2020 Regional Conferences Call for Proposals

This is a great time to be a NACUFS presenter!

Why?  Because NACUFS is adopting 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 2020 Regional Conferences.  We’re 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?

  1. We’re looking for proposals that target collegiate dining professionals who either:

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


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

  2. And proposals that align with our newly defined learning domains listed below (previously called learning tracks).  
    • 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 

The association now provides a Speaker Guide and video micro-lessons. 2020 speakers are required to verify that they have reviewed these resources. They 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 back to these resources again as you develop your presentation.

You can find the speaker guide and learning videos here.

Learning Session Timeslots

Learning sessions are 60-minutes in length and are scheduled during various times at the regional conferences on these dates:

Midwest - South Bend, IN   March 8-10, 2020
Southern - Houston, TX   March 16-18, 2020
Continental/Pacific - Colorado Springs, CO   March 22-24, 2020
Mid-Atlantic/Northeast - Uncasville, CT    Mach 30-April 1, 2020 


Proposal submissions are due by Monday, December 2, 2019 to be considered for the 2020 conferences. Final selections are made by the regional conference education team.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a national conference session, click here.


2020 Regional Conference Call for Proposals

Please complete the online form below to submit your proposal for a 2020 Regional Conference learning session.
Regional Conference (Please check only one. To present at multiple conferences you will need to complete additional forms.) *

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.
Target Audience *

Select the learning domain below that you think best matches the focus of your session.

Domain *

Primary Presenter (This person will serve as the main contact for this session.)
Are you a first-time presenter at a NACUFS 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.
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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 conference materials.
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 you will be contacted by the regional conference learning chair to discuss your A/V needs and any associated costs involved after being accepted to present. Please check any that you need. *
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. We will attempt to accommodate special requests, but adjustments may be made at NACUFS' discretion.

Conference Registration: All regional conference presenters must register and pay the conference registration feel.
Verification: By checking this box, I affirm *