Call for Papers, Symposia, PDWs, & Reviewers

Since the late 1980s and early 1990s academicians and business practitioners have highlighted the importance of building diverse organizations. Many of us remember the phrase “Workforce 2000” which was coined to reflect changes in the workplace necessitated by the projected increase in women, minorities, and immigrants in the workforce. These demographic trends, in turn, highlighted the importance of diversity initiatives in the workplace. Also, many of us are familiar with Dr. Taylor Cox’s groundbreaking and award-winning book, Cultural Diversity in Organizations, published in 1994, which developed a conceptual model that was has been used extensively to advance research, teaching, and practice on the topic. Around that same time, the PhD Project was initiated and preparing to host its first Annual Conference in Chicago, IL to begin the process of further diversifying the faculty of business schools throughout the United States. These three developments and others triggered companies and universities alike to adapt their practices and perspectives in an effort to build more inclusive environments. Fast forward to 2019 and while many of us will agree significant progress has been made, more can be done to achieve even greater adaptation and inclusiveness in academia. And, we as management faculty of color are engaged in that process in multiple roles including presidents, provosts, deans, faculty, and journal editors.

As management faculty of color, the topic of adaptation and inclusiveness in academia is not just a conference theme, but something that many of us in some form or fashion must address on a periodic basis as we carry out our responsibilities as faculty members and/or administrators. We may modify our teaching pedagogy to reflect changing needs, expectations, or backgrounds of our students. We may change our approach to designing a research study to address new concerns being raised by editors at leading journals. We may serve as administrators to have a voice in shaping our institution’s initiatives related to inclusion. These and other ways in which adaptation and inclusion affect our work activities generate a range of timely topics for us to address as a collective body.

Please join MFCA as we explore these and other topics/issues during our 2019 Annual Conference themed “Adaptation and Inclusiveness in Academia.” For the second time in our history, this year’s conference will be held in conjunction with the PhD Project MDSA Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, MA on August 7-9. 2019. Sessions will begin on Wednesday afternoon and concluded with an offsite PDW on Friday morning. Conference attendees can book a room at the hotel by calling 617-492-1234 or by booking online here. Room block details coming soon.

The conference registration fee is $99 for MFCA members and $149 for non-MFCA members (includes one-year membership). Registration rates for guests are available upon request. Please contact Paul Prosper at for any registration related questions.


We are keenly interested in paper, symposia, and/or PDW submissions related to our conference theme, “Adaptation and Inclusiveness in Academia.” Some topics to ponder related to our conference theme include:

  • Adaptation of teaching philosophy to engage millennial & Gen Z students
  • Redesign of a course to create a more inclusive learning environment
  • Adaptation of traditional lecture courses for online delivery
  • Inclusion of different learning tools and techniques to flip the classroom
  • Adaptation of research tools for cross-cultural studies
  • Adaptation of theories to include practices and conditions in non-Western contexts
  • Inclusion of Ph.D. students or faculty colleagues from other disciplines on research projects
  • Development of theory that is inclusive of non-Western perspectives or contexts
  • Going beyond diversity to champion inclusiveness in professional organizations such as AOM
  • Adaptation and inclusion in higher education leadership or university governance
  • Adaptation necessitated by reduced state allocations to higher education
  • Adaptation of the self to support an inclusive classroom or campus environment

However, we invite you to submit papers and to propose symposia/professional development workshops (PDWs) on any management related topic as we strive to be an inclusive community. Additional suggested topics, especially for symposia and PDWs, include, but are not limited to:

Creating or managing an interdisciplinary network of research collaborators
Preparing for tenure and promotion to associate professor
Developing a portfolio for promotion to full professor or an endowed chair
Transitioning from academic to administrative or consulting positions
Using service-learning projects to connect students with the local community
Creating a learning environment, through the use of technology, where students enhance their critical thinking, sense making, and problem-solving abilities
Learning to prepare/write effective grant applications
Managing priorities and trade-offs between the Big 3 – research, teaching, and service

We encourage you to submit papers (in various stages of development), PDWs or special topics/ symposia sessions to this year’s conference regardless of the topical area. Also, we recognize the value of a diverse group of scholars which includes researchers and practitioners from management and related disciplines with similar or different perspectives and approaches. If you are a doctoral student and would like to compete for the travel award, please indicate “Doctoral Student” in the subject line of the email and on the title page (page 1) of the submission. All submissions will undergo a blind review. Email submissions to Marcus Stewart at

The deadline for all submissions is June 15, 2019. Early submissions are encouraged and will be reviewed as received. Notification will be provided to authors no later than July 1, 2019.


Traditional Papers – A maximum of two papers (either type) may be submitted per author. Traditional papers should not exceed 25 pages, including references, tables, figures, etc. Also, papers should be double-spaced with one-inch margins on all sides; page numbers should be shown as a footer on all pages. Submit traditional papers according to these additional guidelines:

Page 1: Title, author(s) with full contact information. Indicate contact author if there are several authors.

Page 2: Title and abstract (100-150 words)

Developmental Papers – A maximum of two papers (either type) may be submitted per author. Extended abstracts should be between 6 and 10 pages of text, double-spaced with one-inch margins on all sides; page numbers should be shown as a footer on all pages. Be sure to (1) explain the project; (2) discuss the intended theoretical contribution; (3) describe the research design and empirical approach; and (4) provide the current status of the project. Submit development papers according to these additional guidelines:

Page 1: Title, author(s) with full contact information. Indicate contact author if there are several authors.

Special Topics/Symposia Sessions – A maximum of two special topics sessions may be submitted per author. Special topic sessions include symposiums and panel sessions where multiple speakers will discuss a common theme. Special topic/Symposia sessions should be single-spaced with one-inch margins on all sides; page numbers should be shown as a footer on all pages. The session should include at least two or three (2-3) presenters and a facilitator. Submit special topic sessions according to these additional guidelines:

Page 1: Session title, presentation titles, facilitator, and full contact information for all participants.

Page 2: Description of session and rationale.

Pages 3-5: 500-word or less summary of each presentation.

Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) – PDWs provide opportunities to share knowledge/expertise on specific topics of your choice in an interactive and provocative manner while contributing to the professional development of our members. While PDW topics need not address the conference theme, they should be of interest to our members. Please submit proposals for PDWs according to these guidelines:

Page 1: Title of the proposed workshop and full contact information for all organizers

Page 2: Abstract of the workshop (up to 250 words)

Pages 3-5: Overview of the workshop to include an explanation of why it would be of interest to MFCA members, a description of the format/agenda for the workshop, and a summary of the primary learning experience(s) to be attained by the participants.

Style – In addition to the aforementioned requirements for all submissions, all papers must follow the current style of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Doctoral Student Submissions – Management doctoral students who have completed comprehensive exams and are ABD may submit a paper (not a symposium/special topic or PDW) to compete for a $300 travel award to present their paper during the MFCA conference. The award will be given based on best paper as determined by the reviewers. To be eligible for the award, the doctoral student must be the sole author on the paper or have only other students as co-authors. In the case of co-authored student papers, only one student will be eligible for the travel award.

Reviewers – We are seeking reviewers to assist in the peer review process. As the reviewer load is usually 1-2 papers, this is a great opportunity to make a contribution to a professional association without being overwhelmed. We also provide documentation to share your service as a reviewer with your institution. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please contact


Wednesday, August 7th

3:00 pm: – 4:30 pm: Registration

3:30 pm – 4: 30 pm: Research Publication Colloquium

7:30 pm: Opening Reception at Babson College Downtown Campus

Thursday, August 8th

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Registration & Breakfast

9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Sessions and PDWs

1:00 pm – 2:20 pm: Lunch

2:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Sessions and PDWs

7:30 pm: Trailblazer Dinner

Friday, August 9th

7:30 am – 8:15 am: Breakfast

8:30 am: Depart for Roxbury Innovation Center (RIC)

9:00 am – 11:30 am: MFCA’s Off-site PDW at RIC (AOM Session #12625)

12:00 pm – 2 pm: Return to Hyatt Cambridge Hotel for lunch and research collaborations exploration session

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Open time to attend AOM sessions

7:45 pm – 10:00: MDSA Family Reunion Closing Dinner and New Faculty Ceremony

** Sunday, August 11th **

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm: MFCA Business Meeting & Social (AOM session #21018)

Past Conferences


Photos from 2018 MFCA Conference – University of West Indies; Cave Hill, Barbados

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Photos from 2017 MFCA Conference – Atlanta, Georgia


Photos from 2015 MFCA Conference – Bridgewater State University

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Photos from 2014 MFCA Conference – Orlando, Florida

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Highlights of 2013 MFCA Conference – Auburn University; Auburn, Alabama