Research & Creative Activity Symposium

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences/Alabama State University
contact email: 









The 6th Annual Research and Creative Activity Symposium will be held April 16-17, 2019 on the campus of Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.


The RCAS encourages papers, posters, and panel proposals from students, faculty, and independent scholars centered around the symposium’s theme: The Importance of Liberal Arts at HBCUs.

Deadline: For consideration, please submit a 300-500 word abstract/proposal to by February 13 by 11:59 PM (CST).


Fees: The event is free and open to the public. There are no fees for presenters, with the exception of ASU faculty members who are asked to pay $10.


The final program for the 2019 symposium will be based on the content of submissions.

 Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


  1. The celebration of achievements of well-known HBCU liberal arts majors
  2. Issues of relevance and resonance surrounding the teaching of “canonical” writers (mostly white, male, and dead) in literature classes at HBCUs
  3. Dispelling myths regarding the “useless” nature of a liberal arts degree
  4. Issues facing first-generation students
  5. Issues facing nontraditional students
  6. Issues of cross-cultural sensitivities regarding black students and nonblack professors
  7. Meeting the needs of students who require remediation in Rhetoric and Composition
  8. Cultural misunderstandings and common ground among Africans and African American students and scholars
  9. Intersectionality
  10. The transformational role of college
  11. Marginalized groups on HBCU campuses
  12. The value of interdisciplinary research
  13. Attracting international students to liberal arts programs
  14. The challenges of Black women professors
  15. The challenges of Black male professors
  16. The challenges faculty face working with limited resources on a HBCU campus
  17. Myths and realities about HBCUs
  18. Forming coalitions among HBCUs
  19. Technology as an asset
  20. The use of popular culture in the classroom
  21. Teaching history in a historically significant city
  22. Black identity as portrayed in mass media
  23. The Christian identity at HBCUs
  24. Afrocentric teaching at HBCUs
  25. Teaching colonialism at HBCUs
  26. Teaching slavery on a HBCU campus
  27. Feminism on HBCU campuses
  28. The state of Black Studies programs or courses at HBCUs
  29. The usefulness of second languages
  30. Lack of tenure-track positions and the reliance on contingent faculty
  31.  Deep Learning vs. Surface Learning