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Student Paper Presentation Program (SPP)

11th Annual Student Paper Presentations

Papers are due on Monday, June 18th, at midnight Eastern Standard Time.

Inaugurated in 2001, the Student Paper Presentation (SPP) offers graduate students in both masters’ and doctoral programs an opportunity to practice key competencies as scholar-practitioners by writing a well-formulated, publishable paper and submitting it for professional review.

Papers may be written on any OD-related topic, and the range of possibilities is intended to be inclusive. Papers may focus on a review and integration of past streams of theory and research, a new synthesis of familiar theories and research results, reports of new research findings, or a reinterpretation of an existing theory based on newly-emerging perspectives.

Papers are reviewed by a committee of senior scholar-practitioners, and a winning paper or papers are chosen from each year’s pool of submissions. The winning paper(s) will be presented in a specially-designated professional forum at Conference 2012 in Phoenix, and the winning authors will be acknowledged at the OD Network’s Awards Ceremony there. Winning paper(s) are then entered for editorial review with the OD Practitioner. (Papers may need editing and revision to be considered eligible for publication.)

To be considered, papers:

1.    Should follow the 2012 guidelines:

  • Papers are limited to 4,000 words including references. 
  • Papers must be submitted in APA format.
  • Papers should discuss an OD problem, issue or theory from a practical perspective.

  • Papers must be solely authored by a student or a team of students.  Faculty can not co-author.
  • Papers must be submitted within one year of completing a graduate program.

2.    Must not exceed 4,000 words (including references).

Papers submitted for the Student Paper Presentation will be evaluated using the following criteria:

Recognition of an OD Challenge or Opportunity (20%).
Defines purpose of the study and/or motivation for the research/paper; Problem and solution are applicable to OD in some way; Application could be industry or location specific (e.g. hospitals; China) or useful in one or more arenas (e.g. corporate, not-for-profit, coaching, self-as-instrument, etc.).

Documentation (15%)
Well researched; Draws on documented theory and/or practice.

Critical Thinking (25%)
Presents ideas, experiences, and learnings that advance the theory and practice of OD; Logical and well-thought out; Utilizes critical analysis.

Unique Perspective (25%)
Presents a novel understanding or solution to the OD problem/ challenge identified; Suggests creative and innovative concepts/practices, or uses OD in a new way or in a new area.

Writing / Style (10%)
Well-written and formatted; Uses "appropriate” voice; Articulates the core argument; Appropriate level for the audience; Uses examples, but avoids over-use of quotations.

Writing / Mechanics (5%)
Uses APA guidelines; Uses punctuation, spelling, grammar, and sentence structure appropriately; Avoids use of "I” (unless style requires it); Uses APA references and documentation.

Student Paper Presentation Evaluation Team for 2012:

•   Toni Knott, Ph.D., Alliant University, Chair
•  Steven Cady, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University 
•  Debra Orr, Ph.D., Roosevelt University
•  Sarah Tickler, Tickler and Thomas
•  Sandra Torres, M.S.
•  Jason Wolf, Ph.D., The Beryl Group 
•  Therese Yaeger, Ph.D., Benedictine University
Lynne Valek, Alliant University

Papers are due on Monday, June 18th, at midnight Eastern Standard Time.  Please e-mail your completed draft for consideration to

For questions about the program or process, please send an email to  

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