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2018 Call for Proposals
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The Call for Proposals - 67th Annual AAACE Conference

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

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. Adult educators are increasingly utilizing these technological innovations to provide specific program and learning opportunities to meet the increasing demands of adult learners in a multitude of contexts.

We invite you to submit a proposal to our upcoming conference and commission pre- and co-conferences to celebrate and share the broad array of accelerated technological contributions from across the diverse field of adult and continuing education. We welcome presentations from practitioners, faculty, graduate students, trainers, instructional designers, and program administrators. 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 at: 2018 Proposal Areas.

General conference sessions will be held: October 3-5

Commission on International Adult Education (CIAE): September 30-October 2
Commission on Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT) Pre-conference: October 2
Commission of Professors of Adult Education Co-conference: October 4

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.

You can submit your proposals through Proposal Space for:

  • AAACE general conference sessions
  • CDLT pre-conference
  • CPAE co-conference

Simply choose the appropriate interest area when submitting.  Submit through Proposal Space at: 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 CIAE pre-conference proposal submission only:  please click here.

Additional information on the CDLT pre-conference can be found here.

Additional information on the CPAE co-conference can be found here.

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  extended to Monday, April 30The Call is now closed.  Please email if you have any questions.
  • 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.

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.

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