Submit a Proposal

Submit a Proposal

The Call for Proposals will open on June 5, 2020, and close August 14, 2020.  However, late submissions are accepted and will be considered after on-time proposals have been given priority. Click the link above to access the submission system in New Prairie Press. Please see the guidelines below, the Themes and Session Types page, and the Information for Presenters page before using the “Submit Proposal” form on New Prairie Press.

If you have an idea for a presentation and have questions, please contact John Murray at Late presentation proposals may be accepted only after on-time proposals have been given priority.

Proposal Submission Timeline

Submission deadline: August 14, 2020 at 5:00 PM CST
Notifications of acceptance: September 14, 2020
Presenter confirmation of participation required: October 16, 2020
Program schedule draft available:  November 6, 2020
Final revisions due from presenters: December 11, 2020

Proposal Selection Criteria

Attendees at the Academic Chairpersons Conference want to be engaged and involved in the sessions they attend. They value discussion and the opportunity to exchange new ideas with other chairs.

A limited number of proposals will be selected for presentation. A review committee selects proposals based on the following criteria:

The selection committee reserves the right to edit abstracts and titles for the conference materials and may request a change in presentation type to fit program needs.

Example of an Exemplary Proposal

What Our Attendees Want

Varying Perspectives:

Our conference participants are looking for experiences they can relate to. Whether you are a veteran or new chair, dean or support staff, coming from a large or small campus, or representing a public or private institution, the insights you share need to translate into practices that others can utilize. Each year, there is a collective “A-ha” moment when those new to the conference or new to the chair realize they are not alone. While there is diversity in each chair’s position description, all are looking for useful techniques, fresh ideas and proven approaches to this very specific kind of leadership.

Real-World Applications:

Participants want information they can take back to their departments and universities and put into effect immediately. Presentations from past conferences that have received the highest ratings were widely applicable, solution-based, and included time for attendees to interact. When asked what attendees found most valuable about the 2019 conference in Houston, Texas, the following comments were shared:

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