The Mentoring Institute at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is now seeking proposals for the 2015 mentoring conference: New Perspectives in Mentoring: A Quest for Leadership Excellence & Innovation.  The 8th annual conference will be held on Tuesday, October 20 through Friday, October 23 at the Student Union Building, situated on UNM’s main campus in Albuquerque, NM.

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 informative and relevant to the field of developmental relationships, those which are supported by theory and research, and which demonstrate ideas that are applicable to the conference theme. The term 'developmental relationship' includes but is not limited to: mentoring, coaching, networking, and sponsorship. 

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

  • Builds on the knowledgebase 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.

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


Presenters in the 2015 conference must to meet the following requirements. (Please read these carefully, as they are mandatory for all presenters):


  • 45 Minute Presentation: Each presenter is assigned a 45-minutes 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 2015 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 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 only submitting a poster, you will need to submit a 1-2 page paper describing your poster.

  • Presenter Registration Fee: $350


  1. Our Call for Proposals is sent out on Friday, March 27th.

  2. The deadline to submit abstracts is Friday, May 15th. 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 30th.

  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 30th.

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

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

Last Modified: Mar 25, 2015