NACADA 24-Hour Virtual Academic Advising Conference 

Building Community and Embracing Change: The Global Voices of Women in Academic Advising

A 24-hour virtual conference running from:
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:00 AM CDT through
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 9:00 AM

Are you interested in engaging in conversations with educators from across the world regarding participation and leadership of women in higher education? Want to broaden your interactions with those doing critical research in the area of women and gender and inequality in higher education? Participate in this one-of-a-kind experience!

NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising is hosting the inaugural 24-hour virtual academic advising conference beginning Tuesday, September 10 at 9:00 am (U.S. central time; UTC -5) that focuses on the global voices of women within academic advising, personal tutoring, and higher education. The purpose of this virtual conference is to highlight the voices of women globally and amplify the research that examines normative practices around women and gender in higher education.

About the Theme

The theme of the NACADA 24-hour virtual academic advising conference is “Building Community and Embracing Change: The Global Voices of Women in Academic Advising.” The impetus is to identify barriers and understand differences by building strong communities in academic advising.

This conference provides an excellent opportunity to share the leadership stories of women, gain a greater understanding of the unique challenges faced within the profession, and more importantly to give deeper meaning to the individual lived experiences of those we serve. In addition, this conference will be an exceptional professional development opportunity for anyone interested in advancing their skill set, gaining the tools necessary for student success, and understanding analyses and approaches to gendered experiences in higher education.

Call for Proposals

Submitting a Proposal

We actively invite proposals from all disciplines that represent the best practices, strategies, programs, and philosophies that address the concerns of this conference. We hope to consider various approaches to leadership development and the importance of research, curriculum development, networking, and mentoring, among many other important issues. In addition we hope to foster partnerships with other higher education organizations that promote understanding of the role of women and gender in higher education.

Possible session topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Status of higher education for women globally and the role of academic advising and/or personal tutoring
  • Bridging the dialogue between the scholarship and practice of academic advising
  • Using scholarship to challenge normative practices in higher education
  • Leadership advancement for women of color in U.S. higher education
  • Scholarly research on equity in higher education
  • Importance of self-care and self-optimization in higher education
  • Importance of mentoring and/or networking for women in academic advising, personal tutoring, and higher education
  • Building support, writing, and academic networks globally
  • How to nurture your professional goals and your students' academic and professional goals
  • Mindfulness in difficult times and its role in maximizing advising effectiveness
  • Building support for immigrant and undocumented students in higher education
  • Retention rates of women of color in academic advising and personal tutoring
  • Emergence of academic advising across the world
  • Women's voices in higher education: critical and emergent issues
  • Research on U.S. female students of color - updates and issues
  • Retention and completion and women in higher education - statistics and critical issues

Technology Requirements for Presenters

Presenters will need to work with IT personnel, as needed, both on their home campus and through NACADA, to prepare and understand the technology requirements and usage including but not limited to the following:

  • Downloading the Zoom app to any computer that will be used for meetings (on some campuses, this may require IT administrator permissions). 
  • Have access to a quiet room that has a computer with a hard-wired Internet connection.
  • Be sure a webcam and audio device are available for all meetings and recordings.
  • Be available for a minimum of one rehearsal and one recording prior to the live event.
  • Be available for taping their presentation at least one month prior to the live event and be available at their assigned presentation time to present live to conference participants.

Additional Information for presenters:

  • Live presentations will be made in English. An additional recording can made in a second language at the request of the presenter.
  • Presentation structure will consist of a 30-minute presentation with 15 minutes for questions.

Web-based presentations are very visual environments. Presentations should include between 15-30 slides.

Proposal Information

The Call for Proposals is open until June 7, 2019. 


Interested presenters will complete the “Presenter Information” form by clicking on the link below and must also submit a 2-minute video of a prior or current presentation in English (slides, if included, should also be in English). The video submission will assist the Proposal Committee in the selection of presentations for the 24-hour virtual conference.

Presenters whose proposals are accepted will be required to work with the NACADA Executive Office to create a recorded version of their presentation at least one month prior to the September 10 broadcast date. This will be done to ensure that there is a taped version of the presentation for use in the event of an unavoidable technology issue on the day of the live conference. The taped content will be available to conference participants unable to view the original (live) conference. In addition, a small portion of some videos (5-10 minutes worth of content) may be used on the NACADA website to provide ongoing content for NACADA members. Presenters are encouraged to practice their presentation in preparation for the taped session as well as for the live event.

If a presenter would like to record a second version of their presentation in another language for use after the live event, it is encourage but not required.

Presenter times for the live event beginning September 10 will be chosen as much as possible with regard to the best presentation time(s) in the presenter’s time zone. Unfortunately, the Planning Committee is not able to guarantee that the presenter will be presenting during an ideal time for their time zone. It is possible that some presenters will be chosen to present during evening or early morning hours in their time zone to ensure that there are live presentations throughout the 24-hour period of the conference.

Proposal Submission will need to include the following to be considered:

  • Presenter Contact Information
  • Co-Presenter Contact Information, if needed
  • Presentation Title
  • Presentation Proposal
  • 130 Word Abstract
  • 2-Minute Video

The submission portal is a google form; you must login to a google, or associated account, to submit your proposal.

Please have this information and the video ready prior to submitting your proposal to make the submission process as simple and smooth as possible.


Registration information will be available soon.

What is a 24-hour virtual conference? 

A 24-hour virtual academic advising conference is a unique-to-NACADA live-stream learning event with 24 presentations, one each hour, for 24 hours. Each hour will consist of a 30-minute live presentation, a 15-minute “Question and Answer” period with the presenter, and 10 minutes of advising and NACADA-related information.