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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.

Important Dates

Call for Proposals Release


March 15, 2017

Abstract Proposal Submission Deadline


May 15, 2017

Accepted Proposal Notification

Last Date to Register as Presenter and/or 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 14, 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 Relationships' 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.

Presentation Requirements

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

Individual/Panel Sessions

  • Presentation: Individual/panel sessions 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 conference proceedings.

  • Optional Poster Submission: In addition to your individual/panel presentation, we strongly suggest to bring a poster to be displayed during the conference poster session. You do not need to write an additional poster paper; however, you will need to submit a Microsoft Power-Point file (template will be provided) with the content of your poster.

Poster Session

  • Submission of a 1-2 page paper describing the content of your poster is mandatory. All poster presenters are also required to submit a Microsoft Power-Point file (template will be provided) with the content of your poster.

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 $500. Please, register a using your acceptance code here.

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.

Reviewers’ Commitment Includes

  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.

Moderators’ Commitment Includes

  • Work at least 3 hours as session moderator.

  • Introduce the presenter(s) of the session

  • Facilitate presentation setup

  • Start/end sessions on time

  • 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!

Submission Process & Deadlines

  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. Presenter registration: Accepted presenters must register to the conference no later than Thursday, 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 an peer reviewer is Thursday, 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 Friday, June 30th.

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

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

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

  9. Standard Registration Deadline: The last date for standard registration is Saturday, October 14th.

Last Modified: Oct 07, 2017