Call for Proposals

2019 Biennial Call for Proposals

Instructions and the link for submitting proposals can be found at the bottom of this page. 

The conference theme is “Ecological Praxis: System Complexity, Cycles of Action, and Extending our Metaphors with the Natural World.”

How do we make use of our complex ecological understandings from research and theory to channel this knowledge and these assessments into direct action or practice? What are the ways we think about praxis as cycles of research, values, and action over time? How do we continue to use the brilliant connection of our community work with the ecological understandings of the natural world? Where is such thinking literally relevant and where simply useful metaphors?

On this and many other themes we will collaboratively share research findings, theories, narratives, and simply have dialogue, keeping the field as the place to go for the most innovative approaches to changing our communities and the broader world. Conferences like these are very much about re-connecting with friends and colleagues and forming new relationships. There will be an abundance of opportunities to make new connections here; to listen, discuss, and learn in ways our field so values.

We encourage proposals in a variety of topic areas, particularly those related to impactful and transformative community research and action, including:

  • Social change, social innovation
  • Participatory Action Research (PAR) and other mixed and multi-method and other empowering approaches to research
  • Multiculturalism, Indigenous rights, and racial justice
  • Economic equality for women and reproductive justice
  • LGBTQ2/Gender and Sexual Minorities (GSM) human rights and advocacy
  • Migration/immigration, displacement, and Globalization
  • Social determinants of health
  • Global climate change and sustainability
  • Community organizing, coalition-building, and civic engagement, community activism
  • Community-campus partnerships, collaborations, and networks
  • Grassroots change efforts, creative economy and arts-based community action
  • Collaboratively advancing well-being of vulnerable communities through Innovative prevention and wellness programs
  • Practice, professional development, and core competencies of community psychology 
  • Values and Ethics
  • Critical perspectives, liberation, and applications of critical theory in the community
  • Technological and social media innovations in promoting community health and well-being

Program Formats

Priority will be given to proposals that explicitly address one or more of the following expectations: (a) high quality, (b) congruence with the general conference theme and the topic areas listed above, (c) exemplars of community-academic engagement, (d) clear articulation of lessons learned from the session, and (d) collaboration. Proposals should include a description of formats and activities that will maximize audience participation. Innovative, creative, and art-based approaches toward this goal are encouraged. Please note that we will accept only one first-author submission per individual, and the first author on a submission will be the individual to submit a given proposal to the system. Also, we ask that any single individual be listed in any role in no more than 5 separate proposals. Submissions should fall under one of the following seven categories:

  1. Poster Presentations facilitate individual and small group conversations through the use of a visual aid. Posters that highlight innovative methods for conference participant interaction are preferred. Poster presentations can emphasize research, practice, action, or other initiatives. Posters will be organized in thematic groups and be presented during designated poster sessions.
  2. Symposia provide a forum for discussion, debate, and explication of diverse perspectives as they pertain to the conference themes and/or tracks. Symposia may be used to present practice and/or research topics. Submissions that explicitly describe the process or method that will be used to facilitate audience interaction and dialogue will be preferred. Symposia typically include 3-4 related papers, a moderator, and a discussant.
  3. Ignite Presentations provide an opportunity to share research and ideas in a brief 5-minute format (20 slides at 15 seconds each) to ignite conversations and discussions between the presenters and the audience. Several speakers will follow each other in rapid transition followed by a time to engage in conversation. This format is ideal for presenting findings from smaller studies (e.g., student thesis projects), a new tool or method, or research that is still in progress. Examples of this type of format can be found at http://p2i.eval.org/index.php/ignite/ and http://www.pechakucha.org/faq.
  4. Roundtable Discussions provide an audiovisual-free forum for the sharing of ideas by several discussants related to innovative methods for addressing communal thriving; or debate of the issues related to the conference theme. This format is especially appropriate for sessions in which the discussants’ role is to facilitate the audience’s exploration of the issue. Roundtables often include 4 to 6 individuals who open up the conversation and a discussant to give a 5 minute overview at the end of the session.
  5. Town Hall Meetings feature participant discussions of critical and current issues or important future directions pertaining to community research, values, and action and the field of community psychology. This format is most appropriate for exploring the broad issues that cut across the conference theme, subthemes, and related topics. One or more facilitators may lead a town hall meeting.
  6. Workshops provide a means to teach new skills of relevance to the field (e.g., specific methods, analytical techniques, community outreach strategies).
  7. ‘The Innovative Other’ session provides an opportunity to submit sessions that are do not fit within any of the other categories. This format is especially suitable for arts-based, technology-based, and practice-based presentations.

Additional program components will include mentoring sessions, panel sessions with keynote speakers, and social events.

Global Alliance Track

SCRA is proud to co-sponsor a Biennial session track with the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice. To submit your proposal to this track just choose the keyword "Global Alliance Track" on the submission form, along with any other keywords that are appropriate for the proposal. 

Submitting a Presentation Proposal

Click Here to Submit Your Proposal

Make sure to review these instructions carefully in order to ensure your submission goes smoothly. 

The deadline for receipt of program proposals has been extended to December 3rd. 

Instructions for Logging in to the System

You will be asked to log in using your SCRA membership profile. Your username is the email address associated with your membership account. If you do not remember your password please email scrainfo@scra27.org. If you have been a member in the past but your membership has lapsed please email scrainfo@scra27.org for instructions on how to renew your membership. 

If you want to submit a proposal and you are not a past or present SCRA member please email biennialprogram@scra27.org to have a guest profile created. Please note that you will need to become a member in order to register for the Biennial conference. 

Instructions for Submitting Your Proposal

Please review the following instructions before beginning your proposal submission.

  • The person submitting the proposal will be listed as first author.
  • Only one first author submission per person will be allowed in the system (not including poster presentations). Please plan for this when deciding who will submit your proposal. 
  • You will need to select the format of your presentation. Be sure that what you are submitting fits the format you choose. If you are unclear about the formats available you can review them in the Call for Proposals above. In particular, please note that Roundtables are expected to be audio-visual free and no AV equipment will be available for these sessions. 
  • Please have all of the necessary information, including all presentation titles, abstracts and author information, ready when you make your submission
  • For each author/presenter you will need:
    • First name
    • Last name
    • Email address
    • Organization
  • The word limit for each individual abstract is 300 words. The number of abstracts you submit will depend upon your specific presentation. 
  • You will be asked to select a suggested session length of 60 or 75 minutes. The final determination of the session length will be made by the conference organizers. 
  • All information will be used as entered in the conference programPlease be thorough and consistent in completing your field entries and double-check for spelling errors.
  • You can save your submission at any time by hitting the "Save" button and return any time up until the submission deadline, however, once you hit the "Save and Finalize" button you will no longer be abe to make changes. If you absoloutely need to make a change after the submission was finalized please email biennialprogram@scra27.org

Important Reminders:

  • Priority will be given to proposals that explicitly address one or more of the following expectations: (a) high quality, (b) congruence with the general conference theme and the topic areas listed in the Call for Proposals above, (c) exemplars of community-academic engagement, (d) clear articulation of lessons learned from the session.
  • Proposals should include a description of formats and activities that will maximize audience participation. Innovative, creative, and art-based approaches toward this goal are encouraged.

If you have problems or questions with the submission process please email biennialprogram@scra27.org