Call for Proposals
The 19th Annual CUNY IT Conference: The Next or New Normal?
Virtual Event December 3-4, 2020
The 19th Annual CUNY IT Conference, “The Next or New Normal?”, will explore CUNY’s response to changes that events of 2020 have both forced and inspired. It will be a chance for stakeholders from across CUNY to discuss the pedagogical, social, and economic effects of the pandemic, including the switch to online education, and how it both presented new opportunities and exacerbated existing inequalities. How does CUNY’s history, present, and anticipated future influence our perspectives on change, and ability to set examples in the realm of equitable higher education? Are we working towards a return to “normal” or moving towards a new horizon? For the first time, the CUNY IT Conference will be held exclusively online.
We invite submissions of proposals for one-hour panels and workshops from the CUNY community. Because of our online format, we will have fewer sessions available than in previous years, and encourage submissions for full sessions rather than from individual presenters. Each proposal should include a title, an abstract of no more than 200 words, and the name and affiliation of each party to the proposal. Please note that due to this year’s virtual event format, presenter(s) will need to have an internet connection and computer available for use. Sessions that are accepted for this year’s program will receive additional instructions and logistical information closer to the date of the conference. We recommend that each proposal have no more than six presenters, and that each panel have an appointed chairperson who will serve as a point of contact for logistical information and session moderation.
The CUNY IT Conference will be held on December 3-4, 2020, exclusively online. It will offer overviews of the University’s key IT initiatives; discussions of how technology can support teaching, scholarship, and administration; and a chance to hear from vendors.
In considering the theme of “The Next or New Normal?” proposals should address such questions as:
1. How did existing systems and technologies and systems at CUNY help or hinder our transition to distance learning in Spring 2020, and how did they help or challenge us to prepare for Fall 2020?
2. How can CUNY prepare for and become more resilient to unforeseen changes in higher education over the coming years?
3. How can CUNY use moments of upheaval to imagine a more just and equitable university, rather than just a “return to normal” when the crisis passes?
Proposals are due on September 15. Submit a proposal. The conference committee will inform applicants of decisions by mid-October.