44th Annual ASHE Conference
Portland, Oregon

Pre-Conference: November 13-14
Conference: November 14-16

Conference Registration | Conference Hotel Reservations
ASHE Councils' Pre-Conference Forums | Pre-Conference Events
Call for Proposals & Proposal Submissions | Call for Reviewers, Chairs, and Discussants 


About the Annual Conference

The study of higher education is decades old. In 1976 the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) emerged from the now defunct American Association for Higher Education to become a location for scholars studying the postsecondary ecosystem in which they worked and the people who populated it.

Several generations of scholars later, ASHE is still a favored association for higher education researchers, but over time more members have developed careers as scholar-practitioners, policy leaders, and activists working in higher education as well as allied public and non-profit agencies. And at the same time, scholars of higher education find welcoming spaces in other academic associations (e.g., economics, political science, law). The result is a simultaneous consolidation and fracturing of what has come to be seen as the “higher education research community,” with continuing frustration that the potential for research to inform and influence practice and policy remains not fully realized. More than 40 years into this project, it is time to reimagine the study of higher education. 

At the 2019 ASHE Annual Conference, more than 1,500 
faculty, students, researchers, scholars, and practitioners will come together to consider what it takes to reimagine the study of higher education

The 2019 ASHE Annual Conference will include:
  • More than 500 research and scholarly paper presentions, 40 poster presentations, and over 100 roundtable paper presentations highlighting innovative empirical insights in the study of higher education.
  • Pre-conference forums focusing on the intersections of higher education with public policy, international higher education, race and ethnicity, academic programs, and athletics.
  • Graduate student events including the CEP Mentoring-Protege Program, CIHE Mentoring Network, and Graduate Student Policy Seminar.
  • Distinguished keynote speakers (2018 featured Brittany Cooper and Patricia Williams; this year's keynotes will be announced in Summer 2019) .
  • The annual ASHE Presidential Address by current ASHE President Kristen A. Renn.
  • Formal and informal networking through university and organizational receptions and group meet-ups.
  • Recognition and celebration of ASHE Award recipients.
  • The 10th Annual ASHE Dash 5k Run and 1k Walk.
  • And more!

Conference Registration

Conference and Pre-Conference Registration Early Bird Rates end on August 31 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. 

Conference, Pre-Conference, and Conference Event Registration Rates

**To register for the conference, you must have an ASHE Log-In (e.g., a current member, expired member, or a guest account). If you do not have an ASHE Log-In, you can quickly create one by completing this form or by joining ASHE.

If you would like to register ONLY for one of the ASHE Council Pre-Conferences, click the link below:

Please note: Partial (50%) registration refunds for extenuating circumstances are possible through 9/30/19. No registration refunds are possible after 10/1/19.

Conference Hotels

Conference attendees have the option to select between two adjacent hotels. Most events will be in The Hilton Portland Downtown.

The Hilton Portland Downtown: The Hilton Portland Downtown is located one block from Pioneer Place Square in the heart of Portland's city center financial and entertainment districts. The Hilton Portland Downtown features the Hilton Bed made by Serta and include 65-inch HDTV with StayCast . Additional amenities include Peter Thomas Roth bath collection, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf products. Hilton in Downtown Portland has newly redesigned guest rooms, lobby, fitness center & meeting space! Restaurant onsite, HopCity Tavern & Market, an American gastro pub is waiting for you to enjoy.  HopCity Tavern welcomes diners and drinkers alike and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an inviting vibrant bar with HDTVs nestled right off the lobby. The Tavern serves seven local craft brews on tap and twelve Northwest wines by the glass. The Market, an extension of the Tavern, offers coffee and espresso, featuring one of the best local coffee roasters - Stumptown Coffee. Other amenities include a full-service UPS business center along with complimentary 24-Hour self service access to the Connectivity Station featuring Apple and IBM computers, and a Concierge desk.

The Duniway: The Duniway is Portland’s newest hotel experience, surrounding guests with stylishly unexpected touch points evoking guests to discover the many awe inspiring points of view woven throughout. Our renovated guest rooms have Waldorf Serenity beds, eclectic décor and comforts like a mini-fridge and 65-inch HDTV with StayCast. Enjoy touches of Portland like local coffee/tea and refreshing bath products. Complemented by the innovative cuisine among the unforgettable backdrop of chef Chris Cosentino’s Jackrabbit, this authentic interpretation captures the DNA of this trailblazing destination. The restaurant specializes in shared plates, house-cured meats and gin-centric cocktails. Get a caffeine boost in the lobby coffee bar, or call on room service for a delicious meal delivered to your door.

ASHE Councils' Pre-Conference Forums

Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs (CAHEP)

The mission of CAHEP is to enrich the teaching and learning experiences of graduate students and faculty in the Association's constituent Higher Education Programs within North America and around the world. Towards that end, the purpose of the Pre-Conference is to facilitate the exchange among program coordinators/directors, faculty, students, and other interested members of the Association.
In keeping with this year’s theme of "The Will to Reimagine the Study of Higher Education," CAHEP seeks proposals to present research and scholarly papers or facilitate roundtables and symposia about innovation in higher education programs and supporting student success especially in relation to teaching and learning research methods, epistemologies, praxis, community collaboration, and cultivating partnerships.

CAHEP Pre-Conference Chair: Crystal Chambers (
See pages 15 of the Call For Proposals for more details about the CAHEP Pre-Con.

Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP)

The primary purpose of CEP is to facilitate the participation of scholars from ethnically and racially minoritized groups in the affairs of the Association. The CEP Pre-Conference Forum offers opportunities for attendees to focus intensively, extensively, and specifically on issues of race, ethnicity, and racism, and the intersections of racism with other systems of oppression to reimagine higher education.
The 2019 CEP Pre-Conference Forum will highlight scholarship and offer opportunities to reimagine the study of race, racism, and intersectionality with other forms of oppression, in higher education. Selection for presentation during the CEP Pre-Conference Forum is competitive; not every submitted proposal is accepted. 

NEW! CEP Graduate and Newly Minted Poster Symposium: This year CEP will be hosting a Poster Symposium to honor the good work and contributions of graduate students and newly minted doctorates. Please only submit a poster proposal if you are currently a graduate student or if you graduated with a doctoral degree no earlier than May 2018.

CEP Pre-Conference Co-Chairs: Lissa Ramirez-Stapleton ( & OiYan Poon (
See pages 16 of the Call For Proposals for more details about the CEP Pre-Con.

Council on International Higher Education (CIHE)

The theme for the CIHE 29th Annual Pre-Conference Forum is “The Will to Reimagine the Study of Higher Education around the Globe." International higher education is a key force in shaping a democratic society and promoting global citizenry. The notion of international higher education has evolved over the years and has taken many forms, to the extent that the playing field for most universities is now the global landscape.

It is time for ASHE to reimagine the study of international higher education. The landscape of international higher education has changed since 1993 (1st CIHE) as have the methods, data, and insights that are available to international scholars. Individually and collectively, it is time to reimagine research assumptions, methodologies, practices in international higher education and what constitutes evidence and knowledge. The CIHE 2019 forum invites proposals that critically engage with important issues and debates, particularly from interdisciplinary and/or innovative standpoints.

CIHE Pre-Conference Chair: Antigoni Papadimitriou (
See pages 17-18 of the Call For Proposals for more details about the CIHE Pre-Con.

Council on Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE)

CPPHE especially encourages the submission of proposals that examine the link between public policy and interdisciplinary coalition building. The CPPHE Pre-Conference Forum examines the role of higher education research in informing decision-making in the public policy arena, while simultaneously exploring how key actors shape public policy.

CPPHE invites proposals from researchers, policymakers, and public policy analysts for policy relevant research and scholarly papers and symposia. Proposals that emphasize active dialogue and audience participation are particularly welcome.
The CPPHE Pre-Conference Forum generally features more applied work than is found on the general conference program.

CPPHE Pre-Conference Chair: Jason Taylor (
See pages 19 of the Call For Proposals for more details about the CPPHE Pre-Con.


Pre-Conference Events


Call for Proposals & Proposal Submissions

Important Dates
February 15: Proposal Submission Site LIVE!
April 18, 11:59pm PST: Proposal Submissions Due & Volunteer Applications Due
Late June/Early July: Decisions sent out
October 25: Research & scholarly papers due to discussants and/or chairs via Proposal Submission System

2019 Call For Proposals (pdf)
2019 Theme Announcement (video)
Click here to view Proposal Examples
Proposal Submission How-To Guide (pdf)


Call for Reviewers, Chairs, and Discussants

The quality and success of the #ASHE2019 conference is contingent upon the service and participation of our members. We hope that you will consider volunteering as a reviewer, chair, and.or discussant.
  • You can find more information about these roles in the Call For Proposals on page 28.
  • To volunteer, log-in and then select the volunteer option.
  • If you have any questions about volunteering, email Leslie D. Gonzales, #ASHE2019 Program Chair.
*Note: All conference volunteers (reviewers, chairs, and discussants) must be current ASHE members at the time of their volunteer service.

Important Volunteer Dates
April 18, 11:59pm PST: Proposal submissions due & Volunteer applications due
April 26: Proposals assigned to reviewers
May 17: Reviews due
October 25: Research & scholarly papers due to chairs and/or discussants via Proposal Submission System