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The Call for Proposals

66th Annual AAACE Conference

The call for the AAACE Conference is now closed.  Scheduling details were emailed to Primary Presenters on 7/20/2017.  Please email with questions.  ALL presenters must register by the Early Bird Registration Deadline of Friday, September 15 to be included in the program.


Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
Memphis, Tennessee
October 31-November 3, 2017

Commission on International Adult Education Pre-conference: October 29-31
(CIAE Call for Proposals - now closed)

Commission on Distance Learning and Technology
Pre-conference Symposium on Social Media: October 31
(CDLT Call for Proposals - now closed)

Commission of Professors of Adult Education Co-conference: November 2-3
(CPAE Call for Proposals - now closed)

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

We invite adult educators from diverse learning environments to share their research, best practices, and theory at the 66th Annual AAACE Conference in Memphis, Tennessee from October 31 to November 3. We welcome proposals which illustrate the unity and shared experiences of adult learners and adult educators throughout the field, as described in this year’s conference theme, Adult Education: One Chorus of Many Voices.

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

Presenters will utilize concurrent, shared-concurrent, roundtable, and poster sessions and are asked to identify their preferred format in their proposal; however, proposal reviewers may suggest alternative formats when appropriate. Submit your proposal at through Proposal Space. 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 Proposal Submission Worksheet.

For additional detail on submitting your proposal, please view these messages from 2017 Conference Chair Christy Rhodes:

Introduction to the AAACE 2017 Proposal Submission Info

I’ve never attended an AAACE conference. What should I expect?

Who attends and presents at an AAACE conference?

AAACE 2017 Conference Theme

What should I include in my proposal?

Submit your proposal now!


Important Dates for your Proposal

• Proposals must be submitted no later than Monday, May 15, 2017 (extended from April 30)
• Acceptances will be announced on or about Sunday, June 11, 2017
• Lead Authors of accepted proposals must confirm their participation by Monday, June 26, 2017
• Presenters must register by the Early Bird Registration Deadline of Friday, September 15 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 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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