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Announcing the Call for Proposals:

The deadline for presentation proposal submissions is Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern. All proposals will be reviewed and notification of proposal status will be sent out no later than Monday, March 10, 2014.

The description of the meeting’s theme can be found at our Meeting Theme page. Please note that we have a variety of session types and formats; they are also listed below.

If you are interested in making a presentation at the ADP/TDC 2014 National Meeting, please complete and submit this online proposal form.

Important Notes:

With the online submission form you can:

  • save partially completed proposals to finish later, and
  • print your proposal and access it once completed.

Through the online submission form you must:

  • have a presenter submit the proposal, and
  • create a username and password in the ProposalSpace system for each presenter included in the proposal. (All presenters’ information must be entered before submitting a proposal. They cannot be added after the proposal is submitted.


As you are filling out the CFP form, keep in mind that your proposal is what we will use to determine your presentation theme and session category. Spend time making sure all your information is correct, all your presenters (or at least the correct number of presenter placeholders) are accounted for, and that the proposal you submit reflects what and how you will be presenting in June.

If you are not completely satisfied with your proposal, you can save it and come back later to finish.

Session Formats

While you may not choose the presentation format that your proposal will be categorized as, you may frame your proposal to increase the chances that your presentation will be given a particular session type.

The following are the session/presentation format types that into which the conference organizers will be categorizing accepted proposals (times indicated are subject to change per scheduling needs):

Poster Presentation
This 45 minute session allows for one-on-one interaction between a presenter and a participant. By using a 24” x 36” poster that visually displays an idea, program, project, or event, presenters will be able to give and receive immediate feedback, and create relationships with participants of similar interests.

Lightning Round
A moderated presentation session driven by quick, succinct PowerPoints. Following in the vein of the Pecha Kucha model, (although we give you a little more time than 6 minutes and 40 seconds) each presenter has 10 minutes to hit the salient points of a program, project, event, or idea. This session format elicits dialogue around a particular theme after the five individual theme-related presentations have been given in succession. PowerPoint presentations must be turned in to the national office two weeks prior to the conference.

Concurrent Presentation
A longer format session between 30 and 60 minutes, concurrent presentations are perfect for multiple presenters who are together submitting one collaborative proposal, as each presentation receives approximately 20 minutes of speaking time, followed by immediate and individualized Q&A.

Teaching Demonstration
Step into a civically engaged classroom and see how one faculty member is making it work. These 40 minute sessions give a taste of what it is like to be a student in a classroom enhanced by democratic learning.

Round Table Discussion
Presenter facilitated discussion based on big-picture issues, campus or regional scenarios, or topics that need problem solving or input from other meeting participants in an intimate setting.

 How to implement engagement in and out of the classroom surrounding veterans’ education to encourage more involvement and understanding from veterans and civilians alike.

Highly interactive, these sessions work through best practices that will enhance civic engagement in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. Learn from those who have already done it, and gain useful, practical, hands-on experience so you can implement those same strategies on your own campus.

These 90 minute sessions do not merely tell of an experience, program, or event, but teach participants how to do it themselves through dynamic activities and materials.

Listen to expert panelists as they talk about a particular topic or issue. These scholarly sessions bring together colleagues who want to convey theory and ideas surrounding a particular topic and communicate to the audience their work.

Session Themes

The following session themes will be a main factor in proposal consideration.

Be sure to frame your proposal so that it fits within one or more of these categories:

  • Civic pathways (conference theme)
  • 21st century citizenship skills
  • Assessment of civic learning
  • Community partnerships, engagement & organizing
  • Increasing civic participation of disengaged student populations
  • Diversity and social justice
  • Global citizenship and engagement
  • Infusing civic learning into curriculum (e.g., STEM, arts & humanities, social sciences, professional fields)
  • Institutionalization of civic learning and engagement
  • Political engagement
  • Programs, projects, and events on campus
  • Research & theory
  • Service-learning
  • Student activism & organizing
  • Teacher education

To begin the CFP submission process, please follow this link: