Call for Proposals

Theme: Graduate Education in a Changing Landscape

March 18–21, 2018 | Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

All proposals for sessions, papers, roundtables and posters must be submitted online using the Call for Proposals Submission form.

Call for proposals submission form

It’s important to us that this conference reflects your interests, so please suggest or vote for your preferred roundtable topics through our Roundtable Feedback form.

Roundtable Feedback form

The deadline to submit proposals is January 15, 2018. Notification emails will be sent on or before January 22, 2018.


We welcome session, paper, roundtable, and poster proposals on any topic related to graduate education! We are especially interested in considering current best practices and what’s next for graduate education as relates to the following broad topics:

  • Funding and budgeting in an era of declining government investment
  • Graduate student debt issues and financial education
  • Exploring new graduate credentialing models: stackable certificates, micro-masters, badging, graduate minors, etc.
  • Considering internationalization of graduate education, including joint and dual degrees, international certificates, global educational experiences, and graduate language training
  • Exploring student, faculty, and postdoc pipelines for cultivating excellence and diversity
  • Innovative program design and strategies to promote student success
  • Strategies for expanding diversity as a pathway to excellence in 21st century graduate education
  • Best practices to align graduate degrees and career pathways
  • Building graduate faculty and graduate student community on campus
  • Partnering with industry and government for economic development and alt-ac career preparation for graduates
  • Challenges and legal best practices in graduate education
  • Assessing excellence amidst new forms of knowledge production and dissemination
  • Best practices in recruitment and admissions to maximize retention, progression and completion
  • Harnessing the power of technological innovation in graduate education
  • Fostering innovation hubs, collaboration, and interdisciplinarity
  • Big data: opportunities & challenges
  • Data-driven decision making in graduate education: strategies & practices
  • Benchmarking graduate student experiences
  • Marketing, branding, and communication strategies for 21st century graduate education
  • Situating the value and impact of graduate education in the context of contemporary issues like: student migration, the globalization of higher education, and the national and international role that graduate education plays in ensuring a brighter common future, the gig economy, unionization, the future of work, technology in graduate education, etc.
  • Strategies and practices for graduate faculty professional development
  • Graduate development and fundraising strategies, case studies, and skills-building
  • Mentorship and career advancement for Graduate School leaders: Next steps for Assistant, Associate, and Graduate Deans
  • What does the future of graduate education look like? What will future students want and need? How can we prepare for and adapt to the future?

Sessions, Papers and Poster Proposals:

When completing the online submission form you’ll be asked for the following information:

  • Session, paper, poster, or roundtable title
  • Abstract (100-250 words)
  • Two learning objectives for your proposed session, paper, or poster
  • Two to four key words describing your topic and content
  • Your name, title, college or university affiliation, phone number and email address.
  • If there is more than one author on a paper/poster, or if you’re proposing a session, please provide this information for all those presenters.      

Presentation time:

  • Panel session: two to five presentations, 75 minutes, including Q&A
  • Paper presentation: 12 – 25 minutes each, depending on number of papers (2 – 5) in a session, with time for discussion
  • Roundtable: 60 – 75 minutes with 1 or more discussion leaders giving short, informal presentations followed by open group participation & discussion
  • Poster session: you will need to bring a 36" X 48" poster; we will provide the easel

Please note: All presenters that attend need to be registered for the conference. Co-presenters who do not attend the conference will not need to register.