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Call for Proposals
2023 TxCFR Annual Conference
Wednesday, March 1st - Friday, March 3st, 2023
Austin, Texas | Holiday Inn Midtown Austin


Jennifer Newquist, Ph.D.

Stephen F. Austin University

Proposal Submission Deadline:

Extended to December 15th!

11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time

Conference Theme
Policy, Research, and Practice

The annual TxCFR Conference bring together practitioners, researchers, students, and others working to serve Texas families. Join us for networking, professional development, and best practices for serving our communities. TxCFR invites new and established professionals, practitioners, researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students to submit a proposal to present at the 2023 TxCFR Conference. Submissions related to the theme are especially encouraged, however, all topics related to family are welcome. 


Proposals may be submitted in the following categories:

  • Papers - Presentations of practice, policy, or original research

  • Workshops - 1-hour interactive, experiential presentations

  • Roundtable Discussions - Facilitating thoughtful discussion on a particular topic 

  • Professional Poster Presentations - Summarizing original research, a review of research, or a research proposal

Criteria for Proposals

Consistent with the standards outlined by the National Council on Family Relations, TxCFR proposals must 1) describe work that has progressed sufficiently to allow the presenter to prepare a polished presentation in time for the conference, 2) utilize a method of research or practice that is appropriate and rigorous, 3) be clearly written and logically organized, 4) demonstrate a strong connection to research, theory, policy, and/or practice, and 5) include 3 measurable objectives. Please see the sample objectives created by the National Council on Family Relations below for guidance.

Sample Objectives:

  • To evaluate the effectiveness of the [insert title here] family program.

  • To analyze the [insert family policy here] from a family perspective.

  • To demonstrate return on investments families provide in health care.

Please note that these are only examples. Your objectives do not need to include this specific wording.

Proposal Requirements

Before submitting your proposal, be sure you are prepared to include the following elements:

  1. Proposal title

  2. Author(s) and credentials

  3. Presentation format

  4. Proposal focus

  5. Short abstract (including your title and the 100-word synopsis of your proposal--do NOT list the authors of the proposal)

  6. Long proposal:

    1. Long proposals for professional submissions (Papers, Workshops, Roundtable Discussions, and Poster Presentations) must include the title, a summary of 500 - 1000 words, a maximum one pages of references, and an optional maximum of two pages of figures/tables--do NOT list the authors of the proposal. This will be used for blind review. Generally, the following components should be included in long proposals for professional submissions:

      1. Method of Research or Practice

      2. Analysis and Preliminary Results/Conclusions

      3. Implications for Policy/Research/Practice

      4. Aims/Goals​

    2. Long proposals for student poster presentations and competition must include the title, a summary of 350-500 words, and a draft of the poster information. Do NOT list the authors of the proposal within the summary or on the draft of the poster information. This will be used for blind review. Additional guidelines and requirements for the student poster presentations and competition can be found in the 2023 TxCFR STUDENT POSTER COMPETITION GUIDELINES document. Please review it carefully before submitting.
  7. An agreement that at least one author will attend the conference and present if your proposal is accepted. Please note that any author or co-author who plans to attend the conference must register and pay the registration fee.

If you submitted by December 1st, you will be notified no later than January 1st, 2023 if your proposal is accepted. If you submitted by December 15th, you will be notified as soon as possible.

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