Annual Meeting

Joint CSGS/CHBGS Virtual Conference & Joint CSGS/CHBGS Monthly Forum Series

Out of an abundance of caution and in light of travel restrictions, the CSGS Executive Committee has decided to cancel the in-person CSGS Annual Meeting originally scheduled for February 2021.  Please mark your calendars for the CSGS/CHBGS joint, abridged virtual conference February 23-26, 2021.  The conference will include some presentations, panel discussions, an awards ceremony, a virtual 3MT, and our business meeting. The next in-person CSGS Annual Meeting will be held Feb 17-20, 2022 at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. Please save the date! In order to help our membership cope with the current pandemic and its impact on graduate education, we have created a monthly CSGS/CHGBS Forum Series. Once a month via Zoom, CSGS/CHGBS will host a lunch-time forum that focuses on a current challenge facing graduate schools and campuses across the region.  Members will have the opportunity to submit discussion questions, contribute to the conversation, or simply hear potential solutions being pursued on other campuses.  Recordings of past forum presentations are included at the bottom of the page.


Dr. Suzanne Ortega, President, CGS
February 16, 2021, 1:00 pm EST





Tuesday, Feb 23 – Friday, Feb 26, 2021

At a time when the future of work requires higher levels of education and training, graduate education faces the challenges of reduced budgets, rising tuition, and waning public trust. Yet, opportunities abound as well.  Among these, advances in technology foster innovative program delivery and improved access; and prospects for interdisciplinary scholarship broaden students’ experiences.  To remain relevant in today’s climate, graduate education must adapt proactively by confronting today’s challenges and embracing new opportunities. Thus, the 2021 CSGS and CHBGS Virtual Conference is themed “The Future of Graduate Education.” The meeting agenda is filled with plenary talks, break-out sessions, and table-top discussions focusing on the future of STEM and Humanities education, emerging legal issues in higher education, the future of graduate admissions decisions and graduate student experiences, and more.  Continuing the engagement of graduate students, which began at the 2020 joint conference, the meeting includes professional development programming for graduate students. The highly-anticipated Three Minute Thesis competition will showcase graduate student research and communication skills.  We hope to “see” you at the virtual conference February 23-26, 2021.

Registration Cost:  Recognizing the current financial challenges faced by all our institutions, CSGS, CHBGS, and our sponsors are very pleased to offer this conference FREE to all registrants. Please click the link above to access the conference platorm. This is an opportune time to check out the opportunities and value of an institutional membership.

3MT Competition: We will hold a virtual 3MT competition. Please check our designated 3MT page to learn more about the competition, the nomination process, and the evaluation criteria.

Program:  2021 Schedule

Business Meeting:


CSGS/CHBGS Forum 1: Managing (and Surviving) the Chaos of a Fall Re-opening 1
July 8, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT
Facilitators:  Jack de Rochi  (Winthrop University), Mary Owens-Southall (Coppin State University), Jon Hakkila (College of Charleston), and Julie Goodliffe (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

CSGS/CHBGS Forum 2: Managing (and Surviving) the Chaos of a Fall Re-opening 2
August 4, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT
Facilitators: Troy Terry (Furman University), Ruth Bahr (University of South Florida)

CSGS/CHBGS Forum 3: How did the reopening go?
September 9, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT
Facilitators: Jon Hakkila (College of Charleston), Julie Goodliffe (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), and Lori McMahon (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

CSGS/CHBGS Forum 4: Recruiting During COVID-19
October 6, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT
Facilitators:  Jamillah McDaniel (Morehouse School of Medicine) and Sharon McGee (East Tennessee State University)

CSGS/CHBGS Forum 5: Holding a Virtual 3MT Competition

October 8, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT
Facilitators:  Mary Farmer-Kaiser and Philip de Mahy (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

CSGS/CHBGS Forum 6: Restarting Research

November 19, 2020, 1:00 pm EST
Facilitators:  Peter Harries (North Carolina State University) and Ruth Bahr (University of South Florida)
Registration Link

Restarting and sustaining the research enterprise is a critical element of graduate education. COVID-19 has dramatically impacted these endeavors from a variety of different perspectives, especially in those disciplines where bench lab experiments, fieldwork, and/or access to human subjects are a critical part of research training. In this session, we will start a conversation as to how these various elements have been addressed over the short- as well as long-term.