2021 National Conference Call for Proposals

This is a great time to be a NACUFS presenter!

Why? Because the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) has adopted a new learning framework, the NACUFS Collegiate Dining Body of Knowledge™, that clearly identifies your target audience and the high-value content to deliver. 

NACUFS is now soliciting proposals for learning sessions for our 2021 National Conference. We are looking for energetic and knowledgeable speakers with experience and expertise to deliver relevant and high-quality learning experiences for our members.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for proposals that align with our newly defined learning domains (listed below) and target collegiate dining professionals who either:

  1. Oversee campus dining operations, programs, staff and/or other resources (supervision & management function) OR

  2. Establish strategy and direction for achieving the goals and mission of the dining program within the institution (strategic leadership function)

Learning domains:
    • BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION. Focuses on planning, systems & business functions required to operate, enhance & fund a campus-valued dining program.
    • GUEST EXPERIENCE. Focuses on providing an exceptional campus dining guest experience.
    • TALENT MANAGEMENT. Focuses on recruitment & selection, development, and engagement of personnel (including students) in order to operate a successful campus dining operation
    • CAMPUS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. Focuses on collaborative alignment with campus culture, mission & strategies (including student engagement) as well as developing successful brand recognition through effective marketing. 
    • PROFESSIONAL INTELLIGENCE. Focuses on driving an ethical, organized environment that promotes high standards of integrity & inclusivity, effectively modeling responsible stewardship of campus resources, and leading and promoting organization initiatives & change. 

Review the NACUFS Speaker Guide and Video Micro-Lessons 

2021 speakers are required to verify they have reviewed the NACUFS Speaker Guide and video micro-lessons. 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.

Learning Session Timeslots

National Conference Learning sessions are 45-minutes in length and are scheduled for Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10, 2021, during the following times:

Friday, July 9, 2021  
4:15 - 5:00 p.m.  
Saturday, July 10, 2021  
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.  


Proposal submissions are due by Tuesday, December 15, 2020 to be considered for the 2021 National Conferences. Final selections are made by the National conference education team.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for the National Conference, the application form can be found here.