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AURCO seeks conference presentations by adjunct faculty

The Association for the University Regional Campuses of Ohio (AURCO) and the Ohio Part-TimeAURCO 2013 POSTER Faculty Association (OPTFA) are co-sponsoring a special track of presentations at this year’s conference to be devoted to the professional interests and concerns of adjunct faculty.

Adjunct faculty can propose 15- to 30-minute individual or collaborative presentations, or put together 45-minute panels on a given topic.

The idea is to showcase the interests and concerns of adjunct faculty and to provide opportunities for adjunct faculty to network not just with full-time faculty but with other adjunct faculty across our campuses.

Proposals will be due by March 1. They should be submitted to Martin Kich, a member of AURCO’s board of trustees, at martinkich@gmail.com. Guidelines for the proposals are available at http://www.aurco.net/conference/guidelines

All papers presented at the conference can be submitted, following the conference, to the AURCO Journal, a refereed annual journal.

This year’s conference is being hosted by Ohio University’s Lancaster Campus on Saturday, April 13. The conference typically runs from about 8 a.m. to about 3 p.m.

Overnight accommodations for conference participants are available at nearby hotels at reduced rates. To encourage participation by adjunct faculty, their registration has been reduced to $25, from the standard registration of $99 charged to full-time faculty.

Information on the conference registration and available lodging is provided on the AURCO website. For presenters staying overnight, there is an arts program on Friday evening.

AURCO was founded in 1993, so this is the 20th anniversary of the organization. Its annual conferences are notable for their friendly and relaxed atmosphere.