The Mentoring Institute at UNM is pleased to announce its 10th Annual Mentoring Conference, A Decade of Cultivating an Inclusive Mentoring Community: Developmental Networks for Innovation, Achievement, and Transformation. This five-day event will be held from Monday, October 23, 2017, through Friday, October 27, 2017 at the University of New Mexico, Student Union Building, Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Call for Proposals Release


March 15, 2017

Abstract Proposal Submission Deadline


May 15, 2017

Accepted Proposal Notification

Last Date to Register as Peer-Reviewer


May 30, 2017

June 15, 2017 

Paper Submission Due

Peer-Review Process


June 30, 2017

July 1-30, 2017

Peer-Reviewed Papers Returned


August 1, 2017

Final Paper Submission Due

Last Date to Register as Volunteer


August 30, 2017

September 30, 2017

Standard Registration Deadline


October 7, 2017


We invite faculty, staff, and students of higher education, researchers, K-12 educators, community leaders, administrators, non-profit partners, government agencies, and other professionals to join us in a rich mix of conversation, networking opportunities, hands-on workshops, and engagement among scholars and professionals in the fields of mentoring, coaching, and leadership.

What We Are Looking For

We are particularly keen to receive proposals that are: (a) Informative and relevant to the field of developmental relationships; (b) Supported by theory and research; and (c) Demonstrate ideas that are applicable to the conference theme. The term 'Developmental Networks' includes but is not limited to: mentoring, coaching, networking, and sponsorship. 

We are interested in presentations based on the following topics: Mentoring, Coaching, and Leadership, within the following strands: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), Arts, Humanities, Business, Health Sciences, Education, and others. We seek proposals that accomplish any of the following:

  • Builds on the knowledge base of existing literature in the field of developmental relationships.

  • Demonstrates the effectiveness of existing mentoring programs.

  • Proposes a methodology or evaluation model for developmental relationships.

  • Suggests new ideas and best practices for successful developmental relationships.

  • Promotes diversity and inclusion, cross-cultural relationships, and innovation.


Presenters in the 2017 conference must meet the following requirements. (Please read these carefully, as they are mandatory for all presenters):


  • 45-Minute Presentation: Each presenter is assigned a 45-minute slot to present during the concurrent sessions at the conference (30-minutes for presentation, 15-minutes for Q&A, and 5-minutes for session evaluations).

  • 5-7-Page Paper: All presenters are required to submit a 5-7-page paper on the topic of your presentation. Papers will be peer-reviewed and published in the 2017 conference proceedings.

  • Optional Poster Submission: In addition to submitting a paper we strongly suggest the submission of a poster to be displayed during the 2017 Poster Session. If you submit a poster of the same topic of your individual or panel session you do not need to write an additional poster paper.


  • If you are submitting a poster only, you will need to submit a 1-2 page paper describing the content of your poster.


Call for Reviewers

The Mentoring Institute is seeking reviewers to assist at the 2017 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.


  1. Review 5 - 10 papers during the review cycle from July 1-30, 2017

  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.

We greatly appreciate your assistance and encourage you to take advantage of this valuable opportunity!

Call for Moderators

The Mentoring Institute is also seeking volunteers to assist as room moderators. This is a great opportunity for networking, professional development, and serving at a great community of practice.


  1. Work at least 3 hours as session moderator.

  2. Introduce the presenter(s) of the session

  3. Facilitate presentation setup

  4. Start/end sessions on time

  5. Handout and collect session’s evaluations

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please check this option in your abstract submission form and send an email to The Mentoring Institute regarding your interest in volunteering as a session moderator and  times you will be able to help out!

We greatly appreciate your assistance and encourage you to take advantage of this valuable opportunity!


  1. Call For Proposals: The 2017 Call for Proposals will be released on Wednesday, March 15th. Abstracts should be submitted through our website, and must not exceed 250 words.

  2. Abstract Submission: The deadline to submit abstracts is Monday, May 15th.  Authors will be notified of proposal acceptance or exclusion by Tuesday, May 30th.

  3. Last Date to Register as Peer-Reviewer: If you are a past presenter or your abstract is accepted to this year conference, you may serve as peer-reviewer. The deadline to register as an peer reviewer is Thursday, June 15th.

  4. 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 Friday, June 30th.

  5. Peer Review: Papers will be peer reviewed and returned on Tuesday, August 1st with comments. You may choose to accept or reject these suggestions. 

  6. Final-Draft of Paper: Final paper submissions are due electronically by  Wednesday, August 30th.

  7. Volunteer: The last date to register as a Volunteer is Saturday, September 30th.

  8. Standard Registration Deadline: The last date for standard registration is Saturday, October 7th.

Last Modified: Mar 22, 2017