NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference & Expo

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One of the primary functions of the Annual Conference Committee (ACC) is calling for and selecting the content for the conference. The ACC does this in conjunction with more than 400 peer reviewers. Satisfaction and demographic data from past conferences are a major determining factor in future selections.

The ACC includes an executive team as well as a representative from each of NAFSA's five Knowledge Communities to ensure the creation of a balanced program. Meet the current Annual Conference Committee.

Sessions, Workshops, and Career Center Sessions

More than 400 peer reviewers broken down into teams by target audience areas will review the proposals in the fall, with the final selections being made by the ACC.

Download the review rubric

Each proposal will be rated on a scale of 1-5 for:

  • How well do the title, abstract, and learning objectives align with each other? 
  • How likely is it that the format and delivery methods selected will allow participants to achieve the stated learning objectives, including audience engagement appropriate to the objectives?
  • Are the presenter(s) knowledgeable in the topic area?
  • Given the limited number of slots available for sessions and the high volume of proposals received, how likely would you be to attend or recommend someone attend this session if placed on the program?


The Poster Fair Organizers, Annual Conference Committee members, and additional select reviewers will review the poster proposals in the winter, with the final selections being made by the ACC in coordination with the Poster Fair Organizers. 

Each poster proposal will be rated on a scale of 1-5 for:

  • Appropriateness of topic for poster format
  • Importance of the topic to the audience
  • Meeting the NAFSA Noncommercial Policy

Proposals for NAFSA 2020

Kathy Hammett, Chair of the NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference Committee, discusses what makes a great proposal for sessions, workshops, and poster fairs for the NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis, MO.