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  • Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration (Excellence Award recipients and their presidents only)
  • Monday General Session Lunch and Tuesday Closing General Session Lunch
  • Special Sessions
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Refreshment Breaks
  • 350+ Breakout Sessions and Roundtable Discussions

To find out if your college is a member, check our online membership list. In addition, conference presenters receive a $50 registration discount if registered by April 10, 2020!

Yes. To receive the discounts, all registration forms must be submitted as a package. All group discounts apply to the individual college (not districts). Discounts are as follows:

  • Groups of 15-25 paying conference participants receive a $25 discount off regular registration fees.
  • Groups of 26 or more paying conference participants receive a $50 discount off regular registration fees.

(Contact Sheryl Powell if you would like to take advantage of the group discounts.)

In addition, conference presenters receive a $50 registration discount (if registered by April 10, 2020)! Cannot be combined with other discounts.

All cancellations must be received via email to Sheryl Powell by May 1, 2020. Please note that you are still responsible for payment if you do not cancel and do not attend. Refunds minus a $100 cancellation fee will be issued after the conference for cancellations received in writing by May 1, 2020. Conference fees for written cancellations received after May 1, 2020, will not be refunded, but can be applied toward a future NISOD conference by anyone at your college within one year. Participant substitutions can be made at any time.

If you know in advance that you will be coming in someone’s place, please email Sheryl Powell and she will adjust the registration. If it is a last-minute change, simply check in at the registration desk the day of the conference and a staff member will be happy to correct the information in the system and prepare you a new nametag.

 General Information

Herehere, and here are links to websites that offer great advice for getting the most out of professional conferences such as NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence.

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please email Sheryl Powell no later than May 1, 2020.

We suggest taking a look at ExcursionsExperience Austin, and the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau website for ideas about things to do in Austin.

Austin weather in late May and early June can be very warm. Average temperatures are in the 70s at night and in the 90s during the day. Be sure to check the weather before you leave home and pack accordingly. Keep in mind that Texas weather changes at the drop of a hat and that anything is possible.

Dress is business casual. We strongly recommend comfortable shoes, as you will be doing a significant amount of walking throughout the day. Austin is a very casual city, and tennis shoes are acceptable. Also, pack a sweater. Hotel meeting rooms can be very chilly, but you may find that a welcome relief since it is typically very warm outside.

See the “Transportation” tab on Experience Austin.

Austin has an extensive Metro system if you need to catch a ride to a shopping mall, airport, or anywhere else around town. See the “Transportation” tab on Experience Austin and the Cap Metro website for more information on fares, schedules, maps, etc.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is located less than 8 miles from the conference site. See the “Transportation” tab on Experience Austin.


The Call for Presentations is now open. (The deadline to submit is January 24, 2020.)

Submitted proposals will be reviewed and presenters notified during the week of February 3-7, 2020.

Yes. However, presenters receive a $50 discount off the registration fee, if registered by April 10, 2020.

Each breakout session will be equipped with a lectern and microphone (as necessary based on room size), a data projector, laptop, wireless internet, and a screen. (Presenters must bring their presentation on a flash drive.) Any other equipment must be supplied by the presenter or rented from the in-house audiovisual provider. Roundtable discussions cannot accommodate equipment other than presenters’ battery-powered laptop computers.

As there will be another session after your presentation, please be sure that you finish on time and that you move the chairs back to their original location.

Networking Opportunities

Yes, see Academic Conferences4 Surefire Ways to Get the Most From the Next Conference You Attend9 Tips to Get the Most Out of Conferences18 Helpful Tips for Getting the Most Out of an Industry Conference, and Prep Work: Getting Ready for a Conference.

If you don’t have one, make sure to sign up for a Twitter account before heading to Austin. About two weeks before the conference, start to follow the hashtag #NISOD2020 and begin to follow people who actively contribute and engage about the conference.

Don’t be afraid to walk up to someone you’ve seen on Twitter and introduce yourself. Remember, if they are on Twitter, they value connections and will be glad to meet you. Stay in touch and follow up. Reach out on Twitter to new friends, those speakers you saw and liked, and to people whose tweets you enjoyed.

Go to the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration and celebrate the extraordinary work of faculty, administrators, and staff whose service to their students, colleagues, and community deserve special recognition!

Hangout at the Charging Stations.  Spoiler alert . . . people are not there to just hangout; they are there to network.

If you have to justify attending the conference when you get back home, identify three highly valuable contacts/discussions, as well as three high-potential ideas you learned. Share those with whoever has to approve your travel/professional development.

It’s really hard to come to one of these things alone for the first time. However, (a) there are others in the same situation who would appreciate some outreach and (b) you’re amongst educators. Educators are professional networkers who, generally speaking, like other people. It’s totally okay to approach a group you don’t know and ask to join their conversation.

Bring plenty of business cards! Yes, people still like to connect with a business card. Follow up with a short note or email that says, “It was great to meet you.”

Wear comfortable shoes. Your feet will hurt by the end of the day.

Download the NISOD app and choose your sessions ahead of time. Always have a backup session planned in case your first choice doesn’t meet your needs. If you need to change sessions, you’ll already know which session to go to next. Try a couple of sessions that are outside of your areas of expertise or comfort zone.

If you are going with co-workers, don’t spend all your time with them.

Stay through the Tuesday Closing General Session. Great networking and camaraderie takes place there as well. Sit with people you don’t know.

Partially adopted from The Must-Have Guide to Networking at ISTE by Holly Clark on June 24, 2014.