2023 NASPA Annual Conference

Program Reviews

Thank you for signing up to review programs! The program review process will take throughout the month of September. Reviews will be due October 2.

How to find and review your assigned programs

We are excited to launch the program review process for the 2023 NASPA Annual Conference in a new system! Follow these steps to access your assignments and begin reviewing programs! 

Logging In

  1. Sign in with your NASPA credentials
  2. Navigate to My Account → My Reviewing Assignments.
  3. Select "Open" to view your assignments for the 2023 NASPA Annual Conference, and “Open” again to select a particular program type.
  4. Click "View Submission" to open an individual assignment and its reviewer questions.

Navigating the Reviewer Form

The submission details and reviewer questions will open side-by-side. Scroll through the submission on the left side of your screen as you respond to the questions on the right.

Saving Your Work

When you are finished, click "Save and Back to List" to return to your assignment list, or “Save and Go to Next" to automatically proceed to the next assignment.

Editing Your Reviews

You must enter something into every question in order to save. If you would like to save your review and come back to it later, enter placeholders and click "Save and Back to List." You will be able to come back to your review and edit later. Don't forget to return and finalize!

Sign Up to be a Super Reviewer

If you have finished your assignments and have time to review more programs, we would love additional assistance! Sign up to be a super reviewer here. We will email you when your new assignments are ready.


For answers to common questions about the Annual Conference program review process, please visit the FAQ. To request assistance or report an issue with the new program review process, please contact NASPA at [email protected].

Program Review Timeline

Assignments will be ready for review no later than September 16. You will receive an email with instructions for accessing the reviewer portal, where you will find the programs that have been assigned to you. Reviews will be due on October 2 at 11:59pm Pacific Time

The Conference Leadership Committee will meet October 2 - 5, 2022 to select programs, so please note that there will be no opportunities to extend the review period beyond October 2. 

Tips for Program Reviewers

Reviewers for the 2023 NASPA Annual Conference will receive their assignments no later than September 16. As you prepare, Faculty Assembly Members provide six tips to think about when reviewing conference proposals.

#1: Start with the positive! Emphasize the proposal’s contributions.
  • Try: This is a timely topic and the author made a compelling case for why this study is needed.
  • Avoid: Here’s what’s wrong with this proposal: Everything.
#2: Evaluate what they did, not what you would do.
  • Try: I’m not as familiar with this methodology, but the author(s) explained it well and it seems appropriate for their purpose.
  • Avoid: This study examines the experiences of women studying abroad, but I think it would have been more interesting to talk to the study abroad advisors.
#3: Avoid harsh language—if you wouldn’t say it to a colleague face-to-face, don’t write it either.
  • Try: I like where this is going and would suggest that the author(s) add more explanation about their methods and consider including more specific implications for practice since the results are so compelling.
  • Avoid: This has absolutely no value or contribution whatsoever. The end.
#4: Be constructive — if there’s an area for improvement within the proposal, try to suggest how the author can address it.
  • Try: I wasn’t sure how the “satisfaction” section of the literature review was connected to the study, so you might consider removing that part or include a few more sentences to provide that connection.
  • Avoid: I didn’t really enjoy the literature review. It was not my favorite.  
#5: Even though NASPA Annual Conferences usually has focus areas, do not disqualify a proposal simply based on whether it reflects the theme.
  • Try: Although you did not draw a parallel to one of the stated focus areas, I appreciated how you showed the relevance of this topic to the field.
  • Avoid: This presentation does not connect to any of the themes stated.
#6: Do not disqualify a proposal based on its methodology, especially based on your conventional understanding of its purpose.
  • Try: Based on the aims of your research method, this information seems valid. Have you considered ways to broaden or support these findings further with additional resources or other research?
  • Avoid: How are the results of a study with five folks representative or generalizable?