2020 National Planning Conference

NPC20 — Save the Date

NPC20 | Houston | April 25–28

Call for Session Proposal Reviewers

Deadline: May 1, 2019, 11:59 P.M. CT

The National Planning Conference Committee invites APA members to play an important role in shaping the NPC20 educational program by reviewing session proposals. Peer review is a crucial step in building a quality conference and APA will select only the best proposals for inclusion in NPC20's educational program.

The opportunity to volunteer online to be a proposal reviewer will open at midnight (CT) on April 3 and close at 11:59 P.M. (CT) on May 1.

What, When, and How

Proposal reviewers will evaluate session proposals to ensure that sessions chosen for the NPC20 program reflect innovation and diversity in planning research, practice, education, and professional development.

APA will notify members of their acceptance as proposal reviewers in June and distribute session proposals to be reviewed by July 15. Each proposal reviewer will serve a term that begins in July 2019. Reviewers must complete their reviews of assigned proposals, using APA's online system, no later than noon (CT) on August 5. Reviewers should expect to spend six to eight hours reviewing and scoring proposals between July 15 and August 5.

AICP members may use the self-reporting option to claim CM credit for this pro bono planning service.

Eligibility Criteria

Proposal reviewers must be APA members. APA will select a pool of reviewers that reflects a diversity of practice that corresponds to identified conference tracks and topics. APA will recruit at least eight proposal reviewers for each educational track and, to assure diverse perspectives, assign at least three reviewers to each proposal.

Potential reviewers must volunteer via our Call for Reviewers portal and meet these eligibility criteria:

  • Be available to review up to 16 proposals between July 15 and August 5;
  • Have presented at a previous National Planning Conference or other national or chapter-level conference; and
  • Have expertise in planning research, practice, education, or professional development that pertains to a NPC20 planning track described in the Proposal Reviewer Questionnaire.

Although membership in an APA division is not required to be a peer reviewer, APA strongly encourages division members to participate and apply their specialized expertise to the session selection process.

Note: Acceptance as a NPC20 Proposal Reviewer does not preclude you from submitting a proposal. Proposal reviewers will not be assigned to review proposals that present a conflict of interest.

The Call for Reviewers portal will be open from April 3 (midnight CT) through May 1 (noon CT).

Call for Reviewers


Call for Session Proposals

APA invites you to be part of re-envisioning the NPC20 educational program by proposing a conference session.

The online proposal submission website will be open May 31–July 1. Please check this page again for updated information.