The Mentoring Institute at UNM is pleased to announce its 14th Annual Mentoring Conference, Mentoring in an Interconnected World.

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 participate in this five-day event, which will be held from Monday, October 18, 2021, through Friday, October 22, 2021 tentatively (*) at the UNM Student Union Building in Albuquerque, NM.

(*) In the event of a virtual conference due to COVID-19 restrictions, a one-year membership to the Mentoring Institute will be included in the conference registration.

Together, we will develop dynamic conversations and networking opportunities through hands-on workshops, individual/panel presentations, and plenary sessions. We aim to foster engagement among scholars and professionals in the fields of mentoring, coaching, and leadership. 

Important Dates

Early Registration


May 15th-June 15th, 2021

Call for Proposals Release


March 22, 2021

Abstract Proposal Submission Deadline

In order to submit an abstract, please log in or create an account on our website here, and then click on this link to submit your abstract.


May 23rd, 2021


Accepted Proposal Notification

Last Date to Register as a Presenter and/or Peer-Reviewer


May 30th, 2021

June 15th, 2021 

Paper Submission Due

Peer-Review Process


June 30th, 2021

July 1st–30th, 2021

Peer-Reviewer Comments Sent


August 2nd, 2021

Final Paper Submission Due


August 30th, 2021

Standard Registration Deadline


October 8th, 2021

What We Are Looking For

This year’s conference theme is Mentoring in an Interconnected World. In just over a decade, our outstanding Mentoring Conference presenters have created a rich archive of knowledge of mentoring that serves as a fertile foundation for practitioners and researchers. This year we will continue our search for innovative models for mentoring in a diverse, interconnected world. We want to encourage discussion about work that draws from evaluated, sustainable mentoring programs using practitioner testimonies to promote further mentoring research. Theoretical and practical case studies, qualitative research methods, and practices that reflect effective methods for different populations and mediums will be valuable to this conference.

In light of this theme, we are keen to receive proposals that:

  • Are informative and relevant to the theme ‘Mentoring in an Interconnected World’
  • Are supported by theory and research, and
  • Use the scientific method to understand this phenomenon

We are interested in hosting presentations related to mentoring, coaching, and leadership within multiple configurations such as peer, traditional, group, circle, face-to-face, and virtual relationships. Submissions will be accepted for the following strands: entrepreneurship, business, STEM (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics), education, arts and humanities, health sciences, international, Mentoring during COVID-19, and others.

We wish for proposals to accomplish the following: 

  • A maximum of 300 words
  • Present theoretical frameworks that translate and support the establishment of high-quality connections in the context of developmental relationships
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of existing mentoring, coaching, and leadership practices
  • Propose new methodologies or evaluation models
  • Promote diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural relationships
  • Introduce concepts and ideas to promote and develop high-quality connections

Presentation Requirements

Presenters in the 2021 conference must meet the following requirements for their session (please read these carefully, as they are 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 online journal The Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching

  • Optional Poster Submission: In addition to your individual/panel presentation, we strongly suggest to create a  poster to be displayed during our poster session on Wednesday, October 20. You do not need to write an additional poster paper; however, you will need to bring a printed poster. We will provide display posterboards and tables.

Round Table

  • Presentation: Presenters are assigned a 45-minute slot. The first 15 minutes will be a presentation, with the remainder of the slot used for interaction and discussion with the attendees.

  • 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 special issue of The Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching

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 $550. Please register using your acceptance code here.

Call for Reviewers

The Mentoring Institute is seeking reviewers to assist at the 2021 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 1st–30th, 2021

  2. Complete a thorough review within the allotted time, following review guidelines

  3. Provide constructive feedback to enhance the work to be published in the conference Special Issue of The Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching. 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!

Submission Process & Deadlines

  1. Call for Proposals: The 2021 Call for Proposals will be released on Monday, March 22nd. Abstracts should be submitted through our website, and must not exceed 300 words

  2. Abstract Submission: The extended deadline to submit abstracts is Sunday, May 23rd.  Authors will be notified of proposal acceptance or exclusion by Sunday, May 30th

  3. Presenter Registration: Accepted presenters must register to the conference no later than Tuesday, 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 a peer reviewer is Tuesday, 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 Wednesday, June 30th

  6. Peer Review: Papers will be peer-reviewed and returned on Monday, August 2nd with comments. You may choose to accept or reject these suggestions

  7. Final Paper: Final paper submissions are due electronically by Monday, August 30th, 2021

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

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