Call for Programs

Call for Programs Submission Form


Members are encouraged to submit Breakout and Roundtable Discussion proposals that align with our Knowledge Groups. Selected sessions will empower our SoACE members to reflect on and create the vision for our recruiting and career services profession. Special consideration will be given to submissions that demonstrate collaboration across institutions and/or employers.

We hope you will share your expertise, best practices, and achievements as we chart bold new paths and out-of-this-world connections in higher education, career services, and recruiting. We look forward to reviewing proposals that will prepare us to meet future challenges of our profession.

The 2021 Call for Proposals deadline is July 9, 2021

What you need to submit:

  • Presenter CVs and Bios
  • Session Title or Roundtable Topic
  • Session Description (200 word max)
  • Brief Description for Conference App (75 word max)
  • Learning Objective (Minimum 1, Applies to Breakout Session submissions only)

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 6,7 or 8, 2021.

  • 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: Career competencies/career readiness; 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 and Inclusion: Advising, recruiting, inclusive 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 professionals in 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: Legal issues; 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

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

Technology: Massively Open Online Courses (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 and their potential role in career advising; providing distance career counseling using online software tools that are FERPA compliant

Sessions must be noncommercial in nature. To maintain the educational integrity of the program, presenters may not use their session as a platform for promotion of their products and services, or for monetary gain.

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 or any problems accessing the form, please be in touch with the SoACE Office or the Programs Committee Chair, Helen Powers.