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Show Me Title IX Conference

Submit a proposal

To submit a proposal for the upcoming Show Me Title IX Conference, complete the online application.

Event overview

From June 4-5, 2018, the University of Missouri (UM) System is hosting the Show Me Title IX Conference in Columbia, MO. In hosting the conference, UM System will share its best practices and innovative programming; provide training for investigators and coordinators; and create a space for other experts across the state to share their knowledge. Staff and faculty who work on the UM campuses and Title IX and related professionals from other Missouri colleges, universities and K-12 classrooms are invited to attend.

The Show Me Title IX Conference program will include several tracks: Booster Training Courses for Coordinators and Investigators; Education and Prevention; Social Justice; Policy and Procedures; K-12; and Community Colleges. Attendees can mix and match from different tracks to create the conference schedule that will best support their professional growth.  

Apply to present

Staff and faculty who work on the UM campuses and Title IX and related professionals from other Missouri colleges, universities and K-12 classrooms are invited to apply to present at the conference. Presenters may submit for one of four session types: (a) symposium, (b) roundtable/conversation hour, (c) individual presentation and (d) panel discussion. Regardless of session type, conference organizers encourage submissions designed to maximize novelty, spontaneity, interactivity and audience engagement. Review the submission guidelines on this page prior to applying.

Please note, preference will be given to presenters who have experience engaging in work related to sexual misconduct, domestic or intimate partner violence, violence prevention, equity policies and procedures, conflict resolution or other related areas.

Key dates and deadlines:

  • December 8, 2017 – Online proposal submission begins
  • February 14, 2018 - Proposal submission deadline*
  • March 14, 2018 - Notification of proposal acceptance or rejection
  • March 19, 2018 - Program announced and registration opens
  • June 3, 2018 – Conference welcoming reception
  • June 4-5, 2018 – Conference events

*Please note, once the deadline has passed you will not be able to submit or edit a conference proposal. No exceptions will be made.

Rules for submission

Who may submit a proposal?

Only presenters who have experience engaging in work related to sexual misconduct, domestic or intimate partner violence, violence prevention, equity policies and procedures, conflict resolution, or related areas, or serve as advisors or counsel for Title IX matters, will be considered for participation.

How many proposals may I submit?

In order to streamline program scheduling and diversify presentations, an individual may submit or be submitted in no more than three proposals. This requirement will be enforced at the time of submission. It is the responsibility of the submitter to ensure those within the session have not agreed to be presenters in more than three proposed sessions.

Do I have to register for and attend the conference to present?

All presenters must attend the conference for their session(s) and are responsible for their own travel expenses and conference registration fees, even if they only plan to attend their own session(s).

As early as possible and prior to submission, consider any potential travel or funding constraints that would prevent you or any of your session’s presenters from delivering the presentation listed in the submission, should it be accepted. Please do not defer these considerations until after you learn if your session has been accepted.

What if I can only present at a specific time?

Individuals are expected to present at their assigned time. Please make explicit any time constraints when submitting your proposal in the section entitled “special requests.” The Program Coordinators will consider all constraints when scheduling presentations, but may not be able to accommodate all requests. Special requests will not impact your likelihood of acceptance.

When will I be notified if my proposal was accepted?

Program Coordinators will notify the submitter about acceptance or rejection and provide reviewer comments by March 2, 2018.

Proposal format requirement and session types

The Show Me Title IX Conference includes several different session types, each with a specific format and set of requirements. Please review the various format options and make your selection carefully, as not all topics are well-matched to all session types. Please note that standalone presentations are not automatically grouped and assigned to sessions, but rather must be grouped by the session chair into a thematically integrated session at the time of submission.  

For all session types, the conference provides an LCD projector, screen and microphones. In addition, the space setup will include one to two tables, a podium, and a single wired lavaliere microphone. If you choose to use the LCD project, you are required to bring your own laptop. Presenters using computers without a VGA port (e.g., Macs) should also bring an adapter for connection to the VGA port on the projector.

For all session types, audience engagement is encouraged. While some sessions types lend themselves to engagement (e.g., roundtable/conversation hour), submitters are encouraged to incorporate audience engagement into any submitted session. Examples of audience engagement include polling; a formal Q&A session (audience members submit questions in writing); having a discussant or other session participant select a subset of questions to answer; or starting the session by asking audience members a question that requires them to interact with others or which will be revisited at the end of the presentation. Do not feel limited by these examples. Creativity is encouraged. 

Symposium

Symposium are multi-presenter session including a well-integrated set of research, practice, theory or teaching-oriented content. Participants in a symposium should include a chairperson and three to five presenters (five only if no discussant is included). For increased audience interaction, the session chair can facilitate a discussion at the end of the symposium or include a discussant in this role. Other options for audience interaction are welcome. Audience interaction is a desired feature for all sessions; please allow for sufficient time. Although individual presentations within a symposium may have all authors from the same institution, across the entire session the Diversity of Affiliation requirement applies. Symposiums may be submitted as 50 minute sessions.

Symposium submission requirements

  • Title: 85 characters, including spaces. This requirement applies to each individual presentation within the session, as well as to the overall session title.
  • Shortened title: Maximum length of 50 characters, including spaces, for the grid version of the program. This title should accurately and succinctly represents the session. Feel free to use common abbreviations and ampersands (e.g., “Linking Orgs & People through Emotion Experience”).  
  • Abstract: 400 characters, including spaces.
  • General summary: 750 words, excluding references.  
  • Component paper summaries: 1000 words, excluding references, for each component paper detailing the presentation’s contribution, including a description of data and analyses where appropriate.
  • Three to five presenters: This number excludes a discussant or interaction with audience, unless five presenters are included, in which case the symposium cannot have a discussant.
  • The symposium may include one or more discussants, though this is not required. Please note, discussants cannot author on any of the papers in the Symposium.
  • If a discussant is included, a summary of the discussant’s comments is not needed.
Roundtable/conversation hour

A typical approach for a roundtable session is to have one or two experts on a focal scientific or practical topic serve as hosts. Members of the audience are typically seated in a circle to facilitate active participation in the discussion with the hosts and with each other. This session type is well suited to helping attendees with problems they are currently facing, discussing the latest developments in an area and/or facilitating network development among people with similar interests. Proposals for roundtables/conversation hours should provide a focal topic, describe why it is appropriate for this session type, list one or two experts to serve as hosts and provide background information about the expertise of each host on the focal topic. Although the expert(s) may wish to make a short presentation to begin the session, the majority of the session should be devoted to answering questions from the audience and/or promoting discussion and networking.

Roundtable/conversation hour submission requirements

  • Title: 85 characters, including spaces. This requirement applies to each individual presentation within the session, as well as to the overall session title.
  • Shortened title: Maximum length of 50 characters, including spaces, for the grid version of the program. This title should accurately and succinctly represents the session. Feel free to use common abbreviations and ampersands (e.g., “Linking Orgs & People through Emotion Experience”).  
  • Abstract: 400 characters, including spaces.
  • Summary: A minimum of 900 words to a maximum of 3,000 words, excluding references, that describes the session in enough detail for reviewers to evaluate it effectively. In general, the summary should specify the purpose(s) of the session, the topic under consideration and the expertise of the host(s) on the focal topic.
Individual presentation

Individual presentations feature a single presenter that includes a well-integrated set of research, practice, theory or teaching-oriented content. For increased audience interaction, the presenter can facilitate a discussion at the end of the presentation or include a discussant in this role. Other options for audience interaction are welcome. Audience interaction is a desired feature for all sessions; please allow sufficient time. Individual presentations may be submitted as 50-minute or 80-minute sessions.

Individual presentation submission requirements

  • Title: 85 characters, including spaces. This requirement applies to each individual presentation within the session, as well as to the overall session title.
  • Shortened title: Maximum length of 50 characters, including spaces, for the grid version of the program. This title should accurately and succinctly represents the session. Feel free to use common abbreviations and ampersands (e.g., “Linking Orgs & People through Emotion Experience”).  
  • Abstract: 400 characters, including spaces.
Panel discussion

In panel discussions, the chairperson plays a very active role, serving as the moderator who ensures all panelists (generally three to five people) have the opportunity to speak. A chairperson can both pose questions and facilitate audience questions. Panel discussions should generate spontaneous interaction among panelists and between panelists and the audience. Diversity among panelists is important to the success of the session. Further, all panelists must recognize the need for advance preparation. A panel discussion proposal should describe the structure or format of the session, the underlying issues or themes to be discussed and some key questions that will either be addressed primarily by the panel or will be supplemented with additional questions generated by the audience. Please refer to the guidance about applicable Diversity of Affiliation requirements. Panel discussions may be submitted as 50 minute sessions. 

Panel discussion submission requirements

  • Title: 85 characters, including spaces. This requirement applies to each individual presentation within the session, as well as to the overall session title.
  • Shortened title: Maximum length of 50 characters, including spaces, for the grid version of the program. This title should accurately and succinctly represents the session. Feel free to use common abbreviations and ampersands (e.g., “Linking Orgs & People through Emotion Experience”).
  • Abstract: 400 characters, including spaces.
  • Summary: A minimum of 900 words to a maximum of 3,000 words, excluding references, that describes the session in enough detail for reviewers to evaluate it effectively. In general, the summary should specify the purpose(s) of the session, the topic under consideration and the expertise of the host(s) on the focal topic.

Diversity of Affiliation

Although individual presentations within a multi-presenter session may have all authors from the same institution, the overall session must contain presenters from at least two different affiliations so that sessions are not viewed as “advertisements” for products or research programs from a single company or academic program. The program is intended to be science-based rather than commercially oriented, represent a diverse set of perspectives and be inclusive for all participants. When submitting, you will be asked to confirm that you have conformed to this requirement and that you recognize that not doing so means your submission will not be reviewed.

Legal right to present submitted material

You will be asked to confirm that all presenters (e.g., first authors, discussants, chairs) in the proposed session have indicated they have the legal right to present and distribute all information included in the submission (e.g., that any materials included in the proposal can be presented and distributed at the conference).

Required submission document format

A Qualtrics online submission form will be used to collect proposals. The form requires the following information:

  1. Name and chosen pronouns
  2. Organization or school
  3. Department and Affiliation
  4. Professional Title
  5. Primary presenter contact information
  6. 100-word biography for each presenter and a statement about requisite knowledge for the intended audience
  7. Selected track for your presentation (Training for Coordinators/Investigators, Education and Prevention, Social Justice, Policies and Procedures, K-12, or Community Colleges)
  8. Type of proposed session (symposium, roundtable/conversation hour, individual presentation or panel discussion)
  9. The title of the proposed session (no more than 85 characters, including spaces)
  10. The shortened title of the proposed session (no more than 50 characters, including spaces)
  11. The abstract (no more than 400 characters, including spaces)
  12. The full summary of the proposal
  13. Primary presenter contact information

Registration Information

Attendee registration will open March 19. We encourage you to sign up quickly, as our conference location has a limited capacity.

The registration fee for the conference is $65, and covers conference attendance as well as drinks and appetizers on the evening of June 3 and lunch on June 4 and 5. Participants are responsible for all costs associated with travel, housing accommodations and other meals. Please note, the registration fee will be waived for any attendee whose proposal is accepted.  

Show Me Title IX Steering Committee

  • Dana Beteet Daniels (UMSL)
  • Andrea Hayes (MU)
  • Emily Love (UM System)
  • Neil Outar (Missouri S&T)
  • Andrew Pepper (Missouri S&T)
  • Mikah Thompson (UMKC)

Get help

If you need assistance during the application process, please reach out to your conference coordinators, Emily Love and Andrew Pepper, at umdeimail@umsystem.edu.

Reviewed January 30, 2018.