Monday, August 31, 2015

CFP: HBCU – Athletics Research Consortium Conference 2015


2015 HBCU-ARC Conference
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Athletics in Higher Education
December 2-5, 2015
Crown Plaza-Houston NRG
THG, Agency, LLC - Texas Southern University
Houston, TX


The HBCU – Athletics Research Consortium (HBCU-ARC) welcomes the submission of abstracts for its inaugural 2015 HBCU – Athletics Research Consortium (HBCU-ARC) Conference - An Interdisciplinary Approach to Athletics in Higher Education to be held at the Crown PlazaHouston NRG:

2015 Theme: The Sporting HBCU Diaspora: Past, Present, and Persistence 

Appropriate topics include:
• Vision for the Future of HBCU Athletics
• Financing HBCU Athletics (i.e. Student Fees, General Fund, Fundraising, and Capital Campaigns)
• Marketing, Sponsorships, and (Re) Branding Strategies for HBCU Athletic Programs
• Experiences of HBCU Student-Athletes
• Leadership and Governance (Strategic Planning and Tactical Analytics)
• Sports Information, Media-Content Acquisition and Social-Media Platforms
• NAIA and NCAA initiatives (i.e. APR, Cost of Attendance Scholarships, and etc.)

In partnership with Texas Southern University and THG Agency, LLC, The HBCU – ARC proudly announced it will host the inaugural “2015 HBCU – ATHLETICS RESEARCH CONSORTIUM (HBCU-ARC) CONFERENCE” in Houston, TX on December 2-5, 2015 at Crown Plaza-NRG held the week of the SWAC Football Championship Game. This is the first in a series of programs dedicated to the history, strengths and opportunities facing HBCU Athletic Programs. The four-day sports research, Ben L. Cavil, Sr. HBCU Football Award Banquet, Sport Business Case Study Competition, Poster Presentations, and sports cultural symposium is a dynamic opportunity to review athletics for the nation’s 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This is a global convening of Historically Black College and University (HBCU) scholars, researchers, presidents, commissioners, directors of athletics, senior women administrators of athletics, administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni; and international, national, and regional leaders in the sports business sector and has a four-part focus:
● Theoretical Framework, offering academicians and advanced doctoral students opportunities to share their current work on HBCUs sport studies.
● Cultural Empowerment, offering an opportunity increasing the economic, political, social, educational, administration, or leadership of HBCUs athletic programs regarding sports entities.
● Practical Application, offering practitioners opportunities to shed light on the most successful athletic programs and best-practices currently underway at HBCUs around the nation.
● Undergraduate Student Engagement, offering undergraduate students an opportunity to invest in their own learning and involving them in personal growth through the creation of a wide range of programs such as sport business case study competition and sport business job fairs.

HBCU is an abbreviation for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The United States Congress defined an HBCU, institutions of higher education, as an institution whose goal was the education of African Americans, (original after the constitutional abolishment of slavery) and was accredited and established prior to 1964 based on the historical framework of the United States of American holding Africans as slaves and additionally through the legislative governing throughout the South of the Jim Crow Laws. Although there are 24 HBCUs classified with the NCAA Division I affiliation, 32 HBCU at the NCAA Division II level, two NCAA Division III programs, 22 HBCU NAIA programs, 13 HBCU NJCAA, and two operating as members of the USCAA, there are 105 HBCUs in the United States, the District of Columbia, and the Unites States Virgin Islands according to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and White House HBCU initiative that include public and private, two-year and four-year institutions, medical schools, university law schools, business colleges, technical institutes and community colleges.

HBCU-ARC encourages the submission of research to be presented at its inaugural conference December 2-5, 2015 in Houston, Texas at Crown Plaza-Houston NRG. Submission is open for papers from all disciplines that address issues and concerns for HBCU Athletic programs.

For authors to be considered for acceptance, abstracts must reflect the Sporting HBCU Diaspora research on the history of HBCU athletics, HBCU athletics social-cultural issues, legal theory or the application of law to HBCU athletic issues, governance related to HBCU athletic programs (i.e. the NCAA, NAIA, and etc.), business-related issues in HBCU athletics, or special topics related to current HBCU athletic issues as it relates to HBCU institutions. The research should have reached a fairly complete stage of development, and the abstract should provide enough detail about the research, so the reviewers have sufficient information to judge its quality. Abstracts proposing sport studies teaching-related or curriculum development sessions on HBCU athletic program issues will also be considered, as long as the abstract provides sufficient detail to judge the quality of the proposed session.

Abstracts will undergo a multi-person, blind-review process to examine the following:
1. Relevance and contribution to the HBCU athletics and HBCU sport studies
2. Clarity of purpose and originality of the presentation
3. Quality of theoretical/conceptual framework

To submit a paper or proposal for consideration, all abstracts MUST be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word attachment and must contain the following information and conform to the following format requirements:

  • Single-spaced, one-inch margins, using Times New Roman, and a 12-point font; 
  • 350-word maximum for 20-minute presentations and posters, and 750-word maximum for 40-minute presentations; 
  • Abstracts should include text only/ Authors are limited to appearing twice in abstract proposals. Exceptions will be provided to advisors listed on student presentations. 


  •  Title of presentation 
  •  Statement of the problem 
  •  Theoretical framework 
  •  Results and conclusions and the educational importance of the study 

Line 1: Type of session desired (choose from the options below):

  •  20-minute oral presentation (including questions) 
  •  40-minute panel, roundtable, or workshop 
  •  Poster presentation 

Line 2: three to four keywords that will help the program coordinator schedule similar topics in succession
Line 3: author(s) and institution(s) names (centered on page)
Line 4: presentation title (centered on page)
Line 5: blank
Line 6 to end: text of abstract (including demonstration of research conducted)

In the email message accompanying the attached abstract, include the principal author’s name, postal mailing address, email address, and fax and telephone numbers.


  •  Full names and titles of all authors and / or participants 
  •  Contact information (local & email addresses, phone numbers) 
  •  Type of presentation 
  •  Audio/Visual needs (limited to LCD projector and/or laptop) 
  •  Primary contact person and e-mail address 
  •  Three to four subject descriptors related to the abstract along with the abstract submitted. 

Submit abstracts to the Executive Director, Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil at by October 1, 2015. Receipt of submission will be acknowledgement. If you do not receive acknowledgement within five (5) days of submission, please contact the Conference Planning Committee Chair, Dr. Courtney Flowers at

HBCU-ARC encourages the submission of research to be presented at its inaugural conference December 2-5, 2015 in Houston, Texas at the Crown Plaza-Houston NRG. Submission is open for papers from all disciplines that address issues and concerns for HBCU Athletic programs.

Submission of abstract(s) indicates the intent of the presenter(s) to register for the conference at the appropriate registration fee. Email all abstracts to: HBCU-ARC Executive Director

NOTE: All abstracts MUST be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word attachment. For more information regarding the conference: or call Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil at: 713.313.1965

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