Scholarly Papers

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 2023 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.

Here's a sample of the 2022 NACADA Annual Conference Scholarly Paper Themes (2 papers were presented per session):


9:15 am - Session Theme:  Advisor Perspectives: Professional Development and Career Ladders

10:30 am - Session Theme:  Methodological Explorations of the Praxis of Advising

1:00 pm - Session Theme:  Interrogating the Future of Advising


8:45 am - Session Theme:  Cultural Mismatch and Organizational Justice

10:00 am - Session Theme:  Equity-mindedness and Professional Positionality

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

2:00 pm - Session Theme:  Advising Modalities, Roles, and Scope

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

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



2023 Scholarly Papers Oversight Team Co-Chairs:

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

Members of the Initial Scholarly Papers Work Group:

  • 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, University of St. Thomas
  • Lisa Rubin, Kansas State University
  • Kiana Shiroma, Past Chair, NACADA Research Committee
  • CJ Venable, Past Chair, TPH Advising Community
  • Elisa Shaffer, NACADA Research Committee Liaison
  • Wendy Troxel, NACADA Research Center