15th Annual Professional Development Conference
on Academic Advising

Transitions: Energizing Advising and Student Communities for Change

The Division of Undergraduate Studies at the Pennsylvania State University invites proposals for the fall 2016 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.

Proposals and abstracts should:


Proposals will be reviewed in blind format as they are received. Proposal authors will be notified of decisions by early July. 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: 60-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.

Note: The uncertainty surrounding the Pennsylvania state budget may warrant an alternative delivery method this fall to allow the option of remote attendance as well as remote presentation. An alternative format would provide a cost-effective as well as exciting opportunity for advising professionals to share concepts and best practices in an interactive, web-based environment. All proposals are welcome; additional details will be published when known. 


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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.