Request For Proposal

Extension Leadership Conference (ELC)

February 7-9, 2023

Kansas City, MO


Due – September 16, 2022

This event is sponsored by the

Joint Council of Extension Professionals

Extension Professionals, specialists, and administrators are invited to share their expertise at the 2023 Extension Leadership Conference (ELC). The purpose of the conference is to support and challenge Extension Professionals in their leadership development journey nationwide, across all disciplines. This conference provides education focusing on leadership and management skill development which are critical for building confidence in today's Extension Leaders.

As we meet the challenges of delivering effective, relevant Extension programs, we encourage proposals that are original, engaging, significant, high quality, clear, and relevant. All skill-building sessions, workshops, and posters will allow time for questions and answers. Please clearly state the intended outcome of the presentation. A presenter's teaching methods should incorporate techniques the participants will be able to replicate.

There is a wide range of themes that may be considered, including but not limited to: People skills, Process skills, Effective Communication, Leadership in a challenging world, People Management, Effective Virtual and In-person Components for Extension Programs, Evaluating the Impact of Extension Programs, and Critical Perspectives on Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Presentation Format Options

You may select one of the following options for your presentation format.

  1. Skill-Building Sessions - These 20-minute sessions are intended to teach Extension tips and tools to enhance leadership skills.

  2. Training Workshops - These sessions could take the form of a demonstration or a participatory how-to­ session. Training sessions are intended to train participants and engage them in practice. Sessions are 45 minutes.

  3. Poster Presentations - The conference poster should be no larger than 3 ft by 4 ft. Posters will be displayed on poster boards in a general viewing area. At the conference, presenters will have 60 minutes designated for discussion and interaction during the poster session with attendees. Proposals must describe the intended content and its suitability for a poster presentation. You must reference best practices of scholarship or appropriate research-based science for each proposal.

Proposals are reviewed based on the following weighted criteria. *

Learning objectives and leadership skill(s) taught 20 pts

Hands-on activities or interactive component 20 pts

Relevance to current leadership development and the theme 20 pts

Uniqueness or innovation of the leadership presentation proposal 20 pts

Relevance to conference theme 20 pts

*Proposals are reviewed and scored by the Extension Leadership Conference Abstract Review Committee, which consists of two representatives from each of the JCEP Association member organizations. Failure to adhere to the guidelines below may result in non­-evaluation of the proposal.

Required fields for proposal submission are outlined below.

  1. Primary author and additional presenting authors (include titles, institutions, and addresses)

  2. Presentation title (limit 180 characters)

  3. Brief description of presentation (limit 500 characters)

  4. Presentation abstract (limit 1,500 characters). List the interactive component or hands on activity as a part of the abstract

  5. Learning objectives (limit 700 characters)

  6. Primary author and presenting authors summary biography (limit 1,000 characters)

  7. Was this presentation previously offered? When and at what event? (limit 500 characters)

  8. Reference information and email address of two individuals who can speak to the presenter's style and audience engagement.

  9. How does your talk reference the Conference Theme: Engage, Inspire, Achieve?

Additional Guidelines and Information

  • All proposals must be received electronically via the online process by 11:59PM EST, Friday, September 16, 2022 via the Google Docs Form portal below.

  • For Skill-Building Sessions or Training Workshops, individuals may submit only one proposal. Presentations not selected in these categories may be given the opportunity to be presented as a poster.

  • Applicants must be a current member of at least one of the seven JCEP professional organizations.

  • Applicants will be informed of selection in November 2022

  • Electronic files of the presentation must be submitted to the JCEP office ( by Friday, January 27th, 2023.

  • Presenters are responsible for their own registration expenses and must register for the conference.

  • Presentation contributors who do not present can be included in the proposal.

For Conference details and questions regarding this process, visit: