Submitting Your Proposal to CWPA 2016

Please carefully review the directions below before proceeding to the CWPA 2016 Conference submission form. Please keep in mind that CWPA 2016 asks that individuals submit proposals for no more than two speaking roles.

I don't need the directions: Scroll to the bottom of these instructions for the link to the submission form.

Preparing Your Submission

This year, the CWPA conference has new presentation types for you to chose from. In addition to Conference Presentations, you can also propose a Pre-Conference Institute. Before you begin preparing your submission, please review the Call for Proposals and other information available at the main conference website.

If you want to submit a proposal for a Mentoring Strand Session, a People of Color Caucus Session, or a Two-Year College Caucus Session, please indicate this in your proposal. Mentoring Sessions will be directed to Joe Janangelo, chair of the CWPA Mentoring Project. People of Color Caucus sessions will be directed to Genevieve Garcia de Mueller, chair of the CWPA POC Caucus. Two-Year College Caucus sessions will be directed to Daniel Cleary, chair of the CWPA Two-Year College Caucus. 

Specifically, each proposal submission requires a

  1. Title for the proposal
  2. Name, institutional affiliation, and email address of presenter(s).
  3. Session type
  4. 50-word abstract
  5. Three to five short keyword phrases to describe your session.
  6. Proposal description (150 words for individual presentations; 300 words for full panels, not including presentation titles).
  7. Essential equipment needs. If you need a digital projector or internet access for your presentation, please indicate so in the appropriate spot. 

Completing the Submission Form

  1. Before you can access the submission form, you must login to the WPA website (or create an account if you do not have one already).
  2. As you fill in the form, read the directions for each submission form input field which is provided above and beneath the input field and, in some cases, in the input field box itself.
  3. The simplest way to add your abstract and proposal information would be to cut-and-paste it directly from your word processor. Use simple formatting as you would with plain text email (e.g., line breaks instead of indents for paragraph delineation, aestericks or hyphens for bullets). 
  4. Once you have entered all the requested information, click on "Preview." You'll then see a preview page of what you have submitted. You can make additional changes at this screen and "Preview" again.
  5. IMPORTANT! You must click on "Save" to submit your proposal. You should receive an email confirmation from the website shortly after submission.

What to Expect after Submission

Once submitted, your proposal is stored at and will be ready for program reviewers. You will not be able to access or edit your proposal during review once it has been submitted.

The website will automatically notify you by email once your proposal has been submitted on the site (this may take several minutes for the email to reach your account). If the proposal is accepted, only the submitter will be contacted (the submitter is responsible for contacting any other panel participants).

Final presentation proposals are due no later than March 1, 2016, and final pre-conference institute proposals are due no later than January 1, 2016.


Ready for the Submission Form?

Make certain you are logged in to the WPA website, and then click Create CWPA 2016 Summer Conference | Presenter Proposal Form.