Call for Proposals

The Mentoring Institute at the University of New Mexico is now seeking proposals for its seventh annual Mentoring Conference. The 2014 conference will be held on Tuesday, October 21 through Friday, October 24 in Albuquerque, NM, at the Student Union Building, situated on UNM’s main campus.

For the 2014 conference we anticipate a rich mix of conversation, networking opportunities, hands-on workshops, and engagement with professionals from a diverse variety of disciplines.

We seek to facilitate discourse on developmental relationships among a broad constituency, including divisions of higher education, academic researchers, educators, community leaders, administrators, non-profit partners, government agencies, and other professionals.

What We Are Looking For

We are particularly keen to receive proposals that are informative and relevant to the field of developmental relationships (including mentoring), supported by theory and research, and demonstrate ideas that are applicable to the conference theme. The term developmental relationship includes, but is not limited to mentoring, coaching, networking, and sponsorship relationships.

We are interested in presentations based in the following fields: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), Humanities, Business, Health Sciences, Education, and the Arts. With this in mind, we seek proposals that accomplish any of the following:

  • Builds on the knowledge base of those new to 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.

  • Proposals that include participants of different nationalities, different levels of experience, and from different institutional and organization types.


Presenters in the 2014 conference will be required to meet the following requirements:

  • 45 Minute Presentation: Each presenter will have a 45-minutes slot to present (30 minutes for presentation, 15 minutes for Q&A, & 5 min for session evaluations), during the concurrent presentations at the conference.

  • 5-7 Page Paper: All presenters are required to submit a 5-7-page paper prior to the conference on the topic of your presentation. Papers will be peer reviewed and published in the 2014 conference proceedings.

  • Optional Poster Submission: In addition to submitting a paper, we strongly suggest the submission of a poster to be displayed during the 2014 Poster Session.

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

  • Presenter Registration Fee: $350


  1. Our Call for Proposals is sent out on February 15, 2014.

  2. The deadline to submit abstracts is May 15, 2014. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words and should be submitted online,
    The abstracts will be reviewed and selected authors will receive a notification of acceptance by May 30, 2014.

  3. Once you receive confirmation of acceptance to the conference, you will be required to submit a 5-7-page paper on the topic of your presentation. The deadline to submit the paper is June 30, 2014.

  4. Papers will be returned on August 1, 2014 with peer review comments. You may choose to accept or reject these suggestions.

  5. Final paper submissions are due electronically by August 30, 2014. Please proofread your paper for spelling and grammatical errors.

Last Modified: Sep 04, 2014