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Call for Proposals: 3rd Bullying, Incivility, and Violence
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3/12/2018 to 4/9/2018
When: Monday, March 12, 2018
Where: Victoria, BC 
Canada

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The 3rd Bullying, Incivility, and Violence in Adult, Higher, Continuing, and Professional Education Pre-Conference
in Conjunction with The 59th Adult Education Research Conference (AERC)
Victoria, BC, Canada, June 7, 2018

Safer and More Inclusive Environments for All: Applying Social Justice Practices to Implement Anti-Bullying and Anti-Violence Education in Adult, Higher, Continuing, and Professional Education
Call for Proposals


Submission Deadline: April 9, 2018


Overview and Purpose
According to the latest report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there were about 1.2 million violent crimes committed in the United States in 2015 (www.fbi.gov). Media also report violent incidents almost daily from incivility to bullying to crime. Such violent incidents have seen increased visibility in recent years due to critical violent incidents and social movements revolving around sociocultural identities such as the Black Lives Matter movement, the Orlando Massacre, the Chicago Riots, and the Me Too movement in the United States. In particular, the Me Too movement gained special attention last year because there were many people in the media and entertainment industries who spoke out about their experiences of being sexually assaulted by powerful individuals. Although the Me Too movement started out only last year as an effort to collectively step forward with other victims who had been sexually assaulted by someone, sexual assaults that often include bullying, violence, and incivility have existed for a long time in the USA and have victimized many people over time (Namie & Namie, 2009; Rayner, Hoel, & Cooper, 2002; Twale & De Luca, 2008). These malicious incidents negatively affect the lives of not only those people who belong to particular groups based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other directly affected identities, but also the lives of people who witness such incidents (Misawa, 2016).

Adult, higher, continuing, and professional education is not an exception because higher education is a microcosm of society where diverse populations come together and spend time with each other just like in the greater contemporary society. So, violent incidents have also been reported there. According to the U.S. Department of Education (2016), based on 6,504 institutions with 11,255 campuses, the number of reported criminal offenses was 37,377 in 2016, the number of reported hate crimes was 1,300, and the number of reported incidents involving the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was 16,189 (https://ope.ed.gov). Those incidents were formally reported, and there may be more unreported malicious incidents like bullying and incivility in addition to those numbers (Twale & De Luca, 2008).

In order for adult educators and practitioners in adult, higher, continuing, and professional education to be able to create safer and more civil environments for their learners, they must be aware of and understand what bullying, incivility and violent incidents are. To become aware of and have a good understanding of those incidents, they need to have critical dialogues about those incidents and how they can strategize to reduce and ultimately eliminate bullying, incivility, and violence from educational environments. In the past preconferences, there were some great conversations and sharing of stories about bullying, incivility, and violence in adult, higher, continuing, and professional education. This year’s preconference will also include critical dialogues about bullying, incivility, and violence in adult, higher, continuing, and professional education. Therefore, the purpose of this preconference is to provide an opportunity for educators, practitioners, and researchers to have continued critical dialogues about empirical, theoretical, and practical issues of bullying, incivility, and violence in adult, higher, continuing, and professional education. This preconference will focus on the following theme: Safer and More Inclusive Environments for All: Applying Social Justice Practices to Implement Anti-Bullying and Anti-Violence Education in Adult, Higher, Continuing, and Professional Education.

Types of Proposals
Proposals are encouraged for presentations dealing with empirical research, research methodology, theory development, and/or practical applications with regard to bullying, incivility, and violence in adult, higher, continuing, and professional education. Graduate students and early-career educators and practitioners who are interested in the topical areas and are conducting research or are practicing in the topical areas of bullying, incivility, and violence are also encouraged to submit their proposals in addition to seasoned researchers and practitioners. Again, the types of presentations we are looking for are:
 Empirical Research
 Theory/Model Development
 Theorizing from the Literature
 Research Methodology
 Practical Applications

Instructions for Proposal Submission
Submit your proposal before or on April 9, 2018 via email to the chair of the pre-conference:
Dr. Mitsunori Misawa, Chair
Adult Learning (PhD) and Adult Education (MS)
Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Email: mmisawa@utk.edu

Your proposal should be two pages long:
1) First Page: One typed cover sheet that includes the title, your name, address, phone and fax numbers, email address, and a signed warrant statement that states:
I warrant that if my proposal is accepted, I will submit electronically a five to eight page (single spaced, typed) summary for inclusion in the Pre-Conference Proceedings to mmisawa@utk.edu. I understand that if this summary is not submitted by May 25, 2018, my summary will not be included as part of the third Bullying, Incivility, and Violence in Adult, Higher, Continuing, and Professional Education Pre-Conference proceedings and, instead, only my abstract will be included.
2) Second Page: One typed, single spaced, one-page abstract, not to exceed 600 words. The abstract must include the following information: Proposal title and abstract (250-600 words) including 3-5 keywords, the purpose of the study or the purpose of the presentation (based on theories, concepts, or applications), research questions or positions supported by the literature, methodology, findings (if available), and discussion/conclusion/implications.

Please note that all of the received proposals for the pre-conference will be submitted to a blind review process. So, it is important for you to follow the instructions above. The submission deadline will be April 9, 2018. Notification of our decision regarding your proposal will be sent on or before April 15, 2018. Accepted proposal author(s) will be provided information and instructions for full text paper submissions.

Steering Committee:
Mitsunori Misawa (Chair), Josie Andrews, Amber Giffin, Kathy Jenkins, and David Willis

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