2021 National Conference

We’re Going to Boston!

Sunshine, Warm Weather, Paul Revere, and the Red Sox!



Dear Members of PCA:

Colleges and universities are preparing for the 2020-21 academic year, and plans are changing. Schedules are in flux, with some schools opening earlier and others later than originally announced. Instruction is taking many forms–face-to-face, online, hybrid–as COVID-19 introduces uncertainty into our lives. PCA is grappling with these issues as well. We deeply regret cancelling our 2020 conference in Philadelphia and want nothing more than to meet face-to-face in Boston in 2021 for PCA’s 50th anniversary celebration.


Given this, the PCA Governing Board jumped at the chance to reschedule the conference when the Boston Marriott Copley Place, due to a cancellation, offered us a later date at no extra charge; thus, we voted to delay the conference from March 31-April 3 to June 2-5, 2021. This adjusted time frame allows a longer period for the production and distribution of a vaccine, even better testing, and it assures warmer weather. It also means we will not conflict with Easter and Passover, allowing our members to spend the holidays with their families. We did not make this decision lightly, as we realize that many graduations take place in early June and that some of you may have already made travel plans. However, we feel it is in the best interests of our association and our members to opt for the later dates and hope you agree. Our website will open soon; the submission period for proposals begins on August 12. The June date gives us a greater chance of having a face-to-face conference.


I wish you well at the beginning of a new school year and look forward to seeing you in Boston in springtime.


All the best,

Kathy Merlock Jackson

President, PCA


Registration Costs 

Presenter: Early bird, $175 || Regular rate, $200 || Late rate, $225

Non-Presenter: Early bird, $225 || Regular rate, $225 || Late rate, $225

Retired: Early Bird: $100 || Regular Rate: $100 || Late Rate: $100


Non-presenting GuestOne $50 non-presenting guest registration may be purchased with each presenter registration at the time of registration only.  All presenters and their guests are subject to the  PCA Code of Conduct


Registration Credit

If you have a registration credit from the cancelled 2020 conference, staff will register you manually after you (1) pay your membership, (2) submit a proposal, and (3) receive confirmation that your proposal has been accepted.  Please expect your registration to be confirmed 2-3 weeks after your acceptance. If you wish to use your credit as an attendee and not as a presenter, please contact execdir@pcaaca.org.  


Important Links


Become a Member

Submit a Paper Proposal

Endowment Grants

Subject Areas

Hotel Infomation 

2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

13-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
22-Oct-20 Early Bird Registration Begins
17-Dec-20 Deadline for Endowment Grant Applications      
06-Jan-21 Deadline for Proposals
01-Feb-21 Early Bird Registration Ends
01-Mar-21 Regular Registration Ends
02-Mar-21 Late Registration Begins
15-Mar-21  Preliminary Schedule Available
31-Mar-21 Presenter Late Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
01-Apr-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference

June 2-5, 2021 

National Conference in Boston


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully registered for the conference.

Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Feb 1: 100% refund
Requested by Feb 7: 75% refund
Requested by Feb 14: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 21: 25% refund
After Feb. 28: 0% refund

Membership fees are non-refundable.