If you're attending the 2021 Annual Conference in Orlando, there are many ways to get involved as a volunteer! Consider lending your expertise to one of the following opportunities:
Directors & Faculty
- Poster Judge
- Consultants Center (closed)
- BHAP Presenter (closed)
- Developing in Honors Facilitator (closed)
- Students in Honors (SIH) Consultant (closed)
Call for Student Poster Judges
If you are a faculty member, honors director, or dean attending the Orlando conference, please consider devoting less than two hours of your time to serving as a judge for the student poster competition in one of the categories listed below. The Student Poster session is the main mechanism through which students participate in our annual conference and judging posters is a wonderful way in which to interact with students and give them feedback. Please contact Mike Sloane at firstname.lastname@example.org providing him with your areas of expertise and judging category preferences. (see below)
Judges must be available to review posters and talk with about 8-12 student presenters during one of the hour-and-a-half sessions on Friday, October 29th at the NCHC conference in Orlando. Before committing to a particular session, presenters should check the time(s) of their own presentation(s) to make sure they are available for the student poster session period. Exact judging times will depend on your discipline and are indicated below. Judges interact with students and submit ratings and some written feedback which the presenters will receive back.
We need judges in the following poster groupings at the following times:
Friday October 29, 8:30am-10:00am
1. Arts & Humanities
2. Arts & Visual Media
4. Education & Pedagogy
5. Social Justice
Friday October 29, 10:15am-11:45am
6. Environmental Sciences
7. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Friday October 29, 1:30pm-3:00pm
8. Business, Engineering, & Computer Science
9. Health Sciences
10. Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Please contact Mike Sloane at email@example.com and indicate: a) your first and second category preference; b) your academic discipline and areas of expertise.
We are all looking forward to an exciting NCHC annual conference to be held this year in Orlando, Florida, October 27 – 31, 2021.
One of the conference's signature features, the Consultants Center, will be scheduled at various times on Friday and Saturday of the conference. Our attendees appreciate veteran honors directors, faculty, and advisors who share their expertise with conference attendees. We hope that you will volunteer to serve in the Consultants Center. If you are interested, please complete the form here:
The deadline to submit the form is August 1, 2021. Acceptances will be notified by August 27. If you have any questions about serving in the Consultants Center, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your service to NCHC and your fellow conference attendees.
In light of this year’s conference theme, one of NCHC’s oldest signature programs—Best Honors Administrative Practices (BHAP)—is reimagining how the NCHC community shares examples of administrative practices, whether they be considered best, new, or innovative. BHAP is transforming from a series of panels and workshops to a slate of TED Talk-like presentations that will highlight some of the most unique and imaginative approaches to honors administration from around the world. Do you have an idea that you would like to share on the BHAP stage? BHAP organizers are looking for individuals to provide engaging, thought-provoking 15-minute presentations that will be recorded and shared with NCHC community. These will be conducted live in Orlando and circulated following the conference. We invite individuals to propose examples, experiments, innovative ideas, or research that highlights the future of honors administrative practices (or honors in general). Organizers are particularly interested in topics that engage broad themes in higher education and how honors education intersects with those areas.
Selected speakers will be invited to share their ideas on the special BHAP stage. NCHC will record the talks for later distribution. Speakers will later join audience members in the BHAP lounge, where attendees can converse with BHAP speakers to share ideas.
To propose a BHAP presentation, please submit a one- to two-minute video that captures the idea that you would like to present, as well as an insight into your style of presentation. Individuals selected to present as part of the BHAP series will be invited to planning and training sessions in order to help prepare speakers for the day of their recording. Proposal submissions will close Monday, May 17. Notifications of acceptance will be early June 2021.
Submit Your BHAP Presentation Here
Best Honors Administrative Practices, Coordinator
For a number of years, Developing in Honors (DIH) has offered programming on the Thursday of the Annual Conference. This series has targeted honors directors, faculty, and staff who are established in their positions and seeking new ways of handling curriculum and programs in honors or dealing with complex and challenging issues in honors. Traditionally, we have sought topical ideas from the membership and then nomination (self or other) of potential facilitators. This approach has worked well and produced a diversity of topics, as well as given a broader group of individuals the opportunity to lead a session during the conference.
At NCHC19 New Orleans, we adjusted the DIH programming slightly to achieve several goals. We wanted to 1) create substantive opportunities for interaction among NCHC members early in the conference, 2) to provide participants with some tangible tools that they take back to their programs for implementation, and 3) highlight some targeted topics that were related to the conference theme.
To achieve these goals, we tested a more structured workshop model. The feedback from this approach was positive, so we would like to offer a similar opportunity at NCHC21 in Orlando. We will also continue the discussion session model that we have used for a number of years.
To this end, we have changed the submission process a bit. For NCHC21, we ask that you submit a proposal if you are interested in participating in a Developing in Honors session on Thursday, October 28th. Please use the link below to submit your proposal for either a workshop or discussion session by Monday, May 17th.
Submit Your DIH Proposal Here
Co-Coordinators, Developing In Honors
In 2019, NCHC offered a Student Consultant’s Center at the Annual Conference, as a part of the Students in Honors (SIH) track. It was quite popular with over 90 students meeting with honors faculty 1-on-1 to get feedback on a resume, CV, personal statement, elevator pitch (introduction) or how to talk about their honors journey with others.
We are offering this again in 2021, during the Students in Honors (SIH) sessions on Thursday. The more volunteers we get to staff a 1-hour session, the better we can serve the students who attend our event in Orlando. Can you contribute your expertise for an hour during NCHC21?
Please complete the submission form below with your preferred area(s) to consult in. Applications will close Monday, May 17, and we will follow up with you over the summer with further details. Thank you for your participation!
Submit Your SIH Consultant Application Here
Co-Coordinators, Students in Honors
Call for Student Moderators
#NCHC21 will be filled with opportunities to learn, engage, share, and make meaningful connections. Students can make the most of their conference experience by volunteering as a session moderator! This is a great way to network and lead in our honors community. (Training will be provided.)
Student Moderators are assigned to conference sessions upon review of a student’s application to participate. Responsibilities of Student Moderators include—but are not limited to—the following:
If you are interested in serving as a Student Moderator at #NCHC21, please fill out an application below. Before you fill out the application, please reach out to your honors director, and verify that your institution will be paying for your conference registration, as well as your travel/lodging in Orlando.
Student Moderator Application
Dear honors friends,
I am Jim Ford, and I am Co-Chair (with John Zubizarreta) of the Teaching & Learning Committee. Every year we sponsor the Student Fishbowl, a signature NCHC event in which a group of students from different honors programs and colleges have an honest conversation about their experience in Honors—what they love, and what they don’t. It’s time for me to recruit students for the Fishbowl. I want to find a diverse group of eight outstanding honors students to participate.
The Fishbowl is a tradition, and one of my favorite sessions at the conference. A group of students sit in a circle in the center of the room, facing each other, with a larger group of faculty, staff and other students seated around them. The student “fish” have a conversation with each other about honors, answering a series of questions about their own honors experience—what they love about honors, and what they might change. It’s a fascinating conversation, and one that new honors directors are often encouraged to attend.
I ask you to recommend one student for the panel. These should be students that are definitely attending the conference, and that you believe would present an interesting perspective on honors. Please send me a name and email address for any potential students by October 16 so that I can begin assembling the group. I hope to get a balance of majors, backgrounds, kinds of programs/colleges represented, etc. I will email the students selected to let them know you have recommended them, ask them if they are willing, and let them know everything they need to know. The Fishbowl itself will be on Saturday, October 30th at 4 p.m.
I would love to have one of your students in the Fishbowl this year. Either way I hope you will join us in Orlando, and at the Fishbowl. Thanks for your help.
Welcome to the NCHC21 Arts Master Classes!
Arts master classes are performance workshops and clinics that allow for individual or group creative presentations, coached or facilitated by experts in the discipline. This year we are offering master classes in drama, music, flash fiction, and film. Applicants for the Music Master Class must submit a recorded audition piece. Applicants for the Flash Fiction Master Class must submit three brief samples of writing. General questions regarding the NCHC21 Arts Master Classes should be directed to Steven Edwards at email@example.com or (504) 234-4457.
DRAMA: The Drama Master Class will be facilitated by Donna Clevinger (Mississippi State University). Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLASH FICTION: The Flash Fiction Master Class will be facilitated by Erin Saldin (University of Montana). Questions should be directed to Erin.Saldin@mso.umt.edu.
MUSIC: The Music Master Class will be facilitated by Steven Edwards (Delgado Community College), Galit Gertsenzon (Ball State University), Larry Smith (Missouri Baptist University), and Rebecca Sorley (University of Indianapolis). Questions should be directed to email@example.com.
FILM: The Film Master Class will be facilitated by Michele Forman (University of Alabama Birmingham). Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audiovisual (AV) technology is available for master classes. All AV requests must be made at the time of proposal submission. Late AV requests cannot be accommodated.
Proposal submissions will be accepted through September 10, 2021. Final notifications of acceptance will be sent by September 17, 2021. Proposals will be reviewed and notifications will be sent on a rolling basis.
Coordinator, NCHC21 Arts Master Classes