Call for Proposals

Academic Advisors: Champions of Student Success!

 March 29 - 31, 2017  
Pittsburgh, PA!

2017 Call for Proposals Open - September 1, 2016 
Preconference  due date - October 21, 2016
Final Due Date - November 29, 2016

Our regional conference is a time for us to gather as a professional organization and share our stories - and what GREAT stories we have! The work that we do each day to further student success is filled with moments of great joy and tremendous challenge, and by sharing our stories we create learning opportunities within our community. The Region 2 planning committee is certain that you have a story to share and invites you to submit a proposal for the regional conference in the “City of Champions”, Pittsburgh, PA this March. We are seeking diversity in presenters, in presentation topics, and in level of professional experience. Whether you are a rookie advisor or a seasoned veteran, we need your story to complete our championship run, so please consider submitting a proposal.

The Conference Committee would like to add an advising administrator’s track to the conference this year. The track would begin with a preconference on March 29th and offer at least two workshops on March 30th and a collaborative roundtable session on March 31st. Please be open to sharing your experiences as an advising administrator with others in the field by submitting a workshop proposal for this track. Your thoughts and insights will no doubt further the professional development of the academic advising field; you are a champion of student success, please consider sharing your playbook with your colleagues in region 2

This year, we have two submission dates - All preconference proposals must be submitted by the October 21st deadline.  All preconference submissions will be reviewed and presenters will be notified by November 15, 2016. All conference proposals need to be submitted by November 29, 2016. Presenters will be notified by December 21, 2016.

  We look forward to reviewing your conference proposals and seeing you in Pittsburgh in March!

To review proposal submission instruction and submit a proposal use the ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL!

Criteria for selection of paper/presentation: Proposals will be evaluated based on relevance to current issues in advising, appeal to conference participants, creativity, ingenuity, and applicability for participants after the conference. We are seeking a wide range of presentation topics relating to academic advising from a variety of advising professionals in our region.
Eligibility for submission: Those who are involved in advising- administration, faculty, full-time advisors and administrative staff are invited to submit proposals. We encourage novices and experienced presenters alike. Share your research, best practices or techniques with colleagues in the region.
Proposals should include your presentation title, learning objectives, and desired format (i.e. panel, roundtable, etc.) Titles do not need to incorporate the conference theme.
Please include a brief abstract describing your presentation and the desired learning objectives. Abstracts will be included in the conference program and on the conference website. Please limit characters to 130 words. 
Format Options: Conference sessions include preconference workshops, concurrent sessions, and a poster session. Concurrent sessions can be in the format of a paper or topic presentation or a panel discussion.  
  • Preconference workshops are higly participatory sessions that last from 2 - 5 hours. Due to the length of Preconference workshops, presenters should plan to include some lecture as well as possible small and large group activities, and a question and answer period. Preconference workshops should be very hands-on and issue specific with material, activities, strategies and techniques that the participants can effectively use in the individual stations. 
  • Paper or topic presentations discuss current issues in advising. Some are based on research, some share best practices, and some are developmental, while others are theoretical. The format may be mostly lecture with a discussion following or a more informal discussion.
  • Roundtable discussions are slightly more informal than other presentations.  They are usually limited to short, general commentaries that will stimulate exchange between the audience and the moderators.  Issues and ideas related to the field of advising will be broadly stated.  Feedback and discourse is expected from those attending the session.  It is a medium to introduce ideas, explore thoughts and search for answers to problems.
  • Panel discussions are designed to explain or involve various presenters from different institutions looking at the same topic from various angles. They do not include several presenters from one institution speaking on the same topic. If that is your presentation, it will not be considered a panel and should be proposed as a paper or topic presentation.
  • Poster sessions provide an informal opportunity to network and solicit feedback and ideas from all conference participants, The Poster Session is especially useful for new advisors who want to "get their feet wet" presenting at a conference of ir you have a new and innovative program to share with your colleagues. You will bring your completed poster to the conference and we will provide space to exhibit your poster.
All concurrent sessions will be approximately 60 minutes long. Although the program committee will make every effort to honor your requested format option, the committee may recommend an alternate format in order to accept as many proposals as possible. Presenters will be notified via e-mail. 
  • NACADA does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or marital status.
  • Commercial products are not to be promoted in NACADA sessions.
  • Due to budgetary considerations, the conference is unable to offer complimentary registration or lodging for paper presenters.