APSA held the following professional development and teaching and learning events at the 2017 APSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Check back here for more information about professional development events that will take place at the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting in Boston.
Careers & the Job Market
APSA Career Fair
Thursday, August 31, 4:00 to 6:00pm
Westin St. Francis, Grand Ballroom
The Career Fair is an opportunity for APSA members to connect with departments, institutions, and organizations for informational and informal discussions about jobs in political science.
Thinking Outside the Box: Non-Academic Jobs Roundtable
Friday, September 1, 4:00 to 5:30pmHilton, Continental Parlor 3
This roundtable addresses career opportunities outside the academy. Topics include: strategies for identifying career opportunities, how to develop skills and materials for a non-academic job search, and tips for transitioning out of the academy. Panelists represent research organizations, think tanks, the federal government, and non-profit organizations.Get the Job: Tips for the Academic Job MarketSaturday, September 2, 2:00 to 3:30pmHilton, Continental Parlor 2
This session addresses strategies for success at all stages in an academic job search. Topics include: when to go on the market and what to expect; tips for job talks; how to write effective application materials; and differences in applying to liberal arts colleges versus research universities.
Diversity Recruitment and Hiring Roundtable: Strategies for Mitigating Implicit Bias on Search CommitteesThursday, August 31, 2:00 to 3:30pmHilton, Continental Parlor 7
Roundtable featuring MSRP department chairs, status committee chairs, and others, sharing best practices and strategies for effective recruitment and hiring of faculty.Department Chairs Workshop and LuncheonFriday, September 1, 12:00 to 1:30pmThe subject of this year’s workshop will be diversity and inclusion in departments. Topics will include: how best to identify, recruit, and retain diverse faculty and students; updating the curriculum to reflect diversity and inclusion; fostering an inclusive department environment; working with the administration on diversity and inclusion issues; general resources and strategies.If you are the chair of an APSA member department and plan to attend, please RSVP here!
Networking, Mentoring, and Thriving at Every Career Stage
Achieving as Adjuncts: Lived Experiences and Policy Changes in Academia
Thursday, August 31, 2:00 to 3:30pm
Hilton, Continental Parlor 2
The roundtable members will explain the role and goals of the new APSA committee on the status of continent faculty, which includes members who are contingent, tenure-track and tenured faculty. It will discuss the relationship between unionization and professional societies’ advocacy of contingent faculty, promotion paths for contingent faculty, and the link between fairness within the profession and political scientists’ advocacy for fairness in politics beyond academia.
Crossing Bridges: Traversing a Global Discipline Thursday, August 31, 2:00 to 3:30pmHilton, Continental Parlor 3
The study of political science is increasingly international, with scholars and students crossing the globe for work, research, and doctoral studies. This roundtable will discuss international issues, including funding for international research, the job market in the US and abroad, and networking in a global profession. APSA Mentor Training Café Friday, September 1, 10:00 to 11:30am Using the 90-min café format, this mentor training and working session will have cluster breakouts for mentors and mentees.
Making Connections: How to Build a Professional Network and Why You Need One Saturday, September 2, 10:00 to 11:30amHilton, Continental Parlor 2
This session addresses networking at all career stages. Roundtable panelists will discuss a variety of topics related to the goals of networking, including how to connect online and in person, the role of networking in fostering diversity and inclusion, building connections outside the academy, and the outcomes of networking on career success. Research, Publishing & Public Engagement
The Outlook for Federal Funding for Political Science Research and Advocacy for the ProfessionThursday, August 31, 10:00 to 11:30amHilton Union Square, Imperial A
Roundtable speakers will provide an overview of the current state of federal support for political science research and discuss how political scientists can be effective advocates for the discipline.
Engaging with the Public through Tweeting and Blogging
Thursday, August 31, 2:00 to 3:30pm
Hilton, Continental Parlor 1
A roundtable of speakers with extensive experience in blogging and Tweeting will discuss the ins and outs of developing a presence online and how it fits into their professional development.
Understanding Academic Publishing: Advice from Book & Journal Editors
Thursday, August 31, 4:00 to 5:30pm
Hilton, Continental Parlor 3
Panelists will include editors of political science journals and books, who will discuss some of the basics of academic publishing, including how to prepare journal submissions and book proposals, navigating peer review, manuscript preparation, publishing timelines, and general tips.
Get the Grant: Finding Funding, Writing Proposals, and Advancing Your Research at Every Career Stage
Saturday, September 2, 10:00 to 11:30am
Hilton, Continental Parlor 8
Panelists from various funding organizations and agencies, both public and private, will discuss where to look for research funding, how to write successful grant proposals, and opportunities for scholars at every career stage.Excellence in Pedagogy Roundtable
Thursday, August 31, 4:00 to 5:30pmHilton, Nob Hill 1
Join the Journal of Political Science Education’s new team of editors as they discuss some of the best articles ever published in JPSE and the scholars who wrote them.
How to Get Published in JPSEFriday, September 1, 10:00 to 11:30amHilton, Union Square 1 & 2
How to get published in the Journal of Political Science Education.Debate, Discourse, and Inclusion in the Political Science ClassroomFriday, September 1, 2:00 to 3:30pmThe political science classroom is an increasingly important space for debate and discussion about domestic and international events. Navigating difficult conversations in the classroom can be fraught for both students and faculty, however. This teaching café will focus on how to navigate such discussions on campuses and in the classroom. Subjects for discussion will include: teaching in election seasons; concerns for non-tenured faculty; providing classroom space for diverse views; responsibilities of civic education; techniques for addressing tense exchanges.Teaching Civic Engagement across the DisciplinesFriday, September 1, 2:00 to 3:30pmHilton, Continental Parlor 2
Political science should be the lead discipline in promoting high quality civic engagement education across the curriculum at all levels of education. Participants in this roundtable will consider the national need to make civic engagement education interdisciplinary and the knowledge, values, and skills students of all disciplines require to be effective citizens and civic leaders. This panel will also discuss the new APSA text, Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines, and how it contributes to the evolving debates about the benefits and necessity of civic engagement in the classroom.Our Students are Your Students: Transferring in Political ScienceSaturday, September 2, 12:00 to 1:30pmHilton, Continental Parlor 2
This roundtable will feature faculty and students from a local 2-year institution and primary transfer institutions. Participants will engage in a conversation about the experiences and challenges for students who transfer from community colleges to four year colleges or universities in political science, and the faculty who teach and advise them.
First-Time Attendee Breakfast
Thursday, August 31, 7:00 to 8:00am
Westin St. Francis, Colonial Ballroom
APSA Open Mentoring and Networking Reception
Thursday, August 31, 5:30 to 6:30pm
International Attendee Reception
Thursday, August 31, 7:30 to 9:00pm
Graduate Student Happy Hour
Saturday, September 2, 6:30 to 8:00pmHilton, Continental Ballroom 4