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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 presentation 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."

About the Presentations: This is not a program that solicits theoretical work or reports on the current state of higher education or 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 seek 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. Alternatively, we seek proposals that present issues and problems and systematically engage participants in collective engagement and problem solving related to the issue/problem.

The theme of the 2018 seminar, "Things That Keep Higher Education Leaders Awake at Night: Considering Creative Approaches to Common Problems" is especially appropriate for presentations that propose to lead the participants though a consideration of alternative responses to the most vexing issues confronting today’s college and university administrators. Proposals that describe new and creative tactics—both actual and posited, as well as proposals that promise to engage participants in the design of inventive problem resolutions are encouraged.

What We’re Especially Looking For: 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 presentations about which—upon completion—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."

Presentation and Program Design: Each selected presentation will be allocated 30-50 minutes (depending on the nature of the topic/presentation). The number of presentation opportunities is very limited; thus, selection will be quite competitive. (In past years, we have only been able to accept slightly less than one-half of all proposals submitted.) Presenters must demonstrate in their proposals precisely how they will collaboratively engage participants in a true seminar fashion. Proposals from teams of presenters will be given preference. We are especially interested in multi-institutional perspectives. Thus, proposals that include two or more presenters from a single institution and that then provide for a respondent from another institution will also be given preference.

Expectations of Presenters: Since the seminar is designed as a collaborative experience, all presenters are expected to register for, attend, and participate in the entirety (all sessions) of the seminar. The main portion of the AAUA Annual Leadership Seminar begins on Thursday, June 7th and concludes on June 8th. (An optional preseminar workshop will be scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, June 6th. Presenter attendance at the preseminar is neither required nor expected.)

The concluding session (June 8th) is a formal luncheon at which the association makes formal presentation of several annual recognition awards. (A complete list and description of AAUA awards can be found on the association website—www.aaua.org.) Presenters are expected to remain and attend this luncheon as well; seminar presenters and participants who remain through the awards luncheon will receive fully-paid dues membership to AAUA for the 2018-19 academic year

Financial Requirements / Available Presentation Equipment: Presenters are required to register for and pay the regular participant registration fee. (While the registration fee for the 2018 seminar has not yet been set, it is anticipated that it will not exceed $200 US.) AAUA is not in a position to pay honoraria or to assist with transportation/lodging. The presentation venue will provide a podium, computer, projector (with speaker), and projection screen. Presenters will be responsible for providing any additional required equipment.

Proposal Submission Process: Each 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 (maximum 250 words); (3) An extended background and rationale statement that describes the issue/problem, the need for addressing this topic and/or why this is of interest to both U.S. and international administrators; (4) A summary of presentation techniques to be employed, being sure to address—in some substantial detail—how the presenter(s) will engage participants in the presentation; (5) The names, title, and institutional affiliation, and email address of each person who will participate in the delivery of the session; and a general statement of the particular experiences of proposed presenters that make the individuals/team uniquely qualified to deliver this session; and (6) A statement that—if chosen for the program—all proposed presenters will attend for the entirety of the seminar and will participate in other sessions in 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.

Location/Host Institution: Seminar sessions will be held on the campus of Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Chester is nearby the City of Philadelphia. The Widener campus is located less than 10 miles from Philadelphia International Airport.)

One of the two recommended conference hotels (Best Western Plus Philadelphia Airport South at Widener University) is located immediately across the street from the Widener University campus. The other hotel (Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Springfield) is located approximately five miles from Widener's campus. Bus transportation between the hotel and Widener will be provided.

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