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2018 Call For Papers

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Values in Higher Education will explore how personal identities shape and are shaped by the realities of pluralism together with different sorts of, and imbalances of, power. In particular, we ask: Can the formation of a rich plurality of personal identities be consistent with the existence of a collective or national identity? We invite proposals for individual and panel presentations around the following questions (though not limited to these):…Click here to Read More


2017 Call for Papers

Call For Papers bannerSociety for Values in Higher Education 93nd Annual Meeting
Sacrifice, Consumption, and the Public Good
July 12 – 16, 2017
Simmons College, Boston, MA

In 1840, Alexis de Tocquevile observed a bedrock cultural presupposition of Americans in the Age of Jackson. He called this presupposition “interest rightly understood.” In the second volume of Democracy in America, he wrote, “The principle of interest rightly understood produces no great acts of self-sacrifice, but it suggests daily small acts of self-denial. By itself, it cannot suffice to make a man virtuous; but it disciplines a number of persons in habits of regularity, temperance, moderation, foresight, self-command; and, if it does not lead men straight to virtue by will, it gradually draws them in that direction by their habits.”

Today, in the face of challenges of climate change and global poverty, individuals are often asked to make sacrifices in their private lives in order to advance the public good. Within American culture, however, the values of self-care and consumerism can be in tension with those of sacrifice for and service to the public good. And even if an individual makes such sacrifices, she/he might feel that such sacrifices are trivial compared to the magnitude of the problems – leading then to apathy and a prioritization of self-care and consumerism. …
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2016 Call for Papers

Some see satire and other forms of political humor as undermining the civility necessary for the functioning of a civil society. Others see these forms of expression as signs of healthy democratic discourse. At its 2016 annual meeting, the Society for Values in Higher Education will explore the nature of civil discourse. How can we establish a more robust and productive dialogue with one another—across our political, religious, and cultural divides?

  • What distinguishes political humor from hate speech?
  • When do norms of civility stifle political dissent?
  • Are there moral and religious boundaries within which political humor should be contained?
  • What if any impact does Citizens United have on the quality of civil discourse? To what standards should corporations that fund political attack ads be held?
  • Do anonymous social media undermine or facilitate civil discourse?
  • How can individuals foster civility through participation in local institutions and organizations?
  • What role can colleges and universities play in establishing a genuine civil discourse?

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2015 Call for Papers

91st Annual Meeting: Working Together?  Collaboration and the Future of Higher Education, July 22-25, 2015 at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Higher education in the United States is facing unprecedented challenges—the privatization of state schools by virtue of the steady de-funding by legislatures, the dramatic rise of for-profit institutions,  rapidly increasing expectations about what services colleges and universities should provide, and a    complex and global society that demands college graduates with even more skills and capacities. It is  little wonder that so many people think higher education is in a state of crisis. But the current context also provides new opportunities, if only the various constituencies can collaborate together for the good of our students and our institutions…Click here to Read More

2014 Call for Papers

Minding the Gap: Educating for Economic Justice
St. Thomas University, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, July 16-20, 2014

The growing gap in the United States between the rich and the poor (or even between the rich and the middle class) and the increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of the few is difficult to justify. The gap is even greater between the wealthy in developed nations and the destitute in the Third World. A significant amount of research highlights the deleterious effects of wealth inequality on a society and around the globe. These effects include increased crime, mental illness, educational underachievement, and more. In such a situation, American colleges and universities cannot sit idly by. At its 2014 annual meeting, the Society for Values in Higher Education will investigate the gap and reflect upon ways that educational institutions can mind it and mend it.

Papers may address these values from a number of theoretical and (inter)disciplinary perspectives,including but not limited to questions such as:…Click here to Read More

2013 Call for Papers

2013 CPF PromoDebt: Obligations that Shape our Lives
July 24-28, 2013, University of Denver

Societies are structured by webs of financial, legal, psychological, moral, and spiritual obligations. All of these involve debt, broadly construed. From the most mundane, everyday interactions to the complexities of international relations, the language of debt pervades our thinking and discourse. The Society for Values in Higher Education seeks paper and panel proposals to address the concept of debt from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.Click here to Read More


Imagination and Compassion in Higher Education
Drew University, Madison, NJ, August  3-7, 2012

Imagination and compassion are necessary, even obligatory, tools to prepare the next generations to survive and to thrive in a time we may not know, understand, or live to see. Yet, in education today, imagination seems to be, at best, an extracurricular concern while compassion is only the haphazard consequence of the standard curriculum. At its 2012 annual meeting, the Society for Values in Higher Education will investigate the role of imagination and compassion in the ways we understand human realities in order to revitalize their role in higher education.

papers may address these values from a number of theoretical and (inter)disciplinary perspectives, including but not limited to questions such as:…Click here to Read More


Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, July 27-31, 2011

Education is universally valued.  But what constitutes education is debated even by those who share similar backgrounds, ethnicities, language, and professions.  When teachers and students who migrate from other cultures or come from diverse backgrounds add their voices, teaching and learning become more complex.

Academic institutions in the U.S. are gateways to social mobility for their students.  The paths those students choose vary according to their family expectations, their personal experiences, and institutional responses.  “Assimilation” was the watchword in 19th and most of 20th century education.  Today’s small colleges, large universities, and community colleges need new philosophies and strategies to meet the world’s fluctuating national and cultural boundaries, interdependent economies and cross-pollinating intellectual and technological exchange.

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Making Choices: Sustainability in a World of Conflicting Values

Forty years after the first Earth Day, environmental concerns are greater than ever. For humankind to realize a sustainable future, we must take dramatic action and change individual and collective behavior. But are we capable of such change? What values will motivate individuals and groups to initiate and sustain earth-friendly behavior? What would sustainable human life look like?

Sustainability involves issues and concerns related to the environment, economic and political structures, religious worldviews, and individual and collective moral behavior. It can be studied from a variety of disciplinary perspectives—from the natural sciences to the social sciences to the humanities…Click here to Read More


“Organically Related: University and Professional Education,”  Timothy J. Cash, University of Illinois.

Parables—Study at the Intersection of Epistemologies,”  Alan Dagovitz and Rick Elgendy, University of Chicago.

Toward a Pedagogical Praxis that Radicalizes Social Awareness,”  Jack A. Hill, Texas Christian University.

The Compatibility of a Liberal Education and a Consumer Culture,”  Marsha Kobre Anderson, Sierra Nevada College.

The New Media Approach to Higher Education,”  Danny Paskin, California State University, Long Beach.

“Rational Self-Interest, Intellectual Curiosity, and the Capitalist University,” Paul Swift, Bryant University (Rhode Island).

University as Wal Mart: Exploring Consumerism in Academia,” Sandy Watson, University of Tennessee (Chattanooga) and Joe Morris, Dalton State University.

Putting Cultural Trends in Context: Teaching Values in Universities,” Mary Beth Yount, Duquesne University.

The Bologna Process: ‘Europe of Euro’ vs. ‘Europe of Knowledge,’” Pavel Zgaga, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)