Mark your calendars for the 2022 ACUI Annual Conference, March 13–17!

Much has changed since 2019 and yet the importance of advancing campus community remains essential. You need this educational networking event to:

  • Exchange information, resources, and ideas with colleagues and industry partners. 
  • Find inspiration and build your contact list to confidently address what challenges the future may hold. 
  • Recharge through four days immersed in a caring community who affirms the importance of your role on campus.

Please check this site often as details about the call for session proposals, corporate involvement opportunities, and the program schedule.

Call for Content Open Until October 12

This year's call for content is unlike anything the Association has ever done before! The 2022 Conference Program Team is providing two opportunities for selection to become a conference presenter.

This is an opportunity to share unique expertise with others, connect with colleagues, and get involved with ACUI in a way that makes a true difference. Apply to present in one or both of these ways noted below by October 12!

Volunteer to Present on Areas of Expertise

This option is for those who want to present at an Annual Conference but are not set on a certain format. You will volunteer your expertise to present on a topic of the Conference Program Team’s choosing. You will provide three areas of expertise during the application process. This is considered the Dynamic Content Delivery opportunity.

Volunteer to Present Now

Specify Your Session Content

This option is for those with a specific program, lesson, experience, or knowledge base you believe is beneficial to share with conference attendees. Those submitting via this process have a session idea and content format already in mind. This is considered the Specific Content Delivery opportunity.

Submit Your Session Now

Content Formats

Dialogue Facilitation
A 60- to 90-minute facilitated discussion. Facilitators will be given a room and the option to bring in other presenters, panelists, and/or resources to help to engage participants in conversation. Facilitators will conclude by leading participants to creating a commonly agreed upon group action plan.
Flash Session
A 30-minute presentation on a selected topic to be presented individually or with a co-presenter(s). This delivery format provides a quick exploration of a topic area in and is designed for quick takeaways.
Panel Discussion
A 50- to 90-minute session where any combination of staff, students, and/or corporate partners come together and participate in a moderated discussion. Panelists speak from personal experiences and engage one another as they seek to enhance attendees’ understanding around a specific topic or content area.
A passive content delivery format that captures a snapshot of a given topic or content area via a poster. Information is geared toward engaging attendees in-person and/or virtually with a focus on providing information in a fun, creative, succinct, and engaging manner.
Product Demonstration
A brief 30-minute walkthrough or demonstration of a product. The goal is to expose attendees to new products or services as well as new updates or features to existing products or services.
Show and Tell “Hacks”
A 10-minute presentation about a unique solution to a common problem or challenge. In this session format, presenters will provide attendees a quick overview of a problem/challenge, and then explain the unique steps or processes adapted to solve and overcome it.
A 60-minute session where presenters facilitate an in-depth exploration around a useful or beneficial product or service. Unlike product demonstrations, presenters should plan to present to those who already have product/service and may want a deeper understanding of a more complex area. Presenters are expected to allow time for a general Q&A.
Traditional Session
A 50-minute presentation on a selected topic to be presented individually or with a co-presenter(s). This delivery format often explains or explores a specific topic area in depth and engages participants to think deeper in selected areas.
A 90- to 120-minute session aimed at engaging attendees through a combination of presentations, reflection, and/or group work. Workshops are meant to be “deep dives” into specific content areas and enhance attendees knowledge beyond a traditional educational session.

Preparing Submission

As you prepare your submission, ensure you can:

  • Fill a knowledge gap and/or provide information needed by colleagues
  • Answer a question or offer a solution to a problem in your expertise area or topic
  • Create a transferable presentation which can be applied broadly beyond your campus community where possible
  • Be succinct in your submission, use proper grammar and spelling, minimize jargon, and use concrete/specific language
  • Identify core competencies, and all other questions posed in the submission form
  • Develop a session you can commit to creating and presenting
  • Be flexible throughout selection process

Additionally, you must comply with all the eligibility requirements and language policies (found in the tabs below).


Every presenter at the ACUI Annual Conference must be registered for the conference. Additionally, all presenters must meet at least one of the following qualifications:

  • All individual members, employees, or students at an institutional member in good standing, and retirees are eligible to present educational sessions at the Annual Conference.
  • ACUI nonmembers representing not-for-profit organizations are eligible to present educational sessions. Nonmembers are encouraged to present with ACUI members whenever possible.
  • Corporate presenters at the ACUI Annual Conference will participate in a separate process in September.

Presenters' ability to present their session from the conference hotel may influence the selection process.


ACUI is committed to providing welcoming, safe, and inclusive learning environments at its conferences and events. During our programs, we want all participants to share ideas, network, and enjoy the company of others, and we recognize that our ability to create this experience depends on the behavior of all in attendance.

Event speakers are expected to conduct themselves according to ACUI’s core values, and the ethical standards of the profession. All members of the ACUI community are to be considerate; refrain from any demeaning, harassing, or discriminatory behavior or speech; and immediately comply with any requests to discontinue objectionable behavior. The following are examples of unacceptable behavior:

  • Offensive, hostile, or derogatory comments.
  • Disruptive actions unrelated to the intended purpose of the event.
  • Conduct that demonstrates a lack of professionalism or respect for another individual.

We ask that all presenters at ACUI conferences be mindful that our audiences include students and professionals from all types of campuses and educational institutions, as well as corporate and nonprofit members and partners. Every effort is expected of presenters and speakers to include appropriate language, material, and examples for the Association’s target audience and membership.

Technical Standards

To successfully deliver your content, we will require each presenter to:

  • Participate in a  training session in advance of the conference.
  • Be accessible during another means in case of emergency.
  • Grant ACUI permission to record, stream, broadcast, distribute, and subsequently utilize all session content without any expectation of rights, remuneration, or interest unless otherwise specified and agreed upon in writing by ACUI.
  • Be publicly listed as a session presenter.

Review Timeline

Prospective presenters, please note the following timeline:

  • July 1: Call for Content from campus members
  • September 1: Call for Content from corporate partners
  • October 12: Deadline for submissions through the Call for Content
  • October 13: Volunteer review and anonymous specific session review process begins
  • November: Presenters notifications sent
  • December: Conference education announced
  • January: Content scheduled
  • February: Presenter training

All dates subject to change.

Conference Program Team

Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who are planning the 2022 Annual Conference:

  • Missy Burgess, Chair, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
  • Christopher Burpee, Northwestern University
  • James Contratto, University of South Alabama
  • Kristine Day, University of Michigan–Dearborn
  • Adam Dunbar, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
  • Jeff Dunbar, Sam Houston State University
  • Jennifer Duncan, Agnes Scott College
  • Shane Farmer, Clemson University
  • Angel Flowers, Indiana University-Purdue University–Indianapolis
  • Aaron Flynn, University of North Dakota
  • Elizabeth Beltramini, Liaison, ACUI Central Office

About the Hotel

The Sheraton Grand Chicago is located steps from Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and other downtown attractions. 

Address: 301 East North Water Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611

Chicago 2022 Hotel

Sample Educational Content

If you are curious what the educational offerings of an ACUI Annual Conference are like, archived resources from the 2021 virtual event—including video recordings, presentation materials, and transcripts—are now available. Registrants can access the library when logged in to the site, and those who were not registered for the 2021 event can sign up for access here.

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