The Fall 2020 Annual Conference will be held virtually with no cost to attend any of our sessions!

Conference Registration

Fall Conference and Student Affairs 101 Registration:

Deadline to register: September 25th

Registration Rates

All of our virtual sessions will be available at no cost!

Program Proposals

Fall Conference and SA 101 Program Program Proposal form:

Deadline to submit proposals: September 25th

Program Topic Ideas

Awards and Scholarship Opportunities

WCPA offers a variety of different scholarships and awards to recognize outstanding students and professionals and to provide opportunities for its members throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Nominations for award will open mid summer for the the Fall 2020 Annual WCPA Conference. Award and Scholarship Form.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speaker(s) for the Fall 2020 WCPA Conference will be announced Spring 2020. Check back for updates.

Dr. Howard Schweber

Howard Schweber joined the department in Fall 1999. He received his PhD in Government from Cornell University and an MA in History from the University of Chicago after spending five years practicing law in Seattle and San Francisco. Schweber teaches courses focusing on constitutional law and legal and political theory. He is the author of “Democracy and Authenticity” (Cambridge, 2012), “The Language of Liberal Constitutionalism” (Cambridge, 2007), “The Creation of American Common Law”(Cambridge, 2004), and “Speech, Conduct, and the First Amendment” (Peter Lang, 2003) as well as articles, essays and book chapters on a variety of related topics. His current areas of research include comparative constitutional law and democratic theories of representation. In addition to his position in the Political Science Department Schweber is a core faculty member of the Legal Studies program. From 2011 to 2013 he was Visiting Professor and the first Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan, and in 2012 he was the Australian Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Politics.

Schweber is a regular guest on Wisconsin radio and gives frequent newspaper, radio, and television interviews in the local, national, and international press. He is also a contributing blogger at and an occasional guest blogger on other sites, and a frequent public speaker both on and off campus. Schweber was previously the faculty advisor and coach for the UW College Mock Trial Team and is currently the advisor for “Sifting and Winnowing,” Wisconsin’s undergraduate politics and law journal. In 2004 he was the recipient of the William H. Kiekhoffer Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has also twice been selected as the Pi Sigma Alpha Professor of the year, and has received numerous other teaching awards while at Wisconsin. Earlier, while a graduate student at Cornell University, Schweber received the Stephen and Marjorie Russell Award for Outstanding Teaching, the highest award for teaching at any level awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences.


Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, October 8th

9AM – Welcome & Dr. Schweber Keynote

12PM – Business Meeting & Awards

1-5PM – Program Sessions

7-9PM – Trivia

Friday, October 9th

9AM-2PM – Program Sessions

Student Affairs 101

Student Affairs 101 is a program for undergraduate students and professionals interested in pursuing a career in Student Affairs. Seasoned professionals in the Student Affairs field lead the entire conference and help guide conversations based on where each person is at in their Student Affairs journey.

Click the link for more information regarding Student Affairs 101.

Conference Sponsorship

Interested in being a conference sponsor? Please contact Tonya Schmidt at

Conference Contact

For questions about the conference, please contact our conference co-chairs at

Past WCPA Conferences

The 2019 Fall Conference “Moving Forward” was held October 3-4 at Kalahari Resort.

The 2018 Fall Conference “Celebrating Wisconsin Success” was held October 4-5 at the Kalahari Resort.

The 2017 Fall Conference was held October 12-13 at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2016 Fall Conference “Make Every Connection Count” was held October 6-7 at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2015 Fall Conference “Change. Challenge. Opportunity.” was held October 8-9 at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2013 Fall Conference “Community” was held October 17-18 at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2012 Fall Conference “Staying Connected” was held on October 11th & 12th at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2011 Fall Conference “Celebrating the past, Living in the present, Creating the future” was held on October 19th & 21st at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2010 Fall Conference “Being your Best: Navigating from Challenge to Opportunity” was held on October 21st & 22nd at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2009 Fall Conference “Improving our Practice, Renewing Our Passion” was held on October 22nd & 23rd at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2008 Fall Conference “Campus Safety: Everyone’s Responsibility” was held on October 25th & 26th at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2007 Fall Conference “Sustaining our Campus’s Future” was held on October 18th & 19th 2007 at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2006 Fall Conference “Framing our Lens, Finding Our Focus” was held on October 19th & 20th at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2005 Fall Conference “Zing! Bang! Boom!” was held on October 20th & 21st at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

The 2004 Fall Conference “Blueprints for Building Success in Student Affairs” was held on October 13th & 15th at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.