Call for Proposals for Educational Content

Deadline Extended to February 14

URMIA is accepting proposals from high-quality speakers and writers for innovative, timely, and dynamic educational content around URMIA’s four core competencies for higher education risk managers. Submissions are now due on Monday, February 14, 2022.

Share Your Knowledge and Experience!

We invite URMIA affiliate and institutional members – and others working in or servicing higher education risk management – to highlight best practices and innovative solutions for addressing challenges higher education risk managers are facing. Successful proposals will include diverse content providers delivering inclusive content for the advancement of risk management in higher education.

Opportunities are available for in-person conference presenters, webinar presenters, discussion facilitators, podcast guests, and newsletter article authors. Choose the educational channel(s) that best fit your topic, presentation style, and schedule.

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Selection Process

Committees of URMIA peers and staff will review submissions and make selections based on how well each submission’s topic aligns with URMIA’s Core Competencies for Higher Education Risk Managers and Education Plan as well as current topics, questions, and concerns posted in the URMIAnetwork online communities.

Selection Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated on how they increase aptitude, compliance, respect, and organizational effectiveness within the higher education risk management community.

The selection of presentations will be based on the following criteria:

  • Contribution to URMIA’s Education Plan and core competency curriculum

  • Content and clarity of the title and description

  • Use of interactive learning methods to communicate ideas

  • Innovative approaches to identify, define, or solve current and emerging problems facing risk management professionals

  • Inclusion of practical tools, solutions, management strategies, or innovative programs that members can adapt for their institutions

Know Your Audience

URMIA members are the primary audience for all education channels. They come from both institutions of higher education and businesses who serve risk managers in the higher education sector.

The institutional audience will be coming from two- and four-year institutions, some of which are large, small, public, private, and/or specializing in offerings around research, religion, medicine, or other specialties.

Audience members are in various stages of their careers and serve in multiple roles on campus and in the industry.

The audience is primarily English-speaking and from the United States with additional colleagues representing other global locations.

Choosing a Topic

Don’t yet have a particular topic in mind? Review the list of ideas for future sessions in the URMIA Education Plan, where you’ll find session ideas that address sub-competencies from URMIA’s Core Competencies for Higher Education Risk Managers. This is not an exclusive list of topics needed, but it may spark an idea of an area you have interest and experience to share.

The resources listed above are available to URMIA members. Non-members may purchase a printed copy of the core competencies workbook by contacting URMIA or add an URMIA member to their team of content providers to access the materials.


Conference Proposals

Regional Conference Sessions

URMIA is hosting five in-person regional conferences in 2022 between March and May. Sessions are typically 60 minutes in length. Three of the conferences are taking place in conjunction with other higher education associations. For more information on the conferences taking place with a partner association, please visit the partner association’s website.


Annual Conference Sessions

The 2022 URMIA Annual Conference will take place September 10-14 in Indianapolis, which will include pre- and/or post-conference workshops. All presentations are expected to be delivered in person while attendees may be participating in person or virtually. There are three different formats for session during the annual conference:

  • Breakout Session – a 60-minute presentation or panel
  • Flash Session – a 30-minute presentation limited to one speaker only
  • Pre- or Post-conference Workshop – a 3-8 hour session exploring a topic in depth

Topics Accepted for Each Conference

Competency #1

RM Technical Skills

Competency #2

Strategic Management

Competency #3

Inclusive Leadership

Competency #4

Organizational Engagement

Southeastern Regional Conference

Atlanta, March 7-8
Colocated with ACCED-I

Youth, Camps, Conferences

Central Regional Conference

Chicago, March 16-17
Colocated with ACUI

Facilities & Student Affairs

Eastern Regional Conference

Raleigh, March 29-30
Colocated with ACUA

Audit & Compliance

Northeastern Regional Conference

Boston, April 4-5

All sub-competencies

Western Regional Conference

Denver, May

All sub-competencies

All sub-competencies

Annual Conference

Indianapolis, September 10-14

All sub-competencies

All sub-competencies

All sub-competencies

All sub-competencies


Regional & Annual Conference Submission Guidelines

  • Proposals for the conference(s) you designate on the submission form must cover the core competency area(s) requested. Select only dates and locations you are willing to attend.

  • You are strongly encouraged to review the submission form and prepare your responses before you begin completing the form online. Additional tips, such as character limits for replies, are found on the proposal submission form.

  • Sessions must include at least one URMIA institutional member as a co-presenter/panelist, except annual conference Flash sessions. A session may have up to four presenters.

  • If you use an acronym, please spell out what the acronym references in the first use.

  • URMIA reserves the right to edit content for publication, brevity, clarity, and grammar.

  • You must be available on all of the dates during the selected conference for which you want your proposal to be considered. We exercise the discretion to schedule your session on any of the dates during a selected conference to create a balanced schedule. Tentative scheduling information will be shared with notification of a proposal’s acceptance.


Proposals for Other Education Channels


URMIA offers webinars throughout the year which can be on any topic of interest to higher education risk managers. Webinar presentations are typically 45 minutes of presentation with an additional 15 minutes for questions and answers.

Webinar Submission Guidelines

  • Webinars include PowerPoint/Keynote presentations with 1-4 speakers or panelists.
  • Speakers are encouraged to use their webcams, conduct polls, and use both chat and Q&A during the presentation.
  • Webinars must include at least one URMIA institutional member as a co-presenter/panelist.


URMIA Matters is our bi-monthly podcast series. Each podcast is hosted by an URMIA or staff member and is conducted in the form of a conversation about the topic with the podcast host.

Podcast Submission Guidelines

  • Visuals are not used during a podcast, so keep this in mind as you think about a podcast proposal. Be sure your topic can be discussed/presented without reliance on visuals.
  • Podcasts are 15-20 minutes in length.
  • Podcasts are recorded in advance of release making scheduling recordings fairly flexible.
  • Podcasts do not require an affiliate member to record a podcast with an institutional member.

Competency #1

RM Technical Skills

Competency #2

Strategic Management

Competency #3

Inclusive Leadership

Competency #4

Organizational Engagement

Facilitated Discussions

URMIA hosts facilitated virtual discussion opportunities throughout the year, and the audience may be different for each offering. Peers gather to discuss emerging issues and topics of interest based on institution size and type as well as specific roles higher education risk managers are responsible for on campus such as compliance and enterprise risk management.

Facilitated Discussion Guidelines

  • Facilitators are meant to start/keep a conversation going on a particular topic with the audience.
  • These sessions are conducted via Zoom and breakout rooms can be used as part of the discussion.
  • Sessions are offered throughout the year and can accommodate the facilitator’s schedule.
  • A formal presentation is not required as part of the 45- to 60-minute peer discussion group offering.

URMIA Insights Articles

URMIA Insights is an online news and topical resource emailed to the URMIA membership featuring original articles covering timely topics and emerging issues in higher education risk management, best practices and innovative tools, Q&A interviews with thought leaders, and URMIA updates. Articles are available to members on URMIA's website.

URMIA Insights Article Guidelines

  • Articles should be between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Articles may be authored by a single affiliate or institutional member. Co-authorship is not a requirement for the submission of articles.
  • We cannot accept articles that promote specific products or services.
  • Graphics (e.g., graphs, illustrative photos, tables, etc.) are helpful to include.