American Accounting Association


First Time Attendee's Guide
to the Annual Meeting

Registration Questions

Can I add Events/Guests/Workshops to my Annual Meeting Registration?
If you would like to make an addition to an Annual Meeting Registration that has already been processed, you may do so by submitting this form via fax, or regular mail.

What does my Annual Meeting Registration include?

  • Name Badge
  • Exhibit Hall Admission
  • Career Fair Admission
  • Program and Proceedings Book
  • Quick Reference Card
  • List of Registrants
  • Admission to your choice of over 350 Plenaries, panels, and research sessions which offer a possible 30+ hours of CPE credit
  • One ticket to either the Tuesday or Wednesday Luncheon
  • Sunday Evening Early Bird Reception
  • Monday Evening Welcome Reception
  • Refreshment Breaks
  • Cyber Café Admission

What does my AAA membership include?
Annual Meeting registration requires current AAA membership. Your membership for 2011-2012 gives you access to world class journals including the AAA Digital Library, the option to join any of our 16 Special interest sections, local region membership and access to the leading collaborative social networking platform the AAACommons to name just a few. Click here for a more complete listing of member benefits.

What is the Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA)?
CTLA is designed for new and experienced faculty looking for opportunities to refine their teaching talents and perfect their craft in teaching accounting. The conference surrounds the AAA Annual Meeting to offer teaching oriented CPE and an Insiders' Guide – a kind of "road map" – to sessions on teaching and curriculum related topics throughout the Annual Meeting program. A concluding "What's Next?" session at the end of the annual meeting provides a chance for reflection on learning across the meeting, and making recommendations for future Conferences on Teaching and Learning in Accounting.

What is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Workshop?
The AAA offers a program of half and full day workshops providing opportunities for in-depth attention and study of more complex issues and topics. Subjects range from relevant issues in practice, to current standards activity, from teaching approaches and resources, to current areas of scholarship. The CPE workshops are conducted during the days preceding the AAA Annual Meeting.

Who should attend a CPE workshop?
Any meeting registrant is welcome to sign up for a CPE workshop.

Session Terminology:

What is a Plenary Session?
Plenary sessions are the opening events for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings of the Annual Meeting. These are large sessions that all meeting registrants are encouraged to attend. Plenary sessions usually feature a well-known speaker addressing hot topics and current concerns of the day.

What is an Effective Learning Strategy (ELS) Session?
Effective Learning Strategy Sessions showcase ideas, research, strategies and education innovations that support learning in accounting. The interactive poster-session format provides opportunities for presenters to engage colleagues in the exchange of ideas and resources. The presenters are available to answer questions about their research and often have hand-outs available. ELS sessions are offered at different times throughout the conference with different presenters at each session.

What is the Emerging and Innovative Research Session?
This session is intended to highlight promising emerging and innovative research ideas that are in the early stages of development. The interactive poster-session format encourages visualization of "bleeding edge" concepts, and in-depth discussions.

What is a Panel Session?
A panel session is a moderated discussion, involving experts in a particular area of specialty. Panel session topics may be ideas submitted by the membership (through the electronic submissions process), or topics introduced by Section leadership. Other panel sessions are inspired and sponsored by AAA strategic partners or AAA education and research committees.

What is a Concurrent Session?
Concurrent sessions are scheduled Monday through Wednesday in the morning, early afternoon, and late afternoon time slots. Due to the size of the Annual Meeting, up to 30 different sessions could be offered concurrently. Registrants are encourage to review the online program, or the program they receive with their registration materials to decide which sessions they would like to attend each day.

There are three formats for concurrent sessions:

  1. Panels (described above)
  2. Traditional Paper Presentations — in this format, three papers are presented, with discussants providing feedback to the authors.
  3. Paper Dialogue Sessions — in this format, up to five papers are presented, with feedback (and lively discussion) provided by the audience.

Will I receive CPE credit for attending this meeting?
Registrants may earn NASBA-certified credit hours by attending CPE workshops or any of the sessions scheduled throughout the meeting.

What is the Career Connection?
The Career Connect (CC) at our Annual Meeting is the AAA's biggest recruiting event, where applicants and institutions from across the country can make connections! When registering prior to the meeting, your resume or position listing will be highlighted with our Annual Meeting Career Connection icon announcing to employers and job seekers your desire to connect with them! Employers can reserve interview tables for as little as one hour or for the entire course of the meeting! Job seekers can actively apply to jobs through the Career Center website and meeting with employers on site at the meeting. To create your account today please visit: If you have any questions, please contact: Alex Metz, Member Services Coordinator or call 941-556-4104.

What is the Career Fair?
The Career Fair helps kick off the Annual Meeting Career Connection by giving employers and job seekers an opportunity to meet at a large-scale formatted event that facilitates face to face networking. At the event employers are provided with a 4' x 8' cork display board, a table and a chair that will accommodate posters, handouts and informal meetings with job candidates. Job seekers are encouraged to bring copies of their resume to hand out to employers attending the event. The Career Fair may be a small part of your recruiting or job seeking process, but it could be the most important one.

What is the Exhibit Hall?
Every year the AAA invites exhibitors to participate in the Association's Annual Meeting. Meeting attendees enjoy the opportunity to peruse our expected 50 exhibit booths and speak with representatives from publishing companies, software companies, and leading industry organizations and associations. The Exhibit Hall is open Sunday – Tuesday. Please refer to your program for Exhibit Hall hours.

What is the Cyber Café?
The Cyber Café is an internet area where you may check your e-mail, or see what is new on the AAACommons website at

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