2019 Call for Proposals for Region 8 Conference
Will open August 15
Closes: Pre-conference proposals are closed
Conference proposals are closed

We invite you to share your expertise with your colleagues from across Region 8 at the Calgary Conference from March 7-9, 2019. The call for proposals is now open and we encourage all of our colleagues, from experienced advisors to brand new professionals to submit a proposal for presentation. Regional conferences are a great way engage with the association as many of the issues that are relevant to you in your work are common throughout the region. 

This year, the conference theme represents the unbeatable work that advisors, in different capacities, do to support students and one another through sharing expertise and best practices. Coming Together: Empower, Engage, Energize will provide an opportunity for advisors to learn from one another and enhance their own skills in advising. Our session topics will support a variety of strategic goals for advising including student success and retention, internationalization, indigenous engagement, and diversity / inclusivity as well as many areas of advising that will help build professional development and knowledge. It will prove that when we all engage and come together, we actually empower and energize each other and our students. In turn, this reflects in providing exemplary support to students in our various institutions.

To tie into our theme this year, please consider aligning your proposal with one (or all) of our focus words: Empower, Engage, Energize

Submit a proposal to present at the NACADA Region 8 2019 Conference. All presentation topics are welcome, and key focus areas will include community colleges, advising research, and diversity and Inclusion. The theme for 2019 is: Coming Together: Empower, Engage and Energize: 

To review proposal submission instruction 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 higly 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 ir 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 paper presenters.