The submission link will open on Monday, September 29.
The submissions deadline is Monday, October 27, 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time (CDT).
Eligible members may propose roundtables on suggested topics or topics of general interest to both the discipline and the Society. Roundtables should last 75 minutes in length, including Q & A. Roundtables are not a vehicle for the reading of papers. Instead 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. Faculty may be moderators or participants in a roundtable, though the proposed roundtable would ideally include at least one student participant. Read rules: What Individuals Can Submit.
Competition for the limited number of roundtable slots will be lively. Only those roundtables that actively engage the audience in dialogue will be considered. New this year: while judges will read and consider multiple proposals from the same school, individual chapters are limited to two acceptances unless the proposals include members from more than one school. In addition, among equally persuasive proposals, priority will be given to those roundtables that include members from more than one chapter and/or that cover the convention theme of Borderlands and Enchantments or the 2015 Common Reader.
Helpful Hint: If you have a great idea for a roundtable but don’t know any members at other chapters, contact your Regional Student Representative or Associate Student Representative who can help you use Society resources to connect with members in other chapters. You may also post requests for additional roundtable participants on the Sigma Tau Delta 2015 International Convention Facebook event page.
Suggested topics are:
- Common Reader From Sand Creek
- Convention Speakers
- Convention Theme Borderlands and Enchantments
- English Education/Young Adult Literature
- Popular Culture/Film
- Southern Writers and Southern Literary Landscapes
- English and Technology
- Member Recruitment/Chapter Development
Topics will also be considered from other subjects that can best be explored in interactive, roundtable discussions involving the audience. Roundtables are not meant to be sets of correlated essays.
Create a Word document using your title as the file name and save the file as a docx. Your document must contain the following information:
- Roundtable Moderator: List the name, school, and email address for the roundtable moderator. (The moderator must be a faculty or Alumni Epsilon member. You may also leave this blank and we will select a moderator for the panel.)
- Roundtable 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. The names of all participants (and any changes to the list of participants) must by sent to the convention chair by December 5, 2014.
- The roundtable submission requires both a short abstract (50 words to be included in the convention program) and a longer description (up to 250 words or so) that explains how the roundtable is organized, how the roundtable will involve the audience in active discussion, and what makes this approach more appropriate for a roundtable discussion rather than for presentation in separate papers.
Questions regarding the online submission process should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission Confirmations and Acceptances
Submitters will receive confirmations and acceptances through email using the email address associated with their account. Therefore it is vital that submitters keep their email addresses active through March 2015.
Please check your confirmation and retain it. The confirmation is a do not reply email from email@example.com. It will include a five digit number that may be used as a reference in future communications with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acceptance and Denial Notifications
Acceptance and denial notifications will be emailed to the submitter on or before November 17, 2014.