Art Education Research Institute, 2nd Annual Symposium: October 19-21, 2017; Call for proposals, 1 May 2017

The Art Education Research Institute (AERI) is an autonomous, virtual institute comprised of higher educators who are actively involved in the production of research and scholarship in visual arts education.

Founded in 2014, AERI aims to advance higher education research and scholarship opportunities and quality in visual arts education; enhance the capacity of emerging and practicing scholars and researchers to conduct and disseminate visual arts education inquiry and knowledge; promote diversity in research issues, questions, contexts and methodologies; and encourage civil criticality and sustained engagement with research and scholarship in visual arts education.

The AERI is holding its second annual research symposium at Northern Illinois University’s Naperville campus on October 19-21, 2017. We invite proposals for presentations of empirical research and rigorous theoretical investigations. Doctoral students, on or near to dissertation, are invited to submit an in-process research proposal for inclusion in a special pecha kucha presentation and mentoring session.

Symposium Theme
Art Education Research in Contemporary Contexts

Proposal Submission Process
All proposals (authored and co-authored) are limited to 1,000 words excluding references and must be submitted as a Word document.

Proposals must include the following sections and be written in APA style:

Title: A title specific to the research.

Author/s: Name/s and institutional affiliation/s.

Objective/s: A discussion of the objectives pursued through the research.

Theoretical perspective(s): A framework of theory and concepts central to the research.

Mode of Inquiry: A description of the methodology, methods, evidence, and analysis of the research data.
Significance: An explanation of results or conclusions relevant to the field of art education and connection to the symposium theme.

References: A list of all the references referred to in the proposal. (A minimum of five references are required to contextualize the research.)

Send proposals as an email attachment to Dr. Jeffrey Broome at by 4:00 PM EST, May 1, 2017. Doctoral students who wish to be reviewed for the pecha kucha session, must mention this in the submission email (not the attached proposal).

Proposals will be blind reviewed for acceptance by AERI Symposium Committee members and authors will be notified by July 1. Only one proposal will be accepted from each presenter. Accepted presentation proposals will be placed into panels with discussants. Presentation papers with abstracts must be submitted for discussant reading at least two weeks before the symposium. The abstracts of accepted papers will be published on the AERI website. Proposals that fail to meet the requirements specified above will not be considered for review.


Symposium registration is $40, to be paid on-site. A reduced registration fee of $25 is available for assistant professors, and the symposium is free for graduate students. Space is limited. So, presenters and audience members must register by sending an email to the symposium email address with “AERI Registration” in the heading line, plus professional title and contact information in the body of the message, by September 1, 2017. The CFP is also on the AERI website:

Travel and Accommodation

The symposium is being held in the NIU Naperville Conference Center. The Center is located about 25 miles from O’Hare airport and 29 miles from downtown Chicago. The symposium will begin the afternoon of Thursday, October 19 and end before lunch on Saturday, October 21. Rooms are available for a reduced conference rate at the Hampton Inn, 1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville, located across the street from the Conference Center. Other hotels and restaurants are located within a few blocks of the Conference Center. More information about accommodations and transportation is located on the AERI website.

The 2017 Art Education Research Institute (AERI) 2nd Annual Symposium is sponsored by Northern Illinois University and the University of Maine.

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