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Share your perspective by serving as a NASPA Annual Conference program reviewer

Ever wondered how to add your perspective to shape the programming of a NASPA event? Did you know that program submissions are evaluated and ultimately selected for presentation by volunteers just like you? If you have been looking for a meaningful way to engage with NASPA, participating as a program reviewer is a low-commitment, high-impact way to start. Lucky for you, we are currently seeking volunteers from every professional level and functional area to help us craft our largest event of the year.

The 2017 NASPA Annual Conference Leadership Committee invites you to volunteer as a program reviewer for the 99th NASPA Annual Conference, taking place March 11-15, 2017 in San Antonio, TX. The NASPA Annual Conference sessions—over 500 presented in three action-packed days—represent a dynamic cross section of innovative best practices and critical scholarship from across the field of student affairs. The evaluation and determination of which programs will compose this year’s line up to be shared with over 6,000 attendees is an integral task crucial to the event’s success. Which is why we need your help!

We are seeking professionals from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about their work in student affairs, and bring both practical and scholarly expertise in all functional and content areas within the field. SA pros familiar with the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies, target student populations, and the range of critical issues as determined by institutional type are already armed with great framework for the role of reviewer.

As a program reviewer, you will be assigned no more than eight program proposals to review. All program reviews are done online, using a rubric that NASPA provides. Your recommendations and feedback will be centered on session content; session format and learning outcomes; presenter qualifications; adherence to proposal submission guidelines; and relationship to the annual conference topics. This year's conference features a speacial focus on NASPA’s Guiding Principles—which we call our 4 I’s—Integrity, Innovation, Inclusion, and Inquiry.

If you are interested in serving as a program reviewer, creating a profile to start the process is easy. Please log in to the NASPA Engagement Portal to complete your reviewer profile, providing us information to help the committee match you with the programs that align to your expertise and experience. You can continue to edit your profile throughout the year as you develop new skill sets and master additional focus areas. We are hopeful you will continue to enrich our selection process for other events with continued participation in this important capacity.

But, I submitted a program—doesn’t that mean I can’t review? Great news! You are also welcome to volunteer as a program reviewer. Individuals who have submitted a program proposal will have the chance to review programs which are not a direct conflict of interest with their own program submissions. You will not be able to review program submissions which list you as a presenter.

We ask that you please complete your reviewer profile no later than Friday, September 2. All program reviewers will receive further instructions on how to complete the review process the week of September 5.

Interested in additional information on the process and insights into how to be a great reviewer? Please check out the archived recording and transcript of our live briefing, Making Good Programs into Great Programs: Be a Reviewer for the NASPA Annual Conference.

We look forward to seeing you at #NASPA17 in San Antonio. It’s Texas—so think BIG! 

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