2017 Conference

CUFA 2017 Call for Proposals


Dear Colleagues,

The College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), an Affiliated Group of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), invites proposals for its Annual Conference, which will be held on November 15-17, 2016, in San Francisco, CA. The theme of this year's NCSS conference is Expanding Visions/Bridging Traditions. In the spirit of this year’s theme, the CUFA 2017 program will challenge presenters and attendees to (re)envision the future of social studies while also responding to the present conditions of the field. CUFA 2017 will look at what social studies can make possible in turbulent times when settler colonialism, systemic and systematic racism, white supremacy, Islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, free speech and voter suppression, socioeconomic disparities, sexism, environmental destruction, and the corporatization of PK-12 and teacher education (to name a few) continue to threaten each and every one of us, both personally and professionally, in the United States and around the world. Social studies education must be(come) a driving force for social change.

As Program Chair, I challenge you to disrupt status quo discourses, practices, and methods in your paper and session proposals. I ask you to consider the following question: How does your research and/or teaching work to transform social studies education in our local, state, national, and global communities?

As you prepare your proposals, please consider the following areas of relevance for social studies in PK-12 and higher education settings:

  • Intersectionality
  • Decolonization
  • Anti-Oppressive, Anti-Racist, and Critical Pedagogies
  • Subversive Social Studies Teaching Methods
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • LGBTQ+ Studies
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Critical Media Literacy
  • Environmental Justice
  • Technology
  • Economics Education
  • Geography Education
  • Global Education
  • Politics, Power, and Policy in Social Studies Education
  • Research Methodologies (Qualitative, Post-Qualitative, Quantitative, Mixed Methods)
  • Social Studies Advocacy and Outreach
  • Citizenship Education
  • History Education 

This year’s program will include individual papers and roundtables, symposia, contemporary issue dialogues (CIDs), invited speakers, and CUFA/NCSS co-sponsored Research into Practice (RIP) sessions. I am also working closely with NCSS event staff to offer CUFA pre-conference workshops on the morning of Wednesday, November 15. CUFA 2017 will continue to also feature an unconference space and the Java Networks lunch.

I encourage colleagues preparing symposia and CID proposals to explicitly create space(s) that talk across theories, methodologies, and practices where everyone is seen, heard, and can contribute to new visions for social studies. I urge colleagues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives to submit their work. Accepted proposals will be linked to presentations through the open conference system. Authors will have the option of uploading their completed papers to replace the proposal after the program is finalized.

The submission deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Tuesday, February 28, 2017. No submissions will be accepted after that time and date.

For those of you on Twitter, please tweet about the conference using the official conference hashtag: #CUFA17. I will also post regular updates about the conference on CUFA’s Facebook groups.

If you have any questions about the call, proposal submission process, or reviewer sign-up process, please contact me at Thank you for your hard work and commitment to the social studies education community.


In solidarity,


Sarah Shear, Ph.D.

2017 CUFA Program Chair

Penn State University-Altoona

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2014 CUFA Program & Information

Hello, CUFA 2014 conference participants!

The link below is the final CUFA 2014 Program.

A paper copy will be available by the end of September.

This program will provide you with the scheduling information you need to plan your travel, demonstrate how your papers and presentations will appear in the larger NCSS program, and notify you of your session chairs and discussants. If you are presenting a paper at a symposium or paper session,please send a copy of your paper to the session's discussant by e-mail no later than Wednesday, October 29. Chairs and discussants reserve the right to request that papers not submitted by that date be removed from their sessions. If you have questions or points of feedback about the program, please contact the 2014 CUFA Program Chair, Alex Cuenca, at

Also, please take a few moments to register in advance for the 2014 annual meeting via the following link:

In addition to NCSS registration fees, CUFA attendees pay $50 – a fee that has remained constant since 2011. If you already registered for NCSS online but did not register for CUFA, you may complete your registration by calling Ashanté Horton at 301.850.7456. Below are step-by-step instruction on registering for CUFA and NCSS.

 How to Register

If you plan to complete your registration onsite, please remember to fill in the CUFA registration box in the "Total Fees" menu of additional registration options. Thank you for participating in the 2014 NCSS CUFA Annual Meeting in Boston. I look forward to joining you for what promises to be a productive and informative conference.

Sincerely, Alex Cuenca
St. Louis University
CUFA 2014 Program Chair