2019 NASPA Annual Conference

Call for Programs

The Call for Programs is now closed. We are working hard to assign reviewers to the programs and if you are interested in being a reviewer, please visit the Call for Reviewers page. 


The 2019 NASPA Annual Conference is the closing of one chapter of NASPA's history and the start of something new!

Los Angeles, a city known for reinvention and innovation will be the backdrop for the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference. The Conference Leadership Committee invites you to think differently about student affairs, to renew your own passion and commitment, to think anew about the education of our students and their role in the world, and to engage your colleagues in the primary goal of postsecondary education - Student Success. The 2019 NASPA Annual Conference content will align the individual and collective exploration of the future of the student affairs profession as we begin the next century of leadership in higher education.

2019 NASPA Conference Core Content

The 2019 Conference Leadership Committee seeks conference proposals focusing on the three core content areas, Belonging & Student SuccessCommunity & Democratic Engagement, and Leaning into the next 100 Years. Expand the headers below to read more about the framing questions for each of these content areas.

Please ensure that you read each section and select the question to which your program relates. Conference proposals will be reviewed and scored on your content focused on the following areas.

Click on the plus signs below to expand the conference core content areas and view the questions under each area. These are an important part of your submission(s):

  • Belonging & Student Success

    As student affairs professionals committed to student success, we must transform our institutions into nimble environments where we are student-ready. We must explore the necessary conditions required to develop imaginative, responsible, future-oriented, risk-taking solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

    • How do we prepare students for disciplinary excellence, a successful career, and a meaningful life?
    • What is the student affairs profession’s responsibility and role in ensuring students are prepared for living as civically engaged citizens?
    • How do we best help students develop their sense of responsibility for others?
    • What programs and practices – on our campuses and beyond – are proving to be effective in helping students grow in their sense of self?
  • Community & Democratic Engagement

    Higher education is under scrutiny for its role in the democratic process. On one hand, universities are seen as echo chambers that reinforce liberal biases and marginalizes conservative students. On the other hand, student affairs educators struggle to engage students across difference in meaningful ways. We must create an environment where we assist students in navigating the complex world of activism and democratic engagement.

    • What are emerging practices in advising, challenging, and supporting student activist?
    • How do we help students understand their role as change agents and involved members of a democratic society?
    • How do we create pathways to purposeful engagement in the community?
    • How do we facilitate and sustain dialogue around polarizing viewpoints?
    • What opportunities exist for academic partnerships focusing on civic engagement and student activism?
    • How do student affairs educators construct a professional identity that is congruent with personal core values? Or what do we do when it’s not?
  • Leaning Forward to the Next 100 Years

    In 2019, we will begin our next 100 years as an Association. Student affairs has evolved from our early beginnings of student support to a remarkably diverse profession that has multiple layers and varied perspectives. Within higher education, it has often been said that we stand upon the shoulders of those who have come before us.  The founders of the student affairs profession are individuals whose actions have inspired and transformed individual lives, institutions, communities, and the world.  Their legacy will continue to be felt for generations to come and we have a responsibility to leave a new legacy for our future professionals. 

    • How does the profession develop new, mid-level and senior leaders to build upon the legacy of the profession? How do current student affairs educators prepare the next generation of colleagues to effectively serve in the profession? 
    • In what ways have students, organizations and institutions been transformed by social justice movements and continue to be challenged in a truly global society?
    • What are strategies for ensuring equal access in admission, student participation, graduate education, faculty and administration for diverse populations?
    • What is student affairs’ role in leading movements or managing responses to them, particularly in times of crises, economic challenges, rapid change in the environment, and increasing demands from stakeholders?

NASPA Guiding Principles

In addition to the core content above, the Conference Leadership Committee wants to ensure that your programs have a focus on the principles below:

  • Integrity

    Committed to high moral principles exhibiting authentic, honest, just, and ethical behavior.

  • Inclusion

    Seeking ways to ensure access, voice, acknowledgement, opportunity, and participation at all levels.

  • Inquiry

    Supporting research and scholarship to add to the knowledge base of the profession and ensure that data informs practice.

  • Innovation

    Continuously seeking improvement through new and creative approaches.

Submission Guidelines

Both NASPA members and non-members* may submit programs to the NASPA Annual Conference. There are several program types and each has its own guidelines and review process. More details about each program type is available during the submission process. You can submit more than one program type, but make sure the description matches the delivery! All programs should include the following:

  1. New and fresh contributions to the NASPA Annual Conference theme and/or student affairs profession.
  2. Engaging program format that involves the audience and stimulates discussion.
  3. Conceptually strong foundation, well-written, with clearly stated outcomes and appropriately documented research and/or experience.
  4. Qualified presenters with expertise in the subject matter
* Should your program be accepted, the coordinating presenter must join the association and register for the event in order to present. All other supporting presenters must also be registered for the conference.

Submission Criteria

Your proposal will be evaluated by approximately six to seven program reviewers using the following five standards:

  1. Contribution to the NASPA Annual Conference theme and/or profession
  2. Clearly stated purpose and objectives
  3. Engaging program format that involves the audience and stimulates discussion
  4. Conceptually strong foundation with appropriate documented research and/or experience
  5. Qualified presenters with expertise in the subject matter
Looking for more tips on writing an effective proposal?

Check out our guidelines and view sample proposals!

Proposal Submissions are Closed

Meeting Spaces

Are you looking to host a meeting or a space for networking, receptions, and social events? Mark your calendars for the deadline because space at NASPA events sell-out*!

Deadline for Requests: Friday, November 2, 2018

* NASPA will consider the size of the group, type of program, and space in order to maximize the space we have available. We reserve the right to prioritize NASPA entities' requests and to refuse space to individuals and/or groups who do not comply with stated policies and procedures.

Submit your Meeting / Event Space Request
Presenter Match

Be sure to check out the Presenter Match tool to find professionals just like you who are searching for co-presenters to strengthen their proposals on similar topics.

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