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Annual Meeting Professional Development Events

APSA will be holding the following professional development events at the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Interested in additional opportunities to advance your career? Check out the rest of APSA's first annual Career Center programming!

CAREERS & THE JOB MARKET

From CV to Resume: Translating Your Skills for an Applied Career in Political Science​
Thursday, August 29, 8:00 to 9:30am // Marriott, Washington 6
This workshop will provide specific resources, strategies, and tips for political scientists pursuing careers in applied fields. 

Grant-Writing Workshop: Tips and Tricks for Funding Your Research​
Thursday, August 29, 10:00 to 11:30pm // Marriott, Washington 6
In this hands-on workshop, Carrie Reiling, recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, provides specific strategies for funding your research. Julie Taylor, a representative from the Institute of International Education, will also join for a portion of the workshop to provide the funder’s perspective. Scholars at all career levels are encouraged to attend.

Running the Gauntlet: Expectations vs Experiences on the Job Market​
Thursday, August 29, 12:00 to 1:30pm // Marriott, Washington 6
This panel provides frank assessments of and reflections on a variety of academic job market experiences. Presenters will discuss their own recent experiences on the academic job market, the ways in which the academic market aligned with and differed from their expectations, what they learned, and advice they have for others. Presenters represent different subfields, departments, and job market outcomes, including multiple years on the academic job market, in order to provide a range of perspectives.

Hacking Your Contingent Faculty Career​
Friday, August 30, 8:00 to 9:30am // Marriott, Washington 5
This 90-minute workshop is targeted at graduate students considering possible adjunct teaching positions, new contingent or adjunct faculty members, and experienced contingent faculty looking to revive or rethink their career opportunities and options.

Applying for a Job at a Teaching-Oriented Institution​
Friday, August 30, 10:00 to 11:30am // Marriott, Washington 6
This roundtable provides specific strategies for job candidates to consider when applying for a faculty position at a teaching-oriented institution. Panelists include faculty from community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and regional universities.

Getting the Grant and the Future of Federal Research Funding: The NSF, NEH, and Fulbright-Hays​
Friday, August 30, 12:00 to 1:30pm // Marriott, Washington 6
Federal funding supports political scientists at all stages of their careers. The NSF, NEH, and Department of Education fund research and educational opportunities. How can political scientists make the most of federal funding, and what can they expect in the future? 

Thinking Outside the Box: Applied Careers in Political Science​
Friday, August 30, 2:00 to 3:30pm // Marriott, Washington 6
This roundtable addresses applied career opportunities for political science PhDs. Topics include: strategies for identifying career opportunities, how to develop skills and materials for a job search in an applied field, and tips for transitioning out of an academic placement. Participants represent research organizations, think tanks, the federal government, and non-profit organizations.

APSA Career Fair
Thursday, August 29, 4:00 to 5:30pm // Marriott, Washington 5
The Career Fair gives Annual Meeting attendees the opportunity to learn more about careers in political science. Find out more and sign up here!

FOR DEPARTMENTS

Department Chairs Workshop & Luncheon
Friday, August 30, 12:00 to 1:30pm // Marriott Wardman Park, Washington 4
The subject of this year’s workshop will be "Best Practices in Faculty Hiring and Recruitment." Find out more and RSVP here!

NETWORK & MENTORING
 
Contradictory Debate on “Diversity”: Do Contingent Faculty Represent a New Diversity Category?​
Saturday, August 31, 2:00-3:30pm // Marriott, Washington 5
Research demonstrates that the status of contingent faculty (full-time and part-time) greatly benefit from membership in a union. However, efforts to organize unions have failed on many campuses and alternative strategies must unfold to persuade decision-makers to adopt fairer policies. Contingent faculty is a professional category, whose underrepresented status intersects with that of women, Blacks, LGBT, Latinos, and others. Encouraging “diversity” among staff, students and faculty has become a central goal of academic bureaucracies.  Why not claim for contingent faculty the status of diversity, and therefore claim also the respect and fairness, which other underrepresented categories justly demand? However, are needs and demands across these various professional categories sufficiently similar to fit under the “diversity tent”? What is to be gained or lost in adopting this strategy?  This contradictory debate will start with 5 minute presentations on each side of the issue by 4-6 members of the panel, drawn from several status committees. It will engage the audience in a lively contradictory debate, and thus stimulate ideas/strategies that might be of use to all APSA status committees. 

The Future of Community Colleges: Success Stories from Community College Experiences​
Friday, August 30, 4:00 to 5:30pm // Marriott, Washington 6
This panel will address a range of issues important to faculty and student success at community colleges: understanding diverse student demographics, teaching a variety of courses across subfields, strategizing research and course load, as well as meaningful engagement in community activities. If you are interested in pursuing positions at community colleges or are interested to learn more about transfer students’ experiences, please join us! 

PUBLISHING & PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Public Engagement How Tos: Strategies for Engaging the Public on Climate Change​
Thursday, August 29, 2:00 to 3:30pm // Marriott, Washington 6
This roundtable will discuss strategies for increasing public knowledge about and engagement in issues related to climate change. Panelists include representatives from the press, non-profit organizations, government, and political scientists. 

Working with the Media​
Thursday, August 29, 4:00 to 5:30pm // Marriott, Washington 6
Political scientists provide critical context and insight in all forms of media. Learn best practices and strategies for responding to press inquiries and making the most out of every interview.

How to Promote Your Book Inside and Outside the Discipline​
Friday, August 30, 4:00 to 5:30pm // Marriott, Washington 5
Getting a book published is a huge achievement, but it’s not the last step in a long process. Learn how to make your research heard from editors, authors, and marketers. 

RECEPTIONS

New Member and First-Time Attendee Breakfast
Thursday, August 29, 7:00 to 8:00am
Marriott Wardman Park, Salon 1

APSA Open Mentoring and Networking Reception
Thursday, August 29, 5:30 to 6:30pm
Marriott Wardman Park, Tyler

International Attendee Reception
Thursday, August 29, 8:30 to 9:30pm
Marriott Wardman Park, Delaware A

Graduate Student Happy Hour
Saturday, August 31, 6:30 to 8:00pm
Omni Shoreham, Blue Prefunction Room

Networking & Mentoring at Every Career Stage

 

Crossing Bridges: Traversing a Global Discipline
Thursday, August 31, 2:00 to 3:30pm
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 11:30am
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.  

Networking & Mentoring at Every Career Stage

 

Crossing Bridges: Traversing a Global Discipline
Thursday, August 31, 2:00 to 3:30pm
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 11:30am
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.  
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