13th Annual Professional Development Conference
on Academic Advising

Advising Smarter: Theoretical Foundations & Practical Applications
for Student Success

How can advisers effectively teach students to plan and manage a successful college experience? What research, strategies, and best practices can advisers utilize to achieve the greatest efficacy in this work?

The Division of Undergraduate Studies at the Pennsylvania State University invites proposals for the fall 2014 Professional Development Conference on Academic Advising. We seek proposals for sessions that support the above theme and demonstrate best practices, report on advising research, or present strategies that aid in student success as well as topics that address the theoretical basis of the advising profession.

Proposals and abstracts should:


Proposals will be reviewed in blind format as they are received. Proposal authors will be notified of decisions by mid-June. Conference registration fees for presenters will be waived; however, travel costs are the responsibility of the presenter.


Lecture/Discussion: 60-minute session by one or two presenters addressing a specific topic related to the conference theme and inviting questions/comments from participants.

Panel: 60-minute session by a small group of presenters who discuss their topic from different perspectives and typically engage each other as well as invite audience participation/questions/comments. Lead presenters are responsible for recruiting additional members of their panels.

Workshop: 90-minute “how-to” sessions designed to address best practices, new techniques/ideas, and personal development. This format allows extra time for active participation of attendees. Workshops should be highly interactive.


The annual conference takes place at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, University Park, PA. Every presentation room will be equipped with an LCD projector, a laptop computer, video screen, podium with microphone, and quality audio speakers. Other technology needs may be available upon request.


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Lead Presenter:
First Name:*
Middle Initial:
Last Name:*
Position Title:*
Zip/Postal Code:
Additional Presenter(s):
(include name, degree, position title, and institution)
Presentation Format:*
(indicate your preferred format - lecture/discussion, panel, workshop, or alternate format, if applicable)
Title of Proposed Presentation:*
Proposal:* (750-word limit)
Type or paste your proposal in the box below. Do not include your name in this section. Provide a detailed explanation of the objectives of your presentation as well as how you plan to meet these objectives.
Abstract:* (100-word limit)
Type or paste your abstract in the box below. Do not include your name in this section. Provide a concise summary of the proposal.

For additional information, contact committee chair, Dr. Carolyn Jensen, at cjj7@psu.edu.