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The Call for Proposals is now closed.  Notifications were emailed to primary presenters May 16.

68th Annual AAACE Conference

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch
St. Louis, Missouri
October 8-11, 2019

Commission for International Adult Education (CIAE) Pre-Conference
Monday & Tuesday, October 7-8

Commission for Distance Learning and Technology (CDLT)
Pre-Conference Symposium
Tuesday, October 8

Commission for Professors of Adult Education (CPAE) Co-Conference
Thursday, October 10

The theme of this year’s conference is “Adult Education for Human Rights, Economic Empowerment, and Environmental Sustainability.” The agenda for human rights is a central tenet of adult education, which has a long history of advocacy with and for learners in the United States and around the world. Economic empowerment is part of our daily engagement in work and learning in such settings as for profit, non-profit, government, and higher education. The theme of environmental sustainability provides an important area of exploration regarding how we move through shared spaces of our world and the interdependency among health, economic sustainability, and human growth and development.

Each of our work is anchored in one or more of the three pillars that frame the theme of this year’s conference. We invite you to submit a proposal to our upcoming conference and commission pre- and co-conferences to celebrate and share the strong traditions and innovative practices of adult educators. We welcome presentations from all practitioners, faculty, graduate students, trainers, program administrators, community developers, and military affiliated leaders. The common factor linking all accepted proposals is relevance to and advancement of adult teaching and learning, addressing the global issues that frame the conference theme. 

Making Space for Practitioner Members: Research and innovative practice frame the mission of AAACE. We invite our practitioner members to demonstrate a strong presence and showcase innovative applications to teaching and learning in formal and nonformal settings. Please submit your proposal demonstrating results-oriented practices in the education of adults in settings like secondary and higher education, the workplace, and community.

More information on the areas in Adult and Continuing Education can be found at here.

Submitting your Proposal

Please review the AAACE Proposal Submission Guide prior to beginning your submission.

If you have an existing ProposalSpace account, please access ( and update your User Profile before beginning the submission process.  New users can create an account here:    Please add to your email list of safe entities. 

This year’s conference will offer a variety of session formats, including concurrent, shared-concurrent, Fast Formats, roundtable, and poster sessions. 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

The Call for Proposals for the CIAE Pre-Conference is being managed separately.   Important Note:  if your proposal is accepted, you will need to submit a full paper by June 30 to be included in the Proceedings to be distributed to all CIAE Pre-Conference Participants.

Please click here to begin the proposal process for CIAE only.

Important Dates:

  • Proposals for the must be submitted no later than April 3, 2019 at 11:59 pm EDT. extended to April 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm EDT
  • Acceptances will be announced via email to Primary Presenters on or about May 16, 2019.  Please login to your Proposal Space Account for details.
  • Primary Presenters must confirm their participation by registering for the conference by June 28.

Proposal Review

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 2019 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.

We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces in St. Louis at the Arch in October!

Susan M. Yelich Biniecki, Chair
Petra A. Robinson, Vice Chair
2019 AAACE Annual Conference


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