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2018 NAEAA Conference Call For Abstracts

The 2018 conference will be held at Tarleton State University June 4-6
Conference details will be posted soon!

NAEAA 2018 – 10 year Anniversary Meeting! June 4-6

The Why, How, and What of Education with Equines.

Host institution - Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas
Local Arrangements Team:  Kimberly Guay, Trinette Jones; Leslie Janecka; Shannon Moreaux

Brief Informative abstracts due by March 19th; decisions announced by March 31st.

Why you should join us: Our core belief is that there is educational and societal value in the equine discipline
of study.  Yet, today more than ever the value of educational offerings using equines are questioned.  An added
complication is that these offerings are often isolated within structural and geographical boundaries resulting in
feelings of professional isolation and limited opportunities for networking. NAEAA exists to increase
communication and cooperation in ways that advance and promote the equine discipline of study at the
undergraduate and community outreach levels.

How we work:  We are a group of passionate professionals that believe our work, our educational offerings,
and our related industries are best advanced through collaboration. Through formal (annual meetings) and
informal (networking between meetings) paths we ensure increased collaboration and communication. We are a
registered not-for-profit with a volunteer Board of Directors and organizers and minimal overhead.  Because of
this, our membership and meeting fees are far below industry trends allowing us to offer high value-low cost

What we do: We host annual meetings and periodic research projects aimed at: 1) explaining, promoting, and
defending the value of educational offering with equines; 2) developing stronger links with direct and indirect
industries for career opportunities, emerging needs, and stakeholder support; 3) understanding and addressing
barriers to both 1 and 2.

The 2018 Conference will focus on:

1. The Why: What are our core beliefs? Why do we exist?

Why do we do what we do – and what is our impact?  A sharing, discussion, and professional development
session focused on our individual and collective impact on internal and external communities and audiences.  
Participants can anticipate coming away with personalized impact statements.

2. The How and What: How do we operate and what do we do to bring our core beliefs to fruition?

These three areas are all abstract submission sections.

Innovations in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.  A time for us to learn from each other about new tools,
techniques, technologies and resources to improve our educational programs and outreach effort.  

Experiential learning. Internships, cooperative education, pitch competitions, study abroad and more – a look at
innovations, best practices, and the measurement of meaningful outcomes.  

Working with the ‘new entrant’. College and adult audiences increasingly contain those with very little hands-on
skills.  How are we assessing and working with these audiences to develop basic skills within environments that
come with the challenge of ensuring minimum ending competencies and mitigation of liabilities.

Careers.  A sharing and discussion section on trends and forecasts.  A panel discussion will be included.  

3. Understanding and addressing barriers

Program sustainability.  A sharing and discussion section on recruitment, retention, and fundraising followed by
activities to build plans for one or more of these areas.  An invited speaker or panel discussion will be included.  

Pre-activities will include an outcomes assessment workshop (as part of the NAEAA Collaborative Program
Review Process) and
Post-activities will include industry tours.
Guidelines for Oral and Poster Presentation abstracts

This year we are moving to brief descriptive abstracts of 250 words or less.
        The abstract should have a concise title and be followed by authors and institution. Please include contact
email for the senior author in the author/institution information.  The body of the abstract may should be a single
paragraph that concisely summarizes the content value of the material that will be presented. While scientific
studies are encouraged, we fully recognize the value of sharing novel and best practice approaches that may not
follow scientific methodology as long as some form of outcomes assessment is included.   Abstracts will be
reviewed as submitted – please ensure grammatical correctness and adherence to for formatting
        The abstract content must be 250 words or less.  

Required Abstract Format

•        Font: Times Roman
•        Margins: 1 inch top and bottom; 1.25 inches left and right
•        Title: Bold, underlined, upper case, 14 point font, centered. Single space if more than one line
•        Authors: 1 line below the title; authors (initials followed by last name) and institution; bold, 11 point font,
centered. Single space if more than one line
•        Body of Abstract. 1 line below authors/institutions. 11 point font, left justified, single space. No indentation,
leave a space between paragraphs.
•        Abstract content will vary with subject but most abstracts should include a brief introduction or purpose; a
description of what was done; and a short conclusion.
•        Use non-standard abbreviations sparingly. Examples of standard abbreviations include: Hour (s) = h;
minutes  = min; day = d; month = m.

Abstracts are to be emailed to on or before midnight on March 19th.
Questions? Please email Karin at