Call for Educational Program Proposals

AHEPPP: Family Engagement in Higher Education invites professional staff, faculty, community partners, and graduate students from all academic disciplines and departments to consider presenting a program at the 2021 National Virtual Conference planned for November 8-10, 2021.

As family engagement professionals, we know it is important to capture and share the experiences we facilitate that bring value to our institutional communities and the families we serve. Now is your opportunity to share this knowledge with your colleagues across the country!

Important Dates

March 15 - Educational programs peer reviewer application process begins

May 21 - Deadline for peer reviewer applications at 11:59 p.m. ET (8:59 p.m. PT)

June 1 - Deadline for educational program proposals at 11:59 p.m. ET (8:59 p.m. PT)

June 4 - Peer review applicants notified of their status

August 2 - Notification of selected educational programs




What to include in your proposal:

Educational program proposals should include specific participant learning outcomes and be grounded in both research and theoretical frameworks, if applicable. Additionally, proposals must address how the information presented can be adapted to different types and sizes of institutions.

Need help getting started? Read How to Develop a Successful Educational Program Proposal for the AHEPPP National Conference.  

Topics should reflect the mission of AHEPPP, which works to support professionals in higher education who promote student success through informed parent and family engagement. You may view past programs on the AHEPPP website - 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014.

Priority Topics

The 2020 AHEPPP Annual Conference Survey revealed that AHEPPP members are most interested in learning about these trends. 

  • Supporting families with online learners 

  • Supporting transition past COVID-19

  • Creating inclusive environments for families

  • Engaging families in supporting student mental health

  • Trends in technology

  • Supporting post-traditional student families

  • Alternate funding sources for family engagement services/staff

  • Professional development and self-care

Special consideration will be given to proposals that feature collaborations with other university departments outside of parent and family programs (i.e. Dean of Students, fundraising, counseling services, orientation, etc).

Additional sample topics:

  • Skill-building and professional development

  • The importance of campus partners

  • Influence of parent and family relations on student success and retention

  • Impact of stories on parent giving 

  • Using assessment to convey the value of our work

  • Incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into work with families

  • Navigating campus politics and leadership transitions

  • Creating sustainable or remote programming

  • Incorporating accessible communication methods

If you have questions, please contact the National Conference Programs Co-Chairs:
Mark Pontious, Miami University
Kim Sterritt, The University of Alabama