2024 NODA Annual Conference
November 11–14 | Portland, OR

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Call for Sessions
Deadline: July 12, 2024

One of the identified goals for NODAC 2024 is to make the submission process for sessions more accessible, user friendly, and transparent. To this end, the Annual Conference Committee has created this one-stop page for all ed-session-related materials and information. If you have submitted an annual conference session previously, be sure to read more about Session Tracks and Core Competencies below.

*New* session Tracks

Tracks at the NODA Annual Conference are curated sets of sessions which speak to a central theme. Attendees may self-select to join a track based on their interests or professional focus, allowing them to tailor their conference experience to their specific needs or areas of expertise. These tracks are intended to make it easier for attendees to navigate and find sessions relevant to their interests.

This track seeks to explore the multifaceted process of students’ holistic transition to higher education institutions, emphasizing year-to-year retention and degree completion. Sessions will enhance skills related to supporting student success throughout their college journey beyond traditional orientation programs.   We are looking for sessions focused on trends, strategies, and best practices for implementing transition programs and initiatives to support student transitions in higher education institutions. 

Track Curator: Transition Symposium Faculty

This track seeks to highlight strategies to develop retention plans, provide resources on making data-driven decisions, showcase innovative programming practices, and share resources for retention and student success work. We are looking for sessions focused on retention strategies, collaborative partnerships, leveraging data, and student success pathways. 

Track Curator: Retention Symposium Faculty

Three themes seem to continue to emerge at greater urgency for HBCUs than many other institution types: how to drive student success while navigating institutional, budgetary, resource, and personnel constraints; the profession’s impact on mental health and challenges with burnout; and, meeting the unique and emerging needs of students and families of today. We are looking for sessions that will explore these challenges and share best practices. 

Track Curator: HBCU Summit Leaders

This track seeks to explore the forefront of higher education leadership and innovation, and will provide a space for participants to engage in high-level discussions, exchange insights, and cultivate networks to drive institutional excellence and student success in an ever-evolving higher education landscape. We are looking for sessions led by and for senior-level administrators that will delve into strategic initiatives, emerging trends, and best practices that are shaping the future of academia and the fields of OTR. Sessions should align with the advanced level of NODA’s Core Competencies

Track Curator: Past President’s Advisory Group

Designed for graduate-level students aspiring to excel in OTR, this track will provide workshops centered on the core principles, competencies, and professional expectations related to OTR. We are looking for sessions that will help participants develop the skills, knowledge, and connections for a successful transition from graduate student to OTR professional. 

Track Curator: Graduate Symposium Faculty

This track seeks to explore strategies and innovative approaches to fostering inclusive environments and advancing equity across student orientation, transition, and retention programs. We are looking for sessions that align with NODA’s core competency: Diversity, Inclusion, and Access, and highlight the development and implementation of educational opportunities around issues of DEI. We are also looking for sessions that provide a space to learn about and discuss how anti-DEI state legislation is impacting work in OTR, including hiring, training, onboarding, supervision, and implementation and revision of programming. 

Track Curator: Diversity & Inclusion Committee

This track is designed for professionals who have worked in OTR for 4-7 years and are interested in advancing their career and/or education. We are looking for sessions aligned with the intermediate level of NODA’s Core Competencies, panels on pursuing a doctorate, positioning yourself for promotion or step up at a new institution, and advice on how to seek professional development to advance your career. 

Track Curator: TBD

Core Competencies Alignment

Having trouble identifying the right core competency? Email the committee at
nodac2024@umn.edu or attend an upcoming support webinar.

The NODAC 2024 Planning Committee is accepting session proposals for the following:

(50-110 MINUTES)

Current research, best practices, and/or authentic approaches that advance the field of OTR or our professional careers.

roundtable discussions
(50 minutes)

Organized conversations with moderators who provide a contextual overview to the topic and then facilitate dialog between participants.

skills brief

Goal is to identify and highlight the skills and tools that don’t always get to shine in the OTR arena.

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All NODAC24 Session Proposals will be reviewed and selected with considerations of Core Competency distribution, NODA tracks selection, and connection to the conference theme. Sessions will be reviewed in an identity-hidden peer review process by NODA peers. Be sure to omit identifying information, such as institution name or names of presenters in this submission.

A call for Educational Sessions and Award reviewers will come at a later date.


March 18, 2024Call for Sessions Opens
April – July 2024Virtual Workshops
July 12, 2024Submission Deadline for Ed Sessions, Roundtables, & Skill Brief Sessions
July 22 – August 14, 2024Session Review & Selection
August 21, 2024 Notifications to Presenters
September 6, 2024Presenters deadline to accept invitation
November 11-14, 2024NODAC 2024

virtual workshops

Mon, April 15, 2024 (3:00 PM CST)Writing an Authentic NODAC Proposal Workshop
Mon, May 13, 2024 (3:00 PM CST) InCOREporating the Core Competencies Workshop
Tues, June 5, 2024 (6:00 PM CST)What We’re Looking For: NODAC Educational Sessions
Tues, June 11, 2024 (12:00 PM CST)Educational Sessions Office Hour
Tues, June 25, 2024 (6:00 PM CST)Writing an Authentic NODAC Proposal Workshop
Mon, July 1, 2024 (12:00 PM CST)Educational Sessions Office Hour
Click on the workshop title to RSVP and a Zoom link will be emailed to you


Absolutely! Everyone has something they can share to help improve and inform the OTR community. If you need help brainstorming ideas attend one of our workshops.

If you are interested in hosting an education session as a panel, we welcome those submissions within the Call for Sessions. Panels can be submitted via the “educational session” presentation type and encourage the use of “Panel” within the session title. From there continue to complete the call for sessions submission form, using the “Co-Speakers” field to indicate any and all session panelists.

An identity-hidden review is used during the first round of reviews for educational sessions. All educational sessions are reviewed by at least three NODA members. NODA chooses to implement an identity-hidden review to help eliminate bias in the selection process; reviewers do not see any presenter information or institutional information in the session submission. When drafting your educational session proposal, submitters are asked to ensure identifying information is omitted.

There are several factors why we require session submissions so early and strive to balance conference planning needs with member commitments. Typically, many NODA members’ work ramps up during the summer time so we want to ensure that the deadline properly accommodates our “busy season” and provides a fair opportunity for orientation focused professionals. We hope the intentionality in this timeline will allow our members time to prepare their session and enhance their professional development.

The following speaker fields will be used to populate the conference app: name, title, institution/organization, pronouns, and email address. If a photo is uploaded, the image will also be transferred over to the conference app. Sessionize does require fields titled tagline & biography, neither of those system required fields are utilized by NODA and you just enter NA in the submission.