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The Keys to a Successful Conference Submission Process: Part Two, Choosing a Topic

Steven V. Cates, DBA SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Purdue University Global Professor, School of Business and IT

In our first discussion, we looked at the value of doing research and presenting our findings at a conference. We also began to think about how to get started. Now we are going to look at how we go about picking a topic to concentrate on.

First of all, always pick a topic you really have a lot of passion about. Otherwise, you will not have the drive and focus to commit to doing the work necessary to complete this research project. Conducting a research project takes time, energy, and effort. There are no shortcuts to completing good sound research projects. So, you must commit yourself to practicing sound time management and spending time daily in working on your research.

So, what are the “hot topics” in your field of specialization right now? Where do you find these “hot topics”? You can start with the journals, trade publications, magazines, webinars, seminars, blogs, and any other forms of forums and media in your field. What are authors saying are the “cutting edge” issues that are being discussed and problems surrounding these topics? This is a great place to pick a “hot button” that has not been researched extensively.  This will allow you to do research and then provide solutions to those problems and issues, which is your starting point.


You also might want to join and attend associations that represent your field of study.  Some meetings and conferences are held locally, regionally, nationally or globally. At each of these you will hear presentations made on the “hot button” topics, as most presentations will be on issues that are current and presently being discussed in your field.

Another great way to get your research started is by networking with your academic and professional contacts. You may find that you have similar interests with a colleague on a given research subject. This could lead to a collaboration on a great research project.

Next month, in Part Three of this series, we will begin to construct a research paper and look at the specific parts of that paper.



Presenting at a Conference Near You: The KUWC at ECWCA

Lisa Gerardy, Kaplan University Writing Center Specialist and Chrissine Rios, Kaplan University Writing Center Tutor

You might expect to see the Kaplan University Writing Center represented at online professional conferences–from Kaplan’s own KU Village online to the TCC Worldwide Online Conference, staff and leadership of our online Writing Center regularly present virtually. However, KUWC staff and leadership also travel and present at national and regional conferences on-ground, and this year our presentations celebrate our 10 year anniversary.

In March, 2014, staff and leadership from the Kaplan University Writing Center met at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio to present at the East Central Writing Centers Association conference. Not only did the team travel to present at the conference, but some team members made the trip to meet their co-workers in person for the first time. The Kaplan University Writing Center is entirely online, so the faculty and staff who run it work from their home offices in different states.

The group did two presentations. The first group, which included Kyle Harley, Amy Sexton, Melody Pickle, Kurtis Clements, Chrissine Rios, and Lisa Gerardy detailed the history of the KUWC and its changing use of technology. Because the KUWC has been around for a full decade now, each member of the presentation team was able to show how much the technology has changed for each part of the Writing Center. The part of the presentation that interested the audience most was when tutor Chrissine Rios joined the panel remotely to present on our tutoring platform via the Adobe Connect KUWC tutoring room itself.


KUWC Writing and ELL Support Tutor, Chrissine Rios presents via the Internet.

The KUWC leadership team did the second Kaplan University presentation. Director and Chair, Michael Keathley began the presentation with an overview of the Writing Across Curriculum program, the Writing Center, and his role as leader. Next, Assistant Chair Kurtis Clements, Writing Across the Curriculum Specialist Melody Pickle, and Writing Center Specialist Lisa Gerardy each discussed how their roles play a part in the success of the Writing Center.


Kyle, Amy, Lisa, Kurtis, Mike, and Melody at ECWCA

The ECWCA Conference was a great opportunity for the entire KUWC team. Even those staff members who could not travel to Miami University will benefit from the knowledge gained from those who did attend the many sessions offered at the conference. Where will you be presenting next? Whether regional or national, online or on ground, be sure to check the program for the Kaplan University Writing Center team. There’s a good chance we will be presenting, and we would love to meet you!