2020 National Conference 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 National Conference.  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 

2020 speakers are required to verify that 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.

You can find the speaker guide and learning videos here.

Learning Session Timeslots

Learning sessions are 60-minutes in length and are scheduled for Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11, 2020.

Friday, July 10, 2020  
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 60-minute Learning Sessions
Saturday, July 11, 2020  
8:15 - 9:15 a.m. 60-minute Learning Sessions
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. 60-minute Learning Sessions


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

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a regional conferences, click here.


2020 National Conference Call for Proposals

Please complete the online form below to submit your proposal for the 2020 National Conference learning session domains.

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.

Who is your intended target audience?
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 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.
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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 the conference program and website.
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 *