Eligible members may propose roundtables on suggested topics or on topics of general interest to both the discipline and the Society. Roundtables are designed to promote discussion and exploration of a selected topic, with an emphasis on active engagement of the audience. Successful proposals will indicate not only the role of the roundtable participants but also how they will engage the audience in active dialogue.
- Roundtables accepted for the 2020 Convention may be resubmitted;
- a roundtable that has been presented in a previous year may not be resubmitted this year. For more information, review the rules about what individuals can submit;
- the longer abstract must include a bibliography that shows engagement with conversations about the topic that will form the basis of the roundtable theme and discussion; and
- this year a moderator must be included at the time of submission.
Roundtable Submission Guidelines
Roundtables should be 60 minutes in length, including questions and answers (Q & A) with audience members. Roundtables are not a vehicle for the reading of papers. Faculty may be moderators or participants in a roundtable, though the proposed roundtable would ideally include at least one student participant.
Competition for the limited number of roundtable slots will be lively. Only those submissions that actively engage the audience in dialogue will be considered. While judges will read and consider multiple proposals from the same school, individual chapters are limited to two acceptances unless the proposal includes members from more than one school. Priority will be given to those roundtables that include members from more than one chapter and/or that cover the convention theme, Metamorphoses. A Regional Student Representative or Associate Student Representative can help you use Society resources to connect with other members.
Not sure what subjects might spark an engaging roundtable? Consider designing a roundtable built around the works of convention speakers. Other topics might include:
- 2021 Common Reader: Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living
- 2020 Common Reader: Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert
- Career Development for English Majors
- Convention Theme “Metamorphoses”
- English Education/Young Adult Literature
- English and Technology
- Literary Themes
- Member Recruitment/Chapter Development
- Popular Culture/Film/Social Media
- Writing and Publishing
Of course, roundtable proposals will also be considered on other subjects that might be well suited to interactive discussions involving an audience.
- Title: Due to space constraints, any title of more than 50 characters will be abbreviated in the program. Remember to count spaces as well as letters.
- Abstracts: Include 2 abstracts and bibliography
- a longer description (up to 250 words) that explains how the roundtable is organized, how the participants will involve the audience in active and scholarly discussion, what makes this approach appropriate for a roundtable discussion;
- a short abstract (up to 50 words) to be included in the convention program; and
- a bibliography that shows engagement with conversations about the topic that will form the basis of the roundtable theme and discussion.
- Presentation Tools: Select what you will be projecting during the presentation (PowerPoint slide deck, mp3 audio presentation, or mp4 video presentation); and explain how the presentation tools will be applied.
- Moderator: Give the name, school, and email address for the roundtable moderator. (The moderator must be a faculty member or Alumni Epsilon member.)
- Participants: List the name, school, and email address for each participant (maximum of 5 participants and minimum of 3 participants). Sometimes roundtable organizers are unable to provide a complete list of participants when submitting the proposal. Accepted roundtables will be required to submit the names of all participants (and any changes to the list of participants) by the confirmation date Monday, December 16, 2020.
Refer to Roundtable Submission Criteria for a list of criteria used in the evaluation process.
Submission Deadlines and Notifications
Submitters will receive confirmation, acceptance, and registration information via the email addresses associated with their accounts. Therefore, it is vital that members use email addresses that they check regularly and that will be active through April 2020.
- Submissions will open on Monday, October 12.
- Submissions are due Monday, November 9, 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).
- Acceptance and denial notifications will be emailed Monday, December 7, 2020.
- Your confirmation to secure a session slot is due Wednesday, December 16, 2020.
The submissions link will be posted here on October 12 through the November 9, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) submission deadline.
Questions regarding the submission process should be addressed to the 2021 convention staff at email@example.com.