Guidelines for Writing the Title and Abstract
The abstract and title are the portions of your submission that are printed in the conference program. Attendees will read these to decide which session to attend; therefore please accurately describe what attendees can expect at your session. Both should be considered thoughtfully, written concisely, and thoroughly proofread before submitting.
Writing an Effective Title
The program title is your first opportunity to invite the reader to your program. An effective title encourages the reader to review the abstract; a poorly written title can cause the reader to dismiss the proposal.
At a minimum, an effective title ...
- Introduces the subject matter
- Captures the interest of the reader
- Does not become a run-on sentence (keep it brief)
If appropriate, an effective title ...
- Identifies the scope, sequence and/or level of the program content
- Identifies specific group presenting
- Identifies potential target audience
Examples of Well Written Program Titles:
Why Do I Have to Take This Class??!
Advising as Teaching and Learning: Best Practices, Tools, and Tips
Applying the Glue that Holds Us Together: Building Trust Through Effective Advising Administration and Leadership
Helping High-Achieving Students Develop Parallel Plans
Writing an Effective Abstract
The abstract is a brief description of your presentation that provides the reader with an accurate picture of what the presentation will cover. The Abstract helps conference attendees choose between over 25 concurrent sessions. Well-written abstracts identify the purpose and intent of the program, are concise, organized and specific. Additionally, effective abstracts begin with the most important information or thought. Defining unfamiliar abbreviations and acronyms is helpful to the reader. One hundred thirty-five words is not much; you may want to save your research and theory for the actual presentation and use the 135 words to outline the presentation content.
At a minimum, an effective abstract...
- Captures the attention of the reader
- Adheres to the abstract submission guidelines (135 words, including title). *Please note that the abstract limit for preconference workshops is 250 words.
- Previews the content and what the attendee can learn
- Identifies the manner of audience involvement
- Clarifies the contribution of the topic to the field
- Alludes to the benefits of the program content
If appropriate, an effective abstract...
- Summarizes the content and activities of the presentation.
- Distinguishes the program format (e.g., group discussion).
- Clarifies special programs that may not be familiar to NACADA members.
- Designates the scope, sequence and/or level of the program content.
- Names the potential target audiences
Link to Well Written Abstracts: (Click here if you would like to read the abstracts)
- Why Do I Have to Take This Class??
- Advising as Teaching and Learning: Best Practices, Tools, and Tips
- Applying the Glue that Holds Us Together: Building Trust Through Effective Advising Administration and Leadership
- Helping High-Achieving Students Develop Parallel Plans