Call for Proposals

48th Annual ASHE Conference

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

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

The Call for Proposals opened February 1, 2023 and proposals were due April 25, 2023 at 4:00pm Central. No exceptions will be made to this due date. Notification of the decision to accept or not accept proposals will be emailed to proposal authors in early July. 

How To Guides

General Proposal Information: Important Notes for 2023

Each year the ASHE Program Committee Co-Chairs and ASHE Staff review data from the previous conference (e.g. proposal submissions, evaluations), consider ASHE values and priorities and make changes if needed to enhance the conference program. Relevant changes, policies, and procedures for the 2023 conference are listed below.
In addition, to provide greater transparency on the peer review process, we have updated information about the peer review process at

Conference Program Sections Updates

  • Now in the fifth year of featuring Performance, Visual, and Digital Scholarship (PVDS) presentations, we continue to review this form of knowledge presentation, including attendee feedback through the conference evaluation. For 2023, PVDS will once again be a presentation format and can be submitted to any section and most pre-conferences. As such, accepted proposals may be integrated into conference sessions with papers or other PVDS presentations to allow for sessions that are topically similar. As in previous years, submitters will be able to indicate logistical needs for presentations as well as contact the ASHE Staff with any questions.
  • The Philosophy, Foundations, and Research Methods Section is split into two sections to more accurately reflect and clarify topics appropriate for each: 
    • Philosophy & Foundations
    • Research Methods
  • The Undergraduate Students sections are rearranged to better align research foci. 
    • Access
    • Contexts
    • Developmental Theory
    • Persistence, Resilience, Retention, & Outcomes

Roundtables Are Now Works in Progress

Works in Progress seek to promote the exchange of feedback for ongoing projects and the development of promising ideas. Proposals are meant to be unfinished projects or emerging ideas that the authors are actively working on. Works in progress emphasize that feedback on early stages of research is central to the academic endeavor. As such, Works in Progress discussions are intended to help authors focused on similar research topics share ideas and make progress on their research. These sessions will be moderated by a chair but will not feature a discussant. Audience questions, feedback, and suggestions will be the mechanisms for the exchange of ideas.

With this change, Research and Scholarly Papers are no longer able to be considered for alternate presentation formats as Works in Progress and Research and Scholarly Papers should differ in their format. Submitters should consider the format that best matches their work to ensure appropriate reviewers are able to be matched.

Virtual Conference Day Options

  • Presenters who are not able to attend the in-person conference or prefer to present in a virtual format will be able to submit their proposal for a Virtual Conference Day presentation. These presentations will be held on November 2 and occur virtually. Presenters are able to select either an In-Person Presentation or a Virtual Conference Day Presentation, not both. Proposals submitted for one format will not be considered for the other.

    All Proposal Formats across all General Conference Sections can be considered for the Virtual Conference Day. Submissions to Pre-Conferences will only be considered for an In-Person Format.  

Proposal Submissions and Review

  • 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).  A participant may appear on the conference program no more than five times in total across all roles and formats (e.g., chair or symposium participant) during the General Conference. These limits apply to the General Conference and do not include pre-conferences. Please keep this in mind as you submit proposals and agree to participate in collaborative submissions.

  • Assignment of Reviewers: To ensure the Program Committee has 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 any proposal(s), and who did not sign up as a reviewer in the ASHE Conference Portal may be assigned up to 12 proposals to review as needed. 

  • Reviewer Limits: Reviewers will be able to indicate 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 are once again providing a space for proposal submitters to suggest reviewers for their proposal. As evidenced in 2021 and 2022, this will support the Program Committee in better aligning proposals with appropriate reviewers, providing better matches for reviewers, and providing better feedback on proposals. 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.


General and logistical questions about the ASHE 2023 Conference (such as help with the Conference Portal) can be directed to The ASHE Staff will respond to you within 2 business days, and typically within a few hours. 

General questions about the Call For Proposals or General Conference Program can be directed to Program Committee Co-Chair Angela Boatman and Gerardo Blanco; contact information is provided in the 2023 Call for Proposals document linked at the top of the page. 

Section related questions can be directed to Section Chairs listed in respective sections in the 2023 Call for Proposals document linked at the top of the page.

Pre-Conference related questions can be directed to Pre-Conference Chairs listed in respective sections in the 2023 Call for Proposals document linked at the top of the page.

If there are any ways in which ASHE can make the proposal submission form more accessible for you, please send requests to Presenters and attendees will have the opportunity to share accessibility requests for the In-Person Conference, Pre-Conference, and/or Virtual Conference Day on the Conference registration form.