The IMA is now accepting proposal submissions for the 2016 IMA Conference, to be held April 13 – 15, 2016 at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center in Auburn, Alabama. The theme of this year’s conference is “Mentoring Excellence: From Preparation to Practice.” Successful proposals will connect to this theme and will create an environment of learning for participants. We anticipate a broad range of participants from higher education, K-12 education, youth mentoring, government, business/corporate, legal, medical, non-profit, consulting, including practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and mentoring program leaders.

What We Are Looking For

The IMA proposals must explicitly connect to the conference theme and demonstrate both subject-matter expertise and a broadening of the field of knowledge related to mentoring. Additionally, the IMA seeks proposals across all professions in any of the following categories:

  • Reports of innovative programs that demonstrate replicable ideas of “what works” for preparation or mentors/ protégés or the practice or mentoring
  • Presentation of practical tools, resources, or strategies for evaluation and assessment of mentoring programs
  • Reports/examples of successful mentoring and protégé preparation training methods or materials
  • Examples of the use of mentoring for the development of talent in organizations
  • Analysis, interpretation, or creation of policy at the programmatic and/or legislative level that demonstrate implications for programs and practice
  • Reports of mentoring program success with diverse cultures and contexts and under-served populations
  • Sound academic research that contributes to the body of knowledge and offers implications for programs and practice

Proposals undergo blind review and will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Appropriateness of the session topic for the conference theme: “Mentoring Excellence: From Preparation to Practice”
  • Adherence to proposal guidelines as described in this Call for Proposals
  • Demonstration of subject matter expertise
  • Potential to broaden the field of knowledge related to mentoring
  • Clear statement of what new information, tools, strategies, or knowledge that audience members will be able to take back to their programs or organizations
  • Overall quality of the proposal

Proposal Outline: 

Please prepare your proposal with the following sections.  On the submissions page, you will cut and paste these sections into text boxes.

  1. Title of Session
  2. Type of session [you may have a combination of these- please specify]: a)mentoring program overview/report of success, b) mentor practitioner tools/strategies, c)mentor or protégé training preparation/program/materials d) mentoring innovation e)creation/analysis of policy/legislation, f) tools, resources for evaluation/assessment of mentoring program, g) mentoring program success in diverse cultures/ contexts, h) mentoring for talent development in an organization, i) academic research with implications for mentoring programs/ practice.
  3. Presenter(s) Work Context: a) higher education, b) K-12 education, c) youth mentoring, d) government, e) business/corporate, f) legal, g) medical, h) non-profit, i) consulting j) other – please specify
  4. Presenter(s) statement of qualifications/ background that would demonstrate subject matter expertise on the topic of the session – 150 – 200 words as a guideline
  5. One paragraph description of the content of the session250 – 400 words as a guideline
  6. Short statement of how session aligns with the conference theme of “Mentoring Excellence: From Preparation to Practice.” 100 words or less. 
  7. Clear statement of the presenter’s objective for what the audience will take away from the session. 250 words or less. 
  8. Presenter(s) Bio(s): 75 words or less.

Presenter Requirements

  • 45 Minute Presentation: Each presenter/presentation team will have a 60-minute slot to present (45 minutes for presentation, 15 minutes for Q&A and session evaluations) during the concurrent sessions at the conference.
  • Presenter Registration Fee: $275. Each presenter must pre-register for the conference and pay the presenter registration fee by the deadline for regular registration or the session may be cancelled. The presenter registration fee is the same as the early-bird registration fee, even if the presenter has not registered early.
  • Presentation PDF/ Power Point: Each presenter/presentation team must submit a PDF or Power Point of their presentation by Friday, March 25 to be included in the conference proceedings. Formal papers are accepted, but not required. Power Points will be accepted. Please put your contact information in the Power Point or Paper.
  • The IMA will provide a PC laptop (not Mac) and LCD projector/screen in each concurrent session room; Presenters are welcome to bring their own, as well, but should be conversant with how to attach the appropriate cables. No additional AV equipment will be provided by the IMA; wi-fi is free.

Submission Process and Deadlines

  1. The deadline to submit proposals is February 19, 2016.
  2. Submit proposals here.
  3. Notification of acceptance will be made by March 10, 2016.

Hope Richardson Dissertation Award

The IMA gives an award to the author of a dissertation on the topic of mentoring. See the IMA website for details on the criteria for submission of a nomination for the award. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2015. Find out more under the awards page.

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