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Call for Poster Presentation Proposals

Things That Keep Higher Education Leaders Awake at Night:
Considering Creative Approaches to Common Problems

2018 AAUA Leadership Seminar │ June 6-8, 2018 │ Metropolitan Philadelphia
(On the Campus of Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania)

The American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) invites individuals and teams to submit proposals for poster presentations at the association’s 2018 Annual Leadership Seminar.

About the Seminar: The AAUA Annual Leadership Seminar comprises a limited number of American higher education professionals who are keenly interested in administrative practices. The number of seminar participants is limited to no more than 75; this limitation ensures opportunities for meaningful interaction between presenters and participants as well as among participants themselves. Many participants find the seminar as a place of meaningful professional networking and/or a place where scholarly collaborations are initiated. Perhaps most importantly, the AAUA Leadership Seminar is intended and designed as an administrators’ professional development meeting where we "close the doors and talk about issues that we might not be willing to talk about in larger, more open venues."

This is not a program that focuses on theoretical work or reports on current higher education research. (AAUA values such thought and research but believes that there are sufficient alternative outlets for reporting and discussing these matters—including a professional/scholarly journal published by AAUA, the Journal of Higher Education Management.) Instead, we offer presentations that share the details and outcomes of emerging and model programs; present new administrative, leadership, or management strategies and results; and promulgate effective approaches to addressing and solving common higher education problems. The seminar also presents issues and problems, and then systematically engages participants in collective consideration and problem solving related to the issue/problem.

The theme of the 2017 seminar, "Things That Keep Higher Education Leaders Awake at Night: Considering Creative Approaches to Common Problems" is especially appropriate for poster presentations that describe new and creative tactics to specific or generalized organizational problem solving—both actual and posited.

What We're Especially Looking For: AAUA is especially interested and welcomes poster presentation proposals from students who are actively pursuing graduate degrees related to higher education leadership. (However, proposals from non-students are considered as well.) The program planning committee believes that the success of the seminar is validated when participants leave with new thoughts about and new perspectives on common problems in higher education. The committee seeks proposals for poster presentations about which seminar participants will say one or more of the following, "Wow, that's a great and very creative way to respond to that issue," or "I'm already thinking about how we can apply this at home," or "I've never thought about this problem in this way before."

Expectations of Poster Presenters: Posters will be displayed (with opportunities for informal discussion) during the seminar reception on Thursday evening. It is the responsibility of the poster presenter(s) to provide all necessary materials and equipment (e.g., poster, easel, projector, screen, etc.). It is further expected that all personnel associated with the poster presentation will attend and be present during the entire display time, and that they will engage with seminar participants in discussions about the poster topic. It is further expected that poster presenters attend and fully participate in the entirety of the leadership seminar.

Financial Requirement / Registration: While individuals selected to present a poster are expected to attend the entirety of the seminar, poster presenters are not required to pay the seminar registration fee. (AAUA is not in a position to pay honoraria or to assist with transportation/lodging.)

Poster Presentation Proposal Submission Process: Each poster presentation proposal should include the following elements: (1) A title that is descriptive of the issue being addressed; (2) A written description of the proposed session; (3) The names, title, and institutional affiliation, and email address of each person who will participate in the delivery of the poster; and (4) A statement that—if chosen for the program—all proposed poster presenters will attend for the entirety of the seminar and will participate in other sessions as engaged collaborative participants. (There is no minimum/maximum length specified for proposal submissions.)

Submitting a Proposal: Proposals received by December 15th will be guaranteed consideration. (After that date, proposals will continue to be accepted and reviewed until the program is complete. Proposals must be submitted electronically (as MS Word document) to Dan L. King, President & CEO of AAUA (DKING@AAUA.ORG). Decisions will be communicated by January 15th, or—for proposals submitted after the December 15th deadline—within one month of submission.

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