Call for Proposals

The Program Committee of the 2018 AFCU Symposium invites administrators, faculty and staff to submit proposals for the AFCU Symposium to be held June 5-7, 2018 at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. The Symposium theme is With Living Stones: Building a Franciscan Future . . . Together. Proposals are being accepted in the following formats: 


All presentations will be 25 minutes (15-minute presentation, 10-minute Q&A) in length. Presentations with complementary topics may be combined into one 50-minute presentation.


Posters should be prepared on a trifold poster board (preferably 36" x 48") which will be placed on a table for display.

Proposals must be aligned to at least one of the following characteristics of Franciscan higher education: Relationship, Sacramentality, and Gospel. For details, visit:

All proposals will be reviewed by the selection committee and evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of proposal abstract
  • Alignment of proposal to characteristics of Franciscan higher education: Relationship, Sacramentality, and Gospel
  • Significance for intended audience

Proposal submission due: December 1, 2017.
Please submit proposals via
All who submit will be notified regarding proposal status by February 1, 2018.