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American Association of Blacks in Higher Education

2016 National Conference on Blacks in Higher Education

Westin Long Beach Hotel

Long Beach, CA

April 7-9, 2016


You may submit your Call for Proposal online by clicking here and once you are on the Call for Proposal page, you will then click "REGISTER" to direct you to the online submission form.


Conference Theme

Pathways to Success in Higher Education:

Powerful Partnerships for Powerful Results


The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) provides leadership regarding success in Higher Education in all of its facets. It pursues numerous initiatives that address the pipeline of Black students, faculty and staff in higher education, bringing issues pertinent to Black faculty and staff to the attention of the larger academic community, and communicating African American achievements and accomplishments to higher education, broadly. AABHE also facilitates and provides opportunities for collaborating and networking among individuals, institutions, groups and agencies in higher education in the United States and internationally.

Each year’s conference addresses some theme that extends our general focus on pathways to success within higher education. With this year’s theme, proposals are particularly encouraged to address any one or more of the various forms of partnerships that advance African American leadership in higher education. These partnerships include but are not limited to partnerships across university departments or programs; university private, public or not for profit partnerships; partnerships among the K-12, community college, comprehensive university and research institutions; and, university and governmental, foundation and corporate funders. The program will address these topics through the following tracks:

1. Faculty

2. Research

3. Administration and/or Leadership

AABHE supports its members as they address their particular areas of expertise. Moreover, AABHE encourages leadership in our various areas and in higher education generally. Therefore, highest preference will be given to proposals that go beyond specific findings, practices or perspectives to emphasize the leadership component in the work. Leadership in this context is broadly construed as emphasizing the processes, characteristics, practices and value systems that encourage other individuals and institutions to advance the efforts and objectives of African American leadership in higher education for the greater good.

AABHE is seeking presenters to (1) share their best and promising practices for increasing the number of Blacks entering and succeeding in higher education and post-graduation; (2) demonstrate the most promising cases of higher education addressing job placement, career development and entrepreneurial success; and, (3) showcase their relevant research. Proposals for conference sessions should address one of the following three strands, and reviewers will give priority to those which best match the theme and its strands, though others will also be given consideration.

Presentation Types

Please indicate the session type most appropriate for your proposal.

1. General Conference Presentation Session (60 minutes)

General interest sessions are scheduled throughout the conference. These programs are chosen in large part because of their relevance to the conference theme and incorporation of the strands. General interest sessions are designed to be interactive conversations between presenters and participants.

2. Paired Roundtable Discussion (60 minutes – 30 minutes per presentation)

A roundtable session is literally a collection of roundtables. A roundtable format provides a great opportunity for a less formal, but more in-depth exchange of information.Program reviewers will recommend that your presentation is paired with one other relevant presentation. Each presentation will be allotted 30 minutes. These presentations are reviewed based on the same criteria as the General Conference presentation sessions.


Call for Proposals Deadline: Sunday, January 31, 2016.

Notification of program submission decisions will be made on or before February 12th.

We reserve the right to make any changes as it relates to time allotment and/or placement in the program. These changes will be indicated in your letter of acceptance.

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