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About the SFERC

The purpose of the South Florida Education Research Conference (SFERC) is to enhance the existing culture of research in colleges and universities in South Florida. The conference provides a meaningful vehicle for the preparation, mentorship, and presentation of scholarly work by students, faculty, practitioners, and alumni. The conference started in 2002 as the Annual College of Education Research Conference at Florida International University (FIU). The conference has had increasing interest and support from graduate students, faculty, administration, and alumni, and in 2009 it changed its name to the Annual College of Education and Graduate Student Network Research Conference. By its 10th anniversary in 2011, the number of its participants and presenters doubled, as did the number of participants from other universities and the conference Steering Committee started looking for opportunities to expand the conference to reach and serve a bigger community of scholars and practitioners. In June 2012, the Steering Committee decided to change the name of the conference to SFERC and formally invite deans of colleges, schools, or departments of education at local universities and community colleges to support the conference. SFERC is currently being housed in the College of Education, FIU.

The conference provides a new venue for students and faculty to submit scholarly papers to a local professionally-run organization. The papers go through a double-blind review process and, upon acceptance, are published in the Proceedings. The conference Proceedings are available online through the conference website and FIU Digital Commons, an open-access depository, and will soon be indexed in ERIC. The conference gives students and faculty opportunities to network and collaborate with their peers in the local community.

The conference welcomes paper submissions that report on conceptual and empirical research that falls in one of several paper categories and is related to different aspects of education, including K-12, higher and community education in all fields, lifelong learning, and training in local, national, and international contexts in for profit and not for profit organizations. The conference welcomes submissions that explore issues around teaching and learning, mentoring, and learner development in all fields in education and in all fields that are outside of education such as business, science, engineering, and arts and sciences.

Each year the conference was held in April, on the last Saturday of the spring semester at FIU. In response to the suggestions that the conference organizers have received from several universities that have joined SFERC, the day of the conference has been changed to the first Saturday in June.

The conference welcomes submissions that are related, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Aging
  • Academic Advising and Counseling
  • Art Education
  • Adult Education
  • Business Education
  • Career Development
  • Coaching
  • College Access and Success
  • Community Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Counselor Education
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Curriculum, Research and Development
  • Distance Education and E-Learning
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Administration
  • Educational Foundations
  • Educational Gerontology
  • Educational/Program Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Technology
  • Education Policy and Leadership
  • Elementary Education
  • Environmental Education and Sustainability
  • ESL/TESL
  • Faculty Development
  • Grant Writing
  • Health Education
  • Higher Education
  • Human Resource Development
  • Indigenous Education
  • International Education
  • Kinesiology & Leisure Science
  • Labor Education
  • Language Education
  • Leadership
  • Learner Development
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mentoring
  • Motivation and Learning
  • Music Education
  • Museum Education
  • Non Profit
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Performance Improvement
  • Program Management
  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Reading Education
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Religious Education
  • Research Methods
  • Rural Education
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Special Education
  • Spirituality
  • Student Affairs
  • Student Development
  • Teacher Education
  • Theory Development
  • Training
  • Workplace Learning
  • Cross-disciplinary areas of Education
  • Other Areas of Education