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#SWPACA24 Submissions Are Open!

Submissions are now being accepted for SWPACA 2024, taking place at the Albuquerque Marriott. This marks the 45th anniversary of SWPACA, so we hope that you’ll be able to join us as we celebrate this momentous occassion!

Visit to see our full list of Subject Areas and submission guidelines. The deadline to submit is October 31, 2023.

This will be a fully in-person conference. If you’re looking for an online option to present your work, keep an eye out for details about the SWPACA Summer Salon, a completely virtual conference to take place in June 2024. However, keep in mind that the Summer Salon is a smaller conference with limited presentation slots and no student funding assistance.

Getting the Most out of #SWPACASalon23

🎯 Wondering how to get the most out of #SWPACASalon23? Swipe through our carousel for some best practices and experience all that Summer Salon has to offer! We look forward to seeing you all in less than 48 hours!


Each slide contains a graphic of a browser window against a coral red background.

Slide 1: A search bar with “How to Summer Salon?” and the autocomplete results, “Where to go for tech support? How to find conference schedule? How to navigate other panels?”

Slide 2: Help Desk: SWPACA leaders will be available via Zoom, Slack, & email to assist with any tech issues and questions that may arise

Slide 3: Review & Refresh: Double check program and daily schedule for start times. Check your email for each day’s Zoom links

Slide 4: Have Fun! Make plans to attend other panels and social events. Connect with other attendees via social media

How to Virtual Conference

💻 New to virtual conferencing or need a refresher? Here are a few tips for presenting at #SWPACASalon23!


Slide 1: A yellow circle in the middle with “Tips for Summer Salon,” surrounded by 5 smaller orange circles: “1: Prep & practice”; “2: Check your tech”; “3: Arrive early”; “4: Engage with co-panelists”; “5: Have a backup plan”

Slide 2: (1) Prepare & Practice: Prepare for a 15-minute presentation. The order of presentations is typically the order of panelists listed in the schedule. Time yourself and be respectful of time limits. After presentations, there will be time for Q&A with attendees. (2) Practice using Zoom and sharing your slide show, if using one. Be aware that attendees’ connections will vary, so sharing video/audio clips may not translate well to your audiences. Keep them brief, if necessary.

Slide 3: (3) Arrive Early for Set-Up: Log into your Zoom room about 10 minutes early to meet your moderator and fellow panelists and to get set-up, check your tech, and greet attendees. (4) When not presenting, consider connections that your work has with the other panelists and questions you might want to ask each other.

Slide 4: (5) Have a Backup Plan: Even the most prepared presenters may run into snags, so consider alternative approaches in case of presentation or media fails.

Summer Salon 23: Conference Program Now Live!

Our SWPACA Summer Salon 2023 conference program is now live! Visit our Conference Programs page to view the event schedule.

And don’t forget to register by June 1! Only those fully registered and paid in the system will receive Zoom links, which will sent out each morning of the conference.

Please note: papers may have been moved to different Areas in order to accommodate the overall conference schedule.

Virtual Conference Opportunity: Join us for SWPACA Summer Salon!

We are thrilled to announce our first ever SWPACA Summer Salon, to be held virtually from June 8-9, 2023!

Proposals are now being accepted for all of our nearly 70 subject areas! To submit your proposal, head to the conference database at

Please be aware that presentation slots for the virtual conference are limited, and registering in advance does not guarantee acceptance of your proposal. Acceptance emails will be sent by the end of April.

For general questions about the conference, visit our FAQs or contact us at

We look forward to seeing you in June!