We would like to thank the Deloitte Foundation, EY, LLP, KPMG, PwC, StudentsExcel, and Wiley for supporting the Spark: Meeting of the Regions!



The AAA Regions are meeting online!

On May 24-26, 2021, the AAA Regions will come together for a spring Spark meeting - a digital experience that builds upon all we have learned since our first virtual meeting. Presentations will be “live” during the synchronous sessions, and paper presenters will get feedback through discussant presentations and audience engagement. Based on feedback from last year’s Spark and Annual Meetings we have decided to no longer ask presenters to prepare and submit presentation materials for display in a Presentation Gallery. We have also extended the submission date to Wednesday, February 17th.

Attendees will join now-familiar-Zoom-sessions, having the opportunity to learn from presenters, and “chat” with colleagues. This structure preserves the key elements of traditional AAA meetings, while augmenting with more opportunities to engage with colleagues, in the following ways:

  • Global research - We encourage all members – including our colleagues from outside of the US – to submit their research and teaching insights to the meeting.  Learn about the types of sessions being planned in the Call for Submissions.
  • Global timeframe - To provide opportunities for global scholars to attend, we have “rotated” the meeting schedule from 11 AM – 6 PM Eastern Time, extending the session times to make some more convenient, regardless of where and when you live and work. 
  • Community - Paper Sessions for traditional paper presentations with discussants and Dialogue providing more focused discussions of early-stage research, all paper sessions will combine papers based on topical areas from across the Regions, Panel Sessions with Facilitators and Q&A.  
  • Education and Teaching - A dedicated track is reserved for sessions focusing on education and teaching, providing opportunities to engage with master teachers and refine your teaching skills, with a special focus on the challenges we are facing in our new environment. Formats will include panels, teaching concurrent sessions, and Effective Learning Strategies Posters.

As you can see below, there are numerous benefits for both participants and presenters:


  • Access to a wider range of topics and sessions — approximately 400 live presentations
  • Live keynote sessions with moderated Q&As
  • Regional sessions with moderated Q&As
  • Regional Block Parties to unwind and catch up with colleagues and connect with your community
  • Regional Business Meetings
  • Earn CPE credits


  • Reach a wide, global audience
  • Discussant comments and feedback in traditional paper sessions
  • Office hours and tech support to help you prepare and feel confident and comfortable presenting
  • Regional Block Parties to unwind and catch up with colleagues

This Spark meeting won't be exactly the same as meetings we've hosted before, and we're excited about that. With each meeting that’s been held, we’ve used member feedback to modify the meeting platform, structure, focus, and program.  This has become an opportunity to leverage the power of digital gatherings and improve on the traditional conference model. Together, we are learning, improving and exploring new opportunities!

We hope you will join us. Click here to read the Call for Submissions or Click Here to register.