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The Call for Proposals - 67th Annual AAACE Conference

Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
October 2-5, 2018


Commission on International Adult Education Pre-conference
Commission on Distance Learning and Technology Pre-conference Symposium on Social Media
Commission of Professors of Adult Education Co-conference

NOTE: Calls for Proposals for CIAE, CDLT, and CPAE pre and co-conferences will be available soon.


The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (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.

Conference Theme

“Adult education in an era of accelerated technological innovation”

Adult and continuing education programs/organizations have historically served as sites for incubating innovative approaches to education and learning. Responding to the waves of disruptive technological innovations such as, omnipresent Internet services, cell phones, and apps (e.g., Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter, and others) adult education practitioners are increasingly utilizing these broader innovations to provide specific innovative programs and learning opportunities to targeted clientele.

The 2018 AAACE conference will allow us the opportunity to celebrate innovations in adult and continuing education as we learn from each other by exploring the broad array of accelerated technological innovative contributions of our colleagues and witnessing the funding sources and financing patterns that support innovations in the field.

Conference Presenters

AAACE conference presenters are practitioners, faculty, graduate students, trainers, instructional designers, and program administrators who represent the diverse areas encompassed under the Adult and Continuing Education umbrella. Previous workshop and poster topics have included innovative teaching practices, case studies from international learning projects, and examinations of adult learning theory, to name only a few. The common factor linking all accepted proposals is relevance to and advancement of adult teaching and learning. More information on the areas in Adult and Continuing Education can be found by clicking here.

Submitting your Proposal

This year’s conference will offer a variety of session formats, including concurrent, shared-concurrent, roundtable, and poster sessions. We are also excited to offer our inaugural Pecha Kucha sessions at AAACE 2018.  Please click here for descriptions of session formats.  Proposal submitters will identify a preferred format in their proposal; however, proposal reviewers may suggest alternative formats when appropriate. Submit your through Proposal Space at: [insert link]. Remember to create an account (or edit an existing one to ensure it is current), and add to your email list of safe entities.

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

Important Dates for your Proposal

  • Proposals must be submitted no later than Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Acceptances will be announced on or about  Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Lead Authors of accepted proposals must confirm their participation by Friday, June 15, 2018.
  • Presenters must register by the Early Bird Registration Deadline Wednesday, August 1, 2018 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.

AAACE Proposal Review, Acceptance, and Conference Session formats

All proposals are submitted for peer review and available conference slots are filled by the highest-ranking proposals, as space permits.  For more information on the review criteria, please visit AAACE 2018 Peer Review Criteria. 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.

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