NAEA 2022 Research Preconvention

Call for Proposals


NAEA 2022 Research Preconvention
February 12, 2022
NAEA National Convention Online Platform
(This Preconvention is taking place virtually.)

The deadline to submit a proposal for consideration was November 1, 2021.

What’s Your Why? Arts Education Research as a Common Enterprise

What’s Your Why? Arts Education Research as a Common Enterprise will focus on areas of inquiry that explore the multitude of ways educators, leaders, and artists embrace their role as researchers in a range of diverse contexts. The NAEA 2022 Research Preconvention is organized by the NAEA Research Commission, generously supported by the National Art Education Foundation, and open to all.

The Preconvention will be organized around the following themes:

Research to Practice: How does research impact teaching and learning? How does research unfold in curriculum, teaching, and in one’s understanding of learners?

Creative Practice as Research: How do creative acts document, inspire, and impact our teaching and understanding as educators and artists? In what ways do artists act as researchers through creative practice? Where do creative practice and research overlap and intersect?

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: How do researchers attend to equity, diversity, and inclusion in research practice? How do art education researchers attend to these issues in a range of contexts and places? How does research around these issues impact our teaching?

Building Research Networks in Art Education: Research lives differently in different places. Indeed, from schools, higher education institutions, museums, and community-based settings to online contexts, research in art education is a map with many destinations. How do we connect, collaborate, and build research networks between people and places?

We invite inquirers from across the NAEA membership to consider the relationship of their individual and collective questions, curiosities, connections, research initiatives, and visions of their fields’ future. The theme of this year’s Preconvention stems from the NAEA Research Commission’s mission to cultivate a culture and community of inquiry making research meaningful and accessible to all.

Through innovative and creative approaches to discussing these themes, we invite presenters and participants to engage in dialogue on the power of research, honoring the individual and collective curiosities that are representative of our diverse membership.

The Preconvention will take place virtually on Saturday, February 12, 2022, with sessions including plenary sessions of invited panelists, Short-Form Presentations, and Research Circles, along with opportunities for discussion and interaction. Short-Form Presentations will each consist of 20 slides running for 20 seconds each (for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds); presentations will be grouped in 50-minute sessions. Research Circles will also run 50 minutes and be structured as interactive, facilitated discussions.

Both Short-Form Presentations and Research Circles will be held using Zoom meetings. Zoom meetings allow presenters and participants the ability to share audio, video, and on-screen content as needed. A meeting host will be assigned by the NAEA Research Commission to assist with overall facilitation of the session.

Call for Proposals: Short-Form Presentations and Research Circles


There are two proposal formats: Short-Form Presentations and Research Circles. Both formats can be delivered live or “mock live.” If choosing “mock live,” presenters must play their own video and be present for the related discussion.

Short-Form Presentations, submitted by individuals, consist of 20 slides related to the Preconvention theme, timed for 20 seconds per slide—6 minutes and 40 seconds in total. Several will be grouped together, presented in succession, and followed by a discussion.

Research Circles, submitted by two to six presenters who provide brief, interrelated presentations and pose questions relevant to the Preconvention theme during a 50-minute period. Using the circle as an analogy of dialogue, part of the Research Circle proposal must address how the panel will engage the audience in discussion and/or other form of interaction.

Proposal Requirements

Successful proposals will:

  • Address the theme of What’s Your Why? Arts Education Research as a Common Enterprise. Proposals need to address one or more of the following themes, or be clearly related: Research to Practice; Creative Practice as Research; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Building Research Networks in Art Education

Proposals must adhere to one of the following formats:

  1. Short-Form Presentation (20 slides, 6 minutes and 40 seconds in total)

    • Title
    • Presenter Names, Affiliations, and Email Addresses
    • Program Description (30-word maximum)
    • Summary of how your Short-Form Presentation addresses the theme (500 to 1,000 words)
    • Three potential questions or prompts that could be used to foster audience engagement related to your presentation and the overall conference theme
    • References (if applicable)
  2. Research Circle (50 minutes)

    • Title
    • Presenter Names, Affiliations, and Email Addresses
    • Program Description (30-word maximum)
    • Introduction: Summary of how Research Circle addresses the theme (500 to 1,000 words)
    • For Research Circle Proposals ONLY: Overview of Audience Engagement must include at least 30 minutes of discussion and/or other form of interaction with audience such as performance, collaborative artmaking, question and answer, brainstorming, creative play, mini-workshop, etc. To avoid redundancy across sessions, the focus of interaction should go beyond asking participants to only share their research or thoughts.
    • Reference list for in-text citations (if applicable)

Proposals will be blind reviewed; please do not include identifying information in the proposal description.
Deadline: November 1, 2021

The NAEA Research Preconvention call for presentations process is open to current NAEA members only as a benefit of their membership. Presenters and copresenters must be confirmed members of NAEA at the time the proposal is submitted and through the Preconvention, February 12, 2022. If accepted, all presenters and copresenters must also register for the Preconvention. The registration fee for the Preconvention is $59.


Proposals Due: November 1, 2021
Acceptance Notifications: On or before December 1, 2021

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