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March 29, 2024

Early Registration Deadline

May 13, 2024

Regular Registration Deadline

May 24, 2024

Hotel Room Block Deadline

January 5, 2024

Call for Programs Due

January 5, 2024

Call for Reviewers Due

2024 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference (MLAC)

In-Person Conferences Mid-Level

The 2024 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

  • Build a go-to network of mid-level colleagues.

 

 Read more about the 2024 NASPA MLAC below!

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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:

  • Featured Speakers

  • Concurrent Sessions

  • Small Group Reflection Opportunities

  • One-on-one Coaching Sessions

Join us in June 2024 in Indianapolis!

 

 

Invited Speakers & Presenters

Schedule

The conference will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2024, and will conclude at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2024. Additionally, several pre-conference workshops will be offered for an additional fee. The schedule presented below is subject to changes.

A schedule-at-a-glance is provided below, but you may view a more detailed schedule here.

Thursday
June 13
Friday
June 14, 2023
Saturday
June 15
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Conference Registration

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pre-conference Sessions

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Conference Welcome and Opening Session

3:00 PM - 5:30 AM

Conference Programming

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Opening Reception

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Conference Registration

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Conference Programming

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch on Your Own

2:05 PM - 5:30 PM

Conference Programming

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

No-host Dinner and Dialogue (Optional)

7:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Conference Registration

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Conference Programming

Pre-conference Offerings

On Thursday, June 13, prior to the “official” start of the conference at 1:00 p.m., attendees will have the chance to participate in pre-conference workshops. Registration is required for these optional offerings.

To add a pre-conference workshop to your existing registration, please send an email to registration@naspa.org or call 202-265-7500.

 

From Burnout to Balance: Fostering Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education through the Five Essentials Framework

Thursday, June 13, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

This presentation explores workplace mental health, focusing on higher education staff. It applies the Surgeon General’s Five Essentials Framework, addressing unique challenges, assessment strategies, and implementation. Participants engage in group activities to reflect on their workplace's mental health and brainstorm improvements. The session emphasizes leadership roles, collective responsibility, and long-term impacts on staff wellbeing.

 

Collaborations, Leadership, & Culture with Faculty: Integrating Student & Academic Affairs

Thursday, June 13, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The journey of being a student affairs professional within academic affairs can be ultimately rewarding and complex. You will be encouraged to learn about, openly discuss, and safely share experiences. We will focus on institutional & college culture; leadership styles; initiating, growing, & retaining faculty collaborations; leading faculty in student affairs practices (& vice versa!); and translating across student & academic affairs departments.

 

Managing Change from the Middle

Thursday, June 13, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The volume and pace of change present on today’s college campuses require every leader to possess the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate transformation from wherever they sit in the institution. Mid-level leaders find themselves in especially complex situations. By engaging in this pre-conference workshop, participants will understand how they can manage change from the middle using a human-centered approach to increase employee buy-in, decrease initiative fatigue, address change resistance, and achieve the intended outcomes of change initiatives.

 

Become A Certified Student Affairs Educator: Learn About the Process and How to Get Certified!

Thursday, June 13, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

This immersive pre-conference workshop is designed to help you prepare for the Student Affairs Educator Certification Exam. Focusing on the eight Student Affairs Educator Certification Domains, join other mid-to-senior-level student affairs educators in a boot camp that will provide a sample of literature, an understanding of skills, and additional resources for your preparation to pass the assessment.

 

Registration

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!

 

Registration Fees

 

Early Bird Registration

(9/7/2023 - 3/29/2024)

Regular Registration

(3/30/2024 - 5/13/2024)

Late Registration

(5/14/2024 - 6/14/2024)

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

 

 Pre Conference Fees 

 

Early Bird Registration

(9/7/2023 - 3/29/2024)

Regular Registration

(3/30/2024 - 5/13/2024)

Late Registration/On Site

(5/14/2024 - 6/14/2024)

Member Rate

$75

$95

$140

Non-member Rate

$175

$195

$240

 

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 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.

Questions?
NASPA Events
Event Registration Support
Email: events@naspa.org
Phone: (202) 265-7500

NASPA Staff
Event Registration Support
Email: plinsteadman@naspa.org

Venue

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. 

 

Hotel Room Rate/Night

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

One South Capitol Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46204

317-632-1234

  • Single/double: $199

  • Triple: $224

  • Quad: $248

 

 

Reserve Your Room!

More Information

Travel
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.

Parking
Hotel Affiliated Valet Parking
Overnight (unlimited in and out privileges)
$57 /Overnight
Visitor valet (no in and out privileges)
$43 /Daily
Car check out after 3pm
$43 /Daily
Oversized Overnight
$60 /Overnight
Weather

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.

Planning Committee

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

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

Continuing Education

NASPA has been approved by the Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Certification to provide CE credit for Certified Student Affairs Educators (CSAEd). Programs that qualify for CE credit in this program are clearly identified. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of this program.

To receive CSAEd credit for the 2024 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference, please complete and submit the Certified Student Affairs Educators Request Form. In addition, attendees must complete the online conference evaluation, which will be emailed to you shortly after the conference. A PDF certificate will be sent via email after the form has been processed.

Certificants who attend the 2024 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference (MLAC) can earn up to 13 credit hours CSAEd Core or a maximum of 3 credit hours for CSAEd SJI, depending on what sessions they attend during the event.

Call for Proposals

Call for proposals is now CLOSED

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 plinsteadman@naspa.org.

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

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

  4. 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.

  • 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.

 

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 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.

 

Notification

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

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 CLOSED!

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.

 

Sponsors

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 fcomparato@naspa.org.

NASPA's Guiding Principles and Code of Ethics

To read more about NASPA's Guiding Principles and Code of Ethics, please visit here.