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Call for Presentations

The Call for Presentations has closed.

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 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 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

  • Live Session: The Live Session format is 50 minutes, including time for Q&A. Presenters will present their presentation live through Zoom. Each room will have a moderator who will track questions from participants via the chat and pose those questions to the presenters at the end of the presentation.
  • Pre-Recorded Session: Pre-Recorded Sessions are limited to 60 minutes and will be available on demand throughout and after the conference. These presentations do not require the presenter(s) to be in attendance at the conference. The presenter(s) are responsible for recording, editing, and submitting their presentation to NISOD by April 2, 2021.

Conference Tracks

  • Contemporary and Progressive Teaching, Counseling, and Advising Strategies
  • Emerging Issues and Trends at Community and Technical Colleges
  • Improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • 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.


February 19, 2021
Deadline to submit proposal.

February 26, 2021
Presenters notified about proposal selections.

March 5, 2021
Presenter agreement forms due back to NISOD.

March 12, 2021
Presenters notified by email when their sessions are scheduled.

March 14, 2021
Super Early Bird Deadline ($100 Discount)

March 15 – April 2, 2021
Early Bird Registration Deadline ($50 Discount)

April 2, 2021
Pre-recorded presentations due.

April 28-30, 2021
2021 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence

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 topics, 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: Does the proposal explain the methods used to actively engage participants?

Important Reminders


All accepted Live Session presenters must register for the conference and pay the registration fee. Those individuals who register by March 14 receive $100 off the applicable registration fee. Those individuals who register after March 14, but before April 2, receive $50 off the applicable registration fee.

Suanne Davis Roueche Faculty Scholarship

Faculty members at NISOD-member colleges are encouraged to apply for the Suanne Davis Roueche Faculty Scholarship. The scholarship covers the conference registration fee. Learn more.