Call for Proposals: Continuums of Service Conference

Posted by on November 25, 2005

[posted from Higher Ed Service-Learning listserv]

Washington Campus Compact and the Western Region Campus Compact Consortium are pleased to announce the dates, location, theme, and call for proposals for the Ninth Annual Continuums of Service Conference.

Please join your colleagues April 19-21, 2006 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bellevue, Washington.

Entitled Engaging Leadership: New Visions, Voices, and Models, the conference will bring together 500 colleagues from the western region and beyond to explore multiple perspectives on leadership, service-learning, and civic engagement; share program models, research, and best practices; and network with diverse service-learning practitioners.

Choose to participate from one or more of the following opportunities:

* Submit a proposal to present at the conference. See below and visit for more information. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, January 13, 2006.
* Serve as a peer reviewer of concurrent session presentation proposals. Visit for more information.
* Serve as a mentor for participants new to the field and/or conference. Visit for more information.
* Attend the conference. Registration will open in January 2006.


Leadership for the 21st century requires asking courageous, thoughtful, and inspiring questions rather than grasping the “right” answers to conventional questions. How do we?as faculty members, students, scholars, community partners, educators, and administrators?encourage new models of collaborative, shared, and reciprocal leadership that create and sustain change in our communities and on our campuses?

The 2006 Continuums of Service conference commits to deepening the opportunity for all those engaged in the civic and service-learning process to reflect upon and dialogue about leadership roles and responsibilities to address the critical social, educational, and environmental issues we face as a regional, national, and world community. In this light, the conference will explore the following key questions:

* What are the strengths and limitations in our current understandings of engaged leadership?
* What are the new models of leadership that transform conventional theory and practice to create change, promote collaboration, and bring hope to students, communities, and the educational process?
* Who are the bold voices for and what are the innovative visions of new leadership on campuses and in communities?
* How do we encourage new and diverse leaders to emerge across the field of engagement?
* What new models of leadership are developing from our responses to current events and crises?

In the end, we hope to renew our individual and collective understandings of the various forms of leadership and how they empower or limit the capacity of service-learning and civic engagement to respond to our most pressing challenges.


The advisory committee invites proposals that address the following:

* Comparative definitions, theories, and practices of leadership for engagement
* Institutional and programmatic change models that promote collaborative, shared, and reciprocal leadership in our communities and on our campuses
* New leadership developments and frontiers in engaged scholarship, programs, and curricular designs

Proposals addressing other aspects of the theme are welcome.

Before beginning the process of developing a proposal, please also review the following information:

1. Conference Goals and Audience at
2. Concurrent Session Formats and Strands at
3. Proposal Guidelines at

All proposals may be submitted on-line at beginning on Monday, November 21, 2005. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, January 13, 2006.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss an idea for a proposal, please contact me at 360-650-7554 or

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