2019 Call For Proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for the 49th Annual
Rocky Mountain Association for Institutional Research (RMAIR) Conference

to be held in:

Midway, Utah
October 30 – November 1, 2019.

Doing the Work in Institutional Research

The 2019 RMAIR Conference Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Annual Conference, October 30 through November 1 at the Zermatt Conference Center in Utah’s beautiful Wasatch Mountains, just one hour from Salt Lake City International Airport. Zermatt offers excellent conference facilities and lodging with an exciting range of recreation activities and spa services including golf, carousel rides, Saturday yoga, Wellness Center including steam and sauna rooms, large indoor/outdoor pool and two Jacuzzis, tennis, sand volleyball, and a wide range of adventures in one of Utah’s finest outdoor destinations. Midway is a historic Swiss town with many opportunities for dining and sightseeing. We’ll be taking advantage of our lovely conference site to plan a more retreat-like conference, with events beginning Wednesday morning and more time to enjoy the opportunities in Zermatt and Midway.

For more information on Zermatt and the 2019 conference, including lodging reservations, see http://zng.btt.mybluehost.me/2019-conference/ and https://zermattresort.com/.

Call for Proposals

The committee is now accepting proposals for presentations on any aspect of institutional research, effectiveness, planning broadly understood. We welcome proposals for sessions in any of the following formats:

  • Research and practice presentations: A single, formal presentation on substantive issues, methods, operations, or organization in institutional research.
  • Panel discussions: A group of presenters answering questions informally, led by a moderator.
  • Hands-on demonstrations: A demonstration of tools and techniques with participation of attendees. These will be scheduled for two sequential sessions.
  • Workshops: A half-day of in-depth instruction on tools and techniques with participation of attendees.

In response to the member survey, RMAIR is seeking an expanded educational component for the conference. The conference committee thus especially encourages proposals in the last two categories, which may be scheduled throughout the conference.

A complete call for presentations is attached. Submit proposals online at https://uvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5ik8wMQhbq8a0PX.

We’re very excited for the conference, and look forward to seeing you in Zermatt in October.

Proposal Guidelines 

Please follow these guidelines when preparing your online proposal submission.

General Information – All Presentation Format Types

  • Submit proposals according to the format that best fits your presentation. Descriptions of the proposal formats are available below.
  • All presenters must register for the conference.
  • Proposals will be evaluated by a committee of peers.

In addition to presenter information, you will be asked to provide the following:
Presentation Title (25 word limit)
Presentation Abstract (100 word limit) – A brief description to be included in the conference program.
Presentation Plan (50-word limit) – A brief description that provides an overview of expected audience involvement. Interactive presentations are highly encouraged.
Presentation Summary (400 word limit) – Extended description of proposal for committee review. Proposals will be reviewed for relevance to the 2017 conference theme, thoroughness and clarity, and expected learning outcomes.
Technical Needs (Screen and Wi-Fi will be available in each room)
Additional Notes – List any other information or details that the proposal reviewers need to know.
If you are interested in presenting a pre-conference workshop, choose format OTHER.

Research Paper (50 minutes) 

This is a presentation in which an author(s) shares research results, conceptual analysis, or comprehensive case studies. Paper sessions typically are 50 minutes in length with prepared comments lasting about 40 minutes, leaving 10 minutes for discussion and questions.

Panel Discussion (50 minutes) 

This is a presentation in which multiple presenters discuss a topic of shared interest. Panel discussions typically are 50 minutes in length with audience comments and questions included within the 50 minutes.

Best Practices or Nuts-and-Bolts How-to Sessions (50 minutes) 

This is a presentation of works in progress, demonstrations of software, topical case studies, and sharing of ongoing research or implementation of innovative techniques. These sessions are presented in the same time slots as contributed papers; presenters should allow time for discussion.

Poster (display and 50 minutes) 

Presenters may host a poster session where ideas can be shared informally through a display. Posters will be on display for informal viewing starting Thursday morning with “teardown” on Friday, prior to the start of lunch. We will have one dedicated poster session Thursday afternoon and another Friday morning. Posters may show a work in progress, describe a research technique, or share a new idea with colleagues in a relaxed, one-on-one setting.

Discussion Group (50 minutes) (This format also accommodates Special Interest Group meetings)

This presentation type includes a brief presentation by the facilitator followed by a group discussion of a research study, issue, or method related to practical applications in institutional research. The proposal should include the title, topic, a brief outline of the items to be discussed, the intended audience, a brief description of the facilitator’s experience in the area. Sessions are 50 minutes in length including the facilitator’s prepared comments of 10 minutes.

Equipment: All presenters must bring their own laptops.
Please indicate any additional equipment you’ll need, such as:

  • LCD Projector
  • Internet Access
  • Flip Chart
  • Overhead Projector
  • Wi-Fi Internet connection
  • VGA or other cables

Please submit proposals using this link, RMAIR Proposal Submissions.

If you have any questions regarding proposal submission, please contact Jeff Johnson, program chair, at Jeffrey.Johnson@uvu.edu.