Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium 2019

Building equitable futures

The Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium 2019 Organizing Committee is pleased to invite proposals for papers, round tables, panels, workshops, and posters for this year’s conference, March 7 and 8, 2018.

The theme of this year’s Symposium considers equity in teaching and learning. This requires us to integrate the principles and practices of equity and diversity within teaching, learning, research, and community engagement.

In the spirit of this year’s theme, we encourage proposals that explore inclusive and equitable education. While alignment with the theme is recommended, we will also gladly accept other education-related proposals.

Possible topics could include:

  • Restructuring pedagogies
  • Reframing ways of knowing
  • Fostering equity and inclusive education
  • Implementing multimodal approaches and/or technology

Symposium Presentation Formats

Both individual and group presentations are permitted with a maximum of three presenters allowed in each group. All submissions are peer reviewed by committees comprised of professors and graduate students. Presentation formats include:

1 Paper Presentation
Presenters prepare a paper and deliver it as a 15-minute presentation. A five-minute question period will follow each presentation.

2 Round Table Discussion
Presenters prepare a paper and give a 10–15 minute presentation during a session of 3 or 4 presentations on similar themes. Following the presentations, a discussant will summarize the ideas in the papers and facilitate discussion between participants by asking questions and providing feedback on the papers. The discussant may be provided by presenters or by the organizing committee. Note: For this format, completed papers must be submitted 2 weeks in advance of the Symposium so that they may be sent to the discussant.

3 Workshops
Presenters design a 45-minute workshop to showcase a technique or methodology in an engaging and interactive session. Workshops are meant to promote the development of new knowledge and skills through participation and doing in a collaborative setting. Workshops should aim to present an applied or practical topic that supports the professional development of students in areas of research, teaching, and academia.

Previous topics have included:

    • knowledge mobilization strategies;
    • strategies for managing stress;
    • working with various research technologies (e.g., NVivo; Transana); and
    • publishing in academic journals

In workshops, presenters conduct themselves as facilitators. A 15-minute period will be provided at the end of each session for discussion between participants and facilitators.

4 Posters and Alternative Media Exhibit
Posters are collectively displayed in a large room and presented individually by their creators to attendees who stop by and want to discuss the poster contents. Presenters must be present at the time designated for the poster session. Posters must not exceed 1.50m x 1.50m (WxH). The Symposium will be accepting proposals for alternative and creative media exhibits. These would be presented concurrently with the posters during the poster session. This could include: films, photo exhibits, slideshows, interactive smartphone or computer applications.


After the Symposium, students who will have presented will be contacted and offered the opportunity to submit a paper to be published in the Symposium’s proceedings. Here is a link to last year’s proceedings:

Important dates

  • Launch of call for proposals: Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Closing date for proposal submissions: Friday, December 21, 2018.
  • Symposium dates: Thursday, March 7, 2019, and Friday, March 8, 2019.

Instructions for Proposal Submissions

Proposals must be submitted through the JPDS website ( as of December 1 and no later than December 21, 2018. No email submissions are accepted.

All proposal submissions must include an abstract and a bibliography.

Abstract. Proposal abstracts should be a summary of the planned presentation and should not exceed 300 words.

For papers, roundtables, and research posters, it is recommended that abstracts include the following:

  1. a problem statement or research question;
  2. a brief description of the conceptual/theoretical framework or model;
  3. an overview of the methodology used or to be used; and/or
  4. the main findings or conclusions

For workshops and alternative media exhibits, the abstract should summarize the intent of the presentation, how the presentation will engage and support emerging researchers.

Bibliography. The proposal bibliography should conform to APA 6th edition formatting. The bibliography does not contribute to the word count.

About the Symposium

The Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium is an annual bilingual research conference organized by graduate students from the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. This symposium provides opportunities for graduate students to share their work in progress or completed research, engage with their colleagues, and participate in the development of new ways of understanding, thinking, and doing. Through the poster session, oral presentations, and workshops, students are brought together to learn from each other and to develop and grow as academics.

For many students, this will be their first academic conference, as such, it has been a strong part of the Symposium’s tradition to work towards building a supportive and congenial atmosphere while allowing students to showcase their work to the greater educational community and gain experience in presenting at peer-reviewed academic conferences.

Founded in 1985 by Professor Jean-Paul Dionne, the Symposium has grown to encompass two full days of activities and attracts graduate students from across Canada and the United States to participate.

We would like to thank the Faculty of Education for their generous support.