AERA 2018 News from Program Chair, Hadley Solomon

The Mot SIG program for AERA 2018 looks to be one of our most dynamic ever! As you may have heard, AERA received a record number of submissions this year and our SIG is no exception. Here are the most recent statistics that we have available on our average submissions:

As you can see, the figures for this upcoming conference are at record levels. AERA directs program chairs to form review panels in advance of the submission deadline based on averages from prior years. Divisions and SIGs are all scrambling now to add reviewers to their panels, as no one was prepared for these kinds of numbers. IF YOU DID NOT VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW FOR THE SIG, IT IS NOT TOO LATE. Just email me ( to be added to our reviewer pool. We’re going to try to facilitate the review process in as timely a manner as possible, but frankly, it’s likely to take longer than expected. Please be patient with us as we wade through the seemingly endless number of (stellar!) submissions.

We are now also soliciting volunteers for the role of chair and discussant for the 2018 program in NYC. If you are interested in serving in either role, please log in at and follow the direction provided here.

You may be interested to know that AERA states that their highest ever attendance was in 2008, the last time the conference was held in NYC (17,855 people). The second highest attendance was in 2016 (16,182 in attendance). Given the conference is back in NYC this year and the level of submissions, it’s looking like it will be a huge year for AERA (and educational psychology!).

Message from Hadley Solomon, SIG Program Chair

Congratulations on a fantastic annual meeting in San Antonio. Our program shaped up nicely, with over 400 in attendance for the session entitled “Motivation Theory Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Reflections of Founders and Descendants.” We are eagerly awaiting new submissions from you that will follow up with new theories, theorists, and ideas for the upcoming conference in NYC in 2018!

Additionally, as mentioned in the business meeting, we had a great panel of reviewers for last year’s meeting from six countries internationally. We encourage you to volunteer to review for our upcoming 2018 program in order to facilitate an even more dynamic program than we had last year. As of June 4, we currently have 50% more of you signed up to review than we did last year, and currently you represent viewpoints from 16 countries. That’s phenomenal, and you can still sign up to review for us through the end of the day today (June 5)!

The AERA 2018 proposal submission portal is open NOW, and will remain open through July 24. Details about program submissions can be found in the official call for submissions.

If you have any additional questions or comments please don’t hesitate to reach out ( Looking forward to seeing your great and important work in the AERA submission portal!

Looking Ahead to AERA 2018-Hotel Locations

After a wonderful AERA 2017, many are already looking forward to AERA 2018 in New York City, New York, April 13-17, 2018. This event will be held in a series of nine headquarter hotels (listed below), as opposed to one central convention center. Please consider these locations as you begin to make your plans. See you in New York!

  • Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan
  • Le Parker Meridien
  • Millennium Broadway New York Times Square
  • New York Hilton Midtown
  • New York Marriott Marquis
  • Park Central Hotel New York
  • Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
  • Warwick New York
  • The Westin, New York at Times Square