Call for Proposals


4th Annual Academic Advising Conference

 The deadline for proposals has closed.

Questions can be directed to Paula Caldwell, 2017 Conference Proposal Chair at

A Call for Proposals:

Submit your proposals for the 4th Annual Academic Advising Association Conference, “Guiding College Students on their Journey:  Navigating Obstacles and Building Resiliency”.  The conference committee hopes that this one-day event will inspire and motivate advisors and student affairs personnel to think critically about how the discourse of “resiliency” impacts twenty-first century college students on our campuses.  In an effort to guide conference topics and proposals, the conference committee has identified four thematic pillars. These pillars will help conference attendees acquire an improved understanding of the complexities of “resiliency.”



  • Ethnic and Socio-Cultural Identity
  • International Origins and Connections
  • Underrepresented Groups (i.e. First Generation, Undocumented, LGBTQ, Veterans, disabled and other student groups).


Collaboration & Partnerships

  • Collaboration, interconnection, and interreliance between advisors, faculty and student affairs personnel and students (i.e.: study abroad and academic advising, multicultural office and health services, etc.)


Methods, Theories, & Practices

  • Theories and Ideas that inform advising ( i.e. developmental advising, identity development, learning-centered paradigm, strength-based advising and others)
  • Methodologies and Research
  • Daily practices that sustain our work (i.e. day-to-day practices that work)


Managing Crisis & Healing

  • Mental Health Consideration for 21st century students (i.e. challenges and practical suggestions on helping students manage mental health)
  • Managing personal, financial, and academic crisis (i.e. different strategies to help students work through crises)
  • Healing strategies for advisors ( i.e. dealing with student crisis trauma)


Proposals are welcome from all colleagues and intercampus cooperation is appreciated.  We encourage novices and experienced presenters alike, including graduate students.  We are looking for interactive, innovative, and engaging presentations that will assist attendees in enhancing their knowledge and skills to aid student success. In addition, do not feel like you need to be an expert to present.  All of us have the ability to share our ideas or experiences and lead others through discussions or reflections. 


The conference is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21st, at the Nebraska East Campus Union.  Each conference session is 60 minutes.  Proposals should include the session title, presenter information, technology/equipment needs, and advising-related topics*.  Please include an abstract of 250 words or less describing your presentation and desired learning objectives.  Two weeks prior to the conference, a 150-word description of the selected presentations will be requested to include in the conference program.  The following program formats will be considered: single or group presentations, panel discussions, and poster presentations.

Keynote Address:  “Building Resilience as a Cultural Sustaining Pedagogy (CSP) in Academic Advising” by Dr. Laura K. Muñoz, the Joe B. Frantz Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a former National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow.  Dr. Muñoz specializes in the history of race, gender, and education in the American Southwest.  She has published essays on the history of Mexican American school desegregation and on reconceptualizing the American history survey for high school and college students.  Her interest in student advocacy grew out of her childhood experiences. She attended five public elementary schools as a result of the busing desegregation plan that emerged from the federal lawsuit Cisneros v. Corpus Christi Independent School District (1970).  After earning her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2006, she returned to her hometown university—a Hispanic-Serving Institution—where she teaches extensively in the First-Year Learning Communities Program and where she specializes in working with first-generation, low-income, non-traditional, and transfer students.  She has advised students formally and informally across the university at all levels, including honors students and McNair Scholars.  She also previously directed the History M.A. program, advising students from application to graduation.  In 2016, she won the TAMUCC College of Liberal Arts “Excellence in Teaching” Award for her commitment to student success.  


* We encourage you to incorporate advising-related information into your presentation or incorporate 5-15 minutes for advisor discussion.


Questions can be directed to Paula Caldwell, 2017 Conference Proposal Chair at  

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