Call for Presentation Proposals

Submit a Presentation Proposal for the

CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2021

October 3-5 • Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center • National Harbor, MD


Who Should Submit a Proposal?

  • Higher ed HR professionals with a story to tell or expertise to share
  • Subject matter experts who have unique insight into the challenges facing higher ed HR

We are looking for presenters to share their how-tos, best practices, case studies and lessons learned on the following topics:

  • The future of work
  • Safety protocols and policies (specifically, COVID-19- and workplace violence-related)
  • Creating and sustaining an inclusive campus culture
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Higher ed workforce challenges
  • Higher ed talent management challenges
  • Using HR data to drive leadership decision-making
  • Legislative and regulatory compliance challenges (ACA, FMLA, Title IX, etc.)
  • HR metrics and analytics and leveraging technology
  • Educating academic leaders on the value-added role of HR and the associated relationship
  • Other timely higher ed HR topics

Curious about sessions we’ve featured in the past? Check out sessions from the 2020 Virtual Annual Conference and Expo.

Tools for Fine-Tuning Your Proposal

  • Learning Framework — Review the CUPA-HR Learning Framework. All CUPA-HR learning is connected to the Learning Framework.
  • Exploratory Questions — Fine-tune your session idea even further by answering these questions:
    • How does your proposed topic relate to the CUPA-HR Learning Framework?
    • Why is the topic of interest to higher ed HR professionals of varying institution sizes and types — small public, large public, small private, large private, two-year, four-year, etc.?
    • What challenges will your session help others to overcome?
    • Could you co-present with a professional from another institution to give your session more depth?
  • Worksheet — Preview this worksheet and draft your presentation proposal submission prior to entering the information in the online form. Work in the online form cannot be saved along the way, and spelling/grammar checks are not available.
  • Submit a List of Presenters — Listing session speakers is highly encouraged. Finalize your list of speakers before you submit your proposal. 

Before You Decide to Submit a Proposal

  • Review Important Dates and Timelines — If you will be unable to meet these deadlines or do not have support from your institution or employer to present, please reconsider your decision to submit a proposal.
    • Proposal Submission Deadline: May 17 
    • Speaker Agreement Due From Selected Speakers: Within One Week of Notification
    • Delivery of Presentation: October 3-5
  • Review the Indirect Costs of Presenting — If you are a selected speaker, you’ll be asked to share your knowledge without compensation. Additionally, you’ll be required to pay your own travel costs and a discounted conference registration fee of $500-$750 depending on your affiliation with a higher ed institution or corporate organization.
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