Call for proposals

Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium 2020

Together towards tomorrow : Research at the cutting edge of education

The Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium 2020 Organizing Committee is pleased to invite proposals for papers, round tables, panels, workshops, and posters for this year’s conference, March 5 and 6, 2020.

The theme of this year’s Symposium considers the importance of research and educational opportunities that integrate equity and diversity within teaching, learning, research and community engagement. Presentations will highlight the ways in which researchers and practitioners can collaborate and be innovators in education.

In the spirit of this year’s theme, we encourage potential presenters to showcase new methods and new tools that exemplify how we can become educational leaders of the future. While alignment with the theme is recommended, we will also gladly accept other education-related proposals.

Areas of investigation could include:

  • Counselling Psychology
  • Health Professions Education
  • Leadership, Evaluation, Curriculum and Policy Studies
  • Societies, Cultures and Languages
  • Teaching and Learning 
  • Second Language
  • Feminist and Gender Studies
  • Indigenous education and rights
  • Franco-Ontario Community and education
  • Educational technology
  • Equity and social justice
  • Epistemology and research methods

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: 

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

A 15-minute period should be provided at the end of each session for discussion between participants and facilitators.

  • 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.

Note: If you are living or travelling outside of the National Capital Region during the Symposium (March 5-6, 2020), arrangements can be made for you to present your paper online.


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

  • Abstract submission opens: Monday, December 02, 2019
  • Closing date for proposal submissions: Monday, January 13th 2020
  • Symposium dates: Thursday, March 5, 2020, and Friday, March 6, 2020.

Instructions for Proposal Submissions

Proposals must be submitted through the JPDS website ( under “Submit” as of December 2 and no later than January 13th 2020. 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.