Call for Proposals: 2013 AAUP Annual Conference

Do you have something to say about current challenges to academic freedom? Online education? Pedagogical techniques that really work? Strategies for improving working conditions or academic freedom protections for contingent faculty? Furloughs, cutbacks, salary freezes? Collective bargaining? Or other timely topics in higher education?

If so, we invite you to submit a proposal for the AAUP Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education, to be held June 12–14, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Proposals will be accepted through November 30. Accepted presenters, including co-presenters and panelists, must register for the conference and pay applicable registration fees by March 15, 2013.

Proposal Guidelines

We encourage proposals that raise questions, engage conference participants in discussion, and foster dialogue.

You may propose either a complete session, with multiple participants, or an individual presentation, with one presenter. Individual presentations, if accepted, will be grouped into sessions with other related individual presentations.

Complete sessions may consist of a set of traditional presentations (a panel presentation), followed by Q&A, or may be structured as a roundtable discussion, designed to encourage more audience participation.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to:

  • Funding and defunding public education
  • Collective bargaining in higher education
  • The role of faculty in institutional decision making
  • Faculty working off the tenure track
  • The role of academic professionals in higher education
  • Assessment and accountability
  • The corporatization of teaching and research
  • Race, gender, and sexual orientation in the academy
  • The twenty-first-century curriculum
  • Online education

Proposals on other topics of interest to a multidisciplinary audience are welcome.

Hotel Information

Mayflower Renaissance Washington DC Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Conference Deadlines

November 30, 2012: Deadline to submit a proposal.

December 17, 2012: You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted. Conference registration opens.

March 15, 2013: Deadline for presenters to register for the conference. Sessions will be cancelled if presenters have not registered.

April 5, 2013: Presenters will receive their time slots.

Submit a proposal.

Please note: If you have not received a confirmation of receipt of your proposal within five business days, please send an e-mail to

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