Deadline: March 5, 2014

The ACSA invites proposals from member schools to host the 2015 ACSA Fall Conference. This ACSA Fall Conference will be thematic in focus and feature scholarly presentations, based on peer-reviewed abstracts, and a digital proceedings that will be available in ACSA’s permanent online archive.

The Fall Conference is an opportunity for the host school to bring educators from across North America and beyond to their campus. The thematic focus can highlight a school’s strengths and demonstrate educational excellence to upper administration. Other goals for the new format include strengthening social opportunities for participants with common scholarly interests and bringing concentrated visibility to the work being done in the topic area.

Attendance at the Fall Conference is anticipated to be 100-200 people, with host schools using campus facilities or other appropriate venues (including a local hotel or conference center) for conference sessions. Joint proposals from neighboring schools and partnerships with other groups (such as those formed around the thematic area) are welcome.

Final proposals will be reviewed and selected through the ACSA Board of Directors Scholarly Meetings Committee.

Proposals should be 3 pages or less, excluding supporting documents, and should include:

1)   A title and paragraph-length description of the conference that clearly identifies the theme.

  • Further explanation for the theme is encouraged. However, a separate brief description of the conference is required.

2)   Proposed dates for the conference.

  • The Fall Conference should occur in late September or October, typically a Thursday–Saturday.

3)   The name of the conference chair or co-chairs, as well as any other relevant organizers.

  • Identify one or more faculty members to act as chair and whose area of expertise relates to the proposed theme. The chair(s) will be responsible for the academic portion of the conference and will work with ACSA staff on logistical details, communication with partners, and other planning and promotion duties.

4)   A description of other potential conference features: partnerships, sponsors, keynote speakers, tours, etc. that would enhance the conference.

5)   Clear expression of interest by school.

  • Show evidence of support from the school’s dean, provost, or other appropriate university representatives through letters and/or supporting documents.

6)   A description of other resources available for the conference.

  • This includes potential venues for conference sessions, keynote lectures, and receptions; potential tour sites; or other local connections to enhance the conference.

  • Fall Conferences are normally funded by income from registration fees and sponsorship. This income pays for expenses related to meeting space, audio-visual equipment, invited speaker travel and honoraria, and food and beverage.

  • ACSA will provide the following support: international promotion of the conference, from the call for papers through the proceedings publication; an online system (including staff support) for submission, review, and upload of scholarly material; publishing services for conference programs and proceedings; and other planning services, such as negotiation and coordination of meeting facilities.

  • In-kind support from the school is requested for invited speaker costs, a/v equipment, meeting space, student volunteers, etc. Schools providing in-kind support will be recognized for their contribution in promotional materials, and participation of students and faculty in the conference will be invited.

ACSA has held successful Fall Conferences the last three years:

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Host Schools: Florida Atlantic University
Co-chairs: Anthony Abbate, Florida Atlantic University; Francis Lyn, Florida Atlantic University; and Rosemary Kennedy, Queensland University of Technology
Conference Website

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Host Schools: Temple University
Co-chairs: Ryan E. Smith, University of Utah; John Quale, University of Virginia; and Rashida Ng, Temple University
Conference Website

Location: Houston, TX
Host Schools: Prairie View A&M University and Texas A&M University
Co-chairs: Ikhlas Sabouni, Prairie View A&M and Jorge Vanegas, Texas A&M
Conference Website

Schools interested in hosting are encouraged to contact the ACSA to discuss potential arrangements prior to making a proposal.


Please submit your proposal and direct questions to: Eric Wayne Ellis, Director of Operations and Programs,, phone: 202.785.2324 by March 5, 2014.