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AERI Symposium Information




September 13-15, 2018

Nothern Illinois University -

Naperville Campus

1120 E Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563

Phone: (630) 577-9101

What is a Symposium?

A symposium is a formal gathering in an academic environment where experts in a field meet to (a) offer scholarly, research-informed perspectives on a chosen theme or issue, (b) discuss these perspectives, and (c) make recommendations for future action.  Typically, a symposium addresses a single topic. All contributions are framed in relation to that topic, with the intention of developing a deeper understanding of the topic. Perspectives offered and discussed are expected to be intellectually-sound and informed by scholarly and/or research-based evidence.  While the terms “symposium” and “conference” are often used interchangeably, they denote gatherings of a different kind. The Art Education Research Institute (AERI) supports critical, systematic, empirical, and theoretical research and scholarship that addresses key intellectual and practical issues in the field of art education.  Further, it seeks to promote a broad range of rigorous research practices and methodologies drawn from the arts, humanities, and social sciences to improve inquiry related to teaching and learning in and through the visual arts. Therefore, the annual AERI symposium focuses on the topic of research theory and practice within the field of art education with the intention of engaging symposium attendees in scholarly and continuing conversations to advance research practices and thought.

Video-Conferencing Presentations Policy


AERI is a symposium, which emphasizes a small group of researchers meeting together in person to critically discuss their research. The symposium is as much about the dialogue, which is part of every session and spills out into the breaks and group meals. Therefore, use of video conferencing to present from afar misses the purpose of a symposium and is not an option at AERI, especially for the six-minute Pecha Kucha doctoral candidate presentations. There are two exceptions, which apply only to featured panels. The panels are proposed by the research steering committee based on needs in the field of research in art education. Panels are formed through invitation by the chair of the panel after approval by the AERI planning committee. In some cases, the purposefulness of seeking international perspectives or those with disabilities in which travel is an obstacle, video conferencing is an option.


Registration Information


The Art Education Research Institute seeks to support graduate students and assistant professors in their attendance at the annual symposium. In previous years, financial contributions from multiple universities have made it possible for graduate students to attend for free, assistant professors at a reduced fee of $25 and professors at a fee of $40. Once all financial support for the 2018 AERI Symposium is received, the official prices will be published.


Please direct all registration questions to


You may register for the 2018 AERI Symposium using the form linked below.


Featured Hotel


Hampton Inn

1087 East Diehl Road Naperville, IL 60563




Travel Directions & Information

September 2018


Directions to Naperville NIU Conference Center and Hampton Inn from O’Hare and Midway Airports*:


By Car:

From O’Hare Airport: 1-290/94 South (Indiana) to I-88 West (Aurora). Exit Naperville Rd, turn left at the first light (Freedom Drive), right onto Diehl Road, NIU Conference Center and hotel are ¼ mile down on right.


From Midway Airport: Cicero Avenue North to I-55 South (St. Louis) to I-355 North (NW Suburbs) to I-88 West (Aurora). Exit Naperville Road, turn left at the first light (Freedom Drive), turn right onto Diehl Rd, NIU conference center and hotel are ¼ mile down on right. 


(A suburban taxi fare from O'Hare should be approximately $45-$50.  The hotel recommends American Taxi, which is a suburban taxi company that takes credit cards. It is suggested that city taxis not be taken because they may overcharge.)


By Train:

The train from downtown Chicago is a short cab ride away from the hotel.  


NIU Conference Center:

1120 E Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563

Phone: (630) 577-9101



Area Restaurants


Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar: 2555 W 75th Street Naperville, IL 60540 (630) 369-9464

Cooper’s Hawk:  1740 Freedom Drive, Naperville, IL 60563 (630) 245-8000

Cuisine of India: 1163 E Ogden Avenue Naperville, IL 60563 Phone: (630) 548-9440

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House: 55 East Van Buren Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540 (630) 548-3764

Jason’s Deli: 1163 E Ogden Avenue Naperville, IL 60563 Phone: (630) 548-9440

Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant: 1150 E Ogden Avenue, Naperville, IL 60563 (630) 717-9030

Maggiano’s Little Italy: 1847 Freedom Drive, Naperville, IL 60563 (630) 536-2270

Morton’s The Steakhouse: 1751 Freedom Drive, Naperville, IL 60563 (630) 577-1372

White Chocolate Grill: 1803 Freedom Drive, Naperville, IL 60563 Phone: (630) 505-8300

2018 AERI Sponsors

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