Request for Proposals is now closed

Presentation Options:

Oral sessions will be 45 minutes in length and may be individual or panel presentations. Presenters should develop interactive sessions to share information; they should allow generous time for group discussion. 

Posters may be continuously on display between 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 5 through 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6. To encourage networking and discussion about the displayed work, a formal session where presenters are expected to be at their posters will be October 5 from 5:00 through 6:00 p.m.

Conference Theme:

The 2010 National Outreach Scholarship Conference will explore authenticity and sustainability as critical components of engaged scholarship. The important questions of what, where, who, how, and why will be the foci of the Conference reflected in five sections: Program, Place, People, Process, and Philosophy.  These focus areas invite a diversity of perspectives and experiences reflecting the academy’s authentic and sustained commitment to engaged discovery, learning, application, and integration.


Proposals are invited for presentations that communicate innovative research, program designs and impacts, lessons learned, and curricular and policy development reflective of diverse environments and populations. Proposal focus areas include (but are not limited to) urban/rural interactions, international contexts, business/industry, distance-based delivery, underserved populations, Cooperative Extension, service learning, continuing education,  and university-wide extension/outreach/engagement programs.

Proposals for panel presentations, demonstrations and skill-building workshops are encouraged.

Submitters should indicate which of the five conference focus areas their presentation best fits.

Conference Focus Areas: (Presentation tracks)


Programs reflecting collaborative, reciprocal, and scholarly work, and building the capacities of all partners, are the defining characteristics of sustained engagement.


Active involvement in communities of place, purpose, and practice results in authentic partnerships that grow from academic and community attention to shared mission and vision.


Valuing and engaging diversity in people, expertise, and culture contribute to the sustainability and authenticity of our communities and campuses.


Authentic processes used to learn, teach, integrate, and investigate in and with communities contribute to sustainable collaborations and partnerships.


Successful scholarly outreach is built upon institutional philosophies and core values embedded in tenets of democracy, collaborative leadership, and mutual respect.

Additional Instructions for presentation description:

Proposal descriptions must not exceed 250 words and should give the reviewer a clear idea of what you plan to present. Information provided should include:

  • What is the "bottom line", "take home" message that you want participants to leave your presentation with?
  • How does your work represent a new model or innovative approach?
  • How has your work changed your university; the community; you as a faculty member/student/community member?
  • What measures have you used to demonstrate that change?
  • How is your work sustainable?

Successful applicants will be notified by April 16, 2010.