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2014 NWSA ANNUAL CONFERENCE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

What was the deadline for submissions for Feminist Transgressions?
February 20, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST

I would like to sign up to be a volunteer moderator.
Volunteer moderators are needed for sessions that are created as part of the review process with accepted 
individual submissions.  Please note, all accepted moderators and presenters must fulfill the requirements of individual membership and conference registration by July 15, 2014.  More information about moderating can be found hereTo be considered as a volunteer moderator, please complete the following steps by March 31, 2014.
  1. Sign in to www.nwsa.org (located in the bottom left)
  2. Click on "All Academic" on the left hand menu bar in the member portal.
  3. Click "Link: Click Here"
  4. Click "Volunteer to be a Moderator"
  5. Select whether or not you are a student and which languages you can moderate sessions and click 'Accept and Continue"
  6. A follow-up email will be sent to you in early April
 
How many times may I present at the annual conference?
Whereas we do not have a strict rule on how many times a participant can appear in the program, we do recommend no more than two because of scheduling challenges.
 
What are the requirements for presenters and moderators?
All accepted presenters, including pre-conference presenters and all moderators, must be current (2014) individual members of NWSA AND pre-registered for the conference no later than July 15, 2014. Panel organizers are responsible for conveying information about this requirement to prospective participants. Membership and Conference Registration are two separate processes and require separate fees. Individual members receive reduced conference registration rates. Conference registration will open once notifications are sent out on or before April 18, 2014.
 
Each presenting member of a panel, workshop or presentation, including the moderator, must meet these requirements. If you have organized a panel with community partners and activists, each presenter is required to be a current NWSA member and pre-registered for the conference by the deadline. In prior years, community partners have fundraised independently to attend, committed their own organizational funds to attend, or the university partner has funded their participation in the conference.
 
When are accept/decline notifications sent?
Accept/decline notifications will be sent to the email used in the proposal process on or before April 18, 2014.


MEMBERSHIP
How do I check my membership status?
If you have been a member in prior years, or you created a Non-Member Guest Login to submit your proposal, please log into www.nwsa.org using your username and password. Once logged in, look on the left hand side of the page for a message that says “Welcome Your Name” and your expiration date. If you have a current membership, this date will read “12/31/2014” If it reads a date prior to 12/31/2014, please click “Renew” on the left side menu bar.

When do memberships expire?
All memberships run on a calendar year. 2014 memberships expire on December 31, 2014.

I have a Non-Member Guest Login, how do I renew?
Login using the credential used to create a Non-Member Guest Login. Once logged in, look on the left hand side of the page please click “Renew.” It is important that you log in to renew your membership using the same credentials. Please do not create a new account.

OTHER QUESTIONS
How do I know if I have AV for my presentation?
When the schedule is posted in June 2014, if you have been assigned AV, the room which you are presenting in will have “AV” in its title. “AV” includes an LCD projector and laptop. Any rooms without “AV” in the title will not have this equipment. AV rooms are not internet equipped. If you have AV, please ensure that you are not using internet based applications in your presentation.

What do I do if I didn’t get AV even though I requested it?
NWSA receives far more requests for AV resources than we can provide at the conference. While we work to meet as many requests as we can, we cannot provide AV to all who request it. The Program Committee reviews all requests for accepted proposals including the A/V rationale and makes those decisions as a part of developing the conference program. We encourage presenters to consider using alternative formats such as handouts to convey visual information.

How long should my presentation be?
Each session is 75 minutes, so please plan your presentation accordingly. Remember that “giving a paper” is not the same thing as “reading a paper.” Your argument should be clear and brief. It takes about 2 minutes to read a double-spaced page, so a 5-6 page paper would yield a 10 minute presentation. Make sure to allow time for Q&A at the end of your session, ensuring that you stay within the allotted 75 minutes. Read more about presenting HERE.


My session is scheduled against sessions that are similar in topic.
We do our best to minimize overlap, but some overlap in subject matter is inevitable. On average, each year there are over 400 sessions and only 15 available time slots over the entire conference. For context, in 2013, there were 74 sessions involving activism and therefore made it impossible for similar sessions to not be scheduled against each other. Additional considerations in scheduling include, AV allocations, presenters that are involved with more than one session, accessibility accommodations and more. 

I have to attend a job interview or graduation and can only present on a specific day. Can you schedule me accordingly?
If you have a specific scheduling request, please make sure to clearly make a note of it in the proposal process under "ADA Scheduling Request". Although this space is available for ADA scheduling requests such as a presenter needing the room to be close to an elevator for wheelchair access, you can also submit a scheduling request here. We do our best to accommodate those, but unfortunately cannot guarantee that we'll be able to grant every request.


I have another question that isn't answered in this FAQ.
Please email nwsaoffice@nwsa.org.