Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Academic Chairpersons Conference?

The Academic Chairpersons Conference is an annual forum where academic chairpersons, administrators and faculty from all areas of higher education share the most successful, innovative ideas and strategies to assist each other in becoming more effective in their positions. The conference format includes concurrent sessions of interactive workshops, best practice presentations and roundtable discussions. The emphasis of every conference is to provide practical, usable information in a climate of open discussion and collaborative exchange.

When and where is the 2020 Academic Chairpersons Conference (ACC)?

The 2020 Academic Chairpersons Conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Georgia starting Wednesday, Feb. 5 with pre-conference activities and an opening reception. The main conference will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, and conclude in the afternoon on Friday, Feb. 7. We are proud to be bringing this venerable program to the oldest city in the state of Georgia.  Savannah has a long and colorful history chock-full of interesting characters and beautiful locales. From manicured parks and horse-drawn carriages to ornate antebellum architecture, it’s no wonder Savannah is one of the most visited cities in the South.

Where can I stay in Savannah?

The conference has arranged a block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Savannah for conference attendees. Attendees are required to stay at this property if possible. Check our conference hotel page for information on how to book your room.

Can I present at the conference?

Yes! Proposals are encouraged from all types of professionals in the academic field. For more information, please see the For Presenters web pages, and submit proposals via our New Prairie Press online system. Submissions for the 2020 Conference will be accepted through August 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM CST.

What kinds of session topics can I expect to see at the conference?

There is a wide range of topics covered by our presenters, with a consistent focus on practical solutions to the challenges facing academic leaders. Sessions are organized into four theme areas and four presentation types. Themes for 2020 included Issues and Trends in Higher Education, Working with Faculty and Administration, Operating the Department, and Leadership and Management,  To explore programs from previous years, see our Past Conferences page.

Who should attend or present at the ACC?

How can I register for the ACC?

Visit our Registration web page for information regarding registering for the conference. Be sure to explore Pre-Conference Workshop options before you register.

How many people are expected to attend the conference?

The Academic Chairpersons Conference has steadily grown over the years, a testament to the demand for this type of training and interest in improving academic leadership across the country. The last few years average at about 385 attendees.

What is included in my registration?


Can I put future ACCs on my calendar now?

Yes, we try to book future conferences with plenty of time for you to plan. Please see the Future Conferences page for details.

Who organizes the ACC?

The ACC is a program of Kansas State University Global Campus, the home of K-State continuing, online, and professional education. Coming from the perspective of an institution of higher education, we are able to focus on providing excellent content without agenda or the need to generate income for a company or association. The program also maintains an Advisory Board of experts to guide its direction and content. Learn more about K-State conference services on the Global Campus Conferences and Non-Credit Programs website.

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