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Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing is the cornerstone of the conference’s 68-year history and the backbone of the Association. Do you have research to share, innovations to brag about, or best practices that others may leverage on their campuses? Consider submitting a proposal to present an Educational Session or a Poster Session at the NODA Annual Conference. Presenting at a national conference is an excellent professional development opportunity for anyone.

Important Dates

February 15
Educational and Poster Session Proposal submission process begins
February 15
Applications for reviewers available
April 1
Deadline to apply to be a program reviewer
April 1
Deadline for proposals and reviewer applications
April 1
Highlight Session applications due (Associate Members)
May 16
Educational Session proposals selected
 June 1
Updated Poster Session Proposal deadline (extended)

NODA is accepting the following types of proposals:

  • Education Sessions
  • Poster Sessions
  • Highlight Sessions

Educational Sessions


Educational Session proposals should include specific participant learning outcomes and be grounded in both research and theoretical frameworks, if applicable. Educational Session must benefit members by meeting one or more of NODA’s learning outcomes for conferences. They are:

  • Increase knowledge regarding trends and best practices related to the field of orientation, transition, and retention.
  • Increase understanding of current research in the field of orientation, transition and retention.
  • Benchmark programs/services with peer institutions
  • Increase formal and informal network with peers engaged in the field of orientation, transition and retention.
  • Enhance student leadership skills related to orientation, transition, and retention programs through participation in developmental learning experiences

Additionally, proposals must address how the information presented can be adapted to different types and sizes of institutions. The Committee is in search of sessions across the three NODA focus areas: orientation, transition, and retention. All presenters at the NODA Annual Conference must be current NODA members; please make sure your membership is up-to-date for the conference.

Helpful Resources

View a brief video of your peers on how to submit a great proposal:

Guidelines for submitting an Educational Session Proposal:
  • Proposals are due April 1, 2016 at 5:00 PM, CST.
  • The lead presenter must be a full-time staff member or graduate student, and must be a current member of NODA. *You will not be able to access this application if you do not have an active membership.
  • All educational sessions at the conference will be 50 minutes in length.
  • Each program proposal will be reviewed by at least three experienced members of the Association, who have presented at any national conference on the topic area.
  • Reviewer feedback will be provided for all submissions, accepted and not accepted.
  • All educational sessions must adhere to NODA's Statements of Ethical Standards and Statement on Non-Discrimination


Highlight Sessions

Associate Members (AM) have the opportunity to submit a proposal to present a Highlight Session. These are time slots dedicated to AMs who are interested in exhibiting their products or services to NODA members through a 50-minute session. One Highlight Session will be available in each of our ten time slots.

If selected for a Highlight Session, an AM exhibiting at the conference will pay a $250 fee (in addition to their $1000 exhibit fee). If selected for a Highlight Session, an AM who is not exhibiting will pay a $750 fee (in addition to the $340 conference registration fee). Presenters will be notified of selection by the beginning of June, 2015. Scheduling of session times will be determined by the NODA Executive Director and a core team from the 2015 Conference Program Planning team based on technical requirements and programmatic considerations.

Proposals are due April 1, 2016. We will only be taking online submissions. If you are currently a NODA Associate Member, please sign in to the NODA Member Portal before filling out this form.

Things to keep in mind as you create your proposal:

  • Your program should have clearly articulated goals and outcomes as well as a defined outline.
  • Your program should be relevant to the field of orientation, transition, and retention.
  • Your program should be compatible with the NODA mission and values



Become a Peer Reviewer


NODA is seeking peer reviewers that are willing to assess educational program submissions as well as poster session submissions for this years Annual Conference. Rubrics will be provided for both.

In order to serve as a proposal reviewer, you must have presented at a national conference, NODA or otherwise. Reviews will be conducted through a double blind process, and will be evaluated according to a standardized rubric.




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