Call for Presentation Proposals

Priority Submission Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019

You are invited to submit a proposal for a 75 minute concurrent session presentation on January 22 or 23, 2018. Workshops and presentations should represent the best contemporary thinking regarding legal issues facing community college faculty, staff, and legal counsel. The conference planning committee is seeking submissions from a diverse range of scholars, practitioners, managers, directors, administrators, legal counsel, and consultants.

Priority Submission Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019  (No Longer Accepting Submissions – Thank you!)
Notifications of Acceptance: Late June, 2019

Conference Goal: To increase the knowledge, expertise and confidence of community college administrators, faculty and staff as they face the unique challenges that arise in their work settings.

Target Audiences: ■ Student services staff ■ Emergency management and security personnel ■ Faculty ■ Fundraisers, grant writers, and grant project managers ■ Information technology staff ■ Human resources professionals ■ Legal counsel and policy makers ■ Managers, directors, deans and administrators ■ Presidents

Session and Time Formats: Concurrent Sessions are 75 minutes and provide the foundation of the educational content at the conference. Each of the concurrent sessions will feature five breakout sessions and will be scheduled over the first two days of the conference.

Conference Presentation Tracks and Topics:

1. Student Affairs Sessions inform those who interact directly with community college students.

Potential topic ideas include: ■ Family Educational Rights and Accountability Act (FERPA) ■ Social media ■ Student speech and first amendment principles ■ Student rights, conduct codes, and behavioral issues ■ Internships ■ Student disabilities ■ Student assessments of courses and faculty ■ Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)

2. Human Resources Sessions focus on interactions among employees and between supervisors and employees.

Potential topic ideas include: ■ Employment law – FMLA, E-verify, veteran’s preference, ADAAA ■ Disciplines and terminations ■ Harassment case Investigation ■ Conflict resolution ■ Evaluations ■ Hiring practices and contracts for adjuncts, part-time, full-time, and non-tenured faculty ■ Discrimination and retaliation ■ Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

3. Academic Affairs Sessions address issues related to learning and the environments in which learning takes place, as well as the support of scholarship by faculty, staff, students and researchers.

Potential topic ideas include: ■ Alternative earning of college credit ■ Intellectual property ■ Developmental education ■ Classroom disruption Management ■ Distance learning ■ Academic freedom ■ Copyright principles and ownership ■ Discipline-specific legal updates ■ Competency-based learning

4. College Operations and Risk Management Sessions focus on regulatory issues and strategies for avoiding liability for those who interact with community partners, policy makers and other stakeholder groups.

Potential topic ideas include: ■ Emergency preparedness and response planning ■ Grants management ■ No-smoking policies ■ Campus crime and safety ■ Communication in crisis ■ Clery Act ■ Cybersecurity

5. Critical Updates and Hot Topics Sessions focus on higher education law hot topics and provide up-to-the minute information on recent legislation and actions by the courts and regulatory bodies that impact community colleges.

Potential topic ideas include: ■ Impact of federal and state laws on colleges, including recent legislation and cases ■ Title IX ■ Social media and networking ■ Emergining federal and state Higher Education policy and regulations ■ Globalization and internationalization trends ■ Electronic communication issues ■ Diversity

Guidelines for Submission Preferred proposals clearly outline learning outcomes, promise a dynamic and creative format, and actively engage the audience. Particular attention will be given to proposals that include the presentation as a case study – the presentation of detailed information about a specific, legal challenge or problem that facilitates audience analysis of the situation from different perspectives and encourages the audience to share opinions on how best to solve the problem. Priority submission deadline is Friday, April 26, 2019. Acceptance First review of proposals will take place in late June 2019. Presentations will be reviewed for relevance and purpose to provide a balanced educational program. Primary presenters will be notified via email by early August and are responsible for notifying other co-presenters of the committee’s decision. If accepted, presenters need to confirm their intention to attend. Upon acceptance of the presentation proposal, each presenter agrees to present the proposed session, register for the conference during early registration and pay the fee by August 30, 2019 (presenters are paid neither honoraria nor expenses).

For questions regarding the call for proposals, please contact:

Bill Mullowney, Vice President for Policy and General Counsel Valencia College

Shuana Anstey, Conferencing and College Events Valencia College