SNAS Interdisciplinary Research Conference

SNAS Interdisciplinary Research Conference 20242024-06-10T15:26:26+00:00

THE IMPACT OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION

3rd SNAS Interdisciplinary Research Conference
Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), Danbury, CT
October 11, 2024

Nature and Scope of the Conference:

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing various aspects of higher education, from teaching and learning to administrative operations and student support services. This conference aims to explore AI’s multifaceted impact on higher education institutions worldwide and its implications for students, faculty, administrators, and stakeholders. The 2024 SNAS Interdisciplinary Research Conference invites researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders to submit conceptual and empirical research paper abstracts, panel discussions, and poster sessions on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • AI-enhanced teaching and learning methodologies
  • Personalized learning experiences and adaptive learning technologies
  • AI-driven innovations in educational assessment and feedback
  • Ethical considerations and challenges in the use of AI in higher education and various fields
  • How AI revolutionizes healthcare delivery, diagnostics, treatment planning, and patient care.
  • The role of artificial intelligence in cybersecurity, threat detection, fraud prevention, and ensuring the security and integrity of digital systems.
  • Understanding¬†the broader societal implications of AI adoption, including its impact on social dynamics, inequality, accessibility, and the human experience.
  • The impact of AI on employment, job displacement, reskilling, workforce development, and the future of work in the age of automation.
  • How AI shapes government policies, public services, law enforcement, national security, and regulatory frameworks?
  • Future trends and opportunities for AI integration in higher education
  • The role of higher education in preparing young minds for the future
  • How should social research and evaluation frameworks evolve in the age of automation and AI?
  • What are the responsibilities of the business world in ensuring that technological advancements translate into a more sustainable future?

Opening Remarks: Stephen Hegedus, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Western Connecticut State University

Michael Hind

Stephen J. Hegedus is the Interim Provost and VP of Academic Affairs at Western Connecticut State University. Previously he was the Dean of Education at Southern Connecticut State University (2014-2024), Full Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Oxford, UK. He is also the founding Director of the Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education, a University Center at UMass Dartmouth. His PhD in Mathematics Education was from the University of Southampton, UK. He has been the PI/Co-PI of various NSF-funded and US Department of Education (IES)-funded projects acquiring over $20m in funding including private foundations. His present work focuses on policy work to close the achievement gap in mathematics including the use of dynamic software environments and multimodal technologies. He was awarded the prestigious UMass Scholar of the Year award in 2009 has published over 100 peer review articles and books and has supervised several Doctoral dissertations nationally and internationally. In 2018-2019, he was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow shadowing the President of URI and his senior leadership team.

Conference Executive Committee

  • Hasan T. Arslan, Professor of Criminal Justice, Western Connecticut State University, arslanh@wcsu.edu
  • Omer Topaloglu, Professor of Marketing, Fairleigh Dickinson University, otopaloglu@fdu.edu
  • Sabah Bushaj, Assistant Professor of Business Analytics, sbush010@plattsburgh.edu
  • Sumeyra Tek, Assistant Professor of Physics, Texas Lutheran University, stek@tlu.edu
  • Necmi Biyikli, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Connecticut, necmi.biyikli@uconn.edu

Submission Guidelines:

SNAS has a place for every well-developed topic, traditional or non-traditional, related to any theme-related area of academic research. Empirical, conceptual, case-based, and review research projects are all welcome. Student submissions are encouraged. The abstract submissions must be a maximum of 300 words and include the following elements: Research Motivation, Key Contributions, and Implications. Please clearly indicate the social implications of your research. Enter the author information in the registration form and remove all identifying information from the Word attachment. All abstract submissions will go through a blind review process. Please do not refer to the author(s) in the abstract. Hybrid option will be available. Online presentation sessions will be scheduled. For your presentation to be scheduled in the conference program, at least one author must become a SNAS member before the registration deadline.

Abstract submission deadline: August 15

Acceptance notification date: August 31

Registration deadline: September 22

Please submit abstracts here! (Google account is required)

Location:

Located in Danbury, CT, Western Connecticut State University (WSCU) changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals, and leaders in a global society. To achieve this, WSCU

  • Offers undergraduate and graduate programs that weave together liberal arts and professional education and instill a desire for life-long learning.
  • Sustains a vibrant, inclusive campus that connects individuals through co-curricular programs, cultural events, and service to the community.
  • Attracts student-centered faculty who are passionate teachers and accomplished scholars.
  • Establishes partnerships that create opportunities for internships, research, and experiential learning.

Western Connecticut State University is widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

Registration Fee and Payment:

At least one author must become a SNAS member to make a presentation. Membership benefits include receiving periodic email newsletters, discounted/waived registration fees for annual SNAS events, and voting rights in executive committee elections. Current SNAS members whose memberships expire after October 11 can present at the conference free of charge if their abstract submissions are accepted. Standing SNAS members are also able to attend the conference as an audience. All other participants must become members to attend the conference.

  • Annual SNAS Student Membership – $50
  • Annual SNAS Non-Student Membership – $100

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