Midwest First-Year Conference

September 29, 2017

Call for Proposals

The conference fee will be waived for one presenter of each selected concurrent session. The fee will not be waived for poster sessions.

2018 Program Proposal Submissions not yet available. Please check back at a later date after we get our 2018 information posted.

College and University faculty, staff and administrators are invited to submit a proposal to present at the Midwest First-Year Conference. All submissions should highlight effective strategies that promote the success of first-year students. The goal of this conference is to enhance the educational experience of first-year students by fostering engaging dialogue and modeling practical approaches to classroom instruction, successful programs, first-year learning strategies, comprehensive FYE models, and assessment of first-year initiatives. Preference will be given to proposals that address this year's theme: Creating an Inclusive First-Year Experience.

This regional one-day drive-in conference provides a forum for faculty, academic administrators, and student development professionals to share ideas, resources, and engaging pedagogy to enhance the learning of first-year students on two- and four-year campuses.

Who Should Submit a Proposal?

The Conference Planning Committee encourages faculty, professional staff, and graduate students to submit proposals on any of the following topics:

  • Academic Support (Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring, etc.)
  • Admission
  • Advising (Career and Academic)
  • Assessment
  • Student Life (e.g. Residence Life, Commuter students, Engagement, etc.)
  • Curriculum and Teaching
  • Underrepresented students (e.g. First-generation, low-income, etc.)
  • First-Year Seminar
  • Health and Wellness
  • Learning Communities
  • Library and Information Literacy
  • Orientation Programs
  • Peer Educators
  • Diversity, Multicultural and Spiritual Initiatives
  • Retention of First-Year Students
  • Service learning
  • Social and Academic Adjustment
  • Sophomore Student Transitions
  • Summer Bridge Programs
  • Students with Disabilities
  • Other

Program proposals must be submitted via the online form no later than July 15, 2017. Once you submit the form, it will be reviewed by our Conference Program Review eCommittee (led by Bri Lauka) and presenters will by notified by August 4, 2017 . Please note: Only the person who submits the proposal will receive communications from MFYC.

Proposal Options

Concurrent Sessions (60 minutes) – These sessions are appropriate for presentations addressing emerging trends, concepts that are integral to undergraduate learning and success, or research and assessment findings that promise to inform the work of a broad range of practitioners.

Poster Session –Poster sessions offer an opportunity to share innovative programs, assessment or research projects, or any other presentation that would benefit the profession using graphs, pictures, and words in a visual display and/or handout materials. Conference attendees will move from one poster session to another during the 30 minute session. Poster presenters are expected to stay with their posters throughout the session.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Connection to the conference theme: Creating an Inclusive First-Year Experience
  • Relevance to the areas of first-year experience, transitions, orientation, student success, student learning
  • Connection to theory and/or research
  • Solid foundation for proposal content
  • Reflective of good organization and writing
  • Engaging program format
  • Evidence of outcomes assessment