The African Diaspora Pre-conference is extending the Call for Proposals deadline date to Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5:00pm PST. This is an opportunity for our graduate students or newly graduated students to not only share their research but to also engage in critical discourse around topics of research. Students can also have their research reviewed by faculty mentors for possible publication. The African Diaspora Pre-conference is celebrating its 25 year anniversary at AERC in Oklahoma.
The 25th Annual African Diaspora Adult Education Research Pre-Conference will be held at the University of
Oklahoma, Norman in conjunction with the 58th Annual Adult Education Research Conference. The conference theme this year is "Celebrating 25 Years: The Struggle Continues."
Members of the African Diaspora who engage in or conduct research on “the lived experiences of Black folks,” are still often questioned and discouraged from engaging in these types of studies. The purpose of this pre-conference is to provide a forum in which graduate students of African ancestry can engage in research and critically dialogue about theories, philosophies and practices related to the education or experiences of adults in the African Diaspora. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of relevance to
conference and conceptual clarity. Please make sure to follow a research format when constructing your proposal.
Proposals for paper presentations pertinent to one of the following pre-conference areas are invited:
1) Historical research on people of African Descent who are involved in adult and continuing education.
2) Research on contemporary issues, problems, and concerns relevant to the African Diaspora in the area of adult and
3) Conceptual or theoretical research relative to adult and continuing education for learners of the African Diaspora.
Doris Flowers, San Francisco State University; Juanita Johnson Bailey, University of Georgia; Vanessa Sheared, University of the Pacific, Dionne Rosser-Mims, Troy University
Instructions for Proposal Submissions:
Please submit your proposal via email to:
Dr. Doris A. Flowers, Professor and Chair
Department of Equity, Leadership Studies and Instructional Technologies
Center For Adult Education, Room Burk Hall 239
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Proposals, a one page abstract and one page cover sheet, must be postmarked by, March 24, 2017. You will be notified about the status of proposal by April 3, 2017. This is a blind review process; therefore it is essential to follow these instructions:
1. Submit one copy of a typed cover sheet which includes the paper title, your name, address, phone and fax
numbers, e-mail address, and a signed warrant statement which states: “I warrant that if my paper is
accepted, I will submit electronically an eight (8) page (single-spaced, typed) summary for inclusion in the
Pre-Conference Proceedings to firstname.lastname@example.org. I understand that if this summary is not submitted by,
May 1, 2017, my paper will not be included as part of the 25rd Annual African Diaspora Adult Education
Research Pre-Conference Proceedings.” Please sign the warrant statement.
2. You are to submit electronically typed, single-spaced, one-page abstract, not to exceed 600 words. The
abstract must include the paper title at the top, but not the name of the author(s). Send electronically to