March 11, 2012
Call for Proposals: AALS Section on Academic Support, January 2013 Meeting
Call for Proposals
AALS Section on Academic Support
January 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana
Assessing Our Students, Our Successes, and Our Selves
In response to a growing need within the legal academy, many institutions and individuals have developed programs to assure the success of law students as well as techniques to assess both programs and students. To broaden the impact of such efforts, the Program Committee seeks proposals highlighting the theme of assessment. What should we assess and how do we accomplish the necessary measurements? Topics might include, but are not limited to, helping new faculty design formative assessment measures for doctrinal classes; evaluating the impact of existing academic or bar support programs on bar passage rates; identifying at-risk students before they start law school; motivating entitled students to work hard enough to succeed; managing time and prioritizing tasks to derive maximum benefit from decreasing budgets; or using empirical studies to impact curricular and programming decisions.
Preference will be given to presentations designed to engage the workshop audience, so proposals should contain a detailed explanation of both the substance of the presentation and the methods to be employed. Individuals as well as groups are invited to propose topics. The Committee would prefer to highlight talent across a spectrum of law schools and disciplines and is especially interested in new and innovative ideas. Please share this call with colleagues—both within and outside of the legal academy and the academic support community—who are experimenting with assessment methods or doing empirical research.
Based on participant numbers for the last several years, we anticipate over 100 people attending the program.
Proposals must include the following information:
1. A title for your presentation.
2. A brief description of the objectives or outcomes of your presentation.
3. A brief description of how your presentation will support your stated objectives or outcomes.
4. The amount of time requested for your presentation. No single presenter should exceed 45 minutes in total. Presentations as short as 15 minutes are welcomed.
5. A detailed description of both the substantive content and the techniques to be employed., if any, to engage the audience.
6. Whether you plan to distribute handouts, use PowerPoint, or employ other technology.
7. A list of the conferences at which you have presented within the last three years, such as AALS, national or regional ASP or writing conferences, or other academic conferences. (The Committee is interested in this information because we wish to select and showcase seasoned, as well as fresh, talent.)
8. Your school affiliation, title, courses taught, and contact information (please include email address and telephone number).
9. Any articles or books that you have published that relate to your proposed presentation.
10. Any other information you think will help the Committee appreciate the value your presentation will provide.
Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please send yours as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, April 2d to Prof. Barbara McFarland, Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions, contact Barbara McFarland at 859.572.7637.
The Section on Academic Support Program Committee:
Barbara McFarland, Chair
Emily Scivoletto, Past Chair
Robin Boyle Laisure, Past Chair
ASP Section Chair: Herb Ramy