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: (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 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.

  • Features participants of different nationalities, levels of experience, and different institutional and organization types.


Presenters in the 2015 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-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 2015 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.



  1. Call For Proposals: The 2015 Call for Proposals was released on Friday, March 27th. Abstracts should be submitted through our website, and must not exceed 250 words.

  2. Abstract Submission: The deadline to submit abstracts is Friday, May 15thAuthors will be notified of proposal acceptance or exclusion by Friday, May 29th.

  3. 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 Tuesday, June 30th.

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

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

Last Modified: Jun 09, 2015