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Update on the 2016 AAAL Conference

Thursday, August 27, 2015  
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We are getting very excited about the 2016 Conference, which will take place at the Hilton Orlando Hotel from April 9 to 12. Kathi made a site visit to the hotel in July and was very impressed with the staff and the setting as a conference venue.

The proposal submission process closed at 11:59 PM, Pacific Daylight Time on Wednesday, August 19. There were over 1,700 proposals submitted for a combination of individual papers (1,477), colloquia (52), roundtable discussions (74), and poster sessions (101) in eighteen different thematic strands. The reviewing is now in full swing with over 300 volunteers reading proposals in a carefully structured double-blind review process. We are very grateful for the important work being done by the Strand Coordinators and proposal reviewers.

A feature we have reinstated from the 2013 and 2014 conferences is what we are calling “Professional Opportunities Sessions”, which will run during the lunch break. So far the topics to be covered include applying for funding from sources beyond one’s home institution, a session on AAAL awards, writing effective proposals for the AAAL Conference, increasing the visibility of applied linguistics, and multiple sessions on publishing. We are also planning to offer a “Newcomers’ Session” on Saturday, April 9 for first-time attendees.

The newly constituted Graduate Student Council (GSC) has planned a series of exciting events as well. On Sunday evening there will be an open meeting sponsored by the GSC Executive Committee to update conference goers on GSC activities and initiatives. It will be followed by a networking social event. On Monday afternoon there will be a professional development event focusing on the job search. For more information you can visit the GSC Facebook page at AAAL Graduate Students. We appreciate the thoughtful and enthusiastic input from the GSC leaders, particularly Nicole Pettitt and Daniel Ginsberg.

In an effort to address conference issues in a transparent and user-friendly manner, we have begun an FAQ initiative on aaal.org. The first list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is specifically dedicated to the concerns related to submitting proposals. A second FAQ list has been added to the website regarding questions related to graduate students and their involvement with AAAL. Forthcoming will be a third FAQ list which will answer many of the questions that conference-goers may have about registering and preparing for the 2016 conference.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando next April. In the meantime, you may send questions to conference@aaal.org and also follow us on Twitter @aaal16confteam.

—Tim Marquette, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
— Kathleen M. Bailey, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


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