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. It is an excellent opportunity for professional and personal growth and to immerse oneself in learning and networking opportunities.
Type of sessions to expect:
Small Group Reflection Opportunities
One-on-one Coaching Sessions
Join us in June 2024 in Indianapolis!
Call for Proposals
Call for proposals is now open!
In June 2024, NASPA will present the 2024 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference (MLAC), a dynamic professional event designed to provide mid-level student affairs professionals with the opportunity to engage with colleagues and senior student affairs administrators. 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.
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
EXTENDED Deadline to submit a proposal: Monday, January 15, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. PT
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:
The presenter(s) currently occupies a mid-level (or higher) position at their institution.
The program has a conceptually strong foundation and is well-written with clearly stated outcomes.
The proposed session format is engaging, involves audience interaction, and stimulates discussion.
The presenter(s) is qualified and demonstrates expertise in the subject matter.
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.
Foundational programs are designed for professionals who are relatively new to the session subject matter. 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.
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 Thursday, June 13 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 February 20, 2024 and session details (date, time, location) will be shared by March 15, 2024.
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 for all the 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 the equivalent) whose proposals are accepted must register for the conference in order to present:
- Presenters and co-presenters who are AVPs (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 the equivalent) whose proposals are accepted who wish to attend the full conference will receive a 25% discount of their registration fee. All presenters will be expected to pay the other fees associated with attending the conference.
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 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
Call for reviewers is now open!
The 2024 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference (MLAC) will include content-rich sessions presented by talented colleagues in our field. In order to make this happen, we new YOU! To ensure that we offer the most exceptional sessions, each program proposal will be reviewed by multiple professionals in the field prior to the conference planning committee’s review.
If you would like to volunteer to review programs for the 2024 NASPA MLAC, please sign up here.
Deadline to sign up to be a reviewer: Friday, January 5, 2024
Program Review Timeline
Deadline to sign up to be a reviewer: Friday, January 5, 2024
You will be assigned to review programs based on the program type(s) you selected, as well as the content areas and other criteria indicated on your NASPA Reviewer Profile.
- Program Review Assignments Received by: January 12, 2024
- Program Review Deadline: January 25, 2024
The 2024 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference Planning Committee will meet to select programs January 26 - February 9, so please note there will be no opportunities to extend the review period beyond January 25. We recommend that you block time on your calendar between January 12-25, 2024, to complete your reviews, allowing time to thoroughly read 5-10 proposals and provide thoughtful feedback. Reviewer comments will be shared anonymously with submitters for their consideration.
All conference activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis.
NASPA is arranging special room rates for conference attendees at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. Please use the link below 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.
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
One South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis is easily accessible to the Indianapolis International Airport. The airport is about a 15-minute ride by car (depending on traffic and time of day), and rental cars, taxis and shared ride services are easily available from the airport.
Hotel Affiliated Valet Parking
The average temperatures in Indianapolis, Indiana are around 81° F during the day and 61° F in the evening throughout the month of June. 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.
June 14, 2023
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Conference Welcome and Opening Session
3:00 PM - 5:30 AM
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch on Your Own
2:05 PM - 5:30 PM
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
No-host Dinner and Dialogue (Optional)
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration for this year's conference is now open! Click the button below to login and register!
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!
Early Bird Registration
(9/7/2023 - 3/29/2024)
(3/30/2024 - 5/13/2024)
(5/14/2024 - 6/14/2024)
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.
Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by March 29, 2024, 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.
Martia Brawner King, Senior Assistant Dean of Students, Purdue University- West Lafayette Campus
Andrew Davis, Director of Student and Campus Life, Central Oregon Community College
Shawn DeVeau, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, University of Massachusetts Boston
Emily Holmes, Director, Office of Leadership and Student Involvement, The University of Southern Mississippi
Patricia Lin-Steadman, Assistant Director of Leadership and Mid-to-Senior Level Career Initiatives, NASPA
Lori McDonald, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Utah
Justin Sipes, Director, Center for Community-based Learning, University of North Florida
Rayna Tagalicod, Director of National Student Exchange, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Eric Tammes, Director of Student Academic Success, College of Lake County
Nicole Trevino, Associate Vice President for Student Success, St. Edward’s University
Trae Yeckley, Dean of Student Life, Allegheny College
Benjamin Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, Miami University- Ohio
Lee Williams III, Executive Director for Student Success, Retention, and TRIO-EOC, Texarkana College
Robin Williamson, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Central Arkansas
Ayana Wilson, Director, Center for Student Involvement, American University
Invited Speakers & Presenters
If you would like to sponsor the 2024 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference, please contact Senior Director of Corporate Development Fred Comparato at 614-204-5994 or at [email protected].