Call For Proposals

WIELS 2017 Call for Proposal

The second conference of the Women in Educational Leadership Symposium (WIELS) will be held at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina on September 22 through September 24, 2017.  The purpose of WIELS is to bring women together to share, learn, and grow in leadership. Women who are interested in learning from others and those who are willing to share skills and expertise are urged to attend.  This conference aims to provide personalized learning and mentoring opportunities for those who aspire to become or currently serve as educational leaders. The conference theme is Advancing the Leader Within: Building Capacity.

Attendees are urged to submit proposals on salient issues, skills, and experiences affecting women leaders.  Session categories follows.

 Submit Proposals
Conference proposals are due by May 31, 2017. Click the box above to submit yours today!

WIELS Session Categories

Paper session.
The purpose of the paper session is (1) to report research results, (2) to analyze policy and practice issues, or (3) to advance philosophical, conceptual, or theoretical thought about women in leadership. The proposal summary should include a statement of purpose, theoretical framework, findings, and conclusions. Research reports must include data sources and methods. The reference section is required. Sessions will include two 20-minute presentations, followed by a 10-minute discussion period per paper. Sessions will include two papers of similar content. Presenters are expected to provide electronic copies of papers.

Practice/performance session.
The purpose of the practice/performance session is to address the “how to” questions of real life job situations in such a way as to sharpen the skills and add to the leadership toolbox.  Presenters are urged to consider role-play, modeling, coaching and other types of performance.  Sessions will include two 30-minute presentations paired by similar content. Presenters are expected to provide all supporting materials.

Critical conversation.
The purpose of the critical conversation session is to provide time and space to discuss specific “hot button” or “stark truth” issues for women in leadership through the use of provocative questions, stories from the field, or performance formats.   Sessions will include two 30-minute presentations paired by similar content.  Presenters are expected to provide all supporting materials.

Panel session.
The purpose of the panel session is to focus on a specific topic of interest to a defined audience. Panelists may represent higher education, community college, Pk-12 schools, educational consultants, and/or other sectors. These 60 minute sessions will follow one of the following formats: (1) short, individual panel member presentations, followed by audience discussion, questions and answers, or (2) a focused question and answer format led by an individual moderator facilitating prepared and audience generated questions addressed to a panel of experts.

Ignite session.

The purpose of the ignite session is to stimulate lively conversation through a cluster of five 5-minute presentations. The purpose of each presentation is to highlight provocative questions, points to ponder, and/or new information in the field. A question and answer/discussion period follows the cluster of presentations. Each five-minute presentation can include no more than 20 slides, displayed approximately four slides per minute, while the presenter addresses attendees. These sessions serve as a means to put forward innovative ideas or practices, lesser known strategies and tools of practice, problems of practice, collaborations, developing research, etc.  The proposal is for one 5-minute presentation and should include a description of content, relevant literature, findings (if applicable), and area(s) to be addressed.  Explanations and examples of ignite sessions can be found at the following websites:

Poster session.

The purpose of the poster session is to provide a space for individual conversations with attendees about complete or in-process research, best practices, and conceptual frameworks affecting the personal and professional lives of women leaders.  Sessions will last 60 minutes with all posters being displayed in the same location. Conference support for poster display materials will be provided upon acceptance.

Graduate student roundtable.
The purpose of the graduate student roundtable is to highlight current graduate student research. A topic of the student’s choice can be presented in a variety of formats (paper, poster, or ignite, for example). Each presentation will be allotted 15 minutes, followed by five minutes of discussion and feedback.  Student will be placed at tables by content or methodology. Participants will be able to migrate among tables at 20-minute intervals, as desired.  Sessions are 60 minutes in length.

Proposal Submission Procedure

All proposals should include these specified sections, easily identified in the proposal by heading:

  1.  Title
  2. Author Name(s), Title(s), Institution(s), Current Email Address(es)
    Place an asterisk * by name of proposal contact person.
  3. Session Category
    Choose from options outlined above.  
  4. Abstract
    In a 120- to 250-word abstract, written for program publication, describe the (1) purpose, (2) session category, (3) content, (4) anticipated audience, (5) attendee participation, learning activity, or “take away.” Note: The abstract will be printed in the program. Every effort should be made to submit the abstract in a ready-for-publication format.
  5. Goals and Objectives of Session
  6. Theoretical/Conceptual Framework and Literature Review (as appropriate, for presentations involving research)
    Provide for papers or other research presentation formats.
  7. Summary of Session Content
    Provide enough detail for clear understanding of content and/or progression of session from beginning to end.
  8. Statement Describing Discussion/Takeaway Emphases
  9. References (as appropriate, )

Proposals are to be no more than two single-spaced pages in length, excluding references, and written in Times New Roman, 12-point font.

Specific Submission Title Formatting
The completed proposal must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document attachment to an email message.

  • The email subject line must contain the following wording: WIELS2017 Proposal-[Session Category].
    Example:  WIELS2017 Proposal-Ignite
  • The attached file title must use the following wording:  WIELS2017_[Session Category]_[Presenter Last Names]. 
    Example:  WIELS2017_Ignite_Angel_Mudiwa

WIELS Proposal Deadlines

Submit proposals by May 31, 2017 to the following:
Acceptance letters will be sent by email on or before June 30, 2017.

Further information about the conference can be found at:  



Appalachian State University WIELS Contacts (email):

Dr. Precious Mudiwa, WIELS Conference Director

Dr. Roma Angel, WIELS  Conference Associate Director