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2016 Conference

Monday, May 2, 2016  
Posted by: Steve Frye, AAACE President-elect
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2016 Annual Conference Update and Call for Proposals

Planning and preparations for the 2016 AAACE Annual Conference are going strong. The conference venue is the Downtown Hyatt in Albuquerque; a picturesque city nestled at the feet of the Sandia Mountains. You might know Albuquerque as the past setting for AMC’s “Breaking Bad” TV series, but New Mexico’s biggest city earned praise this year as one of the country’s most “digital” cities. GovTech Magazine recently ranked Albuquerque 6th in the United States for its use of technology in the public sector along with the Huffington Post ranking it as one of the top 5 US Cities to visit (2015).

The theme of this year's conference, “Celebrating the Rich Landscapes of Adult Learning” encompasses the vision and mission of AAACE. 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.

Your first step to visiting the city of Albuquerque can be submitting a proposal for a concurrent, roundtable, or poster session to 2016 AAACE Annual Conference!
Submissions are under way, and the review team is preparing for a strong number of submissions. There will be a special featured poster session this year, with awards presented at the Thursday Awards Luncheon. The proposal deadline has been extended until May 11, so if you have been considering making a submission, there is still time!

CIAE and R2P will both hold pre-conferences, and CPAE will hold their co-conference on Thursday and Friday. All are accepting proposals. Information for submitting can be found on the AAACE conference website,

I want to highlight a couple of the keynote speakers confirmed for this year’s conference. On Tuesday, we will hear from Carol Aslanian, Senior Vice President of Aslanian Market Research. She is a respected researcher and advocate for adult learners, specializing in access to education for place-bound and time-bound students.

Raymond Wlodkowski and Margery Ginsberg will collaborate on a shared Keynote address on Wednesday morning. Later that day, they will participate alongside other scholars and practitioners in a panel discussion on putting theory to practice. Both are acknowledged scholars and authors, and bring expertise in adult learner motivation, non-traditional programming, and culturally responsive education.

I am excited to be a part of this year’s conference. You don’t want to miss this one!!

For more information on this year's Call for Proposals, please visit the Call for Proposals page at

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