The 2020 National Conference Call for Proposals and Facilitators will follow the schedule below.
Sept. 23 - Application Portal Opens for 2020 Presentations
Jan. 6, 2020 - Complete Submission Due
January through Mid-February - NACAC Membership and Staff Review
Contact Kelly Land, with any questions.
Before submitting a proposal, review our favorite session types and considering taking a chance on some of our new offerings.
Education Session: 75 minutes, max 5 presenters, traditional panel style delivery
Preconference Seminar: 3 hour sessions occurring prior to the beginning of the conference. Require an additional fee from attendees. Need 10 to run the session.
Learning Lounge: 30 minute sessions, max 2 presenters, located in the Exhibit Hall, informal and quick divers into the content
Tech Lab: 45 minutes, max 2 presenters, located in the Exhibit Hall, meant to share best practices on the use of technology, not the time or place to pitch or share products. No sales pitches
Career Hub: 60 minutes, max 3 presenters, meant to share content only for personal professional development. Will be co-located in a room with other useful career resources
Global Hub: 60 minutes, max 3 presenters, meant to share content about Global Education, not the time for specific college admission presentations
Ignite: 20 slides at 15 seconds each (timed), 1 person max, will group 5 ignite presentations within one hour that share a similar topic (for example: financial aid, underrepresented students, student athlete, etc.), after presentations are complete, there will be a half hour of discussion, debrief available.
Posters: opportunity for graduate or professional degree seeking students to share research at the conference,. 1 presenter max, gallery hours will be built in the schedule.
Call for Facilitators
The Call for Facilitators will look for experts in a variety of topics and areas to:
Facilitate Roundtable Discussions on particular topics
Offer expertise on yoga, mindfulness and wellness
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Do NACAC speakers get paid or have conference fees covered?
No. Speakers selected from the Call for Proposals or Facilitators do not get paid. Speakers are responsible for their own conference registration, travel and hotel accommodations.
Can I request a time for my session to be scheduled?
No. Speakers may not request times for their sessions to be scheduled. Accepted sessions will receive their assignment in the confirmation of acceptance email. NACAC Delegates will have to indicate their delegate status in Call for Proposals and Facilitators process/ After sessions are scheduled there are no adjustments.
How many times can I speak at the NACAC National Conference?
Each speaker may only participate and present in two sessions offered at the NACAC National Conference. Exceptions are made presentations submitted and facilitated by the NACAC Standing Committees.
I haven't confirmed all of my speakers yet, can I write TBD?
All speakers included in the submission are considered confirmed. If the session is accepted, all speakers listed will receive a confirmation email. Sessions marked with TBD will not be reviewed.
NACAC suggested I should change my delivery format..
If we like your session topic and overall submission but think you are in the wrong format, we will suggest a change in delivery to be able to run the session at the conference. If the presenters are unwilling to make the change the session most likely will not run. If your format does change, you will receive training and coaching about how to deliver the content in the new format.
What will set my presentation apart?
We get at least 400 proposal submissions each year. To make your proposal stand out try the following best practices: - Position your session as a mix of research and practice, provide solutions for attendees to use as soon as they get back to their home office - Make the panel diverse by including different schools/school types from different regions. When it comes to speakers diversify by gender, ethnicity, years of experience and daily job obligations - Provide a thorough description that clearly states what you will accomplish. - Try something new and submit something other than Education Session!
How does the selection process work?
Each proposal is reviewed at least 30 times by NACAC members and staff. NACAC staff read all proposals submitted. Reviewers self-identify their areas of expertise and are assigned sessions within their top three categories. In the review, reviewers have the option to select yes/no and are required to add comments to support their selection. After the review is complete, a committee meets in person to compare and make final decisions on what sessions should be included in the program. Sessions are then scheduled to achieve a balanced program.