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Call for Proposals 

TDU Global Conference alumni report that peer-driven presentations are one of the most valuable aspects of the conference.  Client presenters help others align their processes with best practices, discover creative and unconventional uses of the software, avoid common pitfalls, and make the fullest use of office resources.  Do you have a lightbulb idea to share?  Propose a session!

Proposal Deadline: October 30, 2019

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Proposal Process

During the proposal submission process, you will be asked to identify which of the following target audiences your content is directed toward. A session review committee will review the proposals based on target audience areas to ensure a balanced agenda.  Target audiences include:
  • Study Abroad
  • International Student and Scholar Services
  • Travel Risk Management
  • Agreements/Partnership Management

Both your title and abstract will be published on the online, mobile-ready schedule website. When considering a title, keep in mind that it should be able to stand alone and clearly convey what your presentation will cover.  The same goes for your abstract.  Make sure that your abstract reflects your learning objectives to attract the appropriate audience for your topic.

Proposal Topic Ideas

Client-led sessions cover a wide range of topics while presenting a story of a personal experience or creative process improvement achieved through the software.  Hot topics for proposal ideas include:

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  • Study Abroad: Training new staff and/or site administrators
  • Study Abroad: Creating and using effective templates for programs and notifications
  • Tasks and Workflows for ISSS
  • Use of SEVIS Admin Activities and Templates
  • Proposals Process for Agreements
  • AlertTraveler
  • Travel Registry
  • Client Tips & Tricks
  • Case Studies

Popular Topics from Previous Years

  • ISSS: This Is How We Do It
  • Three Programs, Two Offices, One Application: Implementing a Gateway Program for Study Abroad
  • Tips and Tricks: Using Electronic Recommendations and Navigating System Features for ISSS
  • Styling Your Site Like a Pro Using the Advanced Layout Editor
  • Queries and Query Watches: Creative Client Uses
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find: Case Studies in Using TDS to Track Campus Travel
  • Preparing for Doomsday: What Happens when TD admins leave?
  • From Program Proposals to Training: Maximizing TDS to Facilitate New Program Development, Faculty Engagement, and Faculty Pre-Departure Preparation
  • Using TDS to Provide Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Effective Collaboration, or Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen? Balancing Access, Training, and Delegation

Submission Policies

Registration and Conference Attendance

All client presenters are required to register for the TDU Global Conference.  The costs associated with attending the conference, including transportation and registration, is the responsibility of the individual presenters.  

Noncommercial Policy

Sessions at TDU Global are designed to be learning opportunities based on both a shared mission and unique background experiences. These sessions are noncommercial.  Under no circumstances should a conference session be used for direct promotion of a speaker's product, service, or other self-interest.

Session Information

Session Schedule

Danette BontragerAs you prepare your proposal, keep in mind that most time slots will be 50 minutes in length.  


Sessions may be led by a single client presenter, or by up to three co-presenters.  An individual person may present or co-present in one session per conference day.  If colleagues propose similar session topics, you may be asked to collaborate on one session.


We are always looking for innovative presentations.  Don’t be afraid to submit an out-of-the-box idea!  As a support to you, the session committee may offer suggestions, collaborate with you, or provide additional information relevant to any requested revisions.

Review & Selection Process

One of the primary functions of the TDU Global Session Committee is calling for, selecting, and supporting the development of content for the conference.  The Session Committee, along with peer reviews and data from past conferences, will work to select the most appropriate sessions for inclusion in the conference agenda.

Each proposal will be rated on a scale of 1-4 for the following:
  • The title, abstract, and learning objectives are in alignment, and are clearly relevant to success with utilizing Terra Dotta Software.
  • The format and delivery methods selected will allow participants to achieve the stated learning objectives, including audience engagement appropriate to the objectives.
  • Each presenter is highly knowledgeable in the topic area and use of TDS.
  • The topic has viability in different presentation formats, depending on overall conference need.
Key Dates
Proposal Dates Due Dates
Call for Proposals Opens Sept 16, 2019
Call for Proposals Closes Oct 15, 2019
Notification of Selection Early December

*Other relevant dates will be provided upon acceptance of your proposal.


Proposal Deadline: October 15, 2019