2013-39th Annual Conference

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Ushering in the Renaissance

 Conference Overview

In 2012, the ECCSSA call for proposals sought research, commentaries and presentations on challenges, visions and strategies to renew a fragmented society, nation and world. The Great Renewal called for remembrance and recapturing of the human spirit, rebuilding, revitalization, access, advancement and transformation. This included transformational governance and rebuilding of the nation's infrastructure; development of human potential and the creation of opportunities for growth; and, transformational paradigm shifts at all levels of higher education.

For 2013, ECCSSA continues the dialogue. We call for proposals and research to usher in a renaissance-an age of intellectual enlightenment, visionary discoveries, productive thinking and strategies and models for implementation. The primary objective should be aimed at defining a new framework for teaching and leadership; and, promotion and development of a creative class of learners, thinkers, and professionals.

Thus, ECCSSA calls for identifying mechanisms for our way of return. This includes tapping into the human spirit and moving into an era that leads to creative ideas and visionary constructs for educational and societal reforms, resulting in enlightened and carefully crafted transformations. Among these are: strategies for recovery, renewal and growth; a new science of mind; transformed curricula; and, new models, strategies and tools that can result in a thriving, reconnected nation and world.

There are lessons to be learned from the European renaissance of the historical past which emerged after the late middle ages. The zenith of this period was that society, economy, culture and consciousness was transformed and refashioned by the upheavals that beset this region of the world, leading to assessment and renewal near the onset of modernity. This resulted in a transition from a dark time to the reawakening of spirit and intellect that led to a period of high productivity and revitalization.

Such a period is called for now in our nation to lead us fully equipped into this 21st century. The 2013 ECCSSA conference roundtable calls for reforms in higher education and the social sciences; as well as in economic, public and social policy. We hope to usher in a period of positive and creative intellectual productivity, the advancement of learning, and the implementation of visionary paradigms and strategies to promote positive human development and a healthy, thriving nation and world for all. It is hoped that the ultimate outcome will be a flourishing nation and world with a sustainable future.

This upcoming 2013 conference continues our new roundtable format that was so successful last year. The roundtable dialogue will comprise one and one-half days. We ask that all members and participants in attendance make the commitment and plans to stay for the duration. For the first time, this year, we are also inviting virtual sesions for those that may not be able to attend. We invite you to join us in dialogue.

  Suggested Themes

Possible broad themes for discussion at this roundtable include (but are not solely limited to) the following:


Historical and Geographical Perspectives


Learning from the Great Books
The Positive Psychology Paradigm
Lessons Learned
Global Humanity
New Strategies for Teaching and Learning
Using Constructivist Theory in Teaching
Teaching for Understanding
Teaching Responsibility
Teaching Civic Responsibility
Teaching for Sustainability
Moral Reasoning, Ethics and Character Education
Teaching for the Seeking of the Salvation of Self
Teaching for Self Development
Transformations in Higher Education
New Instructional Strategies in Teaching and Learning
Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
Student Centered Pedagogy
Learning Beyond the Classroom
New Paradigms for Assessment


Promoting Creativity
Creating Cultural Leaders
Creating Opportunities for Growth, Inclusion and Access
Finding Shared Values
Transformational Governance
Redefining Values
Innovative Leadership in the 21st Century
Building a Creative Class vs. the Service Class
Restoring Honor and a Moral Foundation
The Need for a Spiritual Rebirth
Role of the Church and Religion
Protecting the Family Unit


The Need for Creativity
Enhancing Creativity
The Role of Teachers and Higher Education
Creative Scientists, Mathematicians, Artists, Inventors, and Entrepreneurs
Creativity and the Developmental Domains


The Pivotal Role of Technology
Technology Enhanced Learning
New Strategies for Social Media
Role of the Media

Making Global Connections

Building World Peace
The Roots of Conflict
Strategies for Conflict Resolution
Trends in Global Higher Education
The Meaning of Family as a Universal Construct

  Special Call for Student Papers and Presentations

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 student submission of papers and poster presentations. 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.

 Special Virtual Sessions

This year ECCSSA offers the opportunity for a virtual presentation of your paper in video format on the conference theme. We will review your proposal for a virtual session and if selected will upload your talk to our conference channel for viewing by registered participants and members. Virtual presenters must pay the conference fee in order to be featured. Instructions for preparing virtual sessions can be found on the ECCSSA website.

 Related Videos

Sir Ken Robinson-RSA Animate-Changing Education

Sir Ken Robinson-Changing Paradigms

Sir Ken Robinson-Out of Our Minds-Learning to Be Creative

Sir Ken Robinson-Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson-Creativity, Learning and the Curriculum

Dr. Howard Gardner-Five Minds for the Future

For more information on the 2012 ECCSSA conference, please contact:
Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Chair, Board of Trustees at: roking@nvcc.edu or (703) 450-2629.

 Conference Registration Fee
Regular Registration: $125.00
Walk-In Registration: $140.00
New Scholar/Adjunct Faculty/Graduate Student: $90
Walk-In Registration: $105.00
(New Scholar=1-3 years of employment)
Undergraduate Student: $35
Regular Membership: $50
Lifetime Membership: $500

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 Download Forms Below:

 Conference Overview and Call for Papers


 Call for Papers Proposal Form


 2013 Conference Registration Form


 Guidelines for Presenters
 Guidelines for Poster Presentations

 Guidelines for Virtual Presentations

 Information for Publishers, Organizations and Sponsors

 Application Form for Publishers, Organizations and Sponsors

For more information on the 2013 ECCSSA conference, please contact:
Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Chair, Board of Trustees at: roking@nvcc.edu or (703) 450-2629.

 ECCSSA is an association of professional social scientists, scientists, and related professionals devoted to advancing research, practice, knowledge, and understanding, in the social sciences for the progression of humankind.
 The Association covers the east coast of the United States of America.