
• Extemporaneous (e.g., panel, demonstration, lecture, etc.), manuscript (reading a paper), or workshop

Spotlight Sessions (20-minute sessions after lunch. The presenter will offer the same session three times from 1:30 to 3 p.m. with 10 minute breaks in between each session) that focus on:

• A teaching idea or strategy
• Current research

Proposals Should Include:
• 100-word presentation proposal that includes: name(s), institutional affiliation, contact information (including e-mail), target audience (college or secondary), and equipment needed;
•45-word abstract (to be published in program) that indicates the type of presentation format (e.g. manuscript, workshop, panel, demonstration, lecture, spotlight session, etc.), content, and session title;
•Paragraph describing relevant education and experience, including dates and institutions.

Please submit electronically in Word format by December 10, 2010 to:

Eileen Medeiros at
Phone: 401/598-1474
Fax: 401/598-1762

All presenters are required to register for the conference and submit the conference fee by the registration deadline.