14th Annual Professional Development Conference
on Academic Advising

Looking to the Future: The Importance of the Academic Adviser in Higher Education

Examine the breadth and depth of the academic adviser's role in higher education and the importance of diverse and intentional measures that support, uplift, challenge, develop, and analyze the adviser's work, dreams, and growth.

The Division of Undergraduate Studies at the Pennsylvania State University invites members of the higher education community to submit proposals for presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and posters for the fall 2015 Professional Development Conference on Academic Advising.  We seek proposals for sessions that support the above theme, stimulate thought and conversation among participants, and contribute to a better understanding of academic advising on campuses today as well as the exciting directions the field could take in the future. The conference takes place Friday, September 11, 2015, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, University Park, PA, and proposals are due not later than Friday, May 15.

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.

Poster Session: Visual presentations showcasing advising research, special programs, or activities that support the conference theme. This session will occur during the lunch hour, when presenters will be able to network with participants, share their work, and solicit feedback.


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:*
Academic Institution:*
Zip/Postal Code:
Additional Presenter(s):
(include name, degree, position title, and academic 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.