2015 41st Annual Conference
EAST COAST COLLEGES SOCIAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION
41ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE ROUNDTABLE
Education for Mobilization and Action: Leading Transformational Change
April 10 & 11, 2015, 9am to 6pm
Center for Innovative Technology
2214 Rock Hill Road
Herndon, VA 20170
The ECCSSA 2015 Annual Conference Roundtable is devoted to exploring strategies for education, mobilization and action leading to transformational change in the 21st Century. It is our hope to begin development of a blueprint that will lead to the implementation of needed transformations in various aspects of the social and behavioral sciences, higher education and all aspects of society.
The Purpose of Education
Education is the force of the future. It is the mechanism by which we can shape the world’s future. Educated minds are needed in every walk of life. Education alone is not the entire answer but in its broadest sense is a major part of all efforts to imagine and create new relations among people and foster greater respect for the needs of the environment. Education includes formal and informal modes of instruction and learning, including what is traditionally acquired in the home and community (UNESCO, 1997).
Who are the community of educators? All aspects of society: “teachers, lecturers, curriculum developers, administrators, support staff, industrial trainers, countryside rangers and staff, environmental health and planning officers, education officers with NGOs, community educators, youth leaders, parent association members, media people, representatives of learners in all contexts – and yet more. This could also include all members of society who perceive a need or duty to inform and educate people regarding the requirements of a sustainable future. This then would also include international organizations, government departments and institutions, foundations, firms and corporations in the private sector. (UNESCO, 1997).
According to a United Nations report on the importance of education toward a sustainable world, they state:
The goal of education is to make people wiser, more knowledgeable, better informed, ethical, responsible, critical and capable of continuing to learn. Were all people to possess such abilities and qualities, the world’s problems would not be automatically solved, but the means and the will to address them would be at hand. Education also serves society by providing a critical reflection on the world, especially its failings and injustices, and by skills, for bringing about desired changes in behaviors, values and lifestyles, and for promoting greater consciousness and awareness, exploring new visions and concepts, and inventing new techniques and tools.
Education is also the means for disseminating knowledge and developing public support for the continuing and fundamental changes that will be required if humanity is to alter its course, leaving the familiar path that is leading towards growing difficulties and possible catastrophe, and starting the uphill climb towards sustainability. Education, in short, is humanity’s best hope and most effective means in the quest to achieve sustainable development. (UNESCO, 1997)
Connection to Past Conference Themes
For the past several years, ECCSSA has been calling for a renaissance in the nation and world. We have been in the forefront with discussions and exploration of new ways of thinking about and solving problems.
In 2012, ECCSSA engaged in scholarly discussion and research on challenges, visions and strategies to renew a fragmented society, nation and world. We called for a Great Renewal—remembrance and recapturing of the human spirit; rebuilding, revitalization, access, advancement and transformation. The discussion included such topics as: transformational governance and rebuilding of the nation's infrastructure; development of human potential and the creation of opportunities for growth; and, the need for transformational paradigm shifts at all levels of social and public policy; and, in higher education.
In 2013, ECCSSA continued the dialogue and explored ways to usher in a renaissance similar to that of the 17th century—an age of intellectual enlightenment, visionary discoveries, productive thinking, strategies and models for implementation. The primary objective was aimed at defining a new framework for teaching and leadership; and, promotion and development of a creative class of learners, thinkers, and professionals.
In 2014, ECCSSA moved further in the discussion with an exploration of new paradigms and effective models for redesign to replace old paradigms no longer working. The focus included theoretical frameworks and constructs, strategies and programs in all aspects of the social and behavioral sciences pertinent to society, nation and world. We sought redesign of models creating anomalies and unworkable solutions; and, strategies that are no longer able to resolve current problems. Conference scholars engaged in creative and critical dialogue about possible new and emerging ideas and revolutionary discoveries and thinking toward resolve and transformational change. The goal was to examine novel and unconventional scientific, revolutionary and innovative models —and not the reinvention of the same old constructs. ECCSSA looked for productive, divergent, innovative and creative thinkers developing or piloting new models for teaching, learning, human development, human service, public service, instructional technology, research, leadership; and, the promotion and advancement of a creative class of citizens.
ECCSSA 2015 Conference Theme
As a result of the findings emerging from the aforementioned conference proceedings, ECCSSA began to ask critical questions leading to defining our 2015 conference theme on education for mobilization and action and leading transformational change:
How do we organize to put ideas and proposals generated from past conferences into action?
Can we develop a blueprint for transformational change?
How do we lead the change that is necessary?
In 2015, ECCSSA will continue the dialogue but seek strategies and plans for education, mobilization, implementation and action. We are looking for proposals and thinking that outline action-oriented strategies for design and implementation, as well as programs, theories or ideas that are currently being piloted or tested.
Critical questions to be considered include:
How do we educate, prepare and mobilize social and behavioral scientists, secondary and higher education professionals and practitioners, policymakers, community based organizations, and other related institutions and professionals for action and implementation of programs and models that lead to transformational change in the 21st century?
What are the collaborative models for preparing students as learners and future leaders for successful outcomes?
How do we build leadership at all levels which would be important to successful transformations?
How do we establish and strengthen collaboration, cross-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary partnerships?
How do we increase civic engagement and build bridges and connections to the community?
What are the roles to be played by key contributors from each aspect of society toward this end?
What is the role of technology and the media in mobilization, action and leading transformational change?
ECCSSA calls for proposals from forward thinking scholars developing or piloting visionary models in teaching, learning, human development, human service, public service, instructional technology, research, leadership and policy, toward the promotion and advancement of a creative class of socially responsible citizens. In other words, we are calling for input from those that consider themselves socially responsible transformational leaders of change for the 21st century.
ECCSSA seeks proposals that are empirically sound, scholarly, and based in science. This includes: frameworks for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaboration in all environments; the creation of adequate mechanisms and strategies for informing, educating and mobilizing the public and affected parties to action; as well as creating growth opportunities for overlooked, underserved and unrecognized populations.
ECCSSA invites you to join us and share your thinking, perspectives and visionary programs relative to this year’s conference theme, aimed at strengthening and increasing development of human potential in our nation and world. We invite social and behavioral scientists, educators, interested graduate and undergraduate students, and those in related fields to join us in dialogue. We call for submission of proposals for presentation of theory, research, applied practice, programs, instructional models, policy formulation and more.
Conference presentation formats include individual, collaborative projects, panel discussions, and posters. Proposals will also be accepted for special pre- and post-conference sessions.
Special Call for Student Poster Presentations and Papers
ECCSSA traditionally and historically has been an organization that supports student scholarship. We strongly recommend Association members and teaching faculty to encourage student participation in the conference.
We encourage graduate and undergraduate student submission of poster presentations and papers. Poster presentations will remain on display through the duration of the conference and students are asked to be present at their poster during morning breakfast and lunch. Guidelines for student and faculty papers and poster presentations can be found on the ECCSSA website at: www.eccssa.org.
Some of the topics and themes relevant to this year’s conference include, but are not limited to the following:
Lessons from the Historical Past
Linking Classical Thinking to Futuristic Thinking
Analysis of Reforms and Reform Models
Proposals and Models for Economic Reform
Call for a Resource-Based Economy
Designing a Knowledge Economy versus Money Economy
Creating Abundance vs. Scarcity
Eradicating Debt-Based Economic Systems
Improvement for the Public Good
Economic Inequality and Poverty
Political and Social Reform
Changing/Redesigning American Political System
Eradication of Political Parties
Building Workable Coalitions
Redesigning Cities & Public Spaces
Social Justice, Diversity and Inclusion
Inequality and Poverty
Law Enforcement, Criminal Behavior and Policy
Pedagogical Theory, Models and Research
Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary, and Trans-disciplinary Collaboration
Innovations in Teaching
Design Models of the Flipped Classroom
Authentic Models of Learning and Assessment
Concepts and Strategies for E-Learning
Reincorporating Ethics in Teaching
Experiential, Service and Community-Engaged Learning
Research Design, Methods, Practice, Dissemination and Participation
Creativity, Innovation, and Discovery
Thinking in a Postmodern World
Developing a Creative Class versus the Service Class
Support and Finance for the Creative
Methods for Cultivating Foresight
Development of Social Guidance Models
Creating Games that Teach
Enhancing Knowledge and Strategies on Creativity
Respecting Diversity and Divergent Thinking
The Role of Museums
The Role of the Arts, Music and the Humanities
The Role of the Sciences
Psychological and Behavioral Sciences
Spiritual, Moral and Character Development
Models for Strengthening Mental Health and the Individual Psyche
Eradicating Mental Illness
Creating a Caring and Compassionate Culture
Elevating Consciousness and Awareness
Incorporating the Paradigm of Positive Psychology
Neuroscience and Brain Research
The Role of Psychological Science
Higher Education Policy
Revisiting the Basics of Education
Changing Role of Educators
The Role of Higher Education
Work and Education Integration
Variations in Learning Environments
Knowledge as Experience: A New Educational Horizon
Leadership Training and Development
Innovative Self-Directed Faculty Evaluation Models
Professional Development and Leadership Training Models
Pedagogical Approaches to Faculty Development
Models of Principled-Centered and Creative Leadership
Health Education, Health Prevention and Health Care
Education on Health and Health Prevention
Review of Health Care Models from Europe and Canada
Alternative Healing Therapies and Methods
Bridging the Three Cultures
Bridging the 3 Cultures—Science, Religion and the Humanities (including the Social Sciences)
Media, Technology and the Virtual World
Pedagogy of an Electronic Culture
A Critical View of Technology
Effective Role and Use of Media to Educate, Inform and Transform
Revamping Media Programs
Transitional Themes for Television and Film Production
Effective Use of Technology
For more information, contact: Dr. Rosalyn M. King at: email@example.com or 703-450-2629.
Conference Registration Fees
Regular Registration: $160 *
Walk-In Registration: $175 *
New Scholar/Adjunct Faculty/Graduate Student: $125 *
Walk-In Registration: $140 *
(New Scholar=1-3 years of employment)
Undergraduate Student: $60
Regular Membership: $50
Lifetime Membership: $500
Exhibitor Registration: $110
* Registration Fee includes a copy of the ECCSSA Journal
Dulles Town Center
(A Smoke-Free Hotel)
45500 Majestic Drive
Dulles, VA 20166
The hotel is across from the notable Dulles Town Center with shopping and restaurants!
Must Reserve on or before Thursday, March 26, 2015 (Cutoff Date)
(After the cutoff date, the hotel will release any unreserved rooms for geeral sale and, in the hotel's discretion,
will accept reservations at ECCSSA Room Block's group rate, on a space and rate available basis.)
Please identify yourself as part of the ECCSSA Room Block Group.
++++Ask for the ECCSSA Room Block for April 9-11, 2015 at the Courtyard Dulles Town Center.
Free Airport Shuttle Service
++Free Shuttle Service to and from the CIT-ECCSA Conference Facility
(Must Provide Pick-up and Drop-off Times)
Complimentary Convenient Onsite Parking
Discounted Room Rate:
1 King Guest Room @ $74.00 plus tax, per night
For those who wish to request tax exemption, tax exempt forms have to be pre-approved
by hotel event manager. Contact Hotel Event Manager at the time of reservation.
Click on the link below to make reservations:
(Breakfast not included in room rate. Continental Breakfast Served at Conference.)
If you prefer to make reservations by telephone, please call the reservations department at: 1 800-321-2211 or (571) 434-6400.
All reservations must be guartanteed with a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by credit card.
Courtyard by Marriott Dulles Town Center provides a complimentary airport/local shuttle, wired/wireless high-speed Internet,
HDTVs, in room safes and friendly Marriott service. Located in Northern Virginia's Technology Corridor the Courtyard Dulles
Town Center hotel allows guests easy access to businesses & shops from Dulles Town Center to Tyson's Corner. AOL
Time Warner, Northern Virginia Community College, The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and George Washington
University are just a few destinations in the area. Additionally, this suburban DC hotel is conveniently located along Route 7,
Leesburg Pike and Route 28 providing easy access to both Washington Dulles Intl Airport IAD and downtown Washington DC.
Courtyard Marriott Fact Sheet in PDF:
Download Conference Forms Below:
Conference Overview and Call for Papers and Proposal Form
2015 Conference Registration Form
Guidelines for Presenters
Guidelines for Poster Presentations
Information for Publishers, Organizations and Sponsors
Application Form for Publishers, Organizations and Sponsors
Loudoun County Attractions
This site has information on everything you want to know about Loudoun county,
including places to eat, heritage and culture, town and villages and horse country events.
Provides great information on the happenings in Northern Virginia.
Provides links to cultural and museum events.
(Washington Dulles Airport)
Dulles Taxi & Limousine
21100 Dulles Town Circle
241 Fort Evans Road, NE
Restaurants and Hotel Information-Handout:
Other Restaurants in the Area
A Taste of Vietnam
46005 Regal Plaza
20921 Davenport Drive
21018 S. Bank Street
11 N. King Street
2079 Great Falls Plaza, #110
Sterling, VA 20165
20789 Great Falls Plaza, Unit 176
Sterling, VA 20165
20921 Davenport Drive
45980 Waterview Plaza
45970 Waterview Plaza
204 Harrison Street, SE
5 Catoctin Circle
For more information on the 2015 ECCSSA conference, please contact:
Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Chair, Board of Trustees at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 450-2629.