Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Faculty Research and Creative Activity Summit

1. What is FRACAS? FRACAS is an interdisciplinary, UM-Flint faculty-centered conference in which faculty will present their creative and scholarly works, either completed or in progress. The activity should be UM-Flint faculty initiated (or co-produced/co-authored by faculty from another institution). Presentation formats will include posters and 20 minute talks/demonstrations/performances with time for questions.

2. What do you mean by ‘interdisciplinary’? The FRACAS team attempts to group submissions into themes that could apply to work from different departments, colleges, and schools. We also know that we may not understand work outside of our own discipline. We ask that you provide 3-5 keywords that could help us with the placement of your submission into a particular theme, and feel free to suggest a theme—one we list or a new one you suggest. Alternatively, perhaps you are already working on an interdisciplinary project with faculty colleagues—please let us know that you would like to present your work in the same theme. This will be among the most challenging aspects of organizing the conference. We anticipate some amount of fracas as we debate what work should go where! Themes include, but most certainly are not limited to, the following: Globalization,Technology,Environment,Sustainability,Energy,Politics,Ethics, Culture, Research Methods, Gender, Health, Information Processing.

3. Who can attend FRACAS? Everyone is welcome: current and former students, staff and faculty (including our retired colleagues), and the community. We anticipate a day where people can wander and explore posters, choose performances and talks to attend, and engage in friendly FRACAS (is that an oxymoron? We don’t think so. Let the FRACAS begin

4. How many submissions can one faculty member submit? At present, we can only estimate how many of our colleagues will present at FRACAS—the more, the merrier. In order to accommodate all, we ask that you submit no more than three (3) separate abstracts for presentations/posters.

5. What if the work I’m doing involves students (undergraduate or graduate)? If the work was initiated by the student and is largely the student’s idea, there are several presentation outlets that are student-centered: UM-Flint Student Research Conference, Meeting of Minds, the Michigan Undergraduate Research Forum, and more. Andre Louis in the Office of Research is an expert in these matters and can help you and your students find the most appropriate conference for the work.

6. Could Emerita or Emeritus Faculty present their creative or scholarly work at FRACAS? Absolutely—our retired UM-Flint colleagues are welcome and encouraged to submit their work. And if they prefer not to present, they are always welcome to attend the one-day conference. This will be a great venue for meeting new friends and connecting with long-time friends and colleagues.

7. Is there some process of Peer Review? The FRACAS team will not use a juried, peer review system for submissions. Because FRACAS includes both finished projects and those in progress, and because the forum is broad and interdisciplinary, we did not think it was appropriate to attempt a review process. That being said, if the submission is very difficult to understand or appears to be incomplete, we may ask the faculty member for clarification.

8. What are the guidelines for the abstract? The abstract should be about 500 words (excluding references) and be written for an audience of non-experts who are unfamiliar with the jargon, theories, and/or methodology of your field. The abstract submission form will ask for a title and key words.

9. What are the guidelines for the conference presentations? Prepare your presentation for an audience that includes non-experts who are unfamiliar with the jargon, theories, and/or methodology of your field.

10. Other questions? Please email one of the FRACAS team members.