2018 Call for Proposals for Region 1 Conference
Final Due Date: Extended until November 10, 2017

We are excited to announce the 2018 Region 1 Conference Call for Proposals will open September 1! We will be accepting proposals until November 10, 2017.

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

2018 Call for Proposals - NACADA Region 1 Conference   
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel | Springfield, MA
March 7-9, 2018

Advising: Elevate Your Game!
Call for Proposals open – September 1, 2017   
Submission deadline – November 3, 2017
Proposal notifications – mid-December 2017

“Stairs elevate you; ethics elevates you; goodness elevates you; awareness elevates you; wisdom elevates you.” - Mehmet Murat Ildan

“Being at the top of your game intellectually, philosophically, politically, is not a forever thing.” - Neil DeGrasse-Tyson

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2018 NACADA Region 1 conference in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Home to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, advisors will convene for our own version of ‘March Madness,’ coming together to network, build community, and discuss best practices in the field of advising.  Some of our guiding questions for our time together are:

  • How can advisors be effective teammates and coaches for students, assisting them in achieving their personal and academic goals?
  • What does it mean to elevate students in your work?  What does success look like?  How is it measured?  
  • What does it mean for you to be at the ‘top of your game’ as an advisor?  What knowledge, tools, and skills are necessary?

We welcome proposals from administrators, faculty, and advisors from all levels, backgrounds, and institutions.  Proposals will be selected based on their relevance to current issues, creativity, uniqueness, and their ability to be practically applied outside the conference setting.

To review proposal submission instructions and submit a proposal, go to

Presenters are encouraged to apply for a scholarship to assist with conference funding.  

Members with accepted proposals will be given the opportunity to partner with a Presentation Mentor, a NACADA Region 1 member who has successfully presented in the past.  Mentors will be available to discuss the content/form of your presentation, and will offer support and feedback to ensure the strongest possible session.  More information will be available in mid-December.

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

Please direct any questions about the proposal process to our Program Co-Chairs:

Jessie Karner, Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
Brian Koslowski, Brandeis University,


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 highly 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 if 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 if 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 presenters.