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Jean Hertzman
New Mexico State University

West Federation Conference Call for Papers

I hope everyone’s fall semester is starting off great. It is always such a pleasure to welcome students back to campus and get in full swing for our teaching, research, and service. Hopefully, you have time in your busy schedule to prepare a submission to present at our 2020 West Federation conference February 6-8 in Pomona, California hosted by the Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona. The theme is “A Call to Action: A Commitment to Success”. Lea Dopson and her staff and faculty are planning an amazing conference. We start with a reception on Thursday, February 6 and the final sessions will end at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 8. We will have sessions and meals at the college and the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch, as well as a Friday evening excursion to Downtown Disney. All information about the conference is available on the adjacent Call for Papers link and at the conference website:

Following the success of last year’s format, we will again have two tracks – Education/Teaching/Pedagogy and Applied Research. There are four types of presentations:

  1. 20-minute stand-up presentation—featuring completed empirical research.
  2. 50-minute panel/round-table discussion/workshop/symposium—The 50-minute panel/discussion/workshops should focus on a particular problem, challenge, or idea, not completed research.
  3. 10-minute stand-up “speed” presentation—Presentation focused on empirical research in progress or summaries of research. 5 minutes or less discussing project without a formal slide presentation. 5 minutes discussion and feedback.   
  4. Poster presentation—Posters should feature empirical research in process or just completed.

Proposals are due by 10 pm (Pacific), Sunday, October 6, 2019 and are submitted through Easy Chair at the following link: 

Thanks to the gracious sponsorship of University of Houston, we will have four awards this year—Best Proposal for a Stand-up Presentation in each track, Most Innovative Proposal, and Best Proposal Reviewer. The federation also sponsors two scholarships for conference attendance—one for faculty and one for students. The scholarship application is available on the conference website.

Early bird conference registration is already available at this link: Early Bird rates last until January 6 and start at $189 for Full-time faculty/industry ICHRIE members, $129 for adjunct faculty, secondary instructor or retired ICHRIE members, and $119 for student ICHRIE members. The full registration fee schedule is available in the Call for Papers and the conference website.

Conference hotel accommodations at special rates are at DoubleTree by Hilton Pomona OR La Quinta by Wyndham. Both hotels are located directly across from each other and conveniently just minutes from The Collins College at Cal Poly Pomona.

We welcome people from all federations to submit proposals and attend the conference. We promise that it will be an awesome education and networking event. If you have any questions, please contact me at or


Jean Hertzman, Ph.D., CCE, CSW
Director & Professor
New Mexico State University
West Federation CHRIE President


Federation Overview
Meet the West Federation Board


Call for Proposals
Conference Scholarship Information



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