Call For Proposals

WIELS 2020 Call for Proposals

The fourth annual conference of the Women in Educational Leadership Symposium (WIELS) will be held at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina on October 2 and October 3, 2020.  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 follow.

 Submit Proposals
Conference proposals are due by June 30, 2020. 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.

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.

Panel Discussion.
The purpose of the panel session is to focus on a specific topic of interest for women leaders. 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.

Format: Each five-minute presentation can include no more than 20 slides, displayed at approximately four slides per minute while the presenter addresses attendees.  The proposal is for one 5-minute presentation. Examples and further ignite-like session information can be found at these links:

Graduate student roundtable.
The purpose of the graduate student roundtable is to highlight current graduate student in-process or completed research. Students will be allotted 10 minutes to present their work. Presentations will be followed with  a time for feedback and comment from attendees focused on moving the research forward toward completion or publication. 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) content, (3) anticipated audience, (4) 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 to the conference proposal site.

The Word document file name should follow this format:

[Presenter last name]_[Presenter last name]_[Session Title]

WIELS Proposal Deadlines

Submit proposals by June 30, 2020.
Acceptance letters will be sent by email on or before August 16, 2020.

Further information about the conference can be found at:  



Appalachian State University WIELS Contacts (email):

Dr. Precious Mudiwa, WIELS Conference Director

Dr. Susan Colby, WIELS  Conference Associate Director