Mentoring Institute at UNM 11th Annual Mentoring Conference Call for Proposals and Reviewers

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The Mentoring Institute at UNM is pleased to announce its 11th Annual Mentoring Conference, Mentoring, Coaching, and Leadership for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Faculty, staff and students of higher education, researchers, K-12 educators, community leaders, administrators, non-profit partners, government agencies, and other professionals are invited to participate in this five-day event, which will be held from Monday, October 22, 2018, through Friday, October 26, 2018 at The University of New Mexico’s Student Union Building in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The goal is to develop dynamic conversations and networking opportunities through hands-on workshops, individual/panel presentations, and plenary sessions.

This year’s conference theme is Mentoring, Coaching, and Leadership for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Innovation and entrepreneurship exist throughout every field of study. Therefore, at this conference we seek to facilitate discourse on the effectiveness of developmental relationships for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. The term ‘developmental relationships’ includes, but is not limited to, mentoring, coaching, networking, and sponsorship.

Presentation Requirements

Presenters in the 2018 conference must meet the following requirements for their session (mandatory for all presenters):

Individual/Panel Sessions

  • Presentation: Presenters are assigned a 45-minute slot; we suggest a TED Talk format for the first 30 minutes of the presentation, 10 minutes for Q&A, and 5 minutes for the session's evaluation.
  • Paper: Submission of a 5–7 page paper on the topic of your presentation is mandatory. Papers will be peer-reviewed and published in the conference proceedings.
  • Optional Poster Submission: In addition to your individual/panel presentation, we strongly suggest to bring a poster to be displayed during the conference poster session. You do not need to write an additional poster paper; however, you will need to submit a Microsoft Power-Point file (template will be provided) with the content of your poster.

Poster Session

  • Presentation: Poster presenters will have two hours to display and present their poster during the allotted poster session.
  • Paper: Submission of a 1–2 page paper describing the content of your poster is mandatory. All poster presenters are also required to submit a Microsoft PowerPoint file (template will be provided) with the content of your poster.

Presenter Registration

  • Presenters must register for the conference; registration will grant access to 15 plenary/round table/poster sessions and more than 200 individual/panel sessions. As a token of our appreciation for presenters' contributions to our conference, accepted presenters will receive a 20% discount from the standard fee of $500. Please register a using your acceptance code here.

Call for Reviewers

The Mentoring Institute is seeking reviewers to assist at the 2018 Mentoring Conference. If you are a past presenter, or your abstract is accepted to this year's conference, you may serve as a peer-reviewer. This is a great opportunity to read and critically analyze scholarly work in the field of mentoring, coaching, and leadership. The annual conference brings in scholars from all over the nation, as well as international researchers.

Reviewers’ Commitment Includes

  1. Review 5–10 papers during the review cycle from July 1–30, 2018
  2. Complete a thorough review within allotted time, following review guidelines
  3. Provide constructive feedback to enhance the work to be published in the conference proceedings

If you are interested in becoming a peer-reviewer, please check this option in your abstract submission form or send an email to The Mentoring Institute regarding your interest in volunteering as a reviewer.

Important Deadlines

  1. Call For Proposals: The 2018 Call for Proposals will be released on Friday, March 23rd. Abstracts should be submitted through our website, and must not exceed 250 words.
  2. Abstract Submission: The deadline to submit abstracts is Tuesday, May 15th.  Authors will be notified of proposal acceptance or exclusion by Wednesday, May 30th.
  3. Presenter registration: Accepted presenters must register to the conference no later than Friday, June 15th. Failure to complete registration by this deadline will result in removal from the accepted presenter list; subsequently, vacant slots will be offered to other presenters.
  4. Last Date to Register as Peer-Reviewer: If you are a past presenter or your abstract is accepted to this year's conference, you may serve as peer-reviewer. The deadline to register as an peer reviewer is Friday, June 15th.
  5. First-Draft of Paper: If your abstract is accepted for a presentation, you are required to submit a 5–7 page paper on the topic of your presentation. The deadline to submit the paper is Saturday, June 30th.
  6. Peer Review: Papers will be peer reviewed and returned on Wednesday, August 1st with comments. You may choose to accept or reject these suggestions. 
  7. Final-Draft of Paper: Final paper submissions are due electronically by Thursday, August 30th.
  8. Volunteer: The last date to register as a Volunteer is Sunday, September 30th.
  9. Standard Registration Deadline: The last date for standard registration is Sunday, October 14th.

The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA is supported by Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health / National Institutes of General Medical Sciences under award number U54GM119024.