Call for Proposals
2016 NRPA Research Sessions
St. Louis, MO
Research Session Co-Chairs: Dart Schmalz & Rasul Mowatt
The NRPA Research Sessions (formerly known as the Leisure Research
Symposium) provide an international forum for scholarly exchange and discussion
about leisure. The Sessions include both theoretical and applied research
applicable to daily practice, with an emphasis on the latter.
Our goal is to fulfill the
educational needs of the diverse NRPA constituent base by providing a selection
of relevant topics that align with the NRPA Three Pillars (conservation, health and
wellness, and social equity) addressed by top-notch researchers. NRPA learning
event attendees represent a variety of communities and are a broad spectrum of people who are engaged in the
park and recreation field, from entry level employees and university educators
to middle managers and executive-level park and recreation professionals.
We are encouraging
broad spectrum attendance and participation in the research sessions. We
anticipate that the audience will reflect a range of experience levels, from
longtime NRPA members to people who are just starting to investigate the park
and recreation profession. Research Session proposals that are relevant to a
cross-section of NRPA members including academic researchers and practitioners
are more likely to be selected.
Papers are presented
either as formal paper presentations, posters, or as part of a panel session.
We have been particularly encouraged by the interest and feedback of panel
submissions, which have been a popular addition to the research sessions. All proposals
receive the same rigorous, double blind review regardless of presentation
format. Proposals for all presentations are included in an electronic published
book of abstracts.
proposals should consist of empirical studies exploring a variety of research topics
pertaining to the park and recreation profession. Proposals submitted for
review should contain subheadings identifying an introduction, methods,
results, discussion and implications. Only
completed studies should be submitted. Please limit discussion of theory,
methods, and results in the proposals, paying more attention to rationale,
discussion, and implications in order to appeal to a broader audience of researchers
and practitioners. Proposals should not exceed
two pages, single‑spaced (see instructions to follow). Because of this limitation,
it is imperative that abstracts are written carefully and provide a coherent
overview of the paper that will be presented.
NRPA is happy to announce that cash awards for Best Abstract aligned with each of NRPA's Three Pillars (conservation, health and wellness, and social equity) and complimentary one-day registration will be awarded for top proposals within each thematic area.
NRPA seeks to fulfill the educational needs of our diverse audience by creating
a balanced program that is comprehensive and reflects a multitude of
perspectives. Research sessions will be reviewed and selected based on their
contribution to the following criteria:
- Overall quality of the proposal
- Focused and well-defined topic
- Timeliness of topic
- Relevance to the park and recreation profession
- Practical application of material
- Applicability to a national audience
Conditions for Proposals
Only completed studies or
scholarly/conceptual discussions may be submitted.
Only studies that have not been previously
published or presented at another professional conference may be
submitted. Papers that ask the same question(s), use the same analysis, or
develop the same logical argument as previous publications or presentations are
more abstracts from the same study cannot be submitted to different sessions
under different titles/authorship unless substantially different aspects of the
study are represented in each paper.
proposals will undergo a blind peer review by three reviewers with expertise in
the topical area(s) to which the abstract was submitted. The Symposium Co‑Chairs
make final decisions about acceptance, but typically adhere to the
recommendations of the reviewers. Papers may be rejected due to time and space
limitations, ineffective development of the 2‑page abstract, violation of
conditions 2 or 3 (above), weaknesses in the study or that it does not meet the
selection criteria (above), or failure to adhere to the standards of the blind
review process (e.g., including name/contact information on the body of the
abstract). For further information see Section I and II below.
who have their proposals accepted for paper, poster or panel presentations are
expected to deliver their presentations as assigned during the NRPA Annual
Congress. Failure to adhere to this guideline in 2015 will preclude a
researcher from presenting at the 2016 Research Sessions.
who wish to submit panel proposals should submit three (3) one-page papers
addressing one central theme and a one (1) one-page introduction from the
panel organizer. For further information see Section III below.
from student authors may be considered for the ALS Best Student Abstract
Award. Student abstracts receiving the
highest scores during the review process (and indicate they wish to be
considered) are sent to a sub-committee comprised of ALS fellows and the
Research Session Co-Chairs and Poster Coordinator.To meet the eligibility requirements for the Best Student Abstract
Award, only the presenting student should be listed as author or 1st
author, or the abstract and research should be primarily be the student’s work,
as defined by guidelines outlined in the Publication Manual of the American
Psychological Association (6th edition). Current graduate and undergraduate students
and those who have graduated within 6 months of receiving a Ph.D. at the time
of the Annual Congress will be eligible for the Award. The author of the Best Student Abstract will
be notified in June of 2016.
are to be submitted electronically no later than January 28,
2016. Abstracts submitted after this deadline will not be
reviewed. Please upload your abstract and fill out all of the required
information using this link:
Research Session Proposals will be accepted on an on-going basis until the
closing date. The timeline for our annual conference is listed
below. Please note: Dates in this section are subject to change.
2016 NRPA Annual Conference – St. Louis, MO
Proposal Deadline - January 28, 2016
Reviews – TBD
Acceptance/Rejection Notifications – TBD
Proposals to be included in digital book of abstracts – TBD
Dates – October 2016
Abstract Preparation Details
Two pages maximum (92 lines total) including all discussion, tables,
and figures. Abstracts exceeding this page limit or using condensed font to
circumvent page limitations will not be reviewed. A reference list is
recommended but not required (see below).
Proposals submitted for review should contain
subheadings identifying an introduction, methods, results, discussion and
implications; only completed studies should be submitted. Please limit
discussion of theory, methods, and results in the proposals, paying more
attention to rationale, discussion, and implications so as to appeal to a broad
audience including researchers and practitioners.
Use 12‑point font Times Roman and one inch
margins on sides, top and bottom.
Single space the text.
Abstracts must have a title that reflects the
general nature of the abstract in 10 or fewer words
do not explicitly identify the abstract authors in your electronic submission
as this undermines the blind-review process. To remove author identification follow these instructions: In Word, go
to File, Prepare for Sharing, Inspect Document, Inspect, Remove all Document
Properties and Personal Information.
Add line numbering to the text.
In MS Word, go to Page Layout and select "Line Numbers, Continuous.”
The lead author will be responsible for
writing the learning objectives for the session for CEUs.
Abstracts that do not meet these
specifications will not be reviewed.
Reference List (optional)
of references not exceeding one-page (46 lines total) should be attached at the
end of the abstract (as a 3rd page).
of references must follow the same font and margin format as specified above
for abstracts if provided.
list should be formatted according to Publication Manual of the American Psychological
Association (6th edition).
Panel Session Submission Instructions
Panel sessions submissions require four one page abstracts. The panel session organizer will be
responsible for convening and moderating the panel session around a central theme.
Three one page abstracts written in
accordance with the Research Session guidelines (single-spaced, 12 point font,
1 inch margins, title, etc) should be collected by the panel session organizer.
Abstracts should provide sufficient detail as to the proposed paper
contents. (PLEASE NOTE: The
discussant’s paper does not need to be submitted at this time).
The panel session organizer should also submit a one page abstract providing an introduction to the theme and
summarizing the main points of the three presentations (i.e., the three
abstracts mentioned above).
The panel session organizer will be responsible for writing the learning objectives for the session for CEUs.
Specification of Thematic
Areas and Format Preferences
During the electronic submission process, you
will be asked to identify which of NRPA’s Three Pillars (conservation, health
and wellness, social equity) the research session best fits. Additional areas
(methodology and research design, management and administration of recreational
programs, other) have been provided to meet the potential needs of proposed
the pillar that best matches the objectives of the study in the order of
preference (from the thematic areas that are listed below). Reviewers will be
selected and asked to review session proposals based on these pillars. Papers
accepted for presentation will be re-grouped into coherent themes for the Research
Sessions at the Annual Conference.
and Administration of Recreation Programs
- Methodology and Research Design
- Other (topics the authors feel do not fit any
of the above categories)
Presentation Format Preference
author’s preference for presentation format. Indicate one of the following:
- Prefer poster but would do formal
- Prefer formal presentation but would do
- Formal presentation only
- Panel session presentation
Note: Reviewers are not aware of the stated
presentation preference. This information in conjunction with time and space
limitations is used by the Research Session Co‑Chairs when establishing the
final conference schedule.
whether the authors would like their abstract to be considered for the ALS Best
Student Abstract Award (see author eligibility)
Provide three observable and measurable
learning outcomes. Limit to one sentence (20 words or less) per outcome.
Learning outcomes are statements that specify
what learners will know or be able to do as a result of attending your session. Outcomes are usually expressed as knowledge,
skills, or attitudes.
They help to:
- Focus on
learner's behavior that is to be changed
- Serve as
guidelines for content, instruction, and evaluation
specifically what should be learned
to learners exactly what is to be accomplished
writing Learning Outcomes, use verbs that are observable and measurable.
author's name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone number, fax
number, and e‑mail address. It is assumed that, unless otherwise specified,
this person will make the presentation if the abstract is accepted.
if the sole or the principal author of the abstract is a student.
Full contact details for all
co-authors. This includes full name, institutional affiliation, mailing
address, phone number, and e-mail address.
The principal author's contact
information over the summer (June 1 to Aug. 31), if different from above.
Correspondence Regarding Abstract
Authors will be notified of abstract review
results via email in April 2016.
Research Session Co-chairs
Rasul Mowatt (email@example.com)