Frequently Asked Questions

The Online Proposal Submission System has closed and notifications were sent out on January 11th! If you have any questions or have not received a notification email, contact us at annualconf@aafcs.org.

Online registration has closed--but don't worry, you can register at the same rate on-site in Dallas!

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 this year's conference 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 I can submit an application for that does not go through the proposal system described above?
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. Wait, “Monday and Tuesday”?
Q18. In what time zone is Dallas, Texas located?

Back to Top


Q1. What is the name of this year's conference and when and where will the conference take place?
A1.The 108th AAFCS Annual Conference & Expo,  Financial Fitne$$: Trends, Innovations & Impact, will take place from Sunday, June 25 to Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.

Back to Top

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 submission’s status on January 11th, 2017. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Sara Tantillo at annualconf@aafcs.org.

Back to Top


Q3. When was the deadline for online proposal submission?
A3. The proposal submission system closed on Monday, October 17th. Proposal submitters were informed of their submission's status on January 11th, 2017.

Back to Top


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 a range of professional 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
  • CNWE- Certified Nutrition and Wellness 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, Retired status is available to those who are AAFCS-certified. Individuals who meet the AAFCS eligibility requirements to be classified as "retired" may opt for the "retired" category of any of the AAFCS professional certification credentials. 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 certified professional to request retired status for their credential. The "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 certification 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.

Back to Top

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—the 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.

Back to Top

Q6. What furniture will be in each presentation room? 
A6. The theater set-up is rows of chairs 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; or you may choose a conference set-up, which is one table surrounded by chairs. 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. The final determination about these fees will be made in May 2017, and proposal submitters will be notified if fees are to be charged. AAFCS cannot guarantee that the selected room setup will be provided, but we will take your request into consideration.

Back to Top

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. AAFCS will be providing LCD projectors to most if not all sessions—the determination will be made in January 2017.  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.

Back to Top


Q8. I am only available to present one day of the conference. How do I indicate in my proposal which day that is? 
A8. In order to present, you must be available to present on any day of the conference (June 26th, 27th, or 28th) because the conference schedule is subject to change. The Program at a Glance is available here. REMEMBER: This year's conference pattern is Sunday-Wednesday, NOT Wednesday-Saturday.

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top

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 on January 11th, 2017. 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.

Back to Top

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 17th, 2016, and it is no longer accessible to submitters. The system will open for edits for accepted submissions in the spring.

Back to Top

Q12. Is there anything I can submit an application for that does not go through the proposal system described above?
A12. Yes! Submissions are still open for several events, all of which can be found here on the Table of Calls.

Back to Top

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 and speakers do NOT qualify for the family/guest registration or expo-only registration options. Presenters for meal functions who will not be attending the rest of conference do not have to register, but must purchase a meal ticket.

Back to Top

Q14. What are the registration rates and who are the conference speakers?
A14. Information about registration rates is available here , and information about keynote speakers is available here. Please also check out the "Program/Expo" dropdown menu for more information about speakers and sessions.

Back to Top

Q15. What is included in my conference registration?
A15. Full and Student registrations include the "Boots, Buck$, & BBQ" Welcome Reception on Sunday, the "FITtalks Lunch & Learn" on Tuesday, and the Capstone Luncheon on Wednesday. Monday-Only registrations include the Welcome Reception; Tuesday-Only registrations include the Lunch & Learn, and Wednesday-Only registrations include the Capstone Luncheon. Information about all meal functions is located here.

Back to Top


Q16. What is a "track"? How is this different from previous conferences?
A16. As in 2015 and 2016, this year we're dedicating the first two days of conference—Monday and Tuesday— to special topical groups of theme-based learning opportunities. To facilitate that, educational sessions are organized around several concurrent "tracks" (learn more about specific tracks here).

Back to Top


Q17. Wait, “Monday and Tuesday”?
A17. This year, and through 2019, our pattern has changed! Conference will begin with meetings on Saturday, June 24th; we will hold Leadership Council, educational excursions, and the opening reception on Sunday, June 25th; and educational sessions will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, June 26th-28th, finishing up with the culminating Capstone Luncheon and more educational excursions on Wednesday!

Back to Top


Q18. In what time zone is Dallas, Texas located?
A18. Dallas is located in the Central Time Zone.

Back to Top