November 25, 2018

Greetings CUFA Colleagues,

After months of preparation, #CUFA18 week is finally upon us. I want to welcome you all to Chicago for this year’s annual meeting. There are insightful workshops, sessions, and informal learning opportunities in store for social studies educator-researchers this week. Attached is a final version of the program with a table of contents added. The PDF copy as well as the electronic version of the program contain the most up-to-date information on presentations as there are always last-minute cancelations and requested changes. Here are a few more reminders for this week:

  • With the exception of our closing reception, all CUFA conference events/sessions will be held on the lower level in the east tower of the Hyatt Regency (151 E. Upper Wacker Drive). Registration desks and conference information desks are also located in the foyer area of the lower level.
  • Rooms for the CUFA conference include a typical AV setup: projector, screen, and microphone.
  • A lactation room with a refrigerator is available in Grand Suite 4. The room will have children’s literature and other child friendly options. To request a key for the room, please visit the registration desk.
  • I will have chart paper and markers available for presenters who may need these materials for their presentations.
  • A daily CUFA reminder will be emailed to members via the CUFA listserv.

See you all on Wednesday morning/early afternoon. Remember, David Stovall is opening our conference at 1:10pm!

Safe travels,

Chris Busey, CUFA Program Chair



November 7, 2018

The CUFA 2018 annual conference is only three weeks away. Below is a list of suggestions for getting the most out of your CUFA conference experience.


This year, CUFA’s keynote speakers are established scholars whose scholarship and activism continue to expand the contours of educational research. Join us on Wednesday at 1:10pm for opening remarks and a keynote from Dr. David Stovall. On Thursday evening Dr. Angela Valenzuela will close the CUFA annual conference.

Make Use of All Spaces

If you have not done so already, sign up to lead or join an established Java network (there are some good ones already!); use the CUFA 2018 Java Networks Google doc to indicate your book, name, email, and meeting place. Also, if you are interested in organizing an informal gathering, conversation, or mentoring session related to a topic of your choice, you can use the CUFA 2018 Unconference Gatherings Google Doc to sign up. Great ideas begin here!

Attend our Featured Sessions

The first featured session is scheduled for Thursday, November 29th at 10:30am and will focus on ethnic studies and social studies education. Also, on Thursday afternoon, the second featured session will allow social studies researchers to hear from journal and book series editors regarding the future of social studies education research. This session will be moderated by Dan Krutka and Michael Milton for the Visions of Ed Podcast.

Network, Network, Network!

Our CUFA Forums are always working to establish formal and informal spaces to engage in conversation about social studies teaching and scholarship.  The CUFA Graduate Forum is hosting their “Conversation with Colleagues” session at noon on Wednesday, November 28. Additionally, the Scholars of Color Forum will have a social at the Mezcalina immediately following their business meeting on Wednesday evening.

As always, if you have any questions please contact me at your convenience. See you all soon in Chicago for #CUFA18.

Chris Busey


August 23, 2018

It is certainly a labor of love, but the CUFA 2018 Program is complete…for now.  The program is packed this year which is indicative of the field’s growth. Please download the 2018 CUFA Program and start to mark your sessions. Additionally, sign up to join or lead a Java Network literature lunch

See you in November.

Dr. Chris Busey




July 25th, 2018

The summer is flying by and I hope you all were able to carve out time to spend with family, friends, and associates over the past few months. Decisions were released in mid-May and in between research, traveling, teaching, and some much-needed family time, I have worked bit-by-bit on our CUFA 2018 annual program. We have outstanding keynotes–David Stovall and Angela Valenzuela–who are excited to share their expertise and insight with you all. Additionally and similar to recent years, we have some special sessions lined up that touch on pressing issues concerning social studies education research. Our forums (SCUFF, Scholars of Color Forum, and Grad Forum) are also working diligently to offer special programming for the CUFA annual conference.

A draft of the program will be available mid-August, however, in the meantime you can refer to the draft of the Program-At-A-Glance for session times. Also, begin booking your travel to and accommodation in Chicago. This year the conference opens early Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 28) with a keynote presentation that you will not want to miss.

On a final note, this year’s Java lunches will be based around selected literature. Lunches will take place at a restaurant of your choosing; I am finalizing a list of restaurants located near the Hyatt Regency for you to consider for your Java literature lunch. If you are interested in hosting a Java network, please email me at with your name, preferred restaurant location, and book(s) of choice. Once the Java network leaders are established, a sign-up sheet will be generated.

Please continue to check the unofficial CUFA 2018 conference webpage for updates.

My Best,

Dr.Chris Busey, 2018 CUFA Program Chair




May 16th, 2018

Decisions are released! Thank you to all of the reviewers who provided thoughtful commentary on submitted proposals. Unfortunately, I am unable to accept all proposals, but I encourage you to submit to the CUFA Grad Forum if you are a graduate student. Also, your intellectual contributions to the conference are always welcome so please consider signing up to serve as a discussant or chair.



May 2nd, 2018

Conference planning is off to a great start! Over 230 proposals were submitted and we had over 130 reviewers who volunteered their time to review. Acceptance and rejection decisions will be released by mid-May. Thank you for your commitment and service to the field!