Call for Programs

The 2018 Call for Proposals is now open. We encourage members to submit Breakout Session and Roundtable Discussion proposals that align with our Knowledge Groups and will empower our SoACE members to ActivateTransform and Lead the recruiting and career services profession.  The deadline to submit is June 30th. 

Submit a Program

The Program Committee will work to balance current, critical topics along with meeting the needs of our membership to further grow as leaders and managers in our corporate and institutional environments. Our mission is to craft a program that addresses each of our Knowledge Group areas, as well as the needs of career services and employer professionals and Emerging Leaders and Masters. The Program Proposals Committee consists of one representative from each KG and the Diversity & Inclusion area along with the program committee assistant chairs. 

What you need to submit:

  • Presenter CVs and Bios
  • Session Title
  • Session Proposal Summary (200 word max)
  • Brief proposal for conference program (75 word max)
  • Learning Objective (at least 1)


Sessions for the conference can be in one of two formats:

  • Breakout sessions: These one-hour sessions can take various forms, from a single presenter or panel presentation to a facilitated networking discussion. The length of one hour gives time for a more in-depth exploration of a topic. Sessions are assigned on December 3, 4 or 5, 2018.
  • Roundtable discussion: Let’s Talk Roundtable Discussions – These 20-minute mini sessions take place during a 90-minute block.  Roundtable discussions let participants dip quickly into up to four topics in an open environment for idea sharing, benchmarking and guided discussion.  Roundtable hosts/moderators will facilitate discussion and have talking points already established, but not make a formal presentation.  Facilitators will collect contact information and compile notes to send out to attendees after the conference. 


Topics for any of these formats should address one or more of the SoACE Knowledge Groups.  In collaboration with Knowledge Group members, the Program Committee has researched a variety of possible topics of interest to the SoACE membership, in order to give you some ideas:

Administration: Assessment and strategic planning; graduating student outcomes data and reporting; staffing-related topics; creative funding solutions; tapping into local higher ed and counseling programs to help support your staff/operations; how to present your qualitative successes in addition to your quantitative successes; mentoring and developing program and administrative staff members

Assessment and Data Analytics - Assessment and strategic planning; graduating student outcomes data and reporting

Career Advising/Counseling: Emerging career fields; career counseling/coaching certifications; self-assessment tools; innovative career advising techniques or career development theories; job search (basics and advanced strategies); positive counseling/advising techniques;; senior/graduation-related programming; virtual site visits with employers; connecting with students during summer orientation; The non-academic job search for grad students; marketing research skills for industry; the emotional transition from academic to non-academic career prospects for grad students; assisting alumni career changers.

Diversity & Inclusion: Advising, programming, and/or strategies that enhance and expand diversity representation related to, but not limited to age, class, disabilities, gender, gender,  identification, religious affiliation, sexual orientation.  Through a collaborative use of best practices, programs, and resources, college and employer members will be able to better address the diverse needs of students and the ever-changing landscape of higher education and career services. 

Employer: Technologies available to companies for recruiting; international hiring best practices; diversity outreach best practices; social media to reach passive candidates; best practices for networking with colleges (what works/what doesn't); leadership; recruiting and on-boarding different generations

Employer Relations: Employer development vs. employer relations; database management/CRM technology; relationship development sales models; legal issues in HR; policies; leveraging relationships across departments at a university

Experiential Education: MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses); effective cost-cutting strategies for intern/co-op offices; successfully merging co-op/intern and career center offices; Co-op vs. Intern: Pros, Cons, Measurements of Success; international internships; experiential education for international students; unpaid internships

Alumni Career Services:  The non-academic job search for grad students; marketing research skills for industry; the emotional transition from academic to non-academic career prospects for grad students; assisting alumni career changers

Technology: MOOCs; LinkedIn best practices; technology best practices panel; resources for international students; mobile recruiting and social recruiting; Skype/Facetime/other remote interviewing/counseling tools; LinkedIn (new changes and innovative techniques for helping students); MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) and their potential role in career advising; providing distance career counseling using online software tools that are FERPA compliant

Small Colleges and Universities: Members working for institutions of higher education who’s enrollment is less than 6500 students.

We very much look forward to receiving your breakout and/or roundtable discussion proposals, and we thank you in advance for having the interest and taking the time to submit your program!

If you have questions, please be in touch with the SoACE Office.