Welcome, Presenters!

Thank you for your interest in presenting at NIRSA 2016

We’re no longer accepting presentation proposals. If you have any questions pleaseplease contact NIRSA Professional Development Coordinator John Raskauskas!


  • Fitness Forum Proposals Due: CLOSED

  • Poster Presentation Proposals Due: CLOSED

  • Educational Session and Roundtable Proposals: CLOSED

  • Preconference Proposals: CLOSED

Poster Presentations

Traditionally, posters for the NIRSA Annual Conference Poster Presentations are a 2’x3′ profile or 3’x2′ landscape. The maximum space of a poster is a 4’x4’.

We ask that all poster presentations be set up half an hour before educational sessions begin on the first day of the Conference. If you wish to keep your poster materials, presenters will have an opportunity to take them down on the last day of the conference.

Individuals with poster presentations will be invited to gather for a special event presenting and discussing their work with NIRSA members. All poster presentations must be attended by at least one presenter to answer questions at this event. The date for attending posters will be announced as the conference schedule is confirmed.

As with all NIRSA conference presentations, it is the responsibility of lead presenters to inform any co-presenters of the schedule, as well as membership and registration requirements (see Presenter Guidelines & Resources).

Fitness Forum

Fitness Forum classes are a great way to introduce new and upcoming fitness trends to the NIRSA membership.

These high-intensity classes provide an opportunity for attendees to get some exercise while observing the instructor for teaching techniques.

Fitness Forum classes are generally 40-45 minutes in length and occur in a designated space within the Expo Hall.


Roundtables are intended to be a structured/moderated opportunity for attendees to discuss specific areas of interest.

Presenters should guide the discussion topics with an end goal of identifying and sharing best practices.

Roundtables do not qualify for CEUs so no learning objectives need to be provided.

Education Sessions

Educational sessions are the backbone of the NIRSA Annual Conference.

They are intended to impart knowledge to the attendees on trends, research, and best practices in the profession and higher education. Educational sessions are a “lecture” or “workshop” form of presentation from a lead presenter and sometimes co-presenters.

Educational Sessions need to meet the qualifications for NIRSA CEUs which include the following parameters:

  • Minimum of 60 minutes in length
  • Identify two or three learning outcomes that participants will be able to demonstrate as a result of attending the session
  • Ensure your session aligns with and identifies one or more of the eight NIRSA core competencies
  • Instruction is provided by a qualified individual/s based on their education, experience and expertise as related to the instructional topic.

Member of the Registry?

If you are a member of the Professional Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals, your CEU presentation will award you 0.4 Professional Involvement Credits (PICs). This credit can be applied to your registry membership renewal.

Learn about the NIRSA Registry


For more information on submitting a strong proposal please review the Effective Proposal Guide for NIRSA Educational Sessions.

Download NIRSA 2016 logos, graphics, and PowerPoint templates here.

Also check out our Presenter Guidelines & Resources.

If you have any questions about the presentation proposal system or about presenting at the NIRSA 2016 Annual Conference, please contact NIRSA Professional Development Coordinator John Raskauskas.