Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now open.

Magna Publications and Academic Leader invite proposals for concurrent sessions for the 2017 Leadership in Higher Education Conference, October 19-21, 2017 in Baltimore, Md.

The Leadership in Higher Education Conference provides an opportunity for academic leaders to learn innovative strategies, trends, and best practices for effective management from nationally recognized experts and to network with like-minded peers from a wide range of academic institutions. Keynote and plenary speeches, concurrent interactive workshop sessions, and roundtable conversations foster a climate of learning and collaboration.

We seek interactive sessions that engage and inform attendees. Submissions should relate to one of the following areas; however compelling and relevant proposals that fall outside of these designated topics are also welcome:

1. Best Practices for Deans and Department Chairs

This track will give you all the tools you need to be a success:

  • Faculty evaluation basics
  • Managing a department or division
  • What you need to know about learning theory and pedagogy
  • Basic budgeting for a department and doing more with less
  • New Leadership: A successful first year for newly appointed deans or chairs
2. Leadership and Management

Learn effective management practices:

  • Facilitating a collegial department
  • Managing challenging faculty situations
  • Balancing faculty and administrative needs
  • Handling conflict
3. Evaluation and Program/Department Assessment

Assessment is very much on the minds of administrators, as states, accreditors, students, and parents all look for evidence of quality. Topics include:

  • Working with accreditors
  • Understanding trends in state assessment and compliance
  • Strategic planning for evaluation and assessment
  • Best practices in learning assessment
4. Faculty Hiring and Development

One of the most important jobs of an academic leader is to select the right new department members and provide faculty development opportunities, such as:

  • Conducting effective searches
  • Designing an effective faculty development program
  • Understanding the different needs of faculty who teach face-to-face, in hybrid classrooms, and online
  • Using technology and online delivery for faculty development
  • Managing promotion and tenure
5. Issues and Trends in Higher Education

Topics may include:

  • Financial
  • Legal/Regulatory
  • ADA or UDL compliance
  • Diversity
  • Effective budgeting

The deadline is March 31, 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by June 2, 2017.

Learn more about the proposal process, including guidelines for writing a strong proposal

To see what information we’re requesting in the proposal, look here

When you're ready, please submit your proposal using our online form located here

Questions regarding the submission process should be directed to MaryAnn Mlekush, conference manager, at, or 608-227-8138. Presenters are responsible for their own conference registration fee, travel, and lodging.

All submissions go through a blind, peer-review process by our advisory board. Members use the following rubric to evaluate proposals:

Rubric for 60-Minute Sessions













Is the topic appropriate for this conference?              
Theoretical Foundation: Does this proposal reflect knowledge of relevant literature?              
Is the topic relevant to a broad range of disciplines, students, and/or institutional settings?              
Interactivity: Does the session include appropriate participant involvement?              
Overall Proposal Quality: Writing, organization, originality.              

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