Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is CLOSED.

The call for proposals is now closed. All submitted proposals are currently under blind, peer-review by our advisory board. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by March 31, 2024.

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

CriteriaPoor   Excellent
Is the topic appropriate for this conference?     
Does the topic reflect real-world solutions grounded in sound academic research and practice?     
Is the topic relevant to a broad range of institutional settings?     
Interactivity: Does the session include appropriate participant involvement?     
Overall Proposal Quality: Writing, organization, originality.     

Conference Tracks

Topic 1: Leadership and Professional Development 
Submissions to this track should focus on building and refining innovative approaches to higher-education leadership in support of student success; building faculty collaboration; addressing conflict resolution; promoting innovation through research; fostering needed curricular change; mentoring faculty; establishing equitable promotion and tenure processes; and building a positive working and learning environment. Submissions to this track can also address new trends or developments in higher education. Please designate if your session is for new or mid-career leaders.  

Topic 2: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
Higher education administrators are working to implement holistic programs to accommodate today’s diverse students, faculty, and staff. This track will allow higher-education professionals to present and share the ways they are responding to campus issues, such as structural diversity, change management, transformation of institutional culture, and diversity skills and competency training programs; and student needs, such as housing and food insecurities, mental health concerns, neurodiversity, sexual identity, disabilities, immigration concerns, and racism. Presentations may also address how institutions are supporting diverse staff and faculty or making institutions places that can retain diverse employees.   

Topic 3: Institutional Culture and Climate 
The culture of a university consists of the set of values that helps the university’s faculty, staff, students, and administrators understand which actions are considered acceptable and which actions are considered unacceptable. Climate looks at the present moment:  what is the atmosphere like for members of the faculty, staff, students, and administrators? Culture has an historical basis:  who are we and what are our values based on where we have been? Leadership must foster a known set of values indicating their importance to key stakeholders in order to facilitate the operational efficiency of the university. This track will include presentations on managing and improving institutional culture and climate and dealing with the problems that arise at the department and college level.  

Topic 4:Student Retention and Success 
Student success is a gauge of institutional success, and—as such—for accrediting agencies, the public, contributing alumni, and students and their families, it is an indicator of the institution’s overall product. Presentations in this track will focus on overcoming challenges to retention, such as escalating costs, declining state support, and a shrinking student population; creating successful retention strategies through student-focused efforts in admissions, financial aid, academic advising, course management, or residential living; and promoting student success by supporting high-risk students, adult learners, academic assistance, health and wellness counseling, and more.  

Topic 5: What New Leaders Need to Know 
This track is a boot camp for new leaders. Sessions within the track are specific to the main skills required for successful leadership at a higher-education institution, including hiring; development and retention; budgeting and finance; academic policy making; program development, evaluation, and assessment; mediation and problem solving; fundraising and development; communication; and mentoring.

Topic 6: Special Topics in Higher-Education Leadership 
With the complexity of leadership roles and responsibilities at different institutions, sometimes our work doesn’t fit neatly into a single category. Submissions for this track represent topics not clearly defined in another track, such as implications of technology, effective budgeting, fundraising and development, legal and regulatory issues, curriculum planning and development, or the future of higher education. Submissions for this track must make distinct connection to the roles of higher-education leaders.  

Questions regarding the submission process should be directed to Becky Peck, Editorial Director,