Call For Papers

The American Educational Studies Association Annual Conference 2015

November 11th - November 15th, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas


Call for Proposals will be issued February 1, 2015 with a deadline of April 1, 2015.

Guidelines For Proposals


Proposals are due by April 15, 2014. Any questions should be directed to Yolanda (Jolie) Medina or Haile Peters at (questions only not proposals).

The link to submit proposals is:


All submissions are blind reviewed. Please remove identifying references from the proposal. Proposals for individual papers should not exceed 1000 words (excluding references). Proposals for all other sessions should not exceed 1500 words (excluding references).


In addition to the title of the paper or session and the proposal, include the name, institutional affiliation, email address, and telephone number of each participant when prompted by the online submission website. The body of the proposal, however, should not include any identifying information. Accessibility requests must be done at the time of submission.

Proposal submissions should provide a brief summary of the paper, symposium, panel or alternative session, which the reviewers will use to assess its merits. Your summary should include (as applicable)

  • objectives/purposes,
  • context,
  • methods,
  • arguments/conclusions, and,
  • importance/relevance.

Only the person submitting the proposal will be notified as to whether the proposal has been accepted. In the case of co-authored papers, panels, symposia, or alternative sessions with multiple participants, it will be the responsibility of the person who has submitted the proposal to notify the other participants regarding the status of the proposal.


OCS unfortunately does not allow for chairs, discussants, or multiple symposium authors. Symposium organizers should list chair, discussant, as well as symposium authors and institutional affiliations with their respective paper titles on the first page of submission entitled “Comments for Conference Director.” Panel organizers should include chair's name and institutional affiliation in the box titled “Comments for the Conference Director.”


The program committee welcomes individual paper proposals. Once accepted, papers will be grouped together around common or overlapping themes with an assigned chair. Presenters will have approximately 10-15 minutes to read, summarize, or discuss their individual papers.

PANEL (panel title and participants listed on program):

A panel typically is composed of three to six participants (including a chair) who will discuss a common theme based on their research (Note: only the topic/theme of the panel will be listed in the program once accepted, not paper/presentation titles by each panelists). Usually, each panelist is given 10–15 minutes to discuss the topic, present theoretical ideas, and/or point to relevant research. A chair introduces the panel and frames the issues and questions that will be addressed. Panels will be allocated 90 minutes on the program. The chair is responsible for insuring that participants adhere to time limits.

SYNOPSIUM (papers titles and authors listed on program):

A symposium includes three to four separate papers on a common theme, as well as a chair and a discussant. A symposium proposal should include the title of the symposium, a brief (one- or two-paragraph) overview of the symposium theme, and the title and brief description of each paper. Please include each author’s name and paper title in “Comments for the Conference Director” box. Most symposia will be allocated 90 minutes on the program. Time should be allowed for an introduction of the symposium by the chair, a presentation of the papers, comments by the discussant, and audience questions and involvement. Final symposia papers should be submitted to the discussant by September 15, 2014.


Alternative proposals that do not fit into the above categories, such as workshops, performances, video and multimedia presentations, and round-table dialogues, are encouraged. We also welcome proposals for the organization of special interest groups. Alternative format proposals should include information on the session’s topic, content, approach or purpose, as well as the roles to be played by the participants.


General Info


Hotel Information

The 2014 AESA conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Toronto hotel. Below is contact information for the hotel.

370 King Street West
Toronto Ontario M5V1J9
Phone: 416 343-1234


Booking Information
Room rates are: $179 for singles and doubles; $204 for triples; and $229 for quad rooms. All prices are in Canadian dollars. The conference rate is available until September 7th, 2014 OR until our group block is filled, whichever comes first. Please note that the cut-off date is EARLY this year! Please make your reservations by clicking on the link below.

Click Here To Make a Reservation

This is a dedicated booking website specifically for AESA members. You can use it to make, modify and cancel hotel reservations online, as well as to take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel. The hotel will be UNABLE to accommodate requests beyond our room block or beyond our cutoff date.

If you have questions about the hotel or are having problems making reservations, please contact Sandra Spickard Prettyman at


In the Hotel
There are several restaurants in the hotel. The King Street Social Kitchen is open for breakfast and lunch. The restaurant will be offering some breakfast and lunch specials during the conference, look for updates in October. Mix Bistro Restaurant offers lunch and dinner. Each of the restaurants has a bar associated with it as well. There is also a Starbucks Café in the hotel. There are a multitude of other eating options very close to the hotel, in a variety of price ranges, from coffee shops to sandwich shops, to gourmet restaurants. A few restaurant favorites are listed below. The Hospitality Committee will also have additional information prior to the conference.

There is a 24-hour fitness center with a sauna, but the outdoor pool will be closed for the season.

Internet is available in guest rooms for $14.95 for a 24-hour period. Internet is FREE in the hotel lobby. It is NOT available in the meeting room spaces.


The self parking rate for registered hotel guests is $32 per day, with full in and out privileges.


Getting To The Hotel and Around the City

There is public transit from Pearson International Airport to the hotel, but it does involve taking a bus and then the subway, so it can be cumbersome. The cost is $3.00 and it takes approximately one hour. At the airport, take the 192 Airport Rocket bus to Kipling Station. Transfer to the Bloor-Danforth subway line. Go eastbound to Saint George Station. Transfer to Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. Go southbound to Saint Andrew Station (you will exit at the corner of University and King). Walk west on King Street for about 600 yards (about 7—8 minutes). For more information:

There are also shuttles (about $28 each way per person or $48 roundtrip—you need to book in advance for your return) or taxis (about $50 each way).

If you are arriving at Union Station by train, it is approximately a 20 minute walk to the hotel. Walk two blocks north to King Street. Turn left and walk about three blocks; the hotel is on your right.

The St. Andrew subway station is about two blocks, a 3 minute walk, and the streetcar access is right at the hotel. The bus and subway cost $3 in cash, or you can buy 3 tokens for $8.10 or 7 tokens for $18.90. There is a day pass for $11 or a weekly pass for $39.25.

Around the Hotel

  • There is a Fresh and Wild grocery store one block west of the hotel on the corner.
  • There is a Starbucks in the hotel, but several other coffee shops are nearby (look at the list below for specifics on favorites in the area).
  • Chinatown is just around the corner on Spadina. Turn right out of the hotel; go to Spadina and turn right and within a few blocks you will find yourself in the middle of Chinatown.
  • Make sure to visit the fun and funky Kensington Market area, just a short walk from the hotel. Great restaurants, fun shops, and awesome energy. Make sure to visit The Good Egg, a small little store that has an amazing collection of books, toys (for young and old), and odds and ends. Rasta Pasta (Jamaican Italian fare) is awesome as well!

Restaurants and Dining

From inexpensive to high end, Toronto has a wide variety of restaurant options, and many of them are within walking distance of the hotel. The choice of ethnic restaurants is amazing, check out this article for ideas. Many of the restaurants on King Street are overpriced and not great, but there are a few exceptions. And just a few blocks away on Spadina or on John street are any number of inexpensive and very good options. Below are a few favorites for lunch or dinner. Some of these are thanks to Lee from Luma who shared his list of favorites in the area.

  1. Luma is located just ½ block east of the hotel, in the TIFF building ( It’s part of the Oliver and Bonacini network of restaurants. They have a creative menu, outstanding service, and wonderful food—it was so good we went back for a second night during our last visit. Not cheap, but highly recommended.
  2. Canteen is in the same building as Luma and is another Oliver and Bonacini restaurant ( They have a nice, although small, breakfast menu (oatmeal, poached eggs, and a variety of pastries) as well as sandwiches and salads for takeout. They also have a large sit-down area with a nice and relatively inexpensive menu for lunch. A very nice option, very close to the hotel.
  3. Khao San Road is a wonderful Thai restaurant that is not expensive and is quite fun ( It’s located at 326 Adelaide West, just a few blocks from the hotel. Definitely worth a visit.
  4. Fresh has a location at 147 Spadina ( This is a great place for vegans and vegetarians, and meat eaters who happen to like vegetarian food too! Inexpensive and awesome.
  5. Burrito Banditos is another inexpensive yet amazingly great food place ( Think Chipotle but better, and just down the street at 120 Peter Street.
  6. Patria is a Spanish tapas restaurant ( It can be a bit pricey, but the food was good, the wine list very nice, and great fun for an evening of sharing.
  7. Buca ( was an amazing Italian restaurant, mid-priced with a lot to offer. Worth a visit, and very close to the hotel.
  8. Crush Wine Bar is just 2 or 3 blocks down King Street from the hotel ( We had a wonderful meal here (Jolie said the oysters were amazing) and the service was awesome. Open for lunch and dinner, or go to the bar just for a nice glass of wine.

Favorite Coffee (and Chocolate) Shops

Okay, I just had to include these because Toronto really does have some fabulous coffee, and I did my share of checking on coffee shops in the area.

  1. First and foremost, I have to mention Soma Chocolates, which is just down the street at 443 King Street West ( This is where I had the best coffee in town, and all of the pastries, cookies, chocolates, and other sundries that we tried were amazing. It’s just down from Crush Wine Bar, so pick up some chocolates on your way in for a glass of wine, or visit for their amazing Mayan hot chocolate, awesome lattes, fabulous toffee, and…oh so much more.
  2. Sense Appeal is a coffee roaster and shop that takes coffee seriously ( They take a chemistry approach to coffee—they call themselves an “experimental coffee lab.” They’re about sustainable, creative, and “scientifically based” coffee. Located at 96 Spadina Avenue, they’re just around the corner from the hotel. Worth a visit, although go when you have a lot of time, it’s tiny with only one person working most of the time. It takes a while.
  3. Dark Horse Espresso has two locations really close, one on Spadina Avenue and one on John Street. They brew a nice coffee (they use Detour coffee, a Toronto roaster, and 49th Parallel out of Vancouver, both awesome roasters with some delicious coffee). Both locations have great pastries and coffee. Definitely worth a visit.

Art and Cultural Attractions

  • The Royal Ontario Museum is fantastic and a must visit. Admission is $16 for adults, but well worth it. Within walking distance of the hotel (25 minute walk). On Fridays from 4:30—8:30pm admission is only $10.
  • The Art Gallery of Ontario is also great, but a bit pricey at $19.50 for adult admission. Small, but very interesting, it’s worth a visit (about a 15 minute walk from the hotel). Wednesday nights are FREE to the permanent collection from 6—8:30pm.
  • The hotel is in the middle of the Entertainment District, so there are movie and stage theatres all around, including the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) complex which is on the next block. It’s definitely worth checking out what is playing during our dates.
  • There is live music at a variety of venues nearby, but the best jazz we found in the city is at the Rex Hotel on Queen Street (about a 15 minute walk from the hotel). They have two shows a day usually. High quality jazz, and there is often no cover! Tim, my musician partner, highly recommends this.



Remember that attendance at the annual conference also requires membership in AESA.

Our registration form allows you to renew or establish your membership with AESA, or if you are already a member in good standing, you may use the form to register for the conference only.

The membership page is under reconstruction until January 20, 2015. In the meantime, if you have questions about membership, please contact the AESA Secretary at

Future Conference Locations

2015 San Antonio, TX

November 11th - 15th
Grand Hyatt San Antonio

2016 Seattle, WA

November 2nd - November 6th
Grand Hyatt Seattle

2017 Pittsburgh, PA

November 1 - November 5th
Omni William Penn Pittsburgh

2018 Greenville, SC

November 7th - November 11th
Hyatt Regency Greenville

2019 Baltimore, MD

October 30th - November 3rd
Hyatt Regency Baltimore

2020 San Antonio, TX

October 28th - November 1st
Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Past Event Archives

2012 Seattle, WA
Ocr. 31 - Nov 3, 2012

2011 St. Louis, MO
Nov. 2nd - 6th, 2011

2010 Denver, CO
Oct. 27th - 31st, 2010

2009 Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 4th - 8th, 2009

2008 Savannah, GA
Oct. 29th - Nov. 2nd, 2008

2007 Cleveland, OH
(Joint Meeting with the History of
Education Society)
Oct. 24th - 28th, 2007

2006 Spokan, WA
Nov. 1st - 5th, 2006

2005 Charlottesville, VA
Nov. 3rd - 6th, 2005

2004 Kansas City, MO
Nov. 3rd - 7th, 2004

2003 Mexico City, Mexico
Oct. 29th - Nov. 2nd, 2003

2002 Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 30th - Nov. 3rd, 2002

2001 Miami, FL
Oct. 30th - Nov. 3rd, 2001

2000 Vancouver, BC
Nov. 1st - 5th, 2000