*Call for Proposals* — FPP Conference at White Eagle (Hamilton, NY), May 18-19

The Graduate School is now accepting proposals  for sessions consistent with the conference’s focus on teaching, job search preparation, and other aspects of academic professionalization. Research talks are appropriate only if the content relates to one of these areas. Sessions will last one hour and may follow any standard format, e.g., panel, workshop, solo presentation. Proposals are encouraged from both graduate students and faculty.

To propose a session, email Glenn Wright(glwright@syr.edu) in the Graduate School with your title and a brief (50-75 word) description, identifying any co-presenters and/or technological requirements. The proposal deadline is Friday, March 31.


Each year, the FPP sponsors a professional development conference for FPP participants and faculty at SU and nearby schools. The two- or three-day program is generally held at a resort-style center, such as SU’s Minnowbrook facility in the Adirondacks or the White Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton, New York, the week after Commencement.

The relaxed environment provides a forum for faculty and graduate students from a variety of disciplines to discuss current issues in higher education, learn about new pedagogical and technological advances relevant to the academy, and envision future directions for the FPP.

Programming includes a combination of plenary and concurrent sessions that cover multiple facets of academic professionalization for future faculty, including the teaching role, research and publication, job-search preparation, and the graduate-student-to-faculty transition.

Departmental contributions to the programming for the conference are strongly encouraged. Just as important are the numerous networking, mentoring, and recreational opportunities afforded by the conference’s generous schedule and bucolic surroundings. Best of all, registration, accommodations, food, and transportation are all paid for by the Graduate School!

2017 Annual FPP Conference

Thursday-Friday, May 18-19
White Eagle Conference Center
Hamilton, New York

The conference will feature a full slate of FPP-themed programming, much of it provided by faculty from outside SU — including keynote speaker George Justice, Dean of Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University and a nationally prominent champion of graduate education.

Programs from Past Conferences

FPP Conference Program 2016

FPP Conference Program 2015

FPP Conference program 2014

FPP conference program 2013

VIDEO: Keynote address, Realigning Higher Education (Prof. David Lankes, School of Information Studies)

FPP conference program 2012

FPP conference program 2011