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2013 NEA Higher Education Conference


The 2013 NEA Higher Education conference will be held at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, from March 22-24, 2013.

Visit the conference website to register and see a more detailed agenda of speakers and workshops.

This year's theme, "Faculty, Students, and the Common Good," asks, "As our nation becomes increasingly partisan and polarized, especially between rich and poor, and as public education becomes increasingly underfunded and targeted by anti-egalitarian forces, what is the role of faculty, academic professionals, higher education support professionals and students in creating a more democratic, more decent society? What is the public good, and what does it mean to fight for it?"

In order to develop a conference that meets the needs of our members, we are seeking your input. Consider submitting a paper or suggesting a proposal (see below), or participating in a brief survey about conference proceedings. Thank you!

How to suggest a conference panel or session:

Workshop sessions can be submitted in the areas of organizing, member recruitment and engagement, local association best practices, social media, political action best practices, bargaining, policy, pedagogy, or any other topic in keeping with this year's conference theme. The purpose of these workshops is to provide a forum for exchanging opinions and presenting ideas.

Proposals should include:
• Workshop name
• A 150- to 200-word overview of the workshop. 
• A two- to three-sentence descriptor or your workshop. This is the descriptor that will be used in the program if your workshop is selected.
• Please denote whether this workshop can be a 45-minute flash session, a 75-minute breakout session, a 90-minute breakout session, or all three.

Workshop proposals should be submitted no later than December 1, 2012 to Phadra L. Williams Tuitt at Proposals will be reviewed and you will be contacted no later than January 3, 2013.

How to submit a paper: 

For the first time, we will publish conference proceedings through the submission of conference-themed papers, which, if accepted, have the possibility of being published in an edited ebook or other NEA publication.

We invite you to submit in the following areas:
•       Union organizing in higher education
•       The role of faculty, students, academic professionals, and higher education support  professionals in creating a more democratic society
•       The role of unions in creating a more democratic society
•       Women and their leadership roles in unions
•       Minorities and leadership in unions
•       The public good in higher education

Please submit your 350-word abstract with name, e-mail, phone number, and institutional affiliation, as well as two page vitae, to Mary Ellen Flannery at by January 3, 2013. Selected conference presenters will be notified by the end of January with further conference details.

Any questions regarding the NEA Higher Education Conference and paper submissions can be sent to Phadra Williams Tuitt, Ed.D., Organizational Specialist, NEA Center For Organizing, at or Mary Ellen Flannery, NEA Thought & Action Editor, NEA Center For Communications, at