Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the 2018 GCPA & GHO Annual Joint Conference at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA from Wednesday to Friday, November 7 – 9, 2018. Please note that the November 7, 2018 date is only for those who have registered for a pre-conference. Details about this can be found below. This conference is open to all student affairs practitioners, faculty, staff, and students.

This year the GCPA & GHO Annual Joint Conference Planning Committee is happy to announce a pre-conference designed to discuss compassion fatigue in the field of higher education on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 12pm to 5pm. The facilitator, Dr. Jill Lee-Barber, is a licensed psychologist in Georgia who is a graduate of Georgia State University with a B.A. in English and an M.S. in counseling. She received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Houston. Dr. Lee-Barber does not have a specific clinical issue that she particularly enjoys treating; she enjoys working with people and borrows a line from Walt Whitman: “Nothing human is alien to me.”

Additionally, we are excited to feature this year’s Keynote Speaker, Dr. Craig Elliott! Dr. Elliott currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services and Assistant Professor at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. You can read his full bio here!

Pre-Conference Registration

The pre-conference is $40 plus a small processing fee, which is not included in the cost of the general conference registration. Lunch is included in the $40 fee. There are only 30 spots available, so if you are interested make sure to register soon!

Conference Registration

Register on or before October 12, 2018, and only pay $120 plus a small processing fee!  This covers lunch (Thursday and Friday), dinner (Thursday), social entry, etc. After October 12, 2018, registration will close and you will not be able to register for the conference. If we have not reached capacity by this date, we will provide an option for on-site registration. Acceptable forms of payment include electronic payments through the Eventbrite page or checks.

In order to pay by check, please make checks payable to:

GCPA & GHO Annual Joint Conference

Checks can be mailed to:

Jennifer Shinpaugh
Valdosta State University
Housing and Residence Life
1500 N Patterson St.
Valdosta, GA 31698

Conference Hotel Booking

Please note that we have limited rooms available so book soon for the conference rate. If you have questions about the hotel or would like more information, please contact Click here for a list of hotels that are nearby the conference.

The Call for Programs is now closed!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our call for programs, please contact  A representative from the committee will respond in a timely manner.