Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now closed. Thanks to all who submitted. 


Call for Research Papers and Session Proposals
37th Annual Association of Arts Administration Educators Conference

The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), The University of Houston, and The University of Houston – Downtown are seeking submissions for the 2018 AAAE conference, which will take place May 31-June 2, 2018 in Houston, TX. The deadline for all submissions has been extended to November 19, 2017 at 12 midnight PST (previously October 31, 2017).

2018 Programming Committee
Katy Coy, Association of Arts Administration Educators
Karen Chandler, College of Charleston
Fleurette Fernando, The University of Houston
Jerome Socolof, The University of Houston – Downtown
Ximena Varela, American University

AAAE represents college and university graduate and undergraduate programs in arts administration, encompassing training in the management of visual, performing, literary, media, cultural and arts service organizations. The Association, moreover, encourages its members to pursue, publish, present, and disseminate research and smart practices in arts management and administration to strengthen the understanding of key issues in both the academic and professional fields.

Practitioners and researchers from all arts and cultural disciplines are welcome submit papers and proposals for this conference. Individuals need not be members to submit.


Building Communities of the Future: Arts Administrators as Agents of Change

As the world seemingly shifts beneath our feet, AAAE invites participants to examine and celebrate arts administrators as movement leaders, social innovators, community organizers, artistic partners, social justice advocates, and more. We know that arts and cultural administration skills are highly transferable and desireable across industries. Emotional intelligence, iterative development and evaluation, crisis management, and complex collaboration skills are all key components to an arts administrator’s education. They are also precisely the skills required to navigate the complex issues that are part of our every day lives, including social change, political churn, environmental instability and more. The 2018 conference will gather our field’s thinkers and practitioners to explore the multi-faceted arts administration skill set and the ways in which we, our students, and our colleagues are uniquely equipped to affect positive change in the world.

Proposals that relate to the theme will be most fully considered for the conference. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Diversifying the Arts Administration Education Pipeline and Field
Disaster Response and Recovery
Art, Communities, and Gentrification
Arts Philanthropy and Giving Philosophies
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Reinvention in the Arts, Culture, and/or Arts Administration
Race and Gender Issues in the Field
Crisis Management in Arts and Culture
Cases for Change in the Arts
Pedagogy Research Methods and Application
National or World Trends in the Arts
Internationalization and Cross Border Collaboration


Researchers are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations. Proposals from any related academic discipline may be submitted, so long as a case can be made for their relevance to the AAAE conference theme and/or areas of interest.

Research sessions will consist of a group of thematically-related paper presentations, followed by Q&A. Individuals may submit a single abstract or a proposal for an entire research session ((three abstracts + a 1-page overview on the session topic and participants).

Abstracts should follow these formatting guidelines:

• 500 words or less, including details of the research questions, methodology, and conclusions

• Must  include: paper title, name and email address of author(s), and 50-word biographical note on author(s).

• Formatted in Times New Roman 11 point font.

• Final files should be in a PDF format and e-mailed to conference(AT) Please be sure the subject line reads: ABSTRACT SUBMISSION. Only one abstract or session proposal per email, please. Session proposals (three abstracts + a 1-page overview on session topic and participants) should be a single PDF file.
All submissions will undergo a blind peer review. The programming committee will determine all accepted papers and the final composition of all panels.

The Call for Proposals is now closed. Thanks to all who submitted.



Sessions may be programmed in 20, 30 or 60-minute slots (or other configurations as the committee determines). The committee will only program a limited number of panels, so please consider alternate formats such as teaching demonstrations, interactive workshops, group discussions, or presentations of unique and replicable teaching and/or practice initiatives.

Interested Individuals may submit a session proposal at the link below. Please be sure to have the following ready in order to build your session proposal:

• Name and contact information of all session presenters
• Session Title and Description
• Key Audiences
• Anticipated Outcomes of the Session

The Call for Proposals is now closed. Thanks to all who submitted.


All presenters must register for the conference. AAAE members can secure the best rates for the event.

Anyone may submit a proposal for the AAAE conference, it is not a members-only opportunity. Additionally, the committee will consider presentations submitted by advanced (Master’s or Ph. D. candidate) students.

The deadline for submissions is November 19, 2017 at 12 midnight PST.