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A Note on Proposal Review

Submit a Proposal

Submission Deadline:

5:00 p.m. ET, May 9, 2017

All proposals must be submitted online through the Online Program Proposal System. No mailed proposals will be accepted.


Criteria and Guidelines

General information

Program Format

Information Required to Submit

Grants and Travel Awards

Criteria for Review

In a continuing effort to make the proposal review process transparent, the 2018 proposal reviewers will use the following in their evaluations:

  • Is the proposal situated contextually in writing theory, research traditions, or current issues and/or practices?
  • Is the proposal focused on the scene of laboring and/or languaging to occur during the session/presentation? What will happen and who will do what during the time allotted?
  • Is the proposal innovative? Does it establish new ground, build distinctly on previous work, take a fresh approach, or offer a unique perspective?
  • Is the proposal audience oriented and transformative, explaining how the widest possible kinds of attendees will be engaged in the proposed session and what they will “get” or how the experience might benefit or transform them, their languaging, ideas, or practices?
  • Does the proposal address how it adds a new or underrepresented voice(s) or texture to the conversation in which the presentation(s) are engaging?


For poster sessions, in addition to considering the criteria above (as relevant to the context), reviewers will look specifically for the following:

  • Does the proposal describe the study and results to be presented?
  • Does the proposal discuss what sorts of empirical data will be included (textual and visual)?
  • Does the proposal describe how ideas and evidence will be represented graphically?

General Guidelines for Proposals

  • Follow the proposal format.
  • Be as specific and clear as possible about the focus and purpose of your proposals, and provide only the information requested. The intense reviewing procedure makes supplemental material a hindrance.
  • Make sure the proposal attends to the laboring, languaging, and/or transforming that is proposed.
  • Meet the May 9 deadline and submit electronically through the online program proposal system.
  • Notify NCTE immediately (1-800-369-6283 or of address changes.
  • Official invitations will be sent by late August to persons whose proposals have been accepted.
  • Names appearing in the 2018 Convention Program will represent only peer-reviewed proposals and paid registrations.




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