2018 WACADA Call for Proposals

Due Date is April 30th, 2018

We are thrilled to announce the call for WACADA 2018 proposals! The theme for WACADA 2018 is “eMbrace Advising: Helping Students to Drift Less.” We are looking forward to a great conference and it wouldn’t happen without our colleagues’ willingness to talk about what is near and dear to them. We hope that this conference will refresh and rejuvenate you so we can help all our students to Drift Less. While all advising topics are eligible for concurrent sessions and/or hot topics tables, we are especially seeking proposals that fit into these tracks:

  • - Cultural Competency
  • - Advising military students
  • - Leadership/Professional Growth
  • - ADA/Accessibility in Advising
  • - Faculty advising

Please read the submission instructions below and submit your proposal using this ONLINE FORM!


Criteria for Selection: Proposals will be evaluated based on interest of conference attendees, adaptability at other institutions, creativity of approach, relevance to current advising issues and grounding in research where applicable.We are seeking a wide range of presentation topics relating to academic advising from a variety of advising professionals in our region. Please take the time to clearly articulate the abstract and purpose of the proposal you are presenting.

Eligibility: We encourage novice and experienced presenters that are involved in the field of advising. WACADA membership is not required.

Proposals Should Include: A 500-word maximum proposal including a detailed description of your topic, learning outcomes, and applicable research. The title of your presentation does not need to include the theme of the conference, though creativity is welcome.

You will also be asked to include a 130-word maximum abstract; this is what will be included in the conference materials and how attendees decide which sessions to attend.

Format Options: Concurrent sessions can be in topical or panel format.

Topical presentations discuss current issues in advising. This can be based on literature research, sharing best practices or your own research whether experimental or theoretical. This format typically includes a more formal lecture but we encourage the inclusion of informal discussion to increase engagement.

  • Panel discussions are a great venue for gathering presenters from different institutions to explore the same topic from a myriad of perspectives. Panel discussions can be highly engaging sessions. Proposals with clearly stated ideas of topics along with a designated moderator with preplanned questions will receive the highest consideration.
  • Hot topics are short (20-25 minute) roundtable discussions centered around a specific topic or area of interest. This format is more informal and typically allows for more interaction from the participants.

If you have questions, please contact Kalyn Williams, conference proposals lead for the 2018 WACADA conference, at williamskal@uwplatt.edu.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

WACADA 2018 Proposal Committee