PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: NACADA Annual Conference and ILACADA Drive-In Calls for Proposals now open!

NACADA 2018 Annual Conference Call for Proposals – due February 22nd:

The 2018 NACADA Annual Conference Call for Proposals is open for submissions. This year’s conference will be held in the great city of Phoenix, Arizona on September 30-October 3, 2018. The theme is Life Stories: The Art of Academic Advising.   We encourage you to submit a proposal to present.

Proposals should be submitted by the February 22, 2018 deadline.


Join us for an opportunity to share scholarly research that clarifies best practices as well as strategies and programs that engage students in advising. NACADA welcomes advisors, peer mentors, faculty advisors, administrators and graduate students to share best practices, engage in scholarly research, and network with our regional, national and international colleagues. Connect with leading practitioners in the field of academic advising as we search for ways to empower our students and advance the field of academic advising.

View the complete Annual Conference Call for Proposal Brochure at:

We hope that you will submit a proposal to present at the 42nd NACADA Annual Conference!

2018 ILACADA Annual Spring Drive-In Call for Proposals – due March 15:

The call for proposals for ILACADA’s annual spring drive-in is now open! The theme for this year’s conference is, “May the 4th be with you: Acknowledge, Implement, Motivate: AIMing for self care to awaken your inner Jedi.” Submissions on any and all topics are welcome, but topics focused on the conference theme are preferred.

Who Should Submit a Proposal:
We encourage novice as well as experienced presenters to submit a proposal. Advisors, administrators, faculty, counselors, career development specialists, researchers, and graduate students are all welcome to submit proposals. If you have advanced techniques or proven practices to share that address higher education’s academic advising needs, please consider submitting a proposal.

Include in your submission: Name, address, school, email, and phone number, along with title and abstract and proposal of the session.

For more information on creating a presentation proposal and the evaluation criteria used by the reviewers, please view the NACADA tutorial guide.

Submission: Please submit your proposal online – click here.

Session Formats:

  • Presentation: One-hour session that can include lecture, demonstrations, and/or participant discussion about topics relevant to the field of academic advising.
  • Panel Discussion: One-hour panel session where speakers address a specific advising topic from their own perspective. Panel sessions are highly interactive with panelists representing multiple points of view from different institutions. Time is allowed for audience input and questions.

Important Deadlines:
• March 15, 2018 – Proposal submissions due
• Week of March 19, 2018 – All potential presenters will be notified of their proposal status
• NOW – Conference registration opens

Questions and Submission:
For questions regarding your proposal, please email Michele Aurand at

Michele Aurand
ILACADA Spring Drive-In Committee Chair
Western Illinois University