He Wa'a He Moku He Wa'a | A canoe is an Island, an Island is a canoe
2019 Call for Proposals for Region 9 & 10 Conference
Final Due Date was September 21, 2018

This Hawaiian proverb reminds us that the pursuit of education is a journey, and that success is dependent on our commitment to each other and to the students we serve. As academic advisors/counselors, we are navigators,observing, monitoring, and adapting to the diverse factors in our students' lives, guiding them towards their educational destination. Regardless of our location, on an island or on the continent, we are a canoe, a vessel stocked with the necessities to guide students on their journey. A canoe equipped with resources we can draw on to achieve our goals and help students achieve theirs. it is vital to cultivate and nurture those resources to understand how to maximize them as we traverse the world of academic advising.

All presentation topics are welcome, and key focus areas will include advising graduate students, community colleges, diversity, and leadership.

To review proposal submission instructions, read below and submit a proposal using 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 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.