These sessions give presenters the opportunity to share innovative findings and conceptual arguments in the form of Scholarly Papers. These papers are peer-reviewed and selected by members of the Faculty Council, and are assigned a discussant prior to the conference. Each 50-minute session will have two to three scholars present their paper and will include comments from a discussant to whom presenters submit their manuscript ahead of the conference, as well as a facilitated question and answer session.
Scholarly Papers often focus on results of quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods studies, or report the findings of studies that use historical or philosophical methods. Scholarly Papers can also present conceptual or theoretical arguments that push the field of student affairs forward. Sessions offer an opportunity for both new and established scholars (e.g., graduate students, graduate preparation program faculty members, and full-time practitioners) to explore emerging and relevant areas of research. In particular, presenting at the NASPA Annual Conference allows presenters to engage with scholar-practitioner audiences, a notable benefit for those hoping to disseminate their work to student affairs and higher education professionals.