welcome, presenters

NIRSA2020 is now accepting program proposals until September 9!

Submit a presentation proposal for Poster Presentations, Fitness Forum,  Showcase, and Career Coaching Sessions!

Please join us for this annual event that showcases the best of collegiate recreation. Please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise as a presenter. Please browse this Presenter Information section for important information about deadlines, content, and resources to help you design a great program proposal! We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Learn more about these presentation opportunities here.

We are accepting presentation proposals!

Important Dates

Wednesday, May 15: NIRSA 2020 proposal link available

Monday, June 17: First Look Deadline

Submissions received by the First Look Deadline will receive a review by the Program Committee to identify any aspects that are incomplete or unclear. Submitters will receive feedback and be able to enhance their proposal

Monday, July 15: Final Proposals Deadline

  • Preconference Programs
  • General Education Sessions
  • Panel Discussions

Monday, Sept 9: Final Proposals Deadline

  • Showcase Sessions
  • Poster Presentations
  • Fitness Forum Sessions
  • Career Building Mini Sessions
  • Research Sessions

November: Presenters will be notified of their accept/decline status

December/January: Presenters will be notified of their presentation date/time

presenter resources

Prospective presenters are encouraged to use the following resources as they design their conference proposal.

presentation sessions
conversation sessions

core competencies

top sessions from
NIRSA 2019 — Boston

presenter resources

Education Content

The education content at NIRSA Annual Conference is designed to provide attendees with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and experiences that support their growth in NIRSA’s Core Competency areas. It is strongly recommended presenters consult the Core Competency Framework when designing their proposal to ensure it helps achieve this goal.

The 2020 Annual Conference Program Committee is in the process of determining program types and any featured topics/tracks to be offered in Phoenix. More information will be posted here later in spring.

Most of the education content for this event is selected using a process referred to as an Open Call for Program Proposals. This is an open invitation to all NIRSA members to submit proposals.  Proposals are then reviewed and scored by volunteer reviewers from the membership. Final selections are determined by the Program Committee.  In addition to the open call for programs, some content and presenters will be specifically recruited by the Annual Conference Program Committee .

We are accepting presentation proposals!

keynote & guest speakers

To incorporate perspectives from outside the NIRSA membership, the Conference Program Committee will budget time in the education schedule for guest speakers. If you are a member who has a recommendation for a keynote or other guest speaker, please submit your recommendation.

If you are a not a member of NIRSA, but you are a speaker/facilitator who wants to be considered for a guest speaking engagement, please review the speaker info kit email NIRSA Director of Professional Development, Kristen Gleason.

Speaker Info Kit


Please email education@nirsa.org.