Application for Educational Session Presentation

“Take me back to Tulsa…”

Though we have not quite shaken the snow off our boots from a GREAT conference in Winnipeg (OK, so there was no snow!), it is time to start preparing for CAPPA 2020. And that means it’s time to start working on our educational program for the conference next fall in Tulsa, OK.

So on behalf of the Central Association of Physical Plant Administrators, “CAPPA”, it is a pleasure to invite you to submit your presentation abstract for consideration to present at the 2020 CAPPA Annual Conference at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center. Hosted by Oklahoma State University, this year’s annual meeting promises to be one of the largest CAPPA meetings in recent memory, so be sure you play an active part.

The process starts by completing an Educational Presentation Application. Please complete all requested information and follow instructions at the end to submit. Notification of the final selections will be e-mailed by the end of February 2020.

IMPORTANT deadlines & details



Applications for Presentation Abstracts are due by Friday, January 17, 2020.

  • Individual, joint and panel proposals from education institution colleagues are welcome!   
  • Are you a Business Partner?  Welcome to the 2020 Education Session proposal process.
  • 2020 guidelines encourage Business Partners to present in partnership with a higher education institution.
  • CAPPA requires that presentations are not a “sales pitch”, per the CAPPA Code of Conduct.

CAPPA Code of Professional Conduct:  Submission of a Presentation Abstract is acknowledgement of the CAPPA’s expectations for professional conduct for all participants in the Annual Meeting. Following the submission, you will receive a Code of Conduct acknowledgement letter to sign and return to the CAPPA Professional Development Committee. This also acknowledges that your proposal has been received for consideration.

Potential Topics
We are especially interested in proposals around new and emerging issues in educational facilities. Examples include:

Aging Facilities Infrastructure

Creating & Cultivating the FM Community

Budget Issues/Reduced Resources

Recruitment & Retention Of Talent

Data-Based Research & Assessment In Practice

Safety & Security

Developing Meaningful KPIs & Aligning To Them

Smart Buildings Impact On Campus Operations

Embracing New Technological Innovations

Succession Planning & Succession Management

Identifying & Addressing Skill & Knowledge Gaps

Workforce Skills Gap & Recruiting Talent

Managing Organizational & Operational Change



The CAPPA Professional Development committee will be working to offer a variety of presentation topics which touch on a variety of subject areas. Take advantage of this opportunity to tell your story and share your experiences and expertise. Some of the factors that will be used in the evaluation are:

Originality: is it a new topic?

Best Practices: can I take it back to my campus?

Audience Draw: does it have universal appeal?

Coffee Talk: Will it foster further discussion?

Real World Results (good or bad)

Applicability: large and small campuses

Relevant: addresses current issues

Build Community: does it foster relationships?


Conference Registration is Required to Present: Please be aware that any presenter selected, whether Higher Education or Business Partner, will need to pay full registration fee for the conference. A big part of the educational process is not only the specific presentation, but also the interaction with peers and colleagues outside of the classroom. CAPPA wants not just a presentation but participation!

Direct any urgent questions or issues through a call or email to CAPPA’s Professional Development Co-Chairs. All other questions about the CAPPA conference, such as how to register or participate as a Business Partner, should be directed to the appropriate chairperson listed on the CAPPA website. Regardless, we are glad to assist with a referral in the event you cannot find the contact that seems appropriate.

To allow us to collect the presentation abstract information in digital format, we request that all submissions be made vai e-mail attachment using interactive PDF or MS Word to:


We look forward to an exciting Educational Program  for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Tulsa!

Don’t miss your opportunity to “share your vision” with CAPPA!