National Convention

National Convention Program Coordinator Application

NAEA members are invited to apply for the volunteer position of National Convention Program Coordinator for the 2022 and 2023 NAEA National Conventions.

Applications are now closed. The deadline to apply was Friday, January 29, 2021.

NAEA seeks applications from members interested in serving as National Convention Program Coordinator. Designed by members for members, the NAEA National Convention provides a broad range of professional learning opportunities to inform, inspire, and compel exemplary professional practice. Recognized as the premier professional development experience for visual arts educators, the NAEA National Convention orchestrates a constellation of learning experiences that exemplify timely research and practice across the field.

Responsibilities of the National Convention Program Coordinator include bringing both vision and concept to the planning of the Convention program that advances NAEA’s mission and enhances the member experience. They work closely with NAEA staff and the local planning team from April 1 through March 31 of the following year to develop and execute to develop and execute the vision for this experience.

This prominent volunteer position requires a commitment of time and energy before and during the Convention, including an estimated 3-5 hours per month for planning activities and conversations, attending a 2-day face-to-face planning meeting hosted in the Convention city during the preceding summer; writing a bimonthly update for NAEA News, and welcoming all participants on-site at a Convention General Session. The National Convention Program Coordinator will also work with NAEA leaders to help appoint reviewers for certain proposal categories.

Knowledge and skills required for the NAEA National Convention Program Coordinator:

  • Collaborative
  • Creative/visionary
  • Able to set and meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills

It is also helpful to have a network of contacts to secure keynote speakers.

NAEA reimburses the National Convention Program Coordinator for hotel, travel, and per diem for the spring/summer planning meeting the year before the Convention and during the National Convention that they are Coordinator for. They are responsible for their own Convention registration.

All members who meet the criteria are invited to apply by December 15. After careful review of all applications, the National Convention Program Coordinator is appointed by the NAEA President.

For more details, download the current Convention Handbook here.

Questions? Please contact Dennis Inhulsen, NAEA Chief Learning Officer, at