Call for Proposals and Facilitators



The dates and procedures for the 2022 Call for Proposals is shown below, for illustrative purposes. The theme, and the terms and conditions will soon eb updated for for 2023.

Build Your Session Around the Conference Theme 

Why Resilience for 2022? Inspired by the resiliency of our members to navigate an intense time in college admission counseling, our conference theme speaks to how we bounce back, overcome obstacles, and emerge stronger each time. Your work changes lives, and at NACAC Conference 2022 it is your time to gain the insights and connections you need to do your best work.  

Your colleagues want to know your inspiring moments of resilience. Share your lessons learned by submitting a proposal. 

See more about how to prepare your proposal.

Please refer to the timeline below as you prepare your submission. 

February 24, 2022 – Call for Session Proposals and Facilitators Opens 
May 16, 2022 – Call for Session Proposals and Reviewers Closes 
May 16 – June 6 – Proposal Review 
June 7 & 8 or 8 & 9 In-Person Committee Review 
Before July 1 – Notifications  

See the list of eligible session categories here.

Call for Proposals and Facilitators FAQ's

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  • Do NACAC speakers get paid or have conference fees covered?

    No. Speakers selected from the Call for Proposals or Facilitators do not get paid. Speakers are responsible for their own conference registration, travel and hotel accommodations.

  • Can I request a time for my session to be scheduled?

    No. Speakers may not request times for their sessions to be scheduled. Accepted sessions will receive their assignment in the confirmation of acceptance email. After sessions are scheduled there are no adjustments.

  • How many times can I speak at the NACAC Conference 2022?

    Each speaker may only participate and present in two sessions offered at the NACAC Conference.

  • I haven't confirmed all of my speakers yet, can I write TBD?

    All speakers included in the submission are considered confirmed. If the session is accepted, all speakers listed will receive a confirmation email. Sessions marked with TBD will not be reviewed.

  • NACAC suggested I should change my delivery format..

    If we like your session topic and overall submission but think you are in the wrong format, we will suggest a change in delivery to be able to run the session at the conference. If the presenters are unwilling to make the change the session most likely will not run. If your format does change, you will receive training and coaching about how to deliver the content in the new format.

  • What will set my presentation apart?

    We get at least 400 proposal submissions each year. To make your proposal stand out try the following best practices: - Position your session as a mix of research and practice, provide solutions for attendees to use as soon as they get back to their home office - Make the panel diverse by including different schools/school types from different regions. When it comes to speakers diversify by gender, ethnicity, years of experience and daily job obligations - Provide a thorough description that clearly states what you will accomplish. - Try something new and submit something other than Education Session!

  • How does the selection process work?

    Each proposal is reviewed at least 30 times by NACAC members and staff. NACAC staff read all proposals submitted. Reviewers self-identify their areas of expertise and are assigned sessions within their top three categories. In the review, reviewers have the option to select yes/no and are required to add comments to support their selection. After the review is complete, a committee meets in person to compare and make final decisions on what sessions should be included in the program. Sessions are then scheduled to achieve a balanced program.

  • What session types are offered at NACAC Conference 2022?

    There are six types of sessions offered at the conference: (1) Education Session (60 minutes) – Traditional panel presentation focused covering topics related to the field of admission and counseling. (2) Career Hub (60 minutes) - Focuses on professional development that is not explicitly linked to the field of admission and counseling. (3) Global Hub (60 minutes) - Applicable to international recruitment or country-specific admission processes. (4) Learning Lounge (30 minutes) – Idea sharing on a specific topic, current trend, or case study. Held in the exhibit hall with an emphasis on audience participation. (5) Lightning session (10 minutes) - Ten-minute focused glance at a specific topic. (6) Preconference Seminar (3 hours) - Three hour deep-dive session focusing on a specific topic. Held before the conference start and at additional cost.