We look toward the 2016 Annual Meeting with the continued goal of raising the level of the educational experience provide, and we are seeking professionals who want to contribute their skills, expertise, and knowledge to achieve that goal. Our meeting is continuously evolving, as our members continue to expect a higher-level, engaging, and thought-provoking experience.
Do you want to join the effort in making the Annual Meeting experience the premier professional experience within our profession? Please keep reading!
What We're Looking For
- Programs that are provocative, support progressive/innovative thinking, designed for applied learning, and presented in new and unique ways. Use the Call for Ideas Summary as a starting point for your proposal.
- An assorted menu of educational formats that provide a more intentional learning experience suited for different learning styles. Please see the educational session format options for the 2016 Annual Meeting.
- A broad variety of programs reflecting the diverse experience and knowledge base of our membership. Our membership is made up of new professionals, seasoned professionals, graduate students, volunteers, inter/national officers, inter/national organization staff, industry stakeholders, campus-based fraternity/sorority staff, and campus-based professionals whose primary functions aren’t always fraternity/sorority life.
- Diversity amongst our presenters. We will make a conscious effort to ensure this diversity as an essential means to enrich the learning experience of our many audiences.
- Programs focusing on and offering any of the following:
- Relevant topics
- Skills and/or knowledge development
- New ideas
- Experience-based learning
- Diverse perspectives
- Peer-to-peer (and presenter-to-attendee) interaction and learning
- Personal development as a means to increased professional development
- Topics that touch or expand upon Call for Ideas Summary
- Programs enhancing member competency using Core Competencies for Excellence in the Profession.
- Programs that have been clearly developed with intention and substance. Note: Resources have been developed related to the development of learning outcomes.
- Presenters with subject matter experience and expertise. Note: Graduate students are encouraged to partner with a professional on program submissions.
- Seasoned professionals, we welcome your contribution & (re)engagement in submitting proposal proposals.
- Presenters and perspectives from inside AND outside of fraternity/sorority life and higher education.
Make sure to share this Call for Programs process with your colleagues. We need your help to find a variety of perspectives.
Consider the Call for Ideas Summary provided by our members, but don’t lose sight of the information above.
What We Want to Avoid
- Repeat programs from previous Annual Meetings. While topics may continue to be relevant, new ways of presenting and teaching information are required. Please refer to the 2015 Annual Meeting Program Book.
- Programs that members would perceive as:
- Canned speeches/programs
- Organizational/Company info sharing
- Programs that are approved in concept but are not fully developed until presenters arrive on-site in Boston.
- Programs that share “best practices” in a vacuum. Is the “practice” supported by assessment data? What is the applicability of this “practice” to other communities/organizations?
- Program presentation teams of more than three (3) presenters. Exception: Panel Discussions.
- Programs conflicting with any elements of the “What We’re Looking For” section.
Guidelines & Suggestions
- Stay within character/word limits for the program title and program abstract.
- Do not place the program title or program abstract in quotation marks.
- In regard to your program title:
- The title is the first impression and may make the difference between a reviewer accepting or rejecting your submission.
- Ask yourself: is this original, informative, provocative, engaging, and thought-provoking?
- In regard to your program abstract:
- Write in future tense and the second person.
- Do not use bullet points.
- Preview the content and program outcomes/intentions.
- Employ an educational tone.
- Focus on the content being provided.
- Address your target audience and any interaction that will occur.
- Clarify and explain the relevancy of the topic.
- Refrain from including the learning outcomes in the abstract, there is a special section in the submission form to list them.
Submit your program submission by Friday, June 24, 2016. You will receive an automatic confirmation of your submission; please keep this confirmation in your files.
As you can imagine, we receive many more session proposals for the Annual Meeting than we have open spots, so please be aware this is a difficult and highly selective process for our team of staff and volunteers. As such, it is possible your program may not be accepted and you could still receive nothing but positive feedback. Last year, approximately 40% of submissions were chosen and we anticipate the process being even more selective this year. Please also be aware the selection process will take into account the number of sessions individuals submit; we want to create an educational experience that includes a diverse number of presenters in addition to diversity of topics and perspectives.
Proposals will be reviewed based on specific information provided in your submission. This information will be reviewed on a scale from 1 – 5. You will be notified beginning in August 2016 on the status of your submission.
We want to thank you in advance for submitting your program proposal through our Call for Programs. If you have questions about the process, please contact Gretchen Stahl Foran or a committee member listed below.
2016 Educational Programs Committee Members
Gretchen Stahl Foran
Educational Programs Chair
2016 AFA Annual Meeting
Assistant Executive Director
Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors