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November 14, 2022

Call for Proposals Launches

February 1, 2023

Call for Proposals Closes

March 31, 2023

Early Registration Deadline

May 11, 2023

Regular Registration Deadline

May 19, 2023

Hotel Room Block Deadline

2023 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference

In-Person Conferences Mid-Level

The 2023 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference (MLAC) is a dynamic professional development event designed to provide mid-level student affairs professionals with the opportunity to engage and learn with colleagues and senior student affairs administrators. Participants will gain insights from promising practices and personal reflections to further develop their professional competencies, networking and supervisory skills, and acquire new skills and strategies to improve their professional practice. The Mid-level Administrators Conference is designed for those student affairs professionals who serve in roles between (but not including) entry-level positions and AVP (and the equivalent) roles. Additionally, professionals who have been serving in entry-level roles for at least 5 years are welcome to attend. 

As a result of this experience, participants will be able to:

  • Build and strengthen strategies for organizational leadership to include leading change, navigating institutional politics, managing resources, and supervising team members;

  • Develop the skills to manage from the middle, both internally to include staff and supervisors and externally to include stakeholders and cross-campus constituents;

  • Maximize your role to gain a deeper understanding of influence, power, and resources while advancing your professional growth; and

  • Expand your go-to network of mid-level colleagues.

This is the 2023 must-do experience for mid-level administrators!

Presented By

Mid-level Administrators Steering Committee Logo

What to Expect

This two-and-a-half day experience will provide you with new insights to help refine professional and personal strategies to develop as a mid-level administrator and to advance your career as a student affairs professional. The 2023 MLAC theme is Flourishing in "the Middle": Competencies and Practices for Mid-level Administrator Success. It is an excellent opportunity for professional and personal growth and to immerse oneself in learning and networking opportunities.

Type of sessions to expect:

  • Featured Speakers

  • Concurrent Sessions

  • Small Group Reflection Opportunities

  • One-on-one Coaching Sessions

Join us in June 2023 in Kansas City!


Call for Programs

The 2023 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference Call for Programs is now OPEN.

EXTENDED Deadline:  February 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET 
Notification of Program Submission Status:  March 10, 2023


NASPA invites program proposals that resonate with the conference theme of ”Flourishing in "the Middle": Competencies and Practices for Mid-level Administrator Success.” While all proposals that connect with this broad theme will be considered, the committee is particularly interested to review submissions related to the following topics and content areas:

  • Thriving in the mid-level role: Strategies for addressing the challenges and complexities of the position
  • Meeting the needs and supporting diverse mid-level administrators
  • Professional development and growth in the mid-level role
  • Supervision and mentorship
  • Talent management including staff recruitment and retention
  • Advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice in student affairs and on our campuses
  • Enhancing health, well-being, and the quality of life for students, staff, and faculty
  • Facilitating collaborations with other departments and faculty
  • Understanding, navigating, and influencing institutional culture and politics
  • Leading strategic planning, organizational change, and resource management efforts
  • Conflict resolution and how to handle difficult conversations 


For questions about proposal submission, contact Patricia (Pato) Lin-Steadman at [email protected].

Program Proposal Submission Criteria

Reviewers will consider proposals that meet these standards:

  1. The presenter(s) currently occupies a mid-level (or higher) position at their institution.

  2. The program supports the conference theme of Flourishing in "the Middle": Competencies and Practices for Mid-level Administrator Success.

  3. The program has a conceptually strong foundation and is well-written with clearly stated outcomes.

  4. The proposed session format is engaging, involves audience interaction, and stimulates discussion.

  5. The presenter(s) is qualified and demonstrates expertise in the subject matter.


Content Level

The Planning Committee recognizes that the conference will attract members at different stages of their mid-level career. As such, below are the descriptions of the three acceptable content levels.

  • Beginner programs are designed for professionals who are relatively new to their mid-level roles. These sessions are basic in nature and introduce new or unfamiliar trends, issues, or practices and/or research in the field.
  • Intermediate programs are designed for professionals who have some experience or expertise in the session subject matter. These sessions typically explore emerging trends and issues and may also deepen practices and/or research in the field.
  • Advanced programs are designed for professionals who have extensive experience and/or content expertise in the session subject matter. These sessions will focus on practices and research that advance the field.
Session Formats

Reviewers will consider proposals for sessions of a variety of types and formats:

  • General Interest Session: These 50-minute offerings will take place throughout the conference and should have rich content and a degree of audience interaction and engagement. These sessions may have a variety of formats including a panel discussion, an interactive workshop, an engaging lecture/presentation, or other. All formats should allow for some audience interaction and engagement.
  • Pre-conference Workshop: These two-hour offerings will take place during the morning of Sunday, June 11 prior to the official start of the conference later that day. They should have very rich content and a significant amount of audience interaction and engagement. Pre-conference Workshops should have some practical/application/skill-building elements.

Presenters will be notified of their program status by March 10, 2023, and session details (date, time, location) will be shared by March 31, 2023.

All presenters must be registered for the in-person conference. There will not be any virtual presentation opportunities.

  • All presenters will be expected to pay the other fees associated with attending the conference.
  • All presenters will be expected to provide an electronic copy of their presentation which will be posted on the conference app for participants to view afterwards.
  • Presenters and co-presenters who are AVPs or vice presidents for student affairs (or the equivalent) whose proposals are accepted who do not wish to attend the full conference will be granted a complimentary presenter pass in order to attend only the session they are presenting.
  • Presenters and co-presenters who are AVPs or vice presidents for student affairs (or the equivalent) whose proposals are accepted who wish to attend the full conference will receive a 25% discount of their registration fee.
General Proposal Writing Tips


  • Draft and save your work in a word processing program to ensure you keep a copy for your records. When you are ready, copy and paste the your description into the appropriate textbox. 
  • Please provide enough details so that program reviewers can understand the breadth, depth, and scope of your program. This description will not be printed in the program book, website, or otherwise.
  • Ensure correct spelling and grammar.

For additional tips, please visit NASPA’s Program Submission Guidelines here.  

Call for Reviewers

The call for reviewers is now closed

If you are interested in submitting a program proposal for the 2023 Mid-level Administrators Conference, please click here.


All conference activities will take place at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.  

NASPA is arranging special room rates for conference attendees at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.  Please click here to reserve a room in our hotel block.

Reserving a room within our block by using the hotel's dedicated meeting website or toll-free telephone number not only benefits you; it also helps to support the conference. When you book within our conference block, you help NASPA keep meeting costs as low as possible and enable us to provide some of the important features meeting attendees have come to enjoy. 


Hotel Room Rate / Night

Kansas City Marriott Downtown

200 West 12th Street

Kansas City, MO 64105


Single/double: $216 + taxes & fees

Triple: $216 + tax & fees

Quad: $216 + tax & fees

Kansas City International Airport
Distance From Property: 19.1 Miles
Phone Number: +1 816-243-5237
Visit Airport Website:
Alternate Airport Transportation:
SuperShuttle 800-258-3826 or 816-243-5000
Charles B Wheeler Downtown Aiport
Distance From Property: 1.8 Miles
Phone Number: +1 816-859-7600
Visit Airport Website:
Alternate Airport Transportation:
Executive Limousines


Local Suttle: Complimentary


The Metro Bus Service
On-Site Parking

Daily: $24

Hourly: $4


Daily: $34

Electric Car Charging Station

The average temperatures in Kansas City, Missouri are around 85° F during the day and 66° F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

Please note, the hotel and meeting areas may be cooler temperatures. A sweater or jacket is recommended.

Global Health and Safety

With ongoing public health emergencies, NASPA is prepared to manage our place-based events with the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers in mind. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, NASPA staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by our code of conduct and all policies in effect for any event sponsored by the Association.

We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for all of our conferences regularly and coordinate with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the hotels/venues hosting our events.

In all cases, we will continue to assess the risks in the area local to the event and the current status in the United States. In keeping with the Association's duty of care and the responsibility as host, NASPA has implemented safety requirements for many of our place-based convenings.

We reserve the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies. 

For complete and most up-to-date policies and procedures related to health and safety during our place-based events, please refer to this page: https://www.naspa.org/events/global-health-and-safety  


The conference will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2023 and will conclude at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2023. Additionally, several pre-conference workshops will be offered for an additional fee. The schedule presented below is subject to changes.

Pre-Conference Offering
Sunday, June 11, 2023
Monday, June 12, 2023
Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Information coming soon.



8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Pre-conference Workshops

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1-1 Coaching Sessions (Advance scheduling required)

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Conference Welcome and Opening Plenary Session

2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions I

3:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.

 Concurrent Sessions II

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 Small Group Reflection Sessions

4:30 p.m. to 6:10 p.m.

1-1 Coaching Sessions (Advance scheduling required)

6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

7:00 p.m. 

Optional No-host Dinner Groups


7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

1-1 Coaching Sessions (Advance scheduling required)

8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions III

9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

Concurrent Session IV

10:20 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Extended Break

10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

1-1 Coaching Sessions (Advance scheduling required)

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Extended Session

3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Concurrent Session V

4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.

Concurrent Session VI

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Small Group Reflection Sessions

5:00 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.

1-1 Coaching Sessions (Advance scheduling required)

6:30 p.m.

Optional No-host Dinner Groups


7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Conference Registration

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

1-1 Coaching Sessions (Advance scheduling required)

8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions VII

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Small Group Reflection Sessions

10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Closing Session and Featured Speaker



Registration for this year's Conference is now open!

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status at the time of the event. If your current membership will expire prior to the event, you will have the option to renew at the time of registration to receive the member rate.

If you are not a current member and are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as a professional affiliate member for $80. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $250. Both membership types provide access to the individual member rate for the event. Please visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn more about membership types and benefits. We hope you’ll consider joining today!

Registration Fees


Early Registration

March 31, 2023

Regular Registration

May 11, 2023

Late/On-site Registration 


Member Rate $595 $645 $725
Non-Member Rate $795 $845 $925


Scholarship Opportunities

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may qualify for a NASPA Foundation Membership Scholarship or NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarship, which can be used for this event.

Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by March 31, 2022, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.

NASPA Events
Event Registration Support
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 265-7500

Event Registration Support
Email: [email protected]

Planning Committee

Brett Bruner, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management/Dean of Students, Missouri Western State University

Aarika Camp, Vice President of Student Affairs, Goucher College

Anne Flaherty, Vice President for Student Affairs, Eastern Illinois University

Griselda Flores, Director of Student Life, Harford Community College

Ken Gassiot, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Georgia Southern University

Valerie L. Holmes, Assistant Vice President for Student Success, Ivy Tech Community College - System Office

Jenn Kosses, Dean of Students, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Pato Lin-Steadman, Assistant Director of Leadership and Mid-to-Senior Level Career Initiatives, NASPA

Norma Salcedo, Director, Dream Success Center, California State University, Long Beach

Lamonte Stamps, Director, First-Year Programs and Family Engagement, University of San Francisco

James Stascavage, Senior Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiatives, NASPA 

Robin Williamson, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Central Arkansas

Gabe Willis, Dean of Students/Deputy Title IX, Southeastern Louisiana University




If you would like to sponsor the 2023 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference, please contact Senior Director of Corporate Development Fred Comparato at 614-204-5994 or at [email protected]

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