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Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing is the cornerstone of the conference’s 70-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 at the NODA Annual Conference. Presenting at a national conference is an excellent professional development opportunity for anyone.

Important Dates:

February 19
Educational session proposal submission process begins
February 19
Educational session peer reviewer application process begins
February 21  Free member webinar on "Writing an Effective Annual Conference Educational Session Proposal" - Watch Here
March 22
Deadline for peer reviewer applications 
April 18
Deadline for educational session proposals at 11:59 pm CST
Late May to Mid June Educational Session proposals selected



What to include in your proposal:

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 Annual Conference Planning 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.

Important Guidelines:

  • 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 the 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

Updates & Changes to the Proposal Process: 
  • Presenters will be asked to limit the title of their presentation to 60 characters.
  • Presenters will be asked to limit the abstract of their presentation to 500 characters.
  • Presenters will be asked to include time frames in the outline of their presentation content.
  • Presenters will be asked to select a "Primary Intended Audience" vs. selecting multiple or all options for that prompt.
  • Presenters will be asked to identify which Core Competencies their presentation content addresses, at which level they are addressed, and how attendees will be developed on each competency during the presentation. 
  • No person shall be allowed to submit more than 10 educational session proposals for the annual conference, regardless of if a person is listed as the primary presenter or not. Any submissions over 10 will not be peer-reviewed.



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