Call for Annual Conference Co-Chairs

Apply to serve as one of the conference co-chairs for the 85th Annual International Conference, to be held in San Diego, California, October 28 to October 31, 2020. If you have a colleague or a good friend who is also an ABC member, you may apply as a team.

The role of conference co-chair is a critical one for ABC. Co-chairs are responsible for (1) creating a Call for papers (CFP); (20 promoting the conference with the assistance of ABC's HQ team, which includes the Executive Director, Business Manager, and Technology Coordinator (3) coordinating the evaluation proposals submitted using ABC's powerful (and easy to learn) event software; (4) visiting the conference site with the ABC HQ team - usually in May or early June of the conference year; (5) coordinating the creation of the program: organizing the presenters into sessions and creating the program text; (6) supervising the implementation of the conference program onsite; and (7) completing a post-conference survey and evaluation.

To enhance the value of knowledge gained via experience, we're now asking one of the co-chairs to stay on as a member of the Conference Planning committee for the following year to help guide/assist the two, newly appointed chairs. The tasks involved remain the same, but this person does not make the pre-conference visit. What this means is that the two co-chairs selected will also have one of the co-chairs from this year's conference in Detroit, Michigan, as a team member.

For your work, you receive the following:

  1. Undying appreciation of the entire ABC community
  2. Travel and lodging costs for both pre-conference visit and conference, and
  3. A stipend of $1000 paid post-conference.

To apply, please logon to our website and upload a short, one-page letter of application and a copy of your CV using this URL: 

This Call is also posted on the ABC Job Board.

If you have questions, please email either Marilyn Buerkens (ABC Business Manager) or Jim Dubinsky (ABC's Executive Director). We would be happy to arrange a phone call or video/Zoom call. You may, of course, also contact previous conference chairs/co-chairs.

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