Conference websitehttp://www.AcademicChairpersonsConference.orgSubmission link deadlineOctober 18, 2023

Proposals are now being accepted for in-person presentation at the annual Academic Chairpersons Conference!

The annual Academic Chairpersons Conference brings together academic chairpersons, administrators and faculty from all areas of higher education to celebrate their successes, share best practices and innovative strategies, and collaborate with a network of campus leaders. The emphasis of the conference is to provide practical, usable information in a climate of open discussion and collaborative exchange.

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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:

  • Clear and concise description of the presentation and the points that will be made to chairpersons.
  • Applicability to a broad audience, e.g., multiple disciplines, different institutional and department sizes.
  • Evidence that the presentation will be of value to the audience, e.g., personal experience, research, knowledge of the literature.
  • Practical recommendations that will be made to chairpersons.
  • Appropriate scope and focus for session type selected and time allotted.
  • Description of interactive activities that will be incorporated into the session and used to engage audience

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

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should include the following information:

  1. Author Information: Enter the Primary Author/Presenter contact information here. Primary author/presenter curriculum vitae/resume or biographical sketch is also required. The primary author is the designated point of contact and will receive all correspondence about the conference. This person is responsible for communicating with the conference coordinators and co-presenters.
  2. Additional Author information (if applicable)
  3. Title of presentation: Maximum of 10 words.
  4. Abstract: 25-50 words. If selected, the abstract you submit will become the basis for the session description in the conference program and on the website; therefore we recommend that you use a direct and active writing style that explains clearly what participants will learn during your session.
  5. Keywords: Five (5) keywords about your presentation. These are used to help participants search for sessions in the conference proceedings.
  6. Topics: Choose one or more of the Session Topics listed below.
  7. Presentation Type: Choose one of the Presentation Types listed below.
  8. Audience: Please indicate the best audience for your presentation – New Chairs, Experienced Chairs or Both.
  9. Supporting Document:
  • Combine multiple files, if applicable, and attach as one PDF.
  • For the purpose of your proposal, we suggest you upload a description of the session (300-500 words).
  • Include the primary author/presenter curriculum vitae/resume or biographical sketch.
  • Consider uploading a proceedings paper, a PowerPoint presentation, and/or workshop handouts if you have them.
  • Include the relevance of the session to chairpersons, presentation focus, recommendations that will be made for chairpersons, and how the audience will be involved.
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Keep in mind that your proposal may be edited until approximately 2 months prior to the conference. You may choose to refine and expand on your proposal after you submit and are accepted to present. Be sure your proposal is compelling and includes adequate information to be selected, but it is not required to be a finished product at this point. Proposals submitted without any additional presentation documents are less likely to be selected.

Presentation Themes

Choose one of the following recommended themes. Compelling proposals that fall outside of these themes are also welcome.

Leading the Department:

  • Budget Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Enrollment
  • Fundraising
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Time Management

Fostering Student Success:

  • Academic Integrity
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Impact of Behavioral Health on Learning Across Stakeholder Groups

Professional Development:

  • Career Advancement Opportunities
  • Developing Your Leadership Style
  • Navigating the Institutional Landscape
  • Politics of the Chairpersonship

Emerging Trends in Higher Education:

  • Navigating the Politicized Space in Higher Education
  • Navigating the New Technological Landscape of Higher Education
  • Preparing for Gen Alpha
  • Responding to External Partners and Workforce Needs


  • Compelling proposals that fall outside of the proposed topics are also welcome. Please indicate your proposed Other Topic during the submission process.

Presentation Types

A limited number of slots are available for each presentation type; reviewers will honor your selected presentation type wherever possible, although you may be asked to switch presentation type.

Interactive Workshop (90 min.)

A single or group presentation that is interactive and focuses on a solution-based approach. Participants may be involved in a variety of ways such as taking part in small-group activities, role-playing, case studies, simulations, problem solving or other hands-on instructional activities.

Best Practice Presentation (45 min.)

Typically an individual presentation. The presenter gives a 30-35 minute talk on a specific best practice or approach to a leadership issue. The talk should include a description of the problem, how the presenter approached it, and the results achieved. Then the audience is provided with 10-15 minutes of Q&A.

Lunch Discussion (30 min.)

A presenter facilitates a discussion centered on a key topic. The roundtable discussions will take place during the Brown Bag Luncheon on Thursday or Friday during the conference. Participants will grab their lunch and take it to the room with the discussion topic of their choice. This is a great opportunity for chairs who would like to have a conversation about a specific topic, share ideas, and explore solutions without a more structured, full presentation.


ACC Advisory Board members provide the ACC conference planners with suggestions on conference topics and presenters, and serve as the proposal review committee. For Advisory Board bios, visit

  • Marilyn J. Amey, Michigan State University
  • Frederick Burrack, Kansas State University
  • Katherine Frank, University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • Kristi Haik, Grand Rapids Community College
  • Christian K. Hansen, Eastern Washington University
  • N. Douglas Lees, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Domenick J. Pinto, Sacred Heart University
  • Daniel Wheeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Venue and Dates

The conference will be held at The Westin Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN, February 7-9, 2024.

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May 17, 2023 – Open for submissions

October 18, 2023 (11:59pm EDT) – Submission deadline

November 17, 2023 – Notification of acceptance or rejection of proposals (on or before this date)

Conference Registration will open in October


All questions about submissions should be emailed to Amber McGuire ([email protected]), IUPUI Event and Conference Services.

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