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2016 Call for Proposals
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The Call for Proposals is Now Closed for the
65th Annual AAACE Conference!

Notifications of Acceptance will be made on or around July 1.

Registration will open on June 1. The Early Bird Deadline will be September 15.

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Celebrating the rich landscape of adult learning...

Conference Dates: November 8 - 10, 2016

Research to Practice: November 6 - 8
(Call for Proposals)
Commission on International Adult Education Pre-conference: November 6 - 8
(Call for Proposals)
Commission of Professors of Adult Education Co-conference: November 10 - 11
(Call for Proposals)

NOTE: Commission on International Adult Education Call for Proposals: Closed. Please do not complete the form on ProposalSpace. This note applies ONLY to those submitting proposals for the International Pre-Conference.The deadline to submit your proposal for the CIAE Pre-Conference was Monday, June 6, 2016.


Conference Theme

The theme of this year's conference, Celebrating the rich landscape of adult learning..., encompasses the vision and mission of AAACE.

AAACE is dedicated to the belief that lifelong learning contributes to human fulfillment and positive social change. To that end, we provide leadership for the field of adult and continuing education by expanding opportunities for adult growth and development; unifying adult educators; fostering the development and dissemination of theory, research, information, and best practices; promoting identity and standards for the profession; and advocating relevant public policy and social change initiatives.

One of the greatest strengths of AAACE can be found in the breadth and depth of our membership.  While this landscape includes many learning spaces and approaches, we come together with a shared focus on our center: the adult learner.  This year we celebrate this rich landscape by hearing from our many voices.  We welcome proposals that represent the varied audiences of our efforts and the theories that inform and drive that practice.

Proposals are requested that support the conference theme in these and other areas of Adult and Continuing Education, Workforce Development, Community, Non-Formal, Career, Continuing Professional, Health, Religious, Military and International Adult Education, as well as Distance and Adult Learning, Adult Numeracy and Literacy, Human Resource Development, Program Management. It is this wide array of sharing and learning that makes this conference unique!

All AAACE conference proposals are submitted in ProposalSpace.com**. Proposals may be submitted for concurrent, workshop, roundtable, and poster sessions through ProposalSpace at https://secure.proposalspace.com/login. Remember to create an account (or edit an existing one to ensure it is current), and add proposalspace.com to your email list of safe entities. As a body of academics and practitioners committed to adult learning principles, please show in your proposal how you plan to use active learning principles in your presentation.

Call For Proposals

For a guide to completing the submission form, please access the AAACE Proposal Submission Worksheet 

Proposals may be submitted for concurrent, shared-concurrent, roundtable, and poster sessions through ProposalSpace at http://secure.proposalspace.com/login. Remember to create an account (or edit an existing one to ensure it is current), and add proposalspace.com to your email list of safe entities.

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  • Proposals must be submitted no later than Wednesday, May 18, 2016
  • Acceptances will be announced on or about June 15, 2016
  • Lead Authors of accepted proposals must confirm their participation by July 1, 2016
  • Presenters must register by the Early Bird Registration Deadline in September 15, 2016, to be included in the program.
  • Presenters will receive the scheduled date and time of their session(s) prior to the Early Bird Registration Deadline.
  • For a guide to completing the submission form, please access the AAACE Proposal Submission Worksheet

Proposals are requested that support the conference theme in these and other areas of Adult and Continuing Education:

  • Adult Basic Education, Adult High School, Adult Numeracy, Correctional Education
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages, GED Literacy Issues, Vocational and Career Education
  • Adult Development and Learning, and Aging
  • Adult Learners with Disabilities
  • Adult Psychology, and Counseling and Adult Learner Services
  • Affiliate and Association Leadership
  • Colleges and Universities (including Community Colleges)
  • Community and Non-formal Education, Minority and Human Rights, Popular Education, Religious Adult Education, Women's Issues, and Status and Education
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Distance and Online Learning (including Technology)
  • Graduate Student Education
  • Health Professionals
  • History and Philosophy of Adult Education
  • International Adult Education
  • Military Education
  • Professors of Adult Education
  • Program Management and Administration
  • Sustainability and Environmental Adult Education
  • Workforce Development, Professional Development, Continuing Education, and Human Resource Development

It is this wide array of sharing and learning that makes this conference unique!

AAACE Proposal Review and Acceptance

A peer review will be conducted based on the following criteria:

  • An informative and enticing abstract
  • The session description matches the session abstract
  • Applicable and relevant learning outcomes
  • Content that demonstrates a relationship to the conference theme
  • Clearly defined and applicable content
  • Well-defined and understandable format
  • A format that includes interactive, participatory, components
  • The proposal contains minimal spelling, grammatical, and typographical errors
  • Commitment to adult learning principles

Available session slots will be filled by the highest-ranking proposals, as space permits. The Program Committee may, at its discretion, combine related presentations or change the presentation type. You will be notified of changes in the acceptance decision.

Conference Session Formats

Sessions will vary in structure in order to provide a robust conference experience for presenters and participants. Presenters are asked to identify their preferred format in their proposal; however, proposal reviewers may suggest alternative formats and/or the combination of like topics for shared concurrent sessions.

Concurrent Sessions and Shared Concurrent Sessions are sessions that present research, theory, concepts, and practices. Concurrent sessions are 45 minutes long and consist of either one presentation for the full 45 minutes, or in shared sessions, two presentations.

Roundtable Discussions provide an opportunity to discuss research in progress, research issues, programs, theory in practice, or other relevant topics with a small group in an informal setting around a table or in  a circle of chairs. There will be several roundtable sessions scheduled in a room at the same time. These sessions are 45 minutes in length.

Poster Presentations provide an opportunity to present and discuss one main research theme, program, practice, or relevant topic in an informal setting, somewhat like an exhibit hall or information fair. A good poster session centers on one main theme, presents useful information, and stimulates discussion. Poster sessions are 45 minutes in length, after which posters will be displayed for the remainder of the conference. Presenters prepare a display that captures their topic and ideas in easily understood printed text and graphics. Presenters may use a tabletop display, or use poster materials needed to cover much of one side of a 4' by 8' standing position. These sessions should be well organized with an informal blend of presentation and dialogue. Additional information will be provided to presenters that are accepted to present at the 2016 conference. 


Notification & Information:

Notification of acceptance decisions will be e-mailed to the primary presenter only by on or about June 15, 2016. The Program Committee Chair will send you a ProposalSpace Message, which will also be posted to your account on Proposal Space.

Presenters must confirm that they will present at the conference by Friday, July 1, 2016. If you have not heard from the Proposal Review Committee about your submission by June 15, 2016, please check your proposal space account or email the Proposal Committee Chair at proposal@aaace.org.

All presenters must register for the conference by the Early Bird Registration Deadline date in September 15, 2016 to be included in the program. Names of the primary presenter and any co-presenters will appear in the conference program if received by this date.