Call for Proposals

For updates on the 2021 conference, please visit

The Proposal Submission and Volunteer Application Deadline has been extended to Monday, April 26 at Noon Pacific. Click here for more info.


(click here for section, pre-con, and proposal descriptions)

(click here to access the ASHE Conference Portal to submit/edit a proposal and/or volunteer)

How To Guides

Step-by-step instructions on navigating the ASHE Conference Portal to:

Questions about submitting a proposal and the ASHE Conference Portal can be directed to or (702) 895-2737.

Key Dates

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Proposals and volunteer applications due

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 4:00pm Pacific Time
Extended to Monday, April 26 at Noon Pacific Time

Reviewers assigned and review proposals

Assignments made in early May with reviews due in late May

Notifications of proposal status and assignment as a chair and/or discussant

Early July

Final research and scholarly papers must be uploaded to the ASHE Conference Portal

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 4:00pm Pacific *The Program Committee reserves the right to rescind the acceptance of any papers not uploaded by the deadline

Virtual Poster materials due to the ASHE Office Monday, October 4, 2021 at 4:00pm Pacific *The Program Committee reserves the right to rescind the acceptance of any papers not uploaded by the deadline

What's New for 2021?

Each year the ASHE Program Committee Co-Chairs, ASHE Staff, and President review evaluation data from the previous conference (e.g. proposal submissions, evaluations), consider ASHE values and priorities, and make changes if needed to enhance the conference experience. This information is presented below.
In addition, to provide greater transparency on the peer review process for ASHE 2021, we are outlining the steps in this 2021 peer review process at

Conference Program Sections Updates

  • Animating Questions: Program Committee Co-Chairs added “Animating Questions” to each section. Crafted by the section co-chairs, animating questions are tied directly to the theme of the conference and can be used should proposal writers decide to incorporate the theme in their proposals. While it is not required that proposals address the conference theme each year, it is encouraged. Additionally, the animating questions can help create some differentiation between sections as proposal writers consider which section is most appropriate for their work.

  • Student Sections: Titles and descriptions of student sections were revised to more accurately reflect and clarify topics appropriate for each:

    • Undergraduate Students: Access, Contexts, & Retention

    • Undergraduate Students: Development/al Theory

    • Undergraduate Students & Graduates: Persistence, Resilience, & Outcomes

  • Creating Community-University Partnerships and Praxis Section: This section was added as a standalone section. In past years, there was a section for “Community Engaged” research (CER).

    • Proposals whose focus is on CER as an approach to inquiry should be submitted to the Philosophy, Foundations, and Methods section.

    • Proposals centering relationships between communities and institutions should be submitted to Community-University Partnerships and Praxis regardless of method (could include CER approaches).

  • Clarifying Community Engaged Research/Participatory Action Research as a method: In past years, was a section for “Community Engaged” research (CER) as well as a method for Community Engaged Research/Participatory Action Research.

    • Proposals using CER/PAR as a method should select the respective topical sections and select CER/PAR as the method.

  • Performance, Digital, and Visual Scholarship as a section: PVDS was added as a standalone section. Proposals for this section should focus on work that is presented through performance, digital, or visual means. Proposals about performance, digital, and/or visual inquiry/methods should be submitted to the Philosophy, Foundations, and Methods section. PVDS authors must describe the logistical or technical needs for the presentation.

Proposal Submissions and Review Updates

  • Proposal and Presentation Limits: Participants may be included in a maximum of four General Conference proposals total regardless of role (e.g., co-author, symposium participant). Consistent with past practice, a participant may appear no more than five times in total across all roles and formats (e.g., chair or symposium participant) during the General Conference. The maximum of appearance on the program five times is for the main conference, which excludes pre-conference proposals and presentations. Please keep this in mind as you submit proposals and agree to participate in collaborative submissions.

  • Assignment of Reviewers: To ensure we have enough reviewers to provide substantive feedback to each proposal we will once again engage our membership more fully in the review process. We encourage all ASHE members to volunteer to review. Those ASHE members who are terminal degree holders (e.g., Ed.D., J.D., Ph.D.), are listed as an author/co-author on research or scholarly paper proposals, and who did not sign up as a reviewer in the ASHE Conference Portal may be assigned a minimum of three and a maximum of 12 proposals to review as needed.

  • Doctoral Candidates as Reviewers: Recognizing that graduate students make up over 40% of the Association membership, the increasing role of doctoral candidates in knowledge production activities, and the noticeable investments by doctoral candidates to provide quality reviews as evidenced by their service as reviewers for posters and roundtables for many years, we launching a pilot program this year by inviting doctoral candidates (meaning anyone who has successfully defended their proposal) to serve in the review process as one of three reviewers on research papers, scholarly papers, self-designed research paper sessions, interactive symposia, and PVDS.  As with all reviewers, doctoral candidates will be able to share the maximum number of reviews they are willing to complete and no one reviewer will be assigned more than 12 reviews in the initial round.  

  • Reviewer and Discussant Recommendations: To continue efforts to enhance our peer review process, we have added an option for all proposals to suggest reviewers for their proposal. This will allow support the program committee in better aligning your proposal with appropriate reviewers. For paper proposals, we have added an option for submitters to suggest a discussant(s) for their paper if accepted. Although recommendations will be considered, we cannot guarantee that all recommendations will be able to be fulfilled.

Presentation Formats Updates

  • Posters: Poster presentations will be virtual regardless of conference format (i.e., conference is hybrid OR completely virtual) and will likely be presented prior to the conference dates.

  • Fully Virtual Sessions: Roundtable, Self-Designed, and Symposia sessions may be offered virtually and/or in-person. Submitters will have the opportunity to indicate which formats they prefer during the proposal submission process. Updates will be shared as more information about the conference is available.