Call for Proposals

6th Women and Leadership Conference

Reflection and Rejuvenation: Inspiring Women Leaders
15 – 17 June 2022
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

6th ILA Women and Leadership Conference

Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline: 07 January 2022

Decision Date: Status Notifications Will Be Emailed by or on 14 March 2022

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Program Team
Conference Theme
Streams
Submission Types (Presentation Formats)
Evaluation Process & Criteria
Information Needed When Submitting
Tips for Submitting
General Information & Requirements
Acknowledgement of Terms

Questions?
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Program Team

Conference Chair

Liza Howe-Walsh, Reader in International Human Resources Management, Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management, University of Portsmouth

Program Co-Chairs

Sue Kirk, Senior Lecturer in International Human Resource Management, Leadership, Work and Organisation, Newcastle University
Victoria Pagan, Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management, Business School, Newcastle University  

Stream Co-Chairs

Reflection and Rejuvenation: Inspiring Women Leaders 
Rita Gardiner, Assistant Professor, Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies, Faculty of Education, Western University
Liza Howe-WalshReader in International Human Resources ManagementOrganisation Studies and Human Resource ManagementUniversity of Portsmouth

Leadership Across Culture and Context
Wendy Fox-Kirk, Assistant Professor, Business Administration & Marketing, Weber State University
Dionne Rosser-Mims, Vice Chancellor, Troy University – Phenix City 

Advancing Leadership Development and Education Globally
Karen Perham-Lippman, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Manager, Talent Acquisition and Global Diversity, Lumen Technologies
Randal Thompson, President & CEO, Dream Connect Global

Helping Girls and Young Women Become Leaders
Chrys Egan, Associate Dean, Fulton School of Liberal Arts, Fulton Dean’s Office, Salisbury University
Hayley Finn, Student, Faculty of Education, Western University 

Conference Theme

The 2022 ILA Women and Leadership Member Community Conference Committee is proud to announce its 6th conference scheduled for 15-17 June 2022 at the University of Portsmouth, UK. The conference theme is Reflection and Rejuvenation: Inspiring Women Leaders.

We are living in an exhausting period of time with constant demands, deadlines, and daily dilemmas, further heightened by global sustainability challenges and the pandemic. The theme and aim of the conference is to provide space and time to reflect and rejuvenate whilst developing our research and practice as leaders for today and tomorrow.

The women and leadership conference committee invite you to spend some time exploring our theme and streams for the conference. We want to support your development and the development of others to provide an opportunity to support reflection in leadership practice.  Whilst we have provided a list of possibilities, please do remember we are an inclusive community and welcome submissions that fit broadly within our streams. Whether you are at the early, mid, or later stage of your career, we welcome both scholarly and professional practice submissions. We encourage submissions that start and continue leadership conversations to support women’s leadership and promote diversity, equality, and inclusion for all.

Streams

Aligned to the theme of the conference to provide time to reflect and rejuvenate ourselves, we welcome participants who would like to develop their reflective practice. Whether you have engaged in reflective practice on a regular basis and want to share your experiences or those you have supported, we welcome submissions aimed at inspiring leadership practice from scholarly and professional practice.

This stream supports the development of women through their reflection of leadership experiences and practice.

Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Approaches to achieve reflection in practice including ourselves, others, and the global environment
  • Methods for developing reflective practice such as: stress management, meditation, mindfulness training, journaling, artwork, music, mind-body exercise, visualization, etc.
  • Research and case studies of women leaders around the globe who have developed their leadership practice through reflection of crucible experiences
  • Best practices and skill sets for developing solutions to support rejuvenation of self, leadership practice, etc., such as creating safe spaces, dialogue across differences, building consensus, and/or resolving conflict, i.e. intergroup dialogue, mediation, negotiations, restorative practices, and peacebuilding
  • Work/life balance

This conference will continue to honor the legacy of women supporting the leadership development of others by creating a stream focused on learning from and about women leading together across different cultures, sectors, disciplines, generations, sects, classes, diverse and intersecting identities, and professions.

Submissions on cross national, multi-generational, and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged, as are collaborations between scholars and professional practitioners. Empirical and theoretical/conceptual presentations from any methodological approach are welcome, along with presentations on practical, contemporary approaches to women’s leadership across cultures and contexts.

Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Culturally-specific and/or intersectional approaches, models, tools, instruments, exercises
  • Cultural intelligence, cultural agility, and emotional intelligence
  • Coaching and mentoring within and across cultures and contexts
  • Advances and dilemmas in related leadership theory, research, and practice
  • Followership in different cultural contexts
  • Globalization and cross-cultural leadership
  • Individual difference variables and leadership (or leadership characteristics)
  • Philosophical approaches
  • Social construction of leadership and leadership perceptions
  • Religions, worldviews, and traditions
  • Advancing knowledge of structural inequities
  • Think globally act locally
  • Collaborative leadership
  • Diversity, equality, and inclusion

The growth of leadership education and development programs for women has accelerated greatly over the past two decades, as has research and scholarship in this area. This conference stream will facilitate the sharing of contemporary approaches to leadership education that support the development of women to successfully exercise leadership at local, national, and international levels.

The organizers invite data-driven proposals on innovative curricular and co-curricular leadership education programming, pedagogy, and effective processes for the development of women’s leadership. We welcome submissions aimed at advancing women’s leadership development and education in domestic, global, and international leadership contexts, submissions with an emphasis on discussing the exercise of leadership in diverse settings, and those that compare and contrast multiple approaches, courses, or programs.

Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Global and social change
  • International business leadership and global effectiveness
  • Social entrepreneurship and global responsibility
  • Ethical decision making in a global society
  • Program content (creating, assessing, sharing models, curricula)
  • Challenges faced by leadership educators, coaches, consultants
  • Organizational change, process improvement
  • Leadership competencies, skills
  • Place-based programs (corporate, government, non-profit, military, university, etc.)
  • Measurement and assessment of program or learning outcomes
  • Teaching and training methodologies
  • Innovative approaches to leadership development
  • Teams (organizations, sports, or other systems)
  • Power in organizations

This stream is focused on discussions of the ways and means of leader development in girls and young women. The stream will facilitate the sharing of contemporary approaches for developing the skills, competencies, and organizational awareness that girls and young women need to serve as leaders, and that prepare them for future leader roles. We hope for submissions where presenters provide perspectives from different national and international contexts; from elementary/primary schools, high/secondary schools, and universities; from school or university-based programs, as well as those run by other organizations; and research-based as well as practice-based discussions.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical, conceptual, and empirical discussions on the knowledge, skills, and abilities that girls and young women need to learn in order to serve as leaders
  • Programs based in schools, universities, churches, non-profit, and other organizational contexts
  • Case studies
  • Comparative research comparing different programs addressing girls’ and women’s leadership
  • What schools and universities can do to raise girls and young women as leaders
  • Removing barriers that keep young women and girls from leader roles
  • Intergenerational mentoring for girls’ and young women’s leader development
  • Critical feminist and/or philosophical approaches
  • Web-based, camp-based, and other formats for girls’ and young women’s leader development
  • Research and cases of women working to achieve one (e.g., good health and well-being, gender equality, reduced inequalities, peace justice, and strong institutions) or more of the UN 17 SDGs

Submission Types (Presentation Formats)

In order to best fit the specific needs of ILA’s diverse conference participants, there are different types of sessions at ILA’s Women & Leadership Conference ranging from experiential workshops to quantitative research presentations. Please review our definitions here to be sure you select the right format for your proposal.

In the online proposal system (All Academic), presentation formats are divided into two categories to delineate between complete, stand-alone sessions and individual presentations, which are submissions that are meant to be grouped with others to form stand-alone sessions. Detailed descriptions of these categories and proposal types follow.

Pro Tip: Be sure to review participant role definitions and the evaluation criteria used for each submission type prior to submitting!

Sessions (Pre-Grouped Submissions)

Session submissions are complete, stand-alone sessions for which one or more presenters have agreed in advance to group their work. These sessions are given a full timeslot in a presentation room, if accepted. ILA strongly prefers submissions of this nature and encourages all individuals interested in presenting at the conference to reach out to and collaborate with others to submit a complete session. ILA members are invited to use the HubILA discussion group on ILA Intersections for this purpose.

IMPORTANT: Panel and workshop submissions are not double-blind reviewed; presenter qualifications will be considered during the review process. Symposium submissions are double-blind reviewed and should be free of participant-identifying information. Symposium submissions that do not adhere to this rule may be subject to immediate rejection.

A Symposium is a group of three to four concise, oral presentations on a specific common topic that have been pre-grouped into a session and submitted with a Chair and Discussant identified, with time reserved for a moderated discussion by the Discussant, as well as Q&A from the audience. The Chair is non-presenting and will introduce and thank each presenter, keep time so none of the segments (presentation plus any questions) go over, and moderate any discussion after all have presented. The role of the Discussant is non-presenting and analytical; they help deepen the discussion and provide useful feedback. They read the abstracts and/or papers before the conference, noting at least one interesting aspect of each, drafting a few questions, and identifying the links between the papers/presentations. At the session, the Discussant shares   brief and constructive feedback, suggests areas for further exploration or implications for the field, and offers themes or questions that bridge the papers.

A Symposium submission must include a Title, Short Description, and Detailed Abstract (identifying the overarching framework for the session and how the individual presentations fit within that framework) for the overall symposium. The submitter will gather and enter titles, short descriptions, detailed abstracts, and references for each of the proposed presentations within the symposium. (Note: In All Academic, you will need to click on “Add a Paper” on the second page of the form to enter the information about each presentation.) Available participant roles for the overall symposium are Chair (1 required) and Discussant (1 required). Available participant roles for each presentation within the symposium are Presenter (1-3) and Contributor. Be sure your proposal addresses the criteria used to evaluate symposiums prior to submitting! 

A Panel is an informed discussion and/or debate on a topic by three to five panelists with contrasting or complementary points of view, moderated by a Chair, with time reserved for audience participation, questions, and comments. While panelists are encouraged to make short opening comments, the majority of the session time should be spent in unscripted discussion or debate amongst the panelists. Formal presentations are not appropriate for this type of session. Various types of panel sessions can be submitted in this  category (e.g., authors, experts, educators, practitioners, or a combination thereof). The Chair is non-presenting and will act as a facilitator by briefly introducing the overall panel/panelists, posing discussion questions as necessary, moderating audience participation, and assisting with the session’s flow.

A Panel submission must include a Title, Short Description, and Detailed Abstract. References are optional but encouraged. The Detailed Abstract must include the session plan, the names and affiliations of the panelists and an explanation about why/how they are qualified to serve on the panel, the questions that will be asked of panelists to assist in an interactive and engaging experience for attendees, and a description of the facilitation methods proposed. Available participant roles are Chair (1 required) and Presenter (3-5). Be sure your proposal addresses the criteria used to evaluate panels prior to submitting! 

A Workshop is an interactive demonstration or experiential session rooted in audience participation and active learning. Half or more of the time must be  dedicated to experiential learning and innovative, active audience participation. There are limited Workshop slots available in the program.

A Workshop submission must include a Title, Short Description, and Detailed Abstract. References are optional but encouraged. The Detailed Abstract must include the purpose, need, learning outcomes, an explanation of the interactive components, and a brief overview of how the time will be used. In addition, names of the presenters, their affiliations, and an explanation about why/how they are qualified to lead the workshop must be included. Available participant role is Presenter (minimum of 1, but 2 or more preferred). Be sure your proposal addresses the criteria used to evaluate workshops prior to submitting!

Individual Presentations (Ungrouped Submissions)

Individual presentations are proposals that have not been submitted as part of a larger pre-grouped session but will be grouped by the Program Team, if accepted.

  • For Presentation and Developmental Roundtable Discussions (DRD) submissions, the program committee will group three or more accepted submissions together to form a complete session in which the presentation and Q&A time will be shared equally and at least one chairperson will be assigned to moderate.
  • For Interactive Roundtable Discussion (IRD) and Poster submissions, accepted submissions will be grouped into special, stand-alone sessions that take place outside of the concurrent session time slots where participants present simultaneously (either at a roundtable or in front of a poster).

NOTE: If a presentation proposal is accepted, the program committee may choose to re-categorize it as an interactive roundtable discussion or poster.

IMPORTANT: Individual presentations are double-blind peer reviewed; therefore, all submissions in this category should be free of participant-identifying information. Proposals that do not adhere to this rule may be subject to immediate rejection.

Academics and practitioners are invited to submit their research and/or practice-based work to be presented in a concise, oral manner. Three or four related accepted submissions will be grouped together by the Program Team to  make up a complete session.

Submissions for a Presentation must include a Title, Short Description, Detailed Abstract, and References. Available participant roles are Presenter (1-3) and Contributor. Be sure your proposal addresses the criteria used to evaluate presentations prior to submitting!

The developmental roundtable discussion format is designed for individuals who are at various stages of their scholarly projects and interested in receiving feedback. Doctoral students are welcome to submit their dissertation proposals. Accepted submissions will be grouped together by the program team into one or more concurrent sessions. One or two senior scholars will be asked to chair a session, and they will help facilitate the sharing of papers, drafts, or proposals BEFORE the conference. All authors accepted for the Developmental Roundtable Discussions will be asked to read all of the other submissions in their session, so they are prepared to give helpful feedback to each other in addition to that  of the senior scholar(s).

During the session, presenter(s) should come prepared with a 4-5 minute overview of their  project or study, and a short list of two to three questions or challenges for which they would like suggested direction and advice. Other participants in the session should ask clarifying questions, offer suggestions, and help the authors address hidden assumptions and potential challenges. Presenters will not use slides no electricity will be available nor will AV equipment or display tables be permitted.

Submissions for a Developmental Roundtable Discussion must include a Title, Short Description, Detailed Abstract, and References. Available participant roles are Presenter (1-3) and Contributor. Be sure your proposal addresses the criteria used to evaluate DRDs prior to submitting! 

The interactive roundtable discussion format is designed for engaging and stimulating small group discussions between scholars and practitioners on topics of common interest. This format is an excellent venue for getting targeted feedback and meeting colleagues. To maximize participation, no concurrent sessions are scheduled during the roundtable session. During the session, the presenter(s) will frame the topic, pose questions, and facilitate a discussion with participants who join the table. A bell will ring periodically allowing participants the opportunity to move to another roundtable or remain where they are. NOTE: No electricity will be available nor will AV equipment or display tables be permitted.

Submissions for an Interactive Roundtable Discussion must include a Title, Short Description, and Detailed Abstract. References are not required but are encouraged. Available participant roles are Presenter (1-3) and Contributor. Be sure your proposal addresses the criteria used to evaluate IRDs prior to submitting! 

A poster is a visual display of a paper, a research project, a developing idea, or an innovative program that is set up and presented by the creator(s) during the hosted poster session. Posters are an excellent format for receiving feedback from colleagues with common interests. Posters are encouraged from both emerging and established scholars, as well as from practitioners who are implementing innovative programs. NOTE: No electricity or AV equipment will be available nor will AV equipment or display tables be permitted.

Submissions for a Poster must include a Title, Short Description, and Detailed Abstract. References are not required but are encouraged. Available participant roles are Presenter (1-3) and Contributor. Be sure your proposal addresses the criteria used to evaluate Posters prior to submitting! 

Evaluation Process & Criteria

Submission Review Process

The ILA Women and Leadership Conference review process is a rigorous 3-step process. Proposals submitted on time and fulfilling all of the requirements will be forwarded for peer review.

Step 1: During this first round, each submission is read in a single-blind (for Panel and Workshop) or double-blind (for Symposium, Presentation, Developmental Roundtable Discussion, Interactive Roundtable Discussion, and Poster) review by up to three reviewers and then ranked. The criteria used to review submissions during this step are listed below.

Step 2: Stream Co-Chairs will then read both proposals and reviewer evaluations to identify and recommend a diverse collection of quality submissions that meet the stream’s goals.

Step 3: Finally, the Conference Program Co-Chairs, Conference Co-Chairs, and ILA Staff will review the recommendations of the streams, ensure that nothing was overlooked, and work together to create the overall conference program. Care is taken to scan for any proposals for which review work may have been incomplete, English may not have been the submitter’s first language, or the assigned reviewers erred in the review process.

Evaluation Criteria

There are seven (7) general review criteria, each worth a maximum of five points. Each submission type is referenced separately within each of the seven criteria.

After reading each proposal, the reviewer will score each criterion (Excellent = 5pts; Very Good = 4pts; Adequate = 3pts; Not Very Good = 2pts; Poor = 1pt) based on the following elements. Specifics about each are included below.

Symposiums, Presentations, Developmental Roundtable Discussions, Interactive Roundtable Discussions, Posters

Theoretical-Based Submissions: The proposal states a leadership problem, issue, need, or new idea and describes its significance. The content has a scholarly perspective and is based on research/theory, literature reviews, etc. The intended contribution is clearly articulated.

Experiential/Practice-Based Submissions: The problem, issue, need, or possibility is well articulated. The organizational context and why the practice is significant is clearly described. The intended contribution is clearly articulated.

Panels

The proposal states a significant leadership problem, issue, need, or new possibility, along with the purpose and goals of the panel discussion.

Workshops

The proposal states a significant leadership problem, issue, need, or new possibility, along with the context, purpose, and goals of the workshop.

Symposiums, Presentations, Developmental Roundtable Discussions, Interactive Roundtable Discussions, Posters

Theoretical-Based Submissions: The submission is based on research/theory, literature reviews, or a relevant theoretical framework.

Experiential/Practice-Based Submissions: The submission is based on practice grounded in a significant leadership framework.

Panels

The submission is based on literature, theory, practice, or a significant leadership issue or new idea that is well articulated.

Workshops

The submission is based on literature, theory, practice, or a significant leadership issue or new idea that is well articulated.

Symposiums, Presentations, Developmental Roundtable Discussions, Interactive Roundtable Discussions, Posters

Theoretical-Based Submissions: The research questions/hypotheses are well articulated and address important questions and relationships. Any gaps in relevant scholarly or practice-focused literature are well-articulated, or the literature is problematized and specific assumptions questioned. Research focuses on areas of key interest to business, government, and/or society.

Experiential/Practice-Based Submissions: The proposal addresses important questions and relationships that test existing knowledge, research, theory, and practice or lead to future exploration. It contributes important, new leadership knowledge by focusing on areas of key interest to business, government, and/or society.

Panels

The proposal shows how the session is based on a mastery of substantive content by the panelists, and how participation will contribute to attendees’ knowledge and practice.

Workshops

The proposal shows how the session is based on a mastery of substantive content by the workshop facilitators, and how participation will contribute to attendees’ knowledge and practice.

Symposiums, Presentations, Developmental Roundtable Discussions, Interactive Roundtable Discussions, Posters

Theoretical-Based Submissions: The research design (from a range of qualitative or quantitative methods) explained in the proposal is appropriate for answering the research questions. As appropriate, the data collection and analysis meet applicable standards of methodological rigor.

Experiential/Practice-Based Submissions: The proposal provides a detailed description of the design of the practice and evidence that the practice design clearly addresses a significant problem, issue, need, or new idea and incorporates what is known about the subject from existing research and theory.

Panels

The proposal includes a detailed description of the panel format, explaining the questions that will be explored and how the panel session will benefit attendees. The proposal clarifies the roles of the panelists and states in what ways they are well-qualified to participate on the panel. IMPORTANT: Names, affiliations, or other identifying details about the chair and panelists should be included in order to assess their qualifications.

Workshops

The proposal includes a detailed description of the workshop format, explaining how the design will lead to outcomes that will benefit attendees. The proposal clarifies the roles of the workshop facilitators and shows how they have substantial experience relevant to leading/facilitating this workshop. IMPORTANT: Names, affiliations, or other identifying details about the facilitators should be included in order to assess their qualifications.

Symposiums, Presentations, Developmental Roundtable Discussions, Interactive Roundtable Discussions, Posters

Theoretical-Based Submissions: Results and findings are derived logically and/or conceptually from methodology. Presentations, roundtables, and posters should include at least preliminary findings.

Experiential/Practice-Based Submissions: The proposal includes descriptions of outcomes of the practice, with metrics where appropriate, ensuring that the outcomes are realistically a result of the practice.

Panels

The proposal states the expected learning outcomes for panel attendees.

Workshops

The proposal states the expected learning outcomes from workshop participation.

Symposiums, Presentations, Developmental Roundtable Discussions, Interactive Roundtable Discussions, Posters

Theoretical-Based Submissions: Conclusions are described and are well supported by the study, theorizing, or review of the literature. If research is still in progress, the conclusions may be based upon what has been done thus far.

Experiential/Practice-Based Submissions: The proposal briefly describes the main lessons learned, the next steps, and what future work could be done to refine the practice and its contributions.

Panels

The proposal provides evidence that the panel will explore a significant leadership issue in ways that make a substantial contribution to knowledge and/or practice. It suggests how the panel is innovative, creative, or based on a substantial degree of experience by the panelists.

Workshops

The proposal provides evidence that participation in the workshop is likely to make a substantive contribution to leadership knowledge and/or practice for attendees. It suggests how the workshop is innovative, creative, or otherwise valuable for the audience it is designed for.

Symposiums, Presentations, Developmental Roundtable Discussions, Interactive Roundtable Discussions, Posters

Theoretical-Based Submissions: The implications for contributing important, new knowledge to leadership are discussed. The proposal may suggest (or forecast) how research in progress will contribute to important, new knowledge when completed.

Experiential/Practice-Based Submissions: The proposal describes both the implications for practice and how these implications are important to the leadership field or impact leadership practice and development.

Panels

The proposal states how the panel will support participants in integrating something from the session into their own practice, teaching, or research.

Workshops

The proposal states how the workshop will support participants in integrating something from the session into their own practice, teaching, or research.

Information Needed When Submitting

BEFORE YOU BEGIN the submission process, please be sure that all the participants involved understand and agree to the Terms, then proceed to gather/prepare the information listed below.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN, read over the tips for submitting.

NOTE: The submission portal (All Academic) only allows for plain text to be entered into the text boxes. If you paste in formatted text with different font sizes, colors, bolding, italics, etc., it will reformat to  plain text. Please do not include tables, graphics, photos, etc. They will not display in All Academic.

The following items appear in All Academic and are required for all proposals, unless otherwise note.

Submission Items

Select the stream that best fits the topic of your proposal.

  • If the proposal’s topic crosses streams, please pick one of them.
  • Do not submit the same proposal to multiple streams.
  • The program committee reserves the right to change a submission’s stream selection.

Select the preferred Session (pre-grouped submissions) or Individual Presentation (ungrouped submissions) type. Note: the program committee may choose to re-categorize the presentation type of accepted proposals, where appropriate.

In title case (capitalize nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, subordinate conjunctions, and any word that is more than three letters long), 100 characters maximum, including spaces.

A brief description of the proposal, which will be used in the online and PDF programs. Remember the short description is what will entice attendees to your presentation room. 100 words maximum.

An expanded explanation of your proposal that will be used to review the proposal and to provide more information to attendees in the online program. 500-1,000-words maximum, excluding references. If the submission is based on a theoretical approach, be sure to include literature/reference citations.

(required for Symposium and presentations within, Presentation, and Developmental Roundtable Discussion but encouraged for all submission types) If citations are included in the Detailed Abstract, provide a list of references. For formatting of references, we prefer APA.

Indicate if the submission has been presented before. Note: This will be asked for presentations within the symposium but not the overall symposium.

Indicate if the submission has be published. Note: This will be asked for presentations within the symposium but not the overall symposium.

(not applicable for Panels and Workshops) Indicate if the proposal is based on a(n) theoretical approach, experiential/practice-based approach, or both approaches. This response will aid reviewers in determining which criteria to use during the review process.

Participant Roles

Participants do not have to be ILA members (although members receive the best rates on conference registration); however, all participants must have a profile in the ILA database in order to be added to the submission. You can check to see if they are already in the ILA database and add them if they are not. It is important to do this at least one hour prior to beginning the submission process. Please see “Adding a Participant” for complete details.

Not all roles are available for all submission types. All Academic will show you only those roles available for the submission type you have selected.

A contributor to, author of, or co-author of the proposal/research who will attend and present at the conference.

A person who acts as a session moderator. For a symposium, the chair will introduce and thank each presenter and the discussant, keep time so none of the segments (presentation plus any questions) go over, and moderate any discussion after all have presented. For a panel, the chair will act as a facilitator by briefly introducing the overall panel/panelists, posing discussion questions as necessary, moderating audience participation, and managing the session’s flow. Note: Presenters should not serve in this role. For Symposium: Both a Chair and a Discussant are required. To maximize participation and role effectiveness, one person should not play both roles.

(Symposium submissions only) A person who draws meaningful connections between symposium presentations, provides useful feedback for presenters, and helps deepen the discussion. Discussants will read the abstracts and/or written papers prior to the conference, noting interesting aspects of each, drafting a few questions, and identifying the links between the presentations. During the symposium, the discussant will share brief and constructive feedback, suggest areas for further exploration, note implications for the field, and offer themes or questions that bridge the presentations. Note: Presenters should not serve in this role. Both a chair and a discussant are required. To maximize participation and role effectiveness, one person should not play both roles.

A person who has contributed to the proposal content but will NOT present at the conference. A contributor will be listed as “Co-Author” in the online and PDF programs. This role is not available for Panel or Workshop submissions.

Tips for Submitting

Adding a Participant

In order to be listed on a submission, all participants (Presenter, Contributor, Chair, Discussant) must have a profile in the ILA database. Individuals will be in the ILA database if they are a current or past member, have ever attended an ILA conference, or if they have ever been listed on a proposal for an ILA conference. As you organize your submission, ask your co-participants if they are already part of the ILA database.

You also can go here and type in their email address to see if they are already in the ILA database and can add them if they are not. If they are not already in the ILA database, you should add them or ask them to add themselves at least one hour before you submit the proposal. To add a participant to the database, you’ll need their email address, name, title, organization, and country of residence. IMPORTANT: It takes up to an hour for the ILA database and All Academic to sync, so create new profiles at least one hour prior to beginning the submission process.

If or once participants are part of the ILA database, enter their last name in the search box on the second page of the submission form in All Academic, then click the applicable role under the Action column in the search results to add them as a Presenter, Contributor, Chair, or Discussant.

Other Tips

  • It is important to review the evaluation criteria before submitting as more details about requirements are included in this section based on the review criteria. Read evaluation criteria here.
  • Create your submission in a word-processing program first and save it. Use only plain text (i.e., no bold, italics, headers, etc.). Copy and paste information into All Academic. This will save you valuable time and effort – and ensure that you do not lose your proposal information if the system times out (see next bullet point) or you encounter technical difficulties.
  • The online submission system (All Academic) will timeout after 60 minutes if you stay on the same page. You can refresh your session by clicking on the timer in the gray header at the top of every page. Note: If you time out of the session and have not finished submitting your proposal, you will have to start over. A proposal is not saved until it is completely submitted.
  • All Academic only allows for plain text to be entered into the text boxes. If you paste in formatted text with different font sizes, colors, bolding, italics, etc., it will reformat to plain text. Please do not include tables, graphics, photos, etc. They will not display in the proposal system.
  • Be sure to click on “Accept and Continue” at the bottom of each page of the form until you reach the “Review your submission” page, then click the “Save Submission” button at the bottom page to ensure you submission has been saved into All Academic. When a proposal is successfully submitted, the system will display a confirmation page and will send a confirmation message to the email address in your ILA profile. PROPOSALS WILL NOT SAVE TO THE SYSTEM IF YOU EXIT BEFORE REACHING THE CONFIRMATION PAGE.
  • IMPORTANT: Symposium, Presentation, Developmental Roundtable Discussion, Interactive Roundtable Discussion, and Poster proposals undergo a double-blind peer-reviewed evaluation Therefore, proposal titles, descriptions, and detailed abstracts must not include specific, participant-identifying information. Participant information is entered in separate fields that will be hidden during the blind review. Proposals of these submission types that include participant-identifying information may be subject to immediate rejection. Accepted proposals will have the opportunity to revise and include identifying information at a later date.
  • IMPORTANT: Panel and Workshop proposals can and should include participant-identifying information. In order to properly assess the proposals, reviewers and the program team need to have a clear picture of who will be participating and the level of their expertise.
  • Please follow the ILA Style Guide when entering your proposal. This two-page document covers the most common style issues such as serial commas, capitalization, and more. If it’s not covered in the style guide, we prefer AP for its readability and APA for references and citations
  • You can edit your proposal until the 07 January 2022 submission deadline. Log in to All Academic with your ILA credentials, click on “Submit or Edit a Proposal” on the Submitter Menu, then click on the “edit” link next to the title of the proposal you wish to edit. In order to save all changes, click on the “Accept and Continue” button at the bottom of each page until you are returned to your list of submissions. If you exit the proposal without clicking on all the “Accept and Continue” buttons, your edits will not be saved.

General Information & Requirements

Conference Registration is Required

If your submission is accepted, all presenters, chairs, and discussants are required to register and pay published conference fees by a deadline (tentatively 04 April 2022) that will be provided in acceptance messages. Accepted proposals will not be scheduled until registration is complete.

IMPORTANT: The  ILA does not pay honoraria, reimburse expenses (e.g., travel, lodging, copying, or poster production), or waive or discount conference registration fees for presenters, chairs, or discussants.

Proposal Guidelines

Please be sure to review all proposal requirements prior to submitting. Submissions that do not follow the requirements will not be considered.

Consent of Presenters

All participants listed in a proposal must have given their consent to be part of the proposal prior to submission. It is the responsibility of the submitter to adhere to this rule for all individuals listed in the proposal, whether or not they will present. IMPORTANT: All participants must be made aware of the registration requirement (see above) prior to submitting.

Scheduling Requests

The ILA does not take scheduling requests. If accepted, concurrent session presentations will be scheduled on Wednesday, 15 June (all day), Thursday, 16 June (all day), or Friday, 17 June (no later than noon). By submitting a proposal, submitters are confirming the availability of all presenting participants (Presenter, Chair, Discussant) for these days. 

Affiliation Listings

The names and affiliations (e.g., title, department, organization) of all scheduled presenters, contributors, chairs, and discussants will be listed in the program book. The information will be pulled directly from an individual’s ILA profile. Participants can edit their profiles at https://ila.memberclicks.net/edit-profile. Note: it is not possible to edit this information in All Academic.

Questions?

If you have questions about or need assistance with submitting to the Call for Proposals, please contact us at WLC2022CFP@theILA.org or call +1 (202) 470-4818 ext. 106.

If you have trouble logging into your ILA profile, please contact our membership team at membership@theILA.org or call +1 (202) 470-4818 ext. 104.

Acknowledgement of Terms

By submitting a proposal to the Call for Proposals, I understand and agree to the following:

  • For Panel and Workshop submissions: Participant-identifying information is required in the detailed abstract and also may be included in the short description.
  • For Symposium, Presentation, Developmental Roundtable Discussion, Interactive Roundtable Discussion, and Poster submissions: The titles, short descriptions, and detailed abstracts are free of names, affiliations, and any other identifying information related to submitters, presenters, contributors, chairs, or discussants. Submissions that include any identifying information may be subject to immediate rejection.
  • All participants listed on a proposal have given their consent to be part of the proposal.
  • Accepted Individual Presentation proposals may be assigned a different presentation format (submission type) than was originally submitted. If a proposal is accepted, it is incumbent upon the submitter/participants to make note of the assigned presentation format before confirming participation in the conference. 
  • If accepted, each presenting participant (Presenter, Chair, Discussant) must confirm their participation by registering for the conference by the registration deadline (tentatively 04 April 2022), which will be provided in the acceptance notice. Failure to register for the conference may result in a submission’s or a presenting participant’s removal from the program.
  • ILA does not pay presenting participants (Presenter, Chair, Discussant) honoraria, reimburse expenses (e.g. travel, lodging, poster production, copying, etc.), or waive or discount conference registration fees.
  • As the submitter, I have communicated the registration requirement outlined above to all presenting participants (Presenter, Chair, Discussant) listed on this submission.
  • The ILA does not take scheduling requests. If accepted, concurrent session presentations will be scheduled on Wednesday, 15 June, Thursday, 16 June, or Friday, 17 June. By submitting a proposal, submitters are confirming the availability of all presenting participants (Presenter, Chair, Discussant) for these days. 

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