Call for Proposals: Knowledge Without Boundaries Research Summit June 10 -14, 2019 Virtual

Call for Proposals: Knowledge Without Boundaries Research Summit June 10 -14, 2019 Virtual

Call Status

Soliciting Interest

Deadline for Participation

Sunday, May 5, 2019 (All day)


Final Submission Deadline:

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST

The mission of Knowledge Without Boundaries™ is to provide opportunities that enable practitioner faculty, students, and alumni, to develop and achieve their professional research and scholarship goals and, through scholarly leadership, improve the performance of the organizations and communities they serve. The annual research summit is a continuation of this mission and it upholds the intended vision to encourage the formation of communities of scholarship for practitioner faculty, students, and alumni.

This year, the 2019 Knowledge Without Boundaries™ Research Summit is pleased to expand its reach to all practitioner faculty. This includes business and industry partners engaged in applied organizational research. A special invitation is extended to practitioner faculty teaching at Community Colleges across the nation. Through these invitations, the Research and Scholarship Enterprise for the University of Phoenix can serve as the vehicle for all Scholar/Practitioner/Leaders to extend their reach and impact in their respective fields.

Our Overarching Objectives:

  • To provide an opportunity to engage in an active community of scholarship.

  • To improve the performance of the organizations, communities, and schools served by practitioner faculty, students, and alumni.

  • To cultivate and sustain a productive community of scholarship to include the production and dissemination of best instructional practices for reaching and teaching the working adult.

  • To enhance the foundational research and proposal development skills necessary for an engaged practitioner/leader/scholar

  • To inform and illustrate the preparations necessary for planning, preparing, and producing scholarly work.

  • To provide guidance concerning the development of a research agenda as it relates to disciplines of study or fields of inquiry.

  • To develop strategies for writing for publication.

We encourage submissions from all content areas related to the research agendas of the University of Phoenix’s Research Centers as well as the research, action research, and best practices around teaching and learning stemming from community colleges and local University of Phoenix campuses. Proposals will be accepted from Research Center affiliates (faculty, students, alumni), from campus-based communities of scholarships, community college educators, and our business and industry partners.

Proposal Tracks

Presentation proposals are being solicited under three tracks. Track One and Track Two are provided for University of Phoenix Faculty and External Guests while Track Three has been provided for Doctoral Student Submissions.

TRACK ONE: Research

Research Papers - Share the results of a qualitative and/or quantitative research study related to campus-based research, and formal research projects to include action and evaluation research. This would include Research Fellowship funded projects.  (15 minutes presentation plus a moderated question and answer period in a concurrent session – 3 presentations per concurrent session.)

TRACK TWO: Best Practices and Innovation

Overview: This track is for faculty and external guests who have demonstrated “best” practices in education and technology, leadership, business and industry, and interdisciplinary studies, thus representing an “open” category for submission relevant to all submissions that speak to any of these areas. “Best Practices” represents those practices that have demonstrated success, yielded impactful results and evidence of progression in the field. This track also explores “innovation” in education and industry as another option for scholarly presentation as part of track II where innovation practices have led to change results in industry, education or another field. Proposals in this track may focus on one of two options described below.

Option One: Practitioner Papers - Provide the opportunity for discussions of a project, program, or practice tool/strategy related to a body of research or action research conducted by faculty/students/alumni at local campuses and community colleges. (15 minutes presentation plus a moderated question and answer period in a concurrent session – 3 presentations per concurrent session.)

Option Two: Practitioner Workshops - Provide the opportunity for a longer (60 minutes), more in-depth experience and active participation around an innovative educational practice or teaching and learning tool. We are particularly interested in workshops that encourage and support scholarship. This is open to all educators.

TRACK THREE: Doctoral Student Submission (Thought Piece)

For students who seek the opportunity to begin advancing their research skills within the scope of professional research in the conferences circuit, the College of Doctoral Studies is opening this potential for the 2019 Summit to all interested doctoral students. To allow doctoral students the chance to participate, we will have a slotted series of conference times for the June Virtual Summit for those proposals submitted by doctoral students that the school deems "applicable" for presentation.

The 2019 Virtual Research Summit is a platform where students may use their research proposal as a "thought-piece" or "Whitepaper." Students may present their research to address its significance within the broader world of research at this conference. Students may translate their proposal as research through a whitepaper or thought-piece medium, opening up the possibilities. Conference research presentations allows doctoral students to build their credentials through real-world experience

Preparing your Submission / Formatting

  • Proposals should be prepared in MS Word (DOC or DOCX) or Adobe (PDF) format

  • So that proposals can be blind reviewed, author-identifying information (name of author, name of institution) is not to appear within the proposal document or in the saved file name.

  • Please save files as: Type_Keyword_KWBRS19 (e.g. Reserachpaper_EducationalTechnoplogy_KWBRS19.doc or Workshop_WritingforPublication_KWBRS17.pdf)

  • Use Times New Roman 12‐pt font

  • Set all margins at 1”

  • Single-space the proposal but double-space between paragraphs, headings and text, tables, etc.

  • Tables and figures should be inserted into the manuscript/proposal of the text at or near first mention of the table or figure in the manuscript/proposal

  • Center and bold section headings

  • Proposals are limited to one page plus references. Proposals exceeding the page limitations will not be accepted.

  • Use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) for all references and citations.

General Information

  • The 2019 Knowledge Without Boundaries™ Research Summit: Monday, June 10 - Friday, June 14. This is Virtual Research Summit powered by Shindig.

  • The vast majority of the Plenary of Events consists of papers and sessions selected through this open call and based on a peer-review process guided by member scholar and practitioner leaders. Other elements of the program include invited Community College sessions, professional development workshops, and graduate student research.

  • For general questions regarding this call, please contact David Proudfoot (, Mark McCaslin ( or Rodney Luster (

  • Submissions must arrive by the deadline. The submission system in InfoReady opens on March 1, 2019 and closes on Sunday May 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. Due to the volume of proposals we receive no late submissions will be accepted.

  • Various guides are provided to help potential presenters develop an effective proposal for the 2019 KWB Research Summit in the KWB Blog on the Research and Scholarship Enterprise Research Hub. Submitters are encouraged to read through all of the information in this blog to ensure what needs to be done and when as they prepare their proposal. The session type descriptions will be helpful to submitters as they shape their submission.