Continuity in a Crisis: COVID-19 Impacts and Responses

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Flying University Network

Continuity in a Crisis: Coming to Terms with COVID-19

At a glance

  • Event Date: 4 December, 2021
  • Louisiana State University in Shreveport
  • 15 minute presentations
  • $1000 1st place, $500 2nd place, $250 3rd place
  • $250 logo design contest
  • Submission Deadline: 15 October, 2021
  • Invitations Announced: 15 Novemeber, 2021
  • Selections for new, free academic journal: The Beast

How did the Coronavirus impact education? 

This year's theme is Continuity in a Crisis. COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, impacted virtually every aspect of global society. Education was no exception, and students of every age, color, and creed were suddenly confronted with cancelled classes, closed schools, and shelter-in-place orders. Teachers and faculty across the world embraced technology and other innovations to deal with the novel challenges of carrying on their missions in a crisis. This is a historic moment, and a golden opportunity for research. We pose the following questions:

  1. In what ways did the pandemic impact the lives of parents, students, teachers, and administrators?
  2. How did the pandemic affect the process of education itself? 
  3. How did the people and institutions respond to those challenges?
  4. How did this experience prepare us for future disruptions to education?
  5. What lessons were learned from this experience which can be applied to education in general? 

This year's conference is scheduled for 4 December, 2021, and will be held in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Schools across the world suddenly cancelled their classes and closed their doors. Teachers made a heroic effort to keep education going as much of the rest of society seemed to grind to a halt. Challenges of this magnitude are accompanied by once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to learn, adapt, and grow. We want to know how the pandemic affected parents, students, teachers, and administrations. We want to hear about how this crisis impacted the process of education, and how individuals and organizations responded to those disruptions. We are interested in how the lessons learned from this experience can be used to better prepare for other disruptions which may occur in the future. We also want to understand how these lessons can be applied to improve the learning experience in the traditional classrooms. 

We are equally interested in receiving similar abstracts relating to impacts and responses as they pertain to the fields of Business, the Arts, Sciences, and Technology!

The Flying University Network, sponsored by the Master of Liberal Arts program at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, will select twelve contestants to present their answers to these and other important questions at the 2020 Winter Scholars' Forum! The best presentation will earn Noel Pilot's Prize and $1000. Second and third place will take home $500 and $250 respectively. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts according to the guidelines below. Contestants will be notified of their acceptance and given their formal invitations via email. The deadline for all submissions will be 15 January, 2021. Contestants will be notified by 15 February, 2021. The 2021 Spring Scholars' Conference will be held 23 March, 2021, at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. 

Flying University Network: 2020 Spring Scholar’s Conference
Format Requirements for Paper Submissions

Please read and carefully adhere to these directions. Failures and mistakes may result in rejection of your work. All submitted material must be saved or printed as 8.5’ by 11’ standard paper-size. Digital Submissions must be in a readable Doc or PDF format. In addition to these rules, please adhere to the style-requirements associated with your field of study, i.e. MLA, APA, Chicago Manual, etc. Wherever a conflict arises between these rules and the stylistic requirements of your field, the latter shall always be given priority.

Email Abstracts to


  1. 200 words to 250 words
  2. 12 point font
  3. Times New Roman
  4. Double Spaced
  5. One Inch Margins
  6. Block-Justified
  7. Header, Containing Title, Author, Contact Information, Date, and Prospective Event, Left-Justified.
  8. No Bold, Italic, Underlined, or other text
  9. No Images, Quotes, or External Content of any kind.
  10. Abstract should inform the reader what research question will be answered in the work to be presented, how the research will be conducted, and why the research matters.
  11. No personal information whatsoever shall be present with the abstract, except the header 
  12. Abstracts must indicate which section of the conference they are for. (i.e. business, education, the arts, sciences, or technology)

Abstracts must be submitted by September 15th, 2020. Winning submissions will be announced on October 1st, 2020. The Conference will take place on Friday, November 13th, 2020 at Louisiana State University of Shreveport
Papers and Presentations

  1. Papers must be a minimum of 2500 words to qualify for publication.
  2. Presentations must be 12 to 15 minutes.
  3. 12 Point Font
  4. Times New Roman or Courier New
  5. Double-Spaced
  6. One Inch Margins
  7. Left-Justified
  8. Paginated with Short Title and Last Name, Top Right
  9. All works must contain a Bibliography or Works Cited Page. All presentations must include the same.
  10. Traditional Unnumbered Cover Page

Visual Aids are welcome, but must be portable manageable enough in size that no additional assistance will be required in transporting them to and from the event.

Those submitting work for conferences will be notified at least thirty days prior to the event if their work is selected. Please acknowledge this notification and confirm your place as soon as humanly possible so that our staff has sufficient time to plan the order of presentation and to replace contestants who are unable to attend. Please have all work completed prior to the conference, and have all materials ready for your presentation. Depending on the venue and upon participation, there may be an option for a PowerPoint presentation, so have those ready as well if you intend to use them. When it is your turn, ascend and introduce yourself and the title of your work, and then begin. When your presentation is finished, please exit the stage with all materials quickly so that other presenters can begin on time. Please plan to attend the whole event and support other presenters instead of leaving immediately after your own presentation. Please silence all cell-phones and other devices. Please be respectful of other members. Please withhold applause until the end of each presentation. Remember to network!

Students and educators are invited to sumbit.Email all submissions to Visit to join the network and get started!