Instructions for Submitting Your Proposal to WPA 2016

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Preparing Your Submission

This year, the WPA 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 aniel 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 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). Advanced: HTML coders may submit their proposal information formatted with HTML by changing the "Input Format" beneath each form field to "Full HTML."
  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 or click on "Save" to send your proposal. You will then receive a short message saying that your proposal has been created.

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.

Within a few days, the person who submitted the proposal will receive an acknowledgment. If the proposal is accepted, only the submitter will be contacted (the submitter is responsible for contacting any other panel participants).

Final Institute prosposals are due no later than January 1, 2016. Final conference proposals are due no later than March 1, 2016. Submit by January 1 for expedited review.

Once proposal reviews are complete, submitters will have an opportunity to refine their abstract and title before it is published.


Ready for the Submission Form?

Make certain you are logged in to the WPA website.

Click here to submit your proposal.