Here's a sample of the 2021 NACADA Annual Conference Scholarly Paper Themes (2 papers were presented per session):


9:15 am - Session Theme:  Introduction to Scholarly Papers: Administrator Perceptions of the Role of Academic Advising

10:30 am - Session Theme:  Crafting Substantive Advising Moments

1:00 pm - Session Theme:  On the Future of Academic Advising: A Social Justice Lens

2:15 pm - Session Theme:  Places and Spaces for Academic Advisors in the Academy


8:45 am - Session Theme:  Intentionality and Support for Students

10:00 am - Session Theme:  Enacting Cross-cultural Support for Diverse Students

11:15 am - Session Theme:  Against Deficit Assumptions and Labels

2:00 pm - Session Theme:  New Students in Strange Environments

3:15 pm - Session Theme:  Learning from Students Across Contexts

4:30 pm - Session Theme:  Advisor Identity and Professional Socialization



2022 Scholarly Papers Session Type Work Group


  • Kiana Shiroma, Chair, NACADA Research Committee
  • Ryan Scheckel, Chair, Theory, Philosophy, and History Advising Community, Texas Tech University


  • Sarah Champlin-Scharff, Harvard University
  • David Grey, UKAT
  • Peter Hagen, Stockton University (retired)
  • Hilleary Himes, Penn State University
  • Shantalea Johns, Wayne State University
  • Marc Lowenstein, Stockton University (retired)
  • Craig McGill, Kansas State University
  • Drew Puroway, Past Chair, NACADA Research Committee
  • Lisa Rubin, Kansas State University
  • CJ Venable, Past Chair, TPH Advising Community
  • Elisa Shaffer, NACADA Research Committee Liaison
  • Wendy Troxel, NACADA Research Center

The NACADA Research Committee, the NACADA Center for Research at KSU, the Theory, History, and Philosophy Advising Community, and the NACADA Annual Conference Advisory Board is pleased to again offer this “session type” at the 2022 NACADA Annual Conference. Please see below for more information about Scholarly Papers:
What is a Scholarly Paper?

A scholarly paper addresses an issue or question that either has been the subject of ongoing discussion/debate among scholars or that perhaps has not been recognized as a salient issue but should be. This paper may argue for a novel position on the issue at hand, or may argue for a familiar position in a novel way. 

The argument makes use of the methods and epistemologies of one or more academic discipline, and does so in a way that (in addition to supporting the paper’s position) models the academic discipline(s), as applied to advising. 

What is the format for the Scholarly Paper sessions at the NACADA Annual Conference?

  • A single hour-long conference session includes two (2) “scholarly paper presentations” around a common topic, with a Discussant who moderates the session, having already read the manuscripts. 
  • Each paper’s author(s) is permitted a maximum of 15 minutes to describe the study or theoretical/philosophical analysis to the audience. 
  • After the papers have been presented, the Discussant summarizes them and provides a critical analysis of the manuscripts, offering helpful feedback toward a next draft of the manuscript and a synthesis of the papers around the theme of the session. 
  • Finally, the audience members have the opportunity to ask questions of the authors.
  • Following the session, the Discussant forwards the feedback to each of the authors. The authors now have helpful feedback not only from the Discussant, but also from the audience members who participated during the session.