2019 National Conference Call for Proposals

Are you interested in sharing your expertise, an innovative idea, or an exciting campus dining initiative with your peers at the national conference in 2019?  If so, consider participating in the NACUFS annual call for proposals!

Each fall NACUFS solicits ideas for interest sessions that provide high-quality, relevant content aimed at helping campus dining professionals and their teams do a better job.

Proposals that meet the following criteria have a greater likelihood of being selected:

Use the NACUFS Speaker Guide and Video Micro-Lessons to prepare your proposal.

The association now offers a speaker guide and video micro-lessons to help you prepare your proposal for submission. These resources provide a framework for understanding your responsibilities as a speaker, considering audience expectations, and writing effective learning objectives. If your session is selected, you will want to refer to these resources again as you develop your presentation.

You can find the speaker guide and learning videos here.

Interest Session Time Slots

Interest sessions are an integral part of the national conference educational program and are scheduled for Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Friday, July 12, 2019  
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 60-minute Interest Sessions
Saturday, July 13, 2019  
8:15 - 8:45 a.m. 30-minute Interest Sessions
8:55 - 9:25 a.m. 30-minute Interest Sessions
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. 60-minute Interest Sessions


Proposal submissions are due by Tuesday, December 11, 2018 to be considered for the 2019 conference. Final selections will be made by the national conference education team.

Interested in submitting a proposal for NACUFS 2019 Regional Conferences? Click here.


2019 Call for Proposals

Program Title (Limit to 8 words.)

The program title is an invitation to your session and should spark interest in reviewing the session abstract. Try to avoid catchy titles that may cause participants to dismiss your session.

Select a track that best matches one of the descriptions below. If you are uncertain about which track to select, select the “Other” option.

Track 1: Talent Management (e.g., recruitment and selection, training and development, retention, staffing issues, student employees, customer service, communication, supervision, wellness programs)
Track 2: Culinary and Nutrition (e.g., emerging cuisine and food trends, labeling, local and organic produce, special diets, nutrition, allergen services, food safety, menu planning)
Track 3: Marketing, Communication and Campus Engagement (e.g., student engagement, public relations, merchandising, social media, publications, branding, special promotions and events, marketing plans, new revenue sources, catering, dining plan sales)
Track 4: Financial, Operations and Business Administration (e.g., financial management, program, capital planning and project management, benchmarking, revenue creation, strategic and master planning, capital improvements/renovations, food trucks, dining plan design, systems and technology, procurement and contract management, risk management, regulations)
Track 5: Other (select this option if you are uncertain which track to select)
Track *
Session Duration *

Primary Presenter (This person will serve as the main contact for this session.)
Are you a first-time presenter at the NACUFS national conference? *
In the qualifications box below, please explain in 200 words or less your (and any co-presenter) experience, knowledge or expertise with the session topic you are proposing.
Co-Presenter 1
Co-Presenter 2
Co-Presenter 3
Co-Presenter 4
Co-Presenter 5
Speaker Bio(s)
Please attach a 50-100 word bio for each presenter listed above. Your attachment(s) may not contain any spaces or special characters as part of the file name.
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By checking this box, I affirm that I have attached a bio for each presenter listed above.

Please provide a 75-100 word abstract suitable for publication in the program book.
Please describe your session in no more than 500 words.
Learning Objectives
Please include 1-2 learning objectives for your session. In their simplest form, learning objectives answer this question: What should the audience know or be able to do when your session is over? Your written learning objectives should follow the guidelines provided on pages 7-8 of the Speaker Guide and also covered in the video micro-lesson Writing Good Learning Objectives.
Learning Format *

Audio/Visual Equipment: Please note that there is no charge to the presenter for the audio/visual equipment listed below. The standard AV set-up is as follows:

  • Wired lapel microphones or table-top mics for panels (dependent on room size)
  • One podium (with microphone, dependent on room size)
  • LCD projector (presenter must provide laptop)
  • Projection screen
  • Will you need an Internet Connection (at presenter's expense) *
    Room Set-Up: Please select your preferred room arrangement *
    Please note: A/V and room setup requests will be reviewed and confirmed approximately six weeks prior to event. There is no charge for the standard room setup listed above; however, AV equipment is expensive and NACUFS is charged for any that is provided. We will attempt to accommodate special requests, but adjustments may be made at NACUFS' discretion.

    Conference Registration: National conference presenters must register and pay the national conference registration fee.
    Verification: By checking this box, I affirm that I have communicated with all co-presenters in this proposal and they have agreed to present the session if accepted, and are aware of the registration requirements. *