2017 Call for Proposals Online Submission Form

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2017 VCCS New Horizons Conference

hotel roanoke

The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia 24016

April 12 - 14, 2017

Please use this form to submit your proposal for the 2017 New Horizons conference.

Please note: The call for proposals is now open only to Exhibitors and specially-invited presenters. The general call for proposals has closed.

Helpful resources may be found below. For additional help or to ask any questions, please contact the Office of Professional Development at opd@vccs.edu.


Tips For Submitting a New Horizons Proposal

Suggested Topics for New Horizons Proposals

New Horizons 2017 Proposal Rubric


Important: Please remember that, if accepted, your presented session must stay on topic relative to your session proposal. Do not plan to change your session's topic or content after it has been submitted. Please also note that proposed sessions should accurately reflect the presentation promised. Failure to do so may negatively impact the acceptance of future proposals by the presenter.

Session Information

Please note that the proposed Title and Brief Description will be printed in the official program as submitted. Please check your work closely, as grammatical and mechanical errors impact reviewer ratings, reflect on presenters and presentation quality, and negatively impact session attendance.

Please write a brief session title.

Please write a brief description of your session (approximately 40-50 words).

Please write a session abstract. This will be used to promote your session online. Please remember to proofread your abstract carefully as this will not be edited by the Program Committee.

All sessions are 45 minutes long, except for 30 minute mini-sessions and 105 minute computer workshops.

Please Note: Based on the variety of proposals submitted, the New Horizons Program Committee reserves the right to request that you present your topic as a mini-session.

*A presenters forum may have 1 lead presenter and up to 4 additional co-presenters.

**A roundtable is a facilitator-led discussion on a particular subject.

Lead Presenter Information

If you wish to use a different name on your conference badge, please enter it here.

If you are an Exhibitor, please select "Other" and enter your company name below.

Note to Lead Presenters:

Please remember that as lead presenter, you are responsible for keeping your co-presenters (if any) apprised of all communications regarding this proposal. You are responsible for checking your email.

How many co-presenters or panelists will you have?

Additional Information

What practical information or skills will attendees be able to take back to their classroom/job from your session?

Check all that apply.

Proposal Category

Please select the first, second, and third most accurate categories your proposal falls under. Categories selected cannot be the same for multiple choices. Below is a list of categories you may choose from.

  1. Student Engagement, Retention, and Success
  2. Teaching and Learning with Technology
  3. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  4. Instructional Design
  5. Professional Development
  6. Innovations in Developmental Education
  7. Creating Inclusive Learning Environments
  8. Academic Leadership
  9. Civic Engagement for Student Success
  10. Community College Workforce Alliance
  11. Exhibitor Presentations
  12. Other


Please provide us with up to 5 keywords (e.g. collaborative learning, eLearning, pedagogy, technology, student success) that best describe your session. These keywords will be used to further categorize your session and allow it to be easily found by searching the list of sessions.

Technical Support

Each concurrent session room will be equipped with one of each of the following items: PC laptop, LCD projector with screen, Internet connection, and portable laptop speakers. Computer software will include up-to-date versions of Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, and a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer). Additional items such as easel pads and markers can be requested below.

The computer lab workshops will have up to 30 laptops with wireless internet connections and a presenter's laptop connected to an LCD projector with screen, and portable laptop speakers.

If you plan to provide your own laptop (Mac or PC) or other technology related items, you are required to bring the necessary adaptors to connect with the LCD projector. Please contact Zack McKinney, zack.mckinney@southside.edu, with any questions.

Please have your presentation loaded onto a flash drive or bring your personal laptop to connect to the projector. If your presentation was created using an older version of Windows (pre-Windows 7) or on a Mac and you intend to use the laptop provided, please save it in the current Windows format or send to Zack McKinney, zack.mckinney@southside.edu, for conversion no later than March 1, 2017.

If you need any additional technical items, please select them below. If your item is not listed here, select "Other" and enter your item in the noted field.

Session Materials Upload

If you have session materials you would like to upload now, you may do so below. Maximum file upload size is 3000KB. Accepted file types include: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .html, .mp3, and .mp4. Please convert any Powerpoint presentations to pdf format.

If you have a file that is too large to be uploaded or in a format different than those allowed, please email Gareth Bromser-Kloeden, gbromser-kloeden@vccs.edu, after you have submitted your proposal. Please include your session title and information about the file(s) you wish to include.


If the materials in your proposal have been funded (in whole or in part) by a VCCS professional development grant, please enter your Grant ID (i.e. F2016-1265-FF).

Please Read

Upon submitting this form, a thank you page will appear and a confirmation email containing all form input will be sent to the lead presenter. If you realize you have made an error after submitting your form, please contact Nancy Harris, nharris@vccs.edu.