Request for Proposals: Mentoring and Advising Summit

2020 Mentoring and Advising Summit: Inclusive Excellence in Mentoring and Advising

Call for Proposals for Workshops and Idea Sessions

Submit a Proposal
Deadline: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Mentoring and Advising Summit Planning Committee will work to balance current and emerging topics, trends, and successful strategies to meet the needs of  individuals serving students as formal and informal advisors, mentors, and coaches.

A portion of the 2020 Mentoring and Advising Summit will highlight innovative solutions and strategies being implemented on both the CMU and Pitt campuses. Please submit a proposal to lead a workshop or idea session.

  • Workshop: A one-hour workshop session can take various forms, from a facilitated problem-solving or idea-generating discussion to a hands-on skill development program. Workshops allow time for in-depth exploration of a topic and active attendee engagement. A workshop must be designed so that participants learn specific strategies or tools that can be adapted and implemented in their respective units.
  • Idea Session: A 20-minute idea session should focus on an emerging theory or an innovative strategy, tool, or approach implemented by a unit, department, or program that might be adapted by other units on campus. An idea session may also be used to engage participants in a focused discussion of a topic and generation of a plan of action to drive process or program improvement.

Instructions for Submitting a Proposal for a Workshop

Your proposal should include:

  • Name, title, primary unit, university, email address for primary presenter (this individual will be considered the contact person)
  • Names, titles, and primary units of co-presenter(s)/co-authors (no more than two)
  • Session title (15 words max.)
  • Background and evidence of effectiveness of the work (150 words max.)
  • Session description (workshop proposals must include a description of how participants will be engaged in the session) (150 words max.)
  • List of three to five specific strategies and/or tools that participants will learn and be able to adapt to their respective units.
  • Brief abstract to be included in the summit program (75 words max.)
  • Learning objective(s) (at least one, no more than three; 100 words max.). Learning objectives are statements of what participants in the session will be able to do at the conclusion of the session and MUST be outlined as observable behaviors. For example, (1) Describe the concepts of microaggression and microaffirmation; (2) Identify behaviors that might be classified as microaffirmations; (3) Employ microaffirmations in practice to positively impact mentoring and advising relationships.

Instructions for Submitting a Proposal for an Idea Session

Your proposal should include:

  • Name, title, primary unit, university email address for the presenter (only one presenter is permitted for idea sessions)
  • Session title (15 words max.)
  • Background and evidence of effectiveness of the work (150 words max.)
  • Session description (150 words max.)
  • Brief abstract to be included in the Summit program (75 words max.)
  • Key take away(s) (at least one, no more than three; 100 words max.). Key takeaways are summary statements of what the presenter will address. For example, (1) How to implement [insert technique]; (2) Impact of [insert technique or strategy]; (3) Group-generated feedback and ideas for strategy development or modification.

Important Dates

Call for Proposals Release: November 1, 2019
Proposal Submission Deadline: December 11, 2019 at or before 11:59 PM (EST)

Submit a Proposal

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