Format and Audience
The Program Committee is committed to providing conference content for a diversity of participants and highly interested in presenters from diverse, multi, including novice (new to the field), intermediate (some years of experience and skills), and highly experienced audiences. We are especially interested in innovative sessions that challenge seasoned professionals with advanced content. We hope to see an increase in the number of proposals submitted from presenters with diverse lived experiences and will offer mentor support to newer presenters. Presentations from partnered colleagues from different institutions are also highly encouraged.
- Focus the bio information you include on your experience relative to the topic of your presentation. Reviewers are interested in your qualifications to present on the specific topic, not your general resume.
- You are asked to identify just ONE topical area to assist the program committee in balancing the conference content. Reviewers will understand your more specific focus through the abstract and description.
- Draft an abstract that is clear, concise, and description of your presentation. The abstract will be available during conference registration and used by conference attendees to select their concurrent sessions. Abstracts may be edited for length, clarity, or grammar.
- Submit a program description that is clear, well-organized, and grammatically correct. It’s useful to include information on why your topic is important to disability resources in higher education. You are encouraged to review the selection criteria and ensure that you address each area of consideration.
- Keep your name and your institution’s name out of your abstract and program description. The review process is anonymous. If names have to be edited out of your proposal, it will compromise the overall flow of the proposal.
- Describe the learning goals for your presentation AND information how you plan to achieve them. Review the video (New Window) for guidance on drafting quality learning goals.
- Cite resources that support your presentation. AHEAD is interested in promoting evidence-based content.
- Include information on how you will address AHEAD’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. In the past, proposals have been rejected because this AHEAD goal was not addressed in the proposal.
NOTE: To ensure the AHEAD Conference includes diverse and representative perspectives, the conference committee will accept no more than two proposals from any individual presenter through the CRP process. Some content experts may be specifically invited to speak on topics crucial to the membership. Thus, some presenters may be highly represented in the final conference program.