Call for Presentation Proposals

Submit a Presentation Proposal for 

CUPA-HR’s 2022 Virtual Spring Conference

April 19-21, 2022


This year’s spring conference will be held virtually. All sessions will be presented in real time within CUPA-HR’s virtual platform. Following the original broadcast, all session recordings will be available to registered attendees for one month following the event.

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 timely and relevant topics such as:

  • Recruitment and retention (responding to the current talent crisis)
  • Talent development (developing internal talent, supporting retention, helping fill recruitment gaps)
  • Mental health (for HR, self-care, preventing burnout; benefits, programs, culture)
  • Flexible work
  • DEI (“invisible” diversity, intersectionality, disability inclusion)
  • COVID-19 (policies, accommodations, legal issues)
  • Campus climate and the role of HR
  • Managing difficult conversations
  • Using HR data to drive leadership decision-making and strategy
  • Legislative and regulatory compliance challenges (FLSA, FMLA, Title IX, etc.)
  • Successful and innovative approaches to higher ed HR work
  • Other timely higher ed HR topics

Getting Started

  • 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?
  • Proposal Guide — Use this guide to 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.

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: February 11
    • Speaker Agreement Due From Selected Speakers: Within One Week of Notification
    • Delivery of Presentation: April 19-21
  • 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 register for the conference at a discounted fee of $295-$495 depending on your affiliation with a higher ed institution or corporate organization.
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