Dear ALER Community,
We thank you for the support you have consistently given the organization as well as our annual conference! In May, ALER Leadership sent a survey to all members/attendees regarding our annual meeting schedule for November 5th-8th in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We had a tremendous response regarding our next steps in light of the global pandemic, COVID-19; the majority of the ALER community is not comfortable traveling to or having a face-to-face conference in 2020. Consequently, the ALER Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. While we know this decision is disappointing, we have planned out our next steps.
ALER Leadership will offer an online symposium to be available November 2020 via digital presentations using YouTube. Please note: these presentations will not be peer-reviewed. Rather, we hope to provide an avenue for scholars to share their work given the need for doctoral students and junior faculty to disseminate their work consistently. Additional information is forthcoming.
ALER proposals submitted to the 2020 conference will remain in the submission portal. The portal will re-open in early December 2020. At that time, you will be able to: (a) submit a new proposal; (b) remove your previously submitted proposal; c) edit, amend, or update a previously submitted proposal; or (d) allow your previously submitted proposal to be rolled on for consideration for the 2021 conference. The portal will close again February 1, 2021 and all submissions in the portal will undergo peer review for ALER 2021 -- Hilton Head, SC. Please look for more communication regarding this process.
In addition, Dr. Tammy Francis will remain Conference Program Chair, the theme will remain the same for 2021, and we are hopeful the scheduled speakers will be able to join us in Hilton Head, SC for ALER 2021.
ALER will be seeking Awards for 2020. Awards will be announced via social media and the website in November 2020. However, awardees will be honored and receive their plaques in Hilton Head (2021).
Please know, ALER Leadership has listened to your thoughts, concerns, and ideas and has made decisions to be as responsive as possible to the entire ALER Community.