2020 NASPA Annual Conference


Each year for the NASPA Annual Conference, the Faculty Council develops program guides designed to draw attendees’ attention to programs, events, and other information of particular interest to faculty. A guide of Faculty Council-sponsored events will be available on this page in late fall.

An additional, comprehensive guide to all sessions that might be of interest to faculty is will also be available to download from this page. This guide is developed each year by Faculty Council members. 

Sunday, March 29

Monday, March 30

New Faculty Orientation                                                           

NASPA President's Breakfast for Faculty

Faculty Institute (immediately following the President's Breakfast)

Case Study Competition

The NASPA Graduate Case Study Competition is an opportunity for graduate students to showcase skills and knowledge of the field of Student Affairs. Graduate students may form a team to participate on-site at the Annual Conference.  Participants will review and analyze a case study a week prior to attending and present their findings at the Annual Conference on Monday, March 30th. Case presentations should include a review of ethical, moral, and legal considerations that influenced their decision making in crafting their response to the case study. Teams should be comprised of 2 to 3 current graduate students and must include a faculty sponsor. Up to 12 teams comprised of first- and second-year students (or beyond) will be selected to compete. The first 12 teams to register will be assigned to a presentation time slot, and any additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list. Each team will analyze, evaluate, and provide solutions to a thought-provoking case relevant to the field of Student Affairs to a panel of judges that is representative of student affairs practitioners, faculty, and past case competition winners. 

Applications Now Open for 2020 Case Study Competition!

Are you attending NASPA this year? Would you like to demonstrate what you have been learning in your program?  Are you seeking a way to enhance your skills and receive professional feedback? Do you have a competitive and creative spirit? If so, you are encouraged to register to compete in NASPA's Annual Graduate Student Case Study Competition. Winners will be provided the opportunity to share their case study presentation in an educational session at the 2020 Annual NASPA Conference and be presented with a $100 gift card. 

Registration closes at midnight on Wednesday, March 11, 2020Register your team now!

If you have any questions throughout the process, please contact Sarah Jones at

Doctoral Seminar

Join us at the Doctoral Seminar at the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference in Austin, TX. Happening on Sunday, March 29th from 12 pm-4 pm CST, the doctoral seminar was created to provide support and information for higher education and student affairs doctoral students to help them successfully navigate the process. Faculty, administrators, and doctoral students will facilitate conversations and structured time to reflect about how to be successful in the doctoral experience. In addition to including time for networking with a variety of groups, this seminar will also expose attendees to different pathways that one can take after acquiring their doctorate.

Registration is due March 1, 2020.

You can register at this link: If you have any questions, please email Jill Dunlap at

Faculty Social

Join your fellow faculty and friends for some social time at Cheer Up Charlie's in Austin. Cheer Up Charlie's is one of Austin's premier LGBT venues with a variety of drinks, non-alcoholic specialties, and vegan treats. As the name suggests, the vibe is cheery and the location has been awarded a "Best of Austin" designation.

Date: Monday, March 30

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: 900 Red River St., Austin


Scholarly Papers

We invite all faculty and student affairs administrators to consider serving as discussants for the Scholarly Paper Sessions at the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference in Austin, TX from March 27-April 1, 2020.

Discussants add value to the scholarly paper presenters and enhance their presentations. Expectations for discussants include editing three scholarly papers prior to the conference and offering written and verbal feedback to authors during the conference session. Discussant comments following the presentations generally summarize the constructive feedback.

Scholarly papers are due to discussants no later than February 1, 2020. Discussants occasionally prompt authors in completing their papers prior to the deadline.  If the presenter does not provide the paper by February 7, 2020 the presentation may be pulled from the 2020 NASPA Conference. 

Graduate Preparation Fair

NASPA's Annual Conference will host a Graduate Preparation Programs Fair on Sunday, March 29, 2020 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm in Austin, TX. This year's fair will be held as part of the Undergraduate Student Conference. There is no fee associated with program participation for graduate programs. All graduate programs in higher education and student affairs are welcome and encouraged to register. Registration for the Fair is currently full. Please use this link to reserve your program’s spot on the waitlist at this year’s preparation fair:

Please contact Jill Dunlap at with any questions about the Grad Prep Fair

Graduate Preparation Program Coordinator Meeting

Join us for a meeting of program coordinators for higher education and student affairs graduate programs. In this session, graduate preparation program coordinators will engage in productive dialogue and information exchange related to the multiple and complex demands of the program coordinator role.

Date: Monday 2:45- 4:45 pm

This event is invitation only. For questions about the details of the meeting, please contact Rozana Carducci at

Faculty Institute 2020

This year's Faculty Institute will be lead by members of the NASPA Emerging Faculty Leadership Academy (EFLA). The EFLA members will be leading table discussions centered on topics pertinent to all faculty experience levels. Topics will include: preparing future faculty, advancing social justice frameworks in curricula, balancing faculty roles/responsibilities, navigating different institutional types, working as non-TT/fixed term faculty, and developing collaborative relationships with administrators on campus. This year’s Institute will take place directly after the President’s Breakfast for Faculty.

Date: Monday, March 30

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Location: JW, Lone Star Salon A & B

Faculty Lounge

The Faculty Lounge will be open on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday in the Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A at the times listed below. Faculty are welcome to use the space to work, take a break from the conference, or to meet up for some collaborative time.

Dates: Sunday, March 29                 Monday, March 30                    Tuesday, March 31
         7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.              7:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                  7:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

New Faculty Orientation

The New Faculty Orientation will take place in the Faculty Lounge space on Sunday. If you are new to NASPA, or are a new faculty member, join us for a discussion about how to get involved and support faculty efforts at NASPA.

Date:   Sunday, March 29 

Time:  3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A