11th Annual Aspen Conference

July 26-28, 2014, The Gant Aspen

Celebrating our Past, Imagining our Future:
Images of  "Response-able" Engaged Organizational Scholarship
Aspen 2014

This year's conference focuses on how organizational communication scholars can craft "response-able" research that addresses significant organizational problems and challenges and generates new patterns of organizing that enable people, organizations, and communities to create better social worlds.  "Response-ability" centers our attention on the kinds of important problems and issues we as scholars are willing to commit and respond to as well as the abilities that we need to develop to design research that is simultaneously responsive to developing theory and practice.  After 10 years of Aspen Conferences, it is time to celebrate the emergence of engaged scholarship in our field and also to pose the question, "How can engaged scholarship develop over the next 10 years in ways that is meaningful to us, our academic community, and the people we work with?"

Call for Proposals

This is a call for two-page proposals from scholars (both students and faculty) describing engaged work which is completed or in progress.   At the Aspen Conference two poster sessions will provide selected projects to be presented and discussed with a variety of senior scholars who support engaged work.  The term engaged work is to be inclusive of all types of projects and methodologies.  The two-page project descriptions should be submitted to conference organizers by March 31, 2014.  For scholars whose projects are selected the $75.00 conference fee will be waived. Notification of project acceptance will be by April 15, 2014.

The conference is designed to provide participants an opportunity to present their research in an informal setting and participate in significant conversations to help develop their projects.  The conference will also feature panel presentations regarding a number of burning questions such as:

·      How do I initiate and design engaged scholarship?
·      What strategies can I use to write up and publish my research?
·      What models can departments and universities develop for assessing engaged scholarship in tenure and promotion cases?
·      How do the challenges and opportunities for doing engaged work change as people move through their academic career from being graduate students, assistant professors, to senior scholars?
·      How does engaged scholarship influence the kinds of research tools we need to sharpen? The shape of research methods courses we offer at the undergraduate and graduate level?
·      What are the ethical challenges associated with doing engaged work?
·      How does engaged scholarship connect with other practices such as teaching, service, and consultancy?
·      What does it mean for engaged scholarship to have impact?  At what level?  What stakeholders do we wish to influence?
·       What statements, if any, do Aspen conference participants need to formally make (articles, books, position papers, etc.) to advance engaged scholarship over the next 10 years?

Conference Design

The Aspen Conference is designed to....
·      Allow participants to present their research and gain inspiration from others about how to move it forward.  At the beginning of the conference, participants will have an opportunity to present a research project they are currently conducting or developing. All presenters will have individualized feedback from conference participants.
·      Be stimulated to think about the opportunities and constraints associated with conducting engaged scholarship.  Topical panels regarding key issues that inform the practice of engaged scholarship will be offered.
·      To envision the future of engaged scholarship in organizational communication.  Our conference will end with session designed to articulate possible next steps and projects that will extend the practice of engaged scholarship.


Presenters and Facilitators

The following individuals have committed to be part of the conference:
Brenda Allen, University of Colorado Denver
Kevin Barge Texas A&M
Stan Deetz, University of Colorado Boulder
Bob Krizek, St. Louis University
Kathy Krone, University of Nebraska
Tim Kuhn, University of Colorado Boulder
Laurie Lewis, Rutgers
Dave Seibold, University of California Santa Barbara
Deanna Sellnow, University of Kentucky
Tim Sellnow, University of Kentucky
Pam Shockley-Zalabak, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Jennifer Simpson, Conversant
Paaige Turner, St. Louis University

For more information, contact:

Kathy Griffith
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
(719) 255-3119