Call for Presentations

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Do you have an innovative practice or cutting-edge research you want to share with your colleagues from across the world? The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) announces its Call for Presentations for the 2021 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. You are invited to submit a presentation proposal for a Breakout Session or Roundtable Discussion or a three-hour Preconference Seminar that addresses important issues facing today’s community and technical colleges. 

Why Present

  • Amazing professional development opportunity.
  • Collaborate with experts in the field.
  • Presenters receive a $50 conference registration discount.
  • Receive recognition for and feedback about your practice or program.
  • Expand your professional portfolio.
  • Be part of a dynamic community that has made NISOD’s conference the “must-attend” event for over 40 years.

Presentation Types

Conference Tracks

  • Career and Technical Education, Apprenticeships, and Internships
  • College Readiness, Remediation, ESL, and First-Generation Students
  • Competency-Based Education and Other Alternate Credentialing Strategies
  • Contemporary and Progressive Teaching, Counseling, and Advising Strategies
  • Emerging Issues and Trends at Community and Technical Colleges
  • Entrepreneurship, Strategic Alliances, and Collaborations
  • Evidence and Inquiry, Predictive Analytics, and Other Data Considerations
  • Faculty Hiring, Development, Support, and Governance
  • Guided Pathways and Other Completion and Transfer Efforts
  • Improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Libraries, Makerspaces, Fablabs, and Other Active Learning Sites
  • Using Technology to Improve Student and Organizational Outcomes

Submission Criteria

To present at the NISOD’s annual conference, you must

  1. be employed by a community college, technical college, or not-for-profit organization or university, or
  2. be a conference sponsor.

Selection Process

Proposals are selected to ensure the conference offers a comprehensive, non-promotional, objective, and diverse program. Attention will be given to diversity of institutions/organizations, presenters, and geographic location. Note: You may be invited to present in a format other than the one you selected.

Proposals will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Relevance of topic: Is the topic of relevance, importance, value, and/or interest to community and technical college educators?
  • Proposed topic coverage: Does the proposal adequately cover content related to the proposers’ learning objectives?
  • Presenter knowledge: Do the presenters have sufficient knowledge, expertise, and authority to address this topic based on evidence provided in the proposal and/or prior experience with or knowledge of the presenter?
  • Engagement strategies: The proposal explains the methods used to actively engage participants.

Important Reminders


All accepted presenters are responsible for registering for the conference by April 16, 2021, paying the conference registration fee, and securing and paying for travel and lodging. Please plan and budget accordingly before submitting your proposal. All presenters receive a $50 discount off the registration fee if registered by April 16, 2021.

Suanne Davis Roueche Faculty Scholarship

Faculty at NISOD-member colleges are encouraged to apply for the Suanne Davis Roueche Faculty Scholarship. The scholarship covers the conference registration fee, three nights of lodging, and transportation costs up to $400. Learn more.

Submit Your Proposal


February 12, 2021
Deadline to submit proposal

February 26, 2021
Presenters notified about proposal selections

March 12, 2021
Presenter agreement forms due back to NISOD

March 24, 2021
Presenters notified by email when their sessions are scheduled

April 16, 2021
Super Early Bird Deadline ($100 Discount)
Deadline to register to receive the $50 presenter discount

May 7, 2021
Early Bird Registration Deadline ($50 Discount)
Hotel discount cut-off date

May 29 – June 1, 2021
2021 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence