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American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)

67th Annual American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) Conference

Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

October 2-5, 2018


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 at2018 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.  For more information about sessions formats, please visit: 2018 AAACE 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 for the general conference sessions, the CDLT pre-conference, and CPAE co-conference through Proposal Space.  Simply choose the appropriate interest area when submitting.  CIAE pre-conference proposals will not be submitted through Proposal Space. Further details will be provided at 

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 30
  • 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: 2018 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.

This call is no longer accepting submissions.