The Call for Proposals for the 2021 Annual Conference

The Call for Proposals for the EERA 2021 Conference can be found at:

Proposals are now being accepted for the 44th Annual Conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association, to be held Online February 18-19, 2021. The EERA conference is held each spring and brings together the leading scholars from the eastern United States. The refereed conference typically hosts over 300 scholars, meaning that the conference is small enough to network and connect with colleagues, but large enough to offer a wide range of ideas, research methods, and topics.

Researchers may submit for consideration original proposals that have not been published or presented at another professional meeting. Proposals will be submitted through the online registration center on the EERA website, and if the proposal is accepted, the lead author must pay all conference fees and be present at the conference. Original proposed research presentations are to be based on completed work, or work to be completed before the annual conference. The proposal submission abstract must be less than 10,000 characters though, if available, you may attach your completed paper separately. Proposals for the upcoming 2021 meeting will be accepted beginning September 11th, until 11:59 PM on December 4, 2020.

The program will consist of papers and other formats for educational research presentations that have been accepted by the review committee. All submissions will be reviewed by at least two scholars or practitioners in the field of education. For more details and/or to submit a proposal visit our web site, .

Research Papers Description: Research paper proposals are structured synopses or completed data-based studies that utilize any variety of quantitative or qualitative methodological approaches. Theoretical papers are acceptable. Papers not meeting these criteria (e.g. literature reviews) should be submitted under another format. The proposed paper should be appropriate for submission to a refereed journal.  Evaluation Criteria: Paper proposals will be evaluated according to: (a) the significance of the problem or issue to the field; (b) the originality of the work; (c) the adequacy of the theoretical/conceptual framework; (d) appropriateness of the mode of inquiry; (e) the rigor and accuracy of the analysis of the data; (f) clarity of the written exposition of ideas, analyses, and arguments; and (g) reasonableness of stated conclusions and implications.   Full paper presentations are typically 15 minutes of presentation followed by 5 minutes of question/answer.


Panel Discussion Description: Panel discussions are thematic, integrated dialogues between session participants about a clearly identified theme or topic. This format allows a team of researchers or practitioners to present or review scholarly perspectives on issues. The format is not intended as an opportunity to present papers that have not gone through a review process. Rather, panel discussions should provide attendees with an opportunity to hear presenters engage in dialogue amongst themselves as well as with attendees about cutting-edge research, practice, theory building, or policy development. Evaluation Criteria: Panel discussion  proposals will be evaluated on: (a) originality; (b) clarity of topic; (c) significance of topic and/or relevance to EERA members, (d) organization and coherence of individual presentations, (e) range of knowledge and points of view represented by presenters; and (f) opportunities for audience participation.   Panel presentations typically last between 30-60 minutes.


Short Paper: Short presentations are similar to regular, full paper presentations, but are typically not  appropriate for a refereed journal.  They may  be works in progress, literature reviews, or smaller research projects.  Short paper presentations typically last between 10-15 minutes with 5 minutes of question/answer.  Evaluation Criteria: Short paper proposals will be evaluated on: (a) the significance of the topic/issue/problem to the field; (b) clarity of objectives and intended outcomes of the session; (c) potential for stimulating scholarly discussion, (d) originality, and (e) methods planned to engage participants.


If you have questions about submitting a proposal or would like to talk to someone about the conference, please contact Dr. Jia Liang.  She is the 2021 Conference Chair and can be reached at 785-532-5535  (or   Please print these details so that you can identify and select the correct session format for your proposal submission.  

ALL PROPOSALS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN 11:59 December 4th 2020.