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Center for Communal Studies Annual Prizes
Mar 1 all-day

Center for Communal Studies
University of Southern Indiana


Annual Prizes

The Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana annually invites submissions for its prize competition for the best undergraduate and graduate student papers on historic or contemporary communal groups, intentional communities and utopias. Submissions may come from any academic discipline and should be focused on a topic clearly related to contemporary or historic communal groups or utopias.

Undergraduate Paper or Thesis
Author of the best undergraduate paper or thesis will receive $250. The annual deadline for submission is 1 March. The prize winner will be announced in April 2018.

Graduate Paper or Thesis or Dissertation Chapter
Author of the best graduate paper or thesis or dissertation chapter will receive $500. The annual deadline for submission is 1 March. The prize winner will be
announced in April 2018.

Please send materials as email attachments to Casey Harison at [email protected].

E-PARCC Competition for Teaching Cases
Mar 1 all-day

E-PARCC Competition for Teaching Cases
Development in Transition and Conflict Societies: Effective Use of Collaborative Methods in International Development

Competition funding: $5,000 prize for best teaching case and $1,000 honorable mention prizes


The Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University announces a new E-PARCC competition, The Glendal E. and Alice D. Wright Prize Fund for Conflict and Collaboration Case Studies in International Development.  The international development community has faced significant political, economic, social, and environmental challenges over the past decades to improve the quality of public services and the lives of people in the transition and conflict countries in the developing world. These challenges have been addressed through such world-wide programs reflected in the MDGs, SDGs, and any number of global efforts to achieve these development goals. While there are improvements resulting from these development programs, there is still much work to be done to eradicate poverty and improve the livelihoods of people in these countries.

Learning approaches that emphasize participatory, collaborative, and conflict-sensitive strategies and skills have been found to be effective for enhancing public policy and managerial capacities in developing and transition societies. Such learning, however, often depends on having relevant case materials that address situation-specific requirements of diverse audiences. There is a critical shortage of such teaching cases. E-PARCC is an on-line collection of interactive materials for the teaching of collaborative governance, written by top scholars and practitioners.  This special E-PARCC competition aims to expand the present knowledge base of relevant case studies, drawing on the experiences of international development academics, researchers, and practitioners.

Entries for this special competition should focus on collaborative methods in the following areas of development management in transition and conflict countries:

  • Identification of public policy issues and methods of developing and implementing solutions to these problems
  • Innovative management approaches to improve the delivery of public services
  • Innovations in the design, implementation, and evaluation of international development programs
  • Application of participatory and consensus building methods that overcome societal divisions
  • Methods of improving open, transparent and accountable governments through advocacy and actions by civil society organizations

The competition is open to academics, researchers, and practitioners that are or have been actively involved in development projects through international multilateral and bilateral donor organizations, national, and local governments in transition and conflict countries, and international and national civil society organizations.

Submission Requirements: Case studies should be approximately 15–25 type-written pages (double-spaced).  All entries must include a teaching note.  Selection of the winners will be made by a committee of scholars and practitioners.  All cases must be original and not yet published elsewhere.  Winning cases are published online and downloadable free of charge on E-PARCC at: Full credit is given to authors. To enter, submit original teaching case studies and teaching simulations no later than March 1, 2018.  All entries should be submitted electronically to [email protected].

Finalists will be notified around May 1, 2018.   Questions should be directed to: Catherine Gerard, Director of PARCC at: [email protected].