Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline – November 17, 2017

Proposal Review and Decision Process – November 18 – November 30, 2017

Notification of Proposal Acceptance – December 1, 2017

All accepted proposals presenters must be registered by December 29, 2017

The National Association of Student Affairs Professions invites NASAP members and nonmembers to submit an online proposal for the 64th Annual Conference to share your programs, research, best practices, new initiatives, and assessment strategies with a diverse group of higher education professionals.  All proposals should be submitted online to be considered.

Submitted proposals should center around the theme: “Cultivating Student Success in Higher Education”.  We are particularly interested in proposals that address one of the conference focus areas:

  • Leadership (i.e., policies, assessment)
  • Student Wellness (i.e., Mental Health, Suicide, Behavioral Intervention)
  • Student Learning and Success (i.e., Career Pathway & Readiness, Enrollment (preparedness gap), Retention initiatives, Completion, First and Second Year Experience, Academic Advising, Financial Aid & Awareness, Experiential Learning, Service Learning, Pedagogy and methodologies for assessing at risk populations and improving student completion, Transfers, non-traditional students, underprepared students, first generation students, Use of technology for learning in and out the classroom)
  • Student Life (i.e., Diversity, LGBTQ, Student Engagement, Greek Life, Living and Learning Centers, Campus Safety, Community Service)

Proposals submitted that do not focus on the conference theme or focus areas will not be considered or submitted for review.

Individual/Team Proposal Submissions

Individual or Team proposals are welcome.  One coordinating presenter should be selected and submit the proposal in his/her name, with the co-presenter(s) listed on the submission form.  All presenters should have already agreed to participate/present at the time of submission.  All presenters and co-presenters are required to register for the conference by the deadline (December 29, 2017) to be listed in the program booklet.

Proposal Formats

Proposals can be submitted in one of the program formats: Lecture/Paper Presentations, Panels, Roundtables, Posters, or Concurrent Workshop Session.

Sessions will be 1 hour in length and are designed to explore issues, theories, research, and best practices related to the conference theme and highlights.  Sessions on a track highlighting one of the conference focus areas will be 1 hour and 20 minutes.

  • Lecture/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.
  • A Panel or Roundtable Presentation is a thematic, interactive, and structured conversation between a panel of presenters and the program participants.  Panel or Roundtable proposals should include the names of the panelists on the proposal, and have their agreement to participate prior to submission.
  • Poster Presentation is a visual presentation to highlight your project and encourage dialogue and interest with your colleagues at the Poster Session.  Should focus on the making the theme clear, and visually interesting.  Finished poster size must be 30” high by 40” wide (landscape).  Presentations accepted for the poster session will be provided additional guidelines.
  • Concurrent Workshop Presentation is a traditional style conference sessions intended to enhance the skills and broaden the perspective of the attendees.

To submit a proposal, complete the Proposal Submission Form, by providing the following details:

  • Title (maximum of 10 words)
  • Abstract (maximum of 60 words) – *This will be presented in the program booklet
  • Presenter (s): Names, Titles, institution/organization affiliations
  • Learning Outcomes/Objectives
  • Relevance to Conference Theme
  • Identify 64th Annual Conference Focus Area
  • Description/Brief Outline of Presentation
  • Describe how audience members will be involved in the program
  • Will your presentation require a projector?
  • Will you need the internet for your presentation?
  • Will presentation copies be available for attendees?

Proposal Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on quality and clarity of content, clarity of specified learning outcomes, and relevance to the conference theme and focus areas.

Additional Proposal Guidelines/Information

  • Adhere to the maximum word limitations
  • Submit your proposal using the form on the conference website. Proposal submitted otherwise, will not be reviewed or considered.
  • Ensure that each presenter listed on the proposal form has agreed to participate and register for the conference, prior to submission.
  • Submit proposal by the specified deadline for consideration.
  • Notification of acceptance or denial will be sent to the listed email of the coordinating presenter. He/she is responsible for notifying co-presenter(s) of the decision, and ensure each register and attends the conference.
  • Accepted presenters are responsible for providing their own personal laptop. Presenters who use a Mac is responsible for providing the projector adapter.
  • Accepted presenters are required to use the Conference Template for their presentations. The template will be in PowerPoint and emailed to you by email.

Questions or concerns regarding the Call for Proposals should be directed to Dr. Adriel Hilton at

2017 National Association of Student Affairs Professional (NASAP)