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FATE 2021  Infrastructure

Infrastructure:  [in-fruh-struhk-cher]
Noun. The basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization.

As art foundations educators, we are tasked with being active within our fields while also presenting students with opportunities to build crucial skills that will enable them to thrive in professional creative careers.

Teaching in higher education requires that we adhere to pre-existing systems within our individual institutions. In order for these systems or structures to be healthy for both faculty and students, they must be in service to a broad audience. The infrastructure we work within may be considered from a broad national level, or from the university or department level or even within the construction of our individual courses.

This conference provides a unique opportunity to reflect deeply on who we are as foundations educators, as well as our pedagogical framework. Thoughtfully considering the state of our infrastructure involves asking challenging questions, being able to listen to a variety of voices and potentially realigning as we strive to focus on the root of foundations pedagogy. 

April 15-17 2021
FATE’s 18th Biennial Conference
hosted by The University of North Carolina Charlotte.

*Due to COVID-19 our 2021 conference will take place virtually on the OpenWater Platform - click the "conference schedule" button below for more details about the platform.

Regular registration

January 2 - April 15, 2021


Part-Time Faculty



Non-Tenure Track Full-Time Faculty


Please note: when clicking the registration button, you will be transferred to  our virtual conference website, OpenWater, to complete the transaction and registration process.

Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty


Keyboard and Mouse

Opportunities for professional development funding to attend conferences vary greatly between departments, colleges, and types of institutions.  However, there are other alternative paths to search for potential funding, especially for Non-Tenure Track (NTT) faculty. Below is a list to begin with: 

  • Teaching and Learning Centers (often support pedagogical research)

  • Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (names of this office can vary from institution to institution)

  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion (presenting on this topic)

  • Graduate School (pedagogical training for graduate students to teach in foundations)

  • Office of Undergraduate Research (presenting student work made in your class)

  • QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) (possible depending on topic and only SACS schools)

  • Dean’s office (other funding pools outside department level

MEET the UNC@CHARLOTTE Conference Planning Team

Jessica Burke "J.B."

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Associate Professor and Coordinator of Foundations at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Bobby Campbell

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Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Kristin Rothrock

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Senior Lecturer of Foundations at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte



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Chair of Art & Design and Executive Director of Transfer & University Partnerships at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

2021 FATE Members
Virtual Juried Exhibition
  • Submissions open: November 15 - January 15 (midnight). $20 application fee

  • Notification date: February 19

  • Web gallery will be live April 7 - 17th

Juror information:

Dr. Jennifer Sudul Edwards

Chief Curator & Curator

Contemporary Art for the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina


Jennifer Sudul Edwards, Ph.D. received her doctorate from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, in 2014. Since July 2019 she has been the chief curator and curator of contemporary art at The Mint Museum. She has held curatorial positions at the Norton Simon Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles. Dr. Sudul Edwards has won numerous awards for her publications, exhibitions, and curatorial work, including an SEMC Publications Award for her Wrestling the Angel compendium and Charlotte Magazine’s “Best Curator” for 2017 and Charlottean of the Year in 2019. She is a
cofounder and co-organizer of Sphere Series, Chairman of the Board at Goodyear Arts (2019-2021), and on the AFA Advisory Committee at Central Piedmont Community College (2019- ). Her traveling exhibition W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine, originally organized for the Annenberg Space for Photography, will be on view at the Mint in Spring 2021.

photo credit: Carey King


All Session Chairs and Presenters must be current members of FATE by February 15th of the conference year to ensure that their sessions and abstracts are published in the conference program. 


Due to the dynamic range of programming, as well as our desire for inclusion, we are not placing restrictions on the presenter/chair/co-chair participation for this conference.  


Everyone must register for the conference. The FATE conference is organized for the professional benefit of its members. Registration fees and membership dues cover the costs of the overall conference.  Session chairs have the responsibility to make it clear to their accepted and invited speakers that all conference participants, including all chairs and presenters, must be FATE members and register for the conference.


Session rooms will be provided with one digital projector and one projection screen. Laptops will not be provided. Mac users must provide the proper VGA adapter for a digital projector. 


It is the position of the planning committee that the first session on Thursday is as important and informative as the last session on Saturday. However, we understand that scheduling conflicts and other factors can limit participation to various times and days. Therefore, if you have such a limitation, bring it to your session chair’s attention immediately upon your acceptance to the session. Effort will be made to accommodate your requests, but there are many factors that determine the final schedule, and it may not be possible to meet your individual needs. The conference director’s decisions on scheduling are the final word. 


Full refunds (minus 3% processing fee) will be provided for all cancellations before March 15, 2021. The processing fee for reimbursement will be deducted from your refund. After March 15, 2021 conference registration refunds will not be offered, as payment will have already been submitted to all conference programming. Cancellation requests should be directed to: fate.vpfinance@gmail.comIn the event that the conference is cancelled, participants will be fully reimbursed.

Conference no-shows

Refunds will not be granted for no-shows (registrants who do not attend the conference). 

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