Submit a proposal

Submit your proposal by August 10

The NIRSA Annual Conference is an opportunity for professionals in campus recreation to engage in education and networking experiences that support in their professional development.

NIRSA is seeking proposals for the 2021 conference that reflect best practices and innovative ideas in the field of recreation, backed by theory, research, and practice.

If you have questions related to submitting an educational content proposal, please email

Presenter Deadlines

August 10Proposals due for general education sessions (60-90- minute presentation proposals and panel proposals), and workshops (this includes preconference workshops).
June 29-July 13Peer review period
August-SeptemberConference Program Committee Review
August 10Proposals due for Poster presentations, Fitness Forum, and Career Services Center sessions
August 17-28Review Period
Week of October 21Presenters can expect to be notified if their proposal has been accepted/declined

Please note: If your proposal was accepted for the 2020 conference, and you still have interest in presenting at NIRSA 2021, we ask that you re-submit your proposal (since a year has passed since your submission, please edit information and presenter information as needed). All proposals received will be evaluated for inclusion into the 2021 event. If you need a copy of your 2020 proposal, please let us know at and we will email that information to you. Presenters can expect to receive an accept/decline notification in late October.

Submit your proposal by August 10

Keynote 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. 

Presenter Eligibility & Resources

Presenters are required to be NIRSA members and are required to register for the event, unless an exemption has been approved. Additional information and presenter resources may be found here.

NIRSA Presenter Resources
Presentation Proposal Guide

NIRSA Conference Program Committee

The NIRSA Conference Program Committee is excited to welcome you to Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

Erin Patchett — Chair, NIRSA 2021 Conference Program Committee

Erin Patchett


Colorado State University

A'Naja Newsome — Chair-Desinee, NIRSA 2021 Conference Program Committee

A’Naja Newsome


University of South Florida

Justin Anderson — Chair-Elect, NIRSA 2021 Conference Program Committee

Justin Anderson


University of Virginia

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