Frequently Asked Questions

We hope you enjoyed yourself in Bellevue! See you next year in Dallas!

The Online Proposal System has now closed. Notifications were sent out in mid-December--please get in touch with us at annualconf@aafcs.org if you have not received a notification.

Check out some of our most frequently asked questions below, and feel free to contact us at annualconf@aafcs.org if you can't find your answers here!

 

Q1. What is the name of the 107th Annual Conference & Expo and when and where will the conference take place?
Q2. Who decides what is in the conference program?
Q3. When was the deadline for online proposal submission?
Q4. Do I hold an AAFCS credential?
Q5. What is the "order of presenters"?
Q6. What furniture will be in each presentation room?
Q7. What AV will be in each presentation room?
Q8. I am only available to present one day of the conference. How do I indicate in my proposal which day that is?
Q9. What is my reference ID number?
Q10. When will I be notified of the outcome of the selection process and will everybody listed as a presenter be notified?
Q11. Will I be able to continue accessing the online proposal system after the deadline has passed so that I know what information I provided?
Q12. Is there anything for which I can still submit an application?
Q13. Must presenters register for the conference?
Q14. What are the registration rates and who are the conference speakers?
Q15. What is included in my conference registration?
Q16. What is a "track"? How is this different from previous conferences?
Q17. Where is Bellevue, anyway?
Q18. In what time zone is Bellevue, WA located?

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Q1. What is the name of the 107th Annual Conference & Expo and when and where will the conference take place?
A1. The 107th AAFCS Annual Conference & Expo, Improving the Health and Well-Being of a Changing Society, will take place from June 22nd to June 25th, 2016, in Bellevue, Washington.

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Q2. Who decides what is in the conference program?
A2. All sessions are evaluated based on merit by qualified reviewers, and Peer-Reviewed Sessions are blind-reviewed. Proposal submitters were informed of their proposal's status in mid-December 2015. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Sara Tantillo at annualconf@aafcs.org.

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Q3. When was the deadline for online proposal submission?
A3. The proposal submission system closed on October 20th, 2015. Proposal submitters were informed of their proposal's status in mid-December 2015.

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Q4. Do I hold an AAFCS credential?
A4. You do if you took an AAFCS competency exam, passed the exam, paid a fee, and continue to pay a maintenance fee and report the required number of Professional Development Units (PDUs). AAFCS offers one broad field credential and three concentration credentials in family and consumer sciences:

  • CFCS - Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • CFCS-HDFS - Certified in Human Development and Family Studies
  • CFCS-HNFS - Certified in Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Science
  • CPFFE - Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator

Those who would like to obtain one of these credentials should sign up to take a competency exam, pass the exam, and pay a fee.

Effective September 1, 2005, a credential category called CFCS, Retired, is available to those who are already certified. Individuals who meet the AAFCS eligibility requirements to be classified as "retired" may opt for the "retired" category of CFCS professionals. To be eligible, a retiree must be 60 or more years of age, have met retirement guidelines at their place of employment, and must no longer be gainfully employed. It is the responsibility of the CFCS professional to request retired status for their CFCS credential. The "CFCS, Retired" certification category allows maintenance of the professional credential with no further requirement for reporting ongoing professional development. Retirees who will continue to both complete and report professional development units would continue their active "CFCS" status.

For more information on obtaining and maintaining AAFCS credentials, contact the FCS Credentialing Center at 703-706-4600, 800-424-8080, or certification@aafcs.org.

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Q5. What is the "order of presenters"?
A5. Typically, the proposal submitter will list the names in an order that reflects each person's contribution to the presentation; i.e., the first name listed is the name of the person who has contributed most to the presentation. The order of presenters will not affect the acceptance of the proposal for presentation—Peer-Reviewed session reviewers will not be seeing the names of the presenters. The information is requested only because it will be used in the program book and app.

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Q6. What furniture will be in each presentation room?
A6. The theater set-up is theater style with a skirted head table for the number of listed presenters and a materials table at the rear of the room. If you would prefer, you may choose rounds for 8-10 people, a skirted head table for the number of listed presenters, and a materials table at the rear of the room. You may also choose a special set-up and describe it. Sessions that require multiple rooms, room set changes, or extra furniture may incur labor and/or furniture rental charges. We anticipate that the assessment of fees will occur rarely, if at all. The final determination about these fees will be made in May 2016, and proposal submitters will be notified if fees are to be charged. AAFCS will try its best to accommodate your room setup requests based on availability in the hotel but cannot guarantee the requested setup.

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Q7. What AV will be in each presentation room?
A7. The standard set of AV equipment is an electrical cart and screen and podium or table microphone if a microphone is deemed necessary. We are happy to say that this year AAFCS will be providing LCD projectors for all presenters. Equipment such as laser pointers, laptops, overhead projectors, speakers, flipcharts, and TV/VCRs are NOT part of the standard set. If any of this non-standard equipment is needed, you may bring your own equipment into the hotel or rent equipment from the AV company contracting with the Association for the conference. The AV rental form will be available here.

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Q8. I am only available to present one day of the conference. How do I indicate inform AAFCS of that information?
A8. In order to present, you must be available to present on any day of the conference (June 23rd, 24th, or 25th) because the conference schedule is subject to change. The Program at a Glance is available here,, and please continue to check the schedule up through June as it will continue to be adjusted.

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Q9. What is my Reference ID number?
A9. The Reference ID number is found near the top left-hand corner of your proposal. It is a unique number assigned only to your proposal, and helps us locate your proposal if you have questions about it. Be careful not to confuse the Reference ID number with other identifying numbers, such as your AAFCS member ID.

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Q10. When will I be notified of the outcome of the selection process and will everybody listed as a presenter be notified?
A10. A message was sent only to the proposal submitter in mid-December 2015. The proposal submitter is considered the main contact person and is responsible for notifying all other participants of acceptance, rejection, scheduling, and any other information provided by AAFCS.

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Q11. Will I be able to continue accessing the online proposal system after the deadline has passed so that I know what information I provided?
A11. No. The online proposal system closed on October 20th, 2015 at 11:59pm ET, and you will no longer be able to access the system until we open for edits in the spring.

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Q12. Is there anything for which I can still submit an application?
A12. Yes! Submissions are open for the ESAE Curriculum Showcase, which can be found here on the Table of Calls.

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Q13. Must presenters register for the conference?
A13. All presenters whose sessions are accepted must register for the conference at the full or one-day rate. Presenters do NOT qualify for the family/guest registration or expo-only registration options.

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Q14.What are the registration rates and who are the conference speakers?
A14. We are as excited as you about the 107th Annual Conference & Expo. Information about registration rates is available here, and information about keynote speakers is here. Please also check out the "Program/Expo" dropdown menu for more information about speakers and sessions, being added all the time!

Register online

Log in using your MyAAFCS username and password, or create an account if you're a new customer! If you've attended Annual Conference before or purchased webinars, you are in the system--make sure to use password recovery to ensure you're not creating a duplicate account!

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Q15. What is included in my conference registration?
A15. All full conference registrations--member, non-member, and student--include the Wednesday reception, "Elevate Your Health," from 4-6pm, the Friday group luncheon, and the Saturday Pacesetter luncheon. Guest tickets may be purchased for the reception and the Pacesetter luncheon.

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Q16. What is a "track"? How is this different from previous conferences?
A16. As in 2015, this year we're dedicating Thursday and Friday to learning opportunities. To facilitate that, educational sessions are organized around six concurrent "tracks" (learn more about specific tracks here).

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Q17. Where is Bellevue, anyway?
A17. Bellevue is a city just east of Seattle, WA—just over 20 minutes from Seattle's famous Pike Place Market!

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Q18. In what time zone is Bellevue, WA located?
A18. Bellevue is located in the Pacific Time Zone.

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