Call for Proposals

Deadline: Monday, January 28, 2019


The 13th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) is an opportunity for individuals to explore the wide array of local and global career opportunities in the field of conflict and peace. The conference will include skills development workshops, a career and internship fair, opportunities for individuals to develop and practice their elevator speech for a job, resume review by academics and professionals in the field, sessions for faculty, staff and administrators on how to enhance their programs to help better connect and prepare their students for the wide variety of careers in the field, sessions for employers to help enhance their internship opportunities to better support their organization’s needs while supporting student learning, quality design of service learning specifically for peace and conflict resolution programs and more!


The conference is intended for secondary and higher education students, faculty, staff and administrators, members of the business community, non-profit leaders, media groups, philanthropists, and anyone wishing to make positive change in their communities. Participants will exchange best practices, consideration of obstacles to success, and new and innovative use of training, resources and technology.

The 2019 conference builds upon prior conferences from 2004 to 2013 and 2016 to 2018 in Ohio, and 2014 to 2015 in Virginia, which brought together government representatives from among the 50 states and around the globe and their nongovernmental organization partners who have legislation or policies in place on topics such as conflict management, human rights, social and emotional learning, peace education, democracy education, civics.

Potential proposal topics
This list is not exhaustive, but hopefully provides potential workshop presenters with some examples of where their work might fit.

  • Making effective elevator pitches
  • Presenting at conferences
  • Making effective elevator pitches
  • Presenting at conferences
  • How to strategize and build a career in the field
  • Building relationships with scholars
  • Networking for careers in Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • The importance and strategy of writing for publication especially for early career scholars
  • How to market your Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution degree, how to distinguish oneself from International Studies, Political Science, etc. Obtaining ‘field’ experience – Working as a teaching assistant, research assistant, interning, volunteering, etc.
  • Associations in the field and why become a member?
  • Skill sets for a successful career in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Finding the perfect internship in peace or conflict studies
  • Graduate school programs in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution – How to know which program is the best fit
  • Best practices in resumes, cover letters, networking, LinkedIn, etc. for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Building and sustaining a peace studies, conflict resolution, or social justice organization on campus – good practices
  • How are the skills of peace and a peace degree versatile and how are the skills transferable?
  • Panel on various fields discussing how they put these versatile skills to practice
  • Individuals with careers in the field discuss their positions, ways to get into that field, unique skill sets required, relevant experience, entry points, and recommendations for employment.

Potential skill-building workshops
This list is not exhaustive, but hopefully provides potential workshop presenters with some examples of where their work might fit.

  • Community engagement
  • Social justice advocacy
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion programs
  • Youth-led changemaking/conflict resolution
  • Schools (K-12) conflict resolution civic education
  • Consensus building
  • Nonviolent strategies
  • Core conflict resolution skills
  • Family conflict resolution
  • Conflict resolution education/peace education in K-12
  • Reconciliation and restorative justice processes
  • Dialogue-based processes
  • Faith-based initiatives
  • Capacity building for organizations or communities
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Gender-based violence prevention
  • Intercultural communications
  • Mediation – peer, school, university, community
  • Negotiation
  • Non-western conflict resolution models

Presentation format preferred (select one)

  • Panel – You will be added to a panel and would have approximately 20 minutes to present, with 10 minutes for questions. You would be grouped with up to two other panelists. If you want the 90 minutes, as you have 2+ people on your own panel, please make that notation so we know you do not need to be grouped with other presenters.
  • Interactive workshop – This is exactly as it sounds. Please note if you are proposing one 90 minute session, two 90-minute sessions for a total of 3 hours on Saturday, April 6, or a full-day session on Saturday, April 6, for a max of 6 contact hours.
  • Roundtable discussion – This would be a facilitative discussion for 90 minutes of the participants who come to your workshop, including your presenters.

Criteria for selection

Priority will be given to proposals that share implementation of good practice on the theme of “Preparing Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders: Career Paths in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution” specifically at a local and/or global level.

  • Relevance and interest of topic
  • Demonstrated value and originality of topic
  • Appeal to varied categories of participants
  • Qualifications of presenter
  • Demonstrated experience and previous accomplishments
  • Creative mode of presentation (assuring varied modalities among the presentations).
  • Indication of presentation methods which are suitable for the content

All presenters must register for the conference by March 1, 2019. Please see Registration and Sponsorships for details.


All proposals are due by Monday, January 28, 2019. Please use the Call for Proposals Form to submit proposals. Submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail by close of business Monday, January 28, 2019. All presenters will be notified as to whether they have been selected no later than February 3. Late proposals will be reviewed, and may be accepted if there is space in the program.

Please return all proposals to Jen Batton, conference coordinator, at

Questions? Call Jen Batton, conference coordinator, at 216-952-5609 or by email at