Applications are due on April 17 at 5 pm PST. You will be notified on whether your submission has been accepted for the conference by May 27. All presenters and co-presenters must be registered for the conference before the regular registration deadline ends (no late registrations allowed) to secure their presentation/workshop space within the conference schedule. Otherwise, an alternate may be selected.

Below, you will find a list of potential topics, merely meant to stimulate ideas. The list is not prescriptive, so by all means, think outside the box on what you propose to share. Keep in mind, the theme for this year’s conference is: “The Ecology of Food Systems: Engaging Interdisciplinary and Applied Education for a Just and Sustainable Agriculture” and we would particularly like to encourage submission topics that emphasize issues of social justice and equity from a systems thinking perspective. Nonetheless, all ideas related to post-secondary education in sustainable food and farming systems are welcome. Creativity on how you share is also encouraged.
Curriculum Design & Co-Curricular Programming • Using campuses as learning laboratories • Integrating curriculum into campus food system activity • Bringing the humanities (philosophy, ethics, the arts) into sustainable agriculture education • Linking biophysical science courses to social sciences and humanities courses, and vice-versa • Making human values more explicit in curriculum and pedagogy • Recruiting underrepresented students in food and agriculture programs • Creating a sense of safety and belonging for non-dominant demographics • Managing conflicts related to race, class, gender, and other dynamics of power and privilege • Advancing decolonizing and anti-oppression education, linking social dynamics within campus and classroom to broader society-environment issues • Expanding the role of critical pedagogy within and outside the classroom Experiential Learning & Training, On-Farm and Throughout the Food System • Experiential learning in food systems • Organic agricultural and horticultural production courses and internships • Off- and on-campus farms and garden instructional facilities and programming • Balancing production and education demands in farm education programming • Addressing food safety and liability issues • Legal considerations around “work trades” and “apprenticeships” Educational Action Research, Ag. Extension and Educator Professional Development • Applied research in food systems with links to local/regional communities • Engaging undergraduates in Participatory Action Research through class projects • Extended education or certificate programs for non-matriculated students • Teaching adult learners, enacting extension programming with farmers and public • Systems research methodologies • Career pathways in sustainable food systems Community Engagement, Popular Education, and Critical Pedagogy • Activist scholarship and system-interventions by students, faculty, staff, administrators, non-profit professionals, and community partners • Academic-community collaborative engagements • Internships in community-based organizations and public agencies • Service learning • Maintaining successful volunteer programs • Using journalism, media, and social networking to communicate and disseminate ideas and advance efforts within social movements • Community nutrition and public education programs run by students and/or with community-based organizations • The Real Food Challenge and related club activities (e.g., Green Chef programs) • Student advocacy in the development of more just and sustainable food systems


There will be multiple ways for participants to engage and share ideas at the SAEA conference. This includes “open space” and dialog sessions with attendees on Friday, July 29. All presentations accepted through this application process will be held on Saturday, July 30, in the morning sessions. The period for the Poster Session, however, is TBD. Four suggested formats for the Saturday sharing are listed below: panels, roundtable discussions, workshops, and presentations. The poster format is also described under item #5. All formats, except poster, will be allotted a one-hour session. However, submissions for formal presentations (item #4 below) may request a half-hour slot in the proposal application. For people requesting a half-hour time slot, we will do our best to pair you with another “half presentation” of similar or related theme. 1. Panel (facilitated discussion amongst panelists) A panel features several individuals with experience in a specific topic or challenge. We recommend up to five panelists, moderated by the session organizer(s) to facilitate panel-led dialogue. In contrast to presentations, this format is more interactive, between presenters, and is especially good for problem-oriented topics that encourage panelists to take different perspectives, or offer different solutions. Some time is usually allocated for discussion with audience participants. However, the learning in this format is largely didactic, with the activity being amongst panelists and a mostly passive audience. If you are interested in proposing and helping to lead a panel on a select topic, but would like assistance in identifying additional panelists, please indicate on the proposal application. If you would like to be on a panel of your suggested topic, but have no other panelists identified, you may also indicate that on the application. We will attempt to match you with an appropriate panel. Ideally, panel applications will include at least one or two other co-panelists in the application. 2. Roundtable Discussion (discussion amongst peers) This model enables a facilitated dialogue amongst all participants at the session (no audience). Unlike a panel, which highlights conversation between experienced panelists only, a roundtable is an open discussion among peers. The learning is dialogical, as is based in active expression and dialogue between members of the group. As the name suggests, it involves sitting in a more circular arrangement to encourage conversation. This model is effective for advancing discussions and deliberation about urgent, sensitive and/or popular topics, policy positions, informal knowledge sharing among a group, and exploring questions in an interactive and intimate way that can lead to taking action. By selecting this option, you are agreeing to lead/facilitate a group discussion on the topic you propose. In the event that several people propose a topic very similar to yours, we may combine roundtables, resulting in “co-leaders.” 3. Workshop (skills-oriented session) A workshop is designed to achieve a specific learning objective and outcome, with active participation by all in attendance. It is especially useful if you have a particular set of skills or concepts to share. In contrast to presentations, the workshop provides participants with “in vivo” opportunities in preparation for applying the skills after the conference, for example: how to use a participatory land-mapping tool, practice a new garden-teaching method, or writing a newspaper op-ed. If you can describe your session in terms of “how to,” then a workshop is the right format. 4. Presentations (individual talks with questions) This model allows you to present specific, detailed information to a group of participants. The teaching style is didactic. The information may be research findings, paper presentations, project updates, experiences in the field, or any material conducive to a brief individual talk. Presentations may be either 30 or 60 minutes, including time for Q/A. Please note: presentations, including those on research, should focus on topics directly related to education, learning, and pedagogy in sustainable food and agricultural systems, not cover cropping, soils, etc. 5. Poster (Stand-alone printed description and illustration of work) A Poster allows you to present specific, detailed information to all participants, with or without you being present. The teaching style is didactic. The information included may come from experiences in the field, research findings, paper presentations, project updates, or any material conducive to concise written and illustrated documentation. Posters may be no larger than 42” X 42” in size. Poster presentation period/s at the conference (date and time) are TBD. Please check back with conference organizers for confirmation of Poster period. Please note: Posters, including those on research, should focus on topics directly related to education, learning, and pedagogy in sustainable food and agricultural systems, not cover cropping, soils, etc. 6. Suggest your Own Format (Other) You may opt for a special presentation format that does not fit into the above categories. One hour will be allotted for “special” formats. If you choose this option, please be specific about what your format will entail in the space provided on the application.

Presentation Proposal Application

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