Call for proposals

Graduate Education: Innovating Within and Beyond the Academy

March 3–6, 2019 | Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, Arizona

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

Proposal submissions is closed for the 2019 Annual Meeting.  Notification of acceptance will be sent by December 1, 2018.

The theme of WAGS 61st annual meeting is: “Graduate Education: Innovating Within and Beyond the Academy” and we encourage presentations that connect to this theme.  Some suggested topics that we hope to address include:

  • Broadening Employment Pathways
  • Finding Growth in Graduate Education on the International Stage
  • Improving Training for Graduate Teaching and Research Assistants
  • Student Support Networks Across Universities
  • Mentoring Sessions for New Graduate Administrators (Associate Deans' Workshop; Deans' Discussion)
  • Faculty Directors and University Partnerships for Graduate Initiatives
  • Balancing Oversight with Innovation
  • Reducing Student Debt and Time-to-Degree
  • Prioritizing Graduate Student Mental and Emotional Health
  • Responding to the Formation of Graduate Student Labor Unions
  • Free Speech On Campus
  • Conquering Performance Anxienty

We're looking forward to broad participation from current and new members. We welcome your proposals for presentations that address these and other topics of interest concerning graduate education. 

Proposal Requirements

When completing the online proposal form, you will need to provide the following information.

  • Title of the individual or organized session
  • Abstract of 250 words maximum, including include 2 Learning Objectives and 2–4 Keywords that describe the content of the presentation
  • Presenter(s) information: name, title, university affiliation, phone number and email

Formats and Timing

  • Panel Sessions must fit into a 75-minute time block, including Q&A
  • Individual presenters should plan for 12–20 minutes, depending on the number of presenters per 75-minute session, leaving time for discussion and questions.
  • Roundtables and workshops will be allowed 60–75 minutes, with time for leaders to offer short presentations followed by open group discussion and participation by those attending.
  • Poster Showcase on Professional Development. Poster presenters need to bring a 36” x 48” poster; we will provide the easel and a time slot for 3–5 minute presentations.

Please note: All presenters attending must register for the conference.