American Association for Adult and Continuing Education
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Welcome to the AAACE Website

This AAACE website is designed to provide information about AAACE and related areas in adult and continuing education, invite new members to join, and provide appropriate services to present members to facilitate their continuing professional growth. Please send any comments or suggestions to


What's Happening at AAACE

Updates from the Field

AAACE helps to support and promote adult education by providing information on activities and events in the field. Click here to learn what's going on. You'll find information on how to get fact sheets about PIAAC from the National Coalition for Literacy, about the 33rd Annual Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult and Higher Education, and more!

CDLT Webinar - Register by April 23rd

CDLT Webinar Focuses on Interaction in Online Learning: Registration Deadline 4/23

Registration is now open for the inaugural webinar of the AAACE’s new Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT). The webinar, titled Learner Interaction: How Much is Necessary in Online Discussions and Assignments?, will be offered from 1 until 2 PM EST on Friday, April 25th.

Registration via e-mail is required by Wednesday, April 23rd.  Participation is limited to the first 100 registrants.

While promoting interaction through discussion board assignments is an accepted practice in online teaching, some researchers are now questioning the value of forced interactions. This webinar will focus on the types of interactions, tools to foster meaningful interaction, and the question of how much interaction is necessary to maintain and sustain high levels of learner engagement. Emphasis is on best-practices as informed by practical experience and research.

Panelists Include:

·         Leigh Ann Whittle, M.A., M.Ed., Adjunct Instructor, Communications, Liberty University Online


·       Leann Kaiser, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Education, Adult Education and Training Specialization, Colorado State University


·      Alycia Harris, Ph.D., Full Time Core Faculty, Northcentral University


To register: (1) send an e-mail to, (2) indicate your full name and preferred e-mail address, and (3) note “CDLT WEBINAR REGISTRATION” within the subject line.  Webinar access instructions will then be shared via e-mail with all registrants. 


 Welcome to the 2014 Conference

"Adult Educators: Making a Difference!"

Just click on 2014 Conference for more information on the Call for Proposals, Keynote Speakers, Draft Conference Schedule, Conference Hotel, Exhibitor Information, and more! REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!! If you are unable to find the conference information you need on the website, please write to

Call for Proposals:

If you wish to submit a proposal to present at the AAACE conference (Nov. 4-7), please click HERE.  Do NOT use this process if you are interested in submitting a paper proposal for the International Adult Education Pre-Conference  (Nov. 2-4). See the next bullet for information on submitting a paper proposal for the International Pre-Conference.

  • For information on the Commission for International Adult Education Pre-Conference (Nov. 2-4) and to submit proposals for papers for the 2014 CIAE Pre-Conference, please go to  PLEASE NOTE: This process is ONLY  for those interested in submitting paper proposals for the International Pre-Conference (Nov. 2-4).


Benefits of AAACE Membership

What are the benefits of being a AAACE member? We'd like to highlight just two!

  • Members have online access to AAACE journals!
  • Members enjoy discounted conference registration rates!

Join today and discover the many other benefits of being a AAACE member. A listing of all benefits for individuals, students, and affiliate organizations is provided hereJust click here for a new member application. Click here to renew your membership and find out what you've been missing! Or, if you wish to update your membership profile, please click here.


New Board Members

Congratulations to Jean Fleming, new AAACE President-elect, and to Christy Rhodes, new Director-At-Large.   Jean and Christy were installed as officers at the AAACE annual conference in Lexington, Kentucky in November.  Additional changes to the AAACE Board of Directors are as follows:  Steve Schmidt became AAACE President, Linda Morris became Past-president, and Nancy Fire became director of the Commission for Community, Minority and Non-Formal Education (CCMNFE).

This spring, we welcome the arrival of two additional new board members.  J. Bernard Bradley is the new director of the Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT) and Steve McCaskey became the new director of the Commission for Program Management (CPM). 


Past AAACE Conferences

The AAACE conferences have been held all over the United States in places such as Cleveland, Denver, and Norfolk.  Each conference has included participants from over 43 states and more than 15 countries, providing opportunities to participate in 180 individual, multiple and roundtable concurrent presentations, general sessions, and pre- and co-conferences. Following are the program schedules for 2013, Lexington, KY,  2012, Las Vegas, NV, 2011, Indianapolis, IN, 2010, Clearwater Beach, FL, and 2009, Cleveland, OH.


Members Helping Members (MHM)

MHM matches those members who are interested in finding out about particular topics or in need of specific skills with those who can provide ideas or assistance. Please click here to find out more and to participate.


Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education

Every ten years since the 1930's, AAACE publishes a handbook that addresses the current issues, research and practices in the field of adult and continuing education. The 2010 Handbook is available from Sage Publishing. Click on the Handbook on the left to order a copy. To review the table of contents of the past Adult & Continuing Education Handbooks click here.


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