Call For Proposals

What kinds of program proposals are needed?
Program proposals should focus on the conference theme, define or describe the stability offered to our campus environments by the efforts of student affairs professionals and that involve personal, cognitive, spiritual, and physical development of student affairs professionals and/or students in the campus community.

Are collaborative proposals accepted?
Program proposals may be submitted by an individual, or by a group/team. One coordinating presenter should be selected and submit the proposal in his/her name, with the other presenter(s) listed on the proposal. All presenters should be listed on the proposal and should have already agreed to participate/present at the time of submission.

What are the available program formats?
Sessions will be 50 minutes in length and are designed to explore issues, theories, research, or practices related to the conference theme. Proposals are sought in one of three program formats:  Lecture/Paper Presentations, Panels/Symposia/Round Tables, or Workshop General Sessions.

Lecture/Paper Presentations.
Lectures/Paper presentations are the primary venue for presenting scholarly research and material that pose analytic questions and then develop research-based or theoretical discussions about issues of importance to the profession. Proposal presenters for lectures/paper presentations selected for the conference should plan to submit a completed paper on the topic to the Program Chair by December 15, 2016 for inclusion in a conference proceedings monograph.

A symposium or panel presentation/round table is a thematic, interactive, and structured conversation between a panel of presenters and the program participants. Panel/Symposia proposals should include the names of the panelists on the proposal, and have their agreement to participate prior to submission.

Workshop General Sessions.
Some issues are best addressed in a traditional general session format.


What should program proposals include?
A Program Proposal Form in Microsoft Office Word Format has been included on the web-site. Coordinating presenters should fully complete this form, providing details of the program proposal, including, but not limited to:

  • Program Title (maximum of 10 words);
  • Program Abstract (maximum of 60 words);
  • Presenters, including the names, titles and institutional affiliations of all participating presenters. All presenters must be registered for the 63rd Annual conference;
  • Identified Learning Outcomes/Objectives;
  • The relationship of the program to the conference theme;
  • Description of how the audience members will be involved in the program;
  • Brief Outline/Description of the presentation (maximum of 450 words);
  • Program proposals should: Adhere to the maximum word limitations included above and on the proposal form. Be completed only on the Program Proposal Form included on the conference web-site. Have the agreement to participate of all presenters listed on the proposal, prior to submission. Be submitted by the deadline to the conference program Chair.


What are the criteria for the selection of programs from the proposals?
Proposals will be evaluated on quality and clarity of content, the clarity of specified learning outcomes and specific relationship of the proposal to the conference theme.

How should proposals be submitted?
All program proposals should be submitted online.

When will coordinating presenters be notified if their proposal was selected?
Coordinating presenters will be notified via email when their program proposals have been received by the Committee. In addition, notification of selected proposals will be sent by December 15, 2016. Coordinating presenters are then responsible for notification of all co-presenters, and to ensure that each registers and attends the Conference.

Who can I contact for additional information?
Many questions can be answered on the NASAP website at Or contact Dr. Adriel Hilton,