CAA Council of Readers Application
The CAA Annual Conference brings together over 4,500 arts professionals to celebrate and advance the accomplishments of members and provide opportunities to share research and creative work.

Over 950 proposals are submitted each year to be reviewed for selection in the conference program. Beginning this year, the Annual Conference Committee will appoint a Council of Readers to serve a crucial role in the review process, reading proposals submitted by CAA members. The Council will be tasked with reading proposals within their specialty and will provide their time, knowledge, and expertise of their fields to help shape the conference content.

Please complete this form to indicate your interest in participating on the Council of Readers. The Annual Conference Committee will make selections and CAA will send notifications in mid-April.

See below for requirements and role description.

More information about the conference and Annual Conference Committee:

Thank you for your interest in this role and your support of CAA.

You may email Mira Friedlaender, Manager of Annual Conference,, or Tiffany Dugan, Director of Programs and Publications, with any questions.

Email address *
- Current CAA membership
- Time commitment to read and review up to 60 proposals on line in May
- Ability to participate as a Council of Readers member for three years
- Deadline to apply to the Council: April 18, 2019.
Role Description:
- The Council of Readers is group of 50 to 75 CAA members from Professional Committees, Affiliated Societies, and general membership overseen by the Annual Conference chair.
- Readers will be asked to review proposals matched to their areas of interest or specialty. Readers with broad areas of interest are encouraged to participate.
- The proposals will be distributed in the first week of May and must be completed by May 31.
- Each proposal is read and reviewed in the online portal by three different Council members.
- Each member of the Council of Readers reviews no more than 60 proposals.
- Proposal length ranges from a single 250 word abstract to a complete session with multiple presentation abstracts totaling, for example, 1000 words. For CAA 2019 the Committee reviewed over 1500 abstracts.
- For each proposal, Readers will use a scale of 1-5 to answer five questions and also enter a short comment for the Annual Conference Committee’s review.
- 2020 Readers will each access abstracts to review in our online system, with orientation and support from the Annual Conference Committee and CAA staff members.
- Members of the Council of Readers serve a three-year term on a rotation so that each year, one third of the council is new.
- The Council of Readers does not meet together in person or electronically.
- After proposals are read and reviewed by the Council, the chair reports to the Annual Conference Committee on session topics, including identifying possible areas of content that are missing from the submissions received.
- The chair shapes the conference content based on the reviewed submissions.
Complete the following:
First name *
Last name *
CAA Member ID *
Organization (if applicable)
Affiliated Society name or CAA Committee (if applicable)
Please upload your CV *
Statement of Interest (250 words max) *
Additional Notes
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