Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now Open.

Magna Publications and Academic Leader invite proposals for concurrent sessions for the 2023 Leadership in Higher Education Conference, October 12–14, 2023 in Orlando. The deadline is February 12, 2023. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by March 31, 2023.

The Leadership in Higher Education Conference provides an opportunity for educational 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. Our plenary presentations, concurrent interactive workshop sessions, and networking opportunities foster a climate of learning and collaboration.

We’re looking for engaging and informative proposals on academic and administrative leadership in higher education.  Conference sessions provide attendees with real-world solutions grounded in sound academic research and practice. This call is for 60-minute concurrent sessions.

60-minute concurrent sessions provide a highly focused how-to demonstration on a specific best practice or approach to leadership topics based on the tracks below. Submissions should focus on research-based, actionable strategies; case studies are permitted but should focus on lessons that are applicable to other institutions.

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. 

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.  

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.

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. 

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 policymaking; program development, evaluation, and assessment; mediation and problem solving; fundraising and development; communication; and mentoring.

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. 

The deadline is February 12, 2023. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by March 31, 2023.

For more information on writing a proposal, click here for submission guidelines. To see the information requested in the proposal, click here for a sample form.

Please keep in mind that all presenters are required to submit an electronic version of their presentation slides and accompanying handouts one month in advance of the conference. Presenters also are responsible for the printing of the handouts distributed during their presentation, as well as their own conference registration fee, hotel, and travel expenses.

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

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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.     

Questions regarding the submission process should be directed to Laura Czerwinski, Conference and Meeting Planner, laura.czerwinski@magnapubs.com.