The ACPA21 Convention Team, ACPA Governing Board, Entity Leadership, and International Office are committed to a Convention centering attendees’ experience, focusing on building community, dedicated to a strong curriculum, and embracing the future of ACPA’s Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization.

ACPA21 Program Types

Education Sessions

Session TypeSession TimeDescription
Career Snapshot30 minutesAbbreviated session presented in an open-space setting within Career Wellness Center focused on career development, wellness, and/or advancement.
Career Focus Session60 minutesPresentation or panel sessions on a specific topic.
Convention Program60 minutesPresentation or panel sessions on a specific topic.
Experiential Program75 minutesPresentation of a specific topic but includes an interactive skill-building or active learning opportunity for participants.
Pre-Convention Workshops4 or 6 hoursWorkshops taking place the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning before Convention and provide an in-depth discussion on current and emerging topics that transform higher education.

Scholarship Sessions

Session TypeSession TimeOverview
Research-In-Process30 minutesResearch-in-process sessions take the best parts of communal roundtable discussions, paper discussant feedback, and add the opportunity to develop a paper at almost ANY STAGE OF READINESS. Papers that are fully drafted (as in past years) should be submitted in this session type as well.

Each scholar(s) will be paired with an experienced, published scholar-mentor such as an ACPA Emerging or Senior Scholar with an additional goal of supporting the author to reach publication.
Multimodal30 or 60 minutesScholarship presentations in this area include performance, visual, digital, and other arts-based forms of knowledge creation and distribution. Multimodal presentations can include forms such as Zines, storytelling, poetry, documentary, photo-voice project, artifact presentation, or the presentation of research findings in another creative format.

Multimodal sessions exist in two formats: (a) 30 minutes long presentation where two multimodal presentations are assigned to one session block (60 minute session in total); (b) poster-style.
Methods Workshop60 minutesMethods workshops allow members to present a project that uses compelling research methods and teach others how to apply this method to their own work. Presentations in this format should be considered continuing professional development allowing members to build self-efficacy and capacity around creating scholarship and assessment tools to bring back to their campuses.
Research & Practice PosterPosters on display during scheduled times of ACPA21 with presentation times facilitated by the authors.

Program Proposals

The ACPA21 Call for Proposals is open, including Education Sessions Proposals, Scholarship Session Proposals and Pre-Convention Workshop Proposals.

All proposal deadlines: Friday, 2 October 2020

ACPA members of color, trans members, women, members with differing disability and ability statuses, and members with other minoritized or silenced identities are encouraged to submit program proposals for the ACPA21 Convention.

Proposal Resources

The ACPA21 Program Team has developed resources to assist with preparing education or scholarship session submissions.

Important Dates

Call for Educational Programs open1 July 2020
Call for Reviewers open1 July 2020
Call for Reviewers deadline2 October 2020
Pre-Convention Workshop Proposal deadline2 October 2020
All Other Sessions Proposal deadline2 October 2020
Reviewers receive assigned proposals9 October 2020
Proposal review deadline23 October 2020
Proposal decision notifications13 November 2020
Waitlisted proposal deadline to accept20 November 2020
Accepted Proposal deadline to accept20 November 2020
Early Bird Registration required for ALL presenters11 December 2020
Program Time Notifications15 January 2021
Final Waitlist status notifications15 January 2021

Program Reviewers

The Program Reviewer Application is now open! We invite higher education and student affairs professionals to complete the Reviewer Application. Program reviews will take place in October 2020.

Pre-Convention Workshops

Pre-Convention Workshop proposals are due by 2 October 2020. Pre-Convention Workshops are 4 or 6 hours and take place prior to the start of Convention. Selected workshops will be announced for registration by December 2020.


Information about Caucusing at #ACPA21 will be announced soon!


If you have any questions about the ACPA21 Curriculum please contact the Convention Team at [email protected].