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Annual Meeting Professional Development Events

APSA will hold the following professional development events at the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting in Boston:

CAREERS & THE JOB MARKET

Thinking Outside the Box: Non-Academic Jobs Roundtable
Friday, August 31, 10:00 to 11:30am
Marriott, Orleans Room 
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. Participants represent research organizations, think tanks, the federal government, and non-profit organizations. 

Get the Job: Tips for the Academic Job Market
Friday, August 31, 2:00 to 3:30pm
Hynes, 201
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.

Running the Gauntlet: Recent Experiences on the Academic Job Market
Friday, August 31, 2:00 to 3:30pm
Hynes, 209
This panel provides frank assessments of and reflections on a variety of academic job market experiences. Presenters will discuss their own experiences on the academic job market, the ways in which the academic market was 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.

Pursuing a Career at a Community College
Saturday, September 1, 4:00 to 5:30pm
Hynes, 104
This interactive session is an opportunity to learn more about a professional career in the community colleges. Led by the members of the APSA Community College Status Committee, whose members work at community colleges across the United States, we will first provide a broad introduction to prospective community college faculty. Then, we will break into smaller groups to give participants an opportunity to learn more about topics of interest to them such as: what to expect in the application/interview process, how a career in a 2-year college differs from a 4-year college, the unique experiences and opportunities of being a CC faculty, and more. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and receive personalized feedback on career options and goals.

APSA Career Fair
Thursday, August 30, 4:00 to 6:00pm
Marriott, Arlington
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

Strategies for Effective Diversity Recruitment and Retention: Spotlight on Departmental Efforts 
Friday, August 31, 10:00 to 11:30am
Hynes, 300
This roundtable highlights departmental efforts to advance diversity and inclusion in recruitment and retention.

Department Chairs Workshop & Luncheon
Friday, August 31, 12:00 to 1:30pm
Hynes, 207
The subject of this year’s workshop will be department development and fundraising. Find out more and RSVP here!

NETWORK & MENTORING
 
Navigating Work-Life Balance for Minority and Marginalized Students and Scholars
Saturday, September 1, 4:00-5:30pm
Hynes, 103
This panel focuses on the challenges of work-life balance for graduate students of racial and ethnic minority, , women of color and marginalized groups in the discipline.  Recent studies indicate a “minority tax” on minority students and faculty for the sake of diversity (Rodriguez 2015, Park 2013). An additional compound to the minority tax is the burden of students of color performing service work for universities given hyper visibility of marginalized identities in academia (Mack et al 2015).  This panel gathers graduate students and professors from various types of institutions - including research, HSIs, HBCUs, and tribal universities to discuss strategies for members of marginalized communities to navigate academia at various stages of their academic career.  Panelists will discuss obstacles they have faced, tools of self-care, and pathways of institutional support and help mitigate them in future professional and academic positions. 

Confronting the Elephant in the Room: Departments of Political Science and their Contingent Faculty
Friday, August 31, 10:00 to 11:30am
Hynes, 102
Political science faculty and administrators have long overlooked the career paths, aspirations and working conditions of colleagues employed on a contingent basis. APSA is challenging this neglect by offering its second annual panel on contingent faculty. Compensations, possibilities for career advancement and collegial inclusion vary greatly across departments. It remains that most contingent faculty in political science are under-paid, unable to conduct meaningful research, isolated and voiceless. This panel will provide empirical evidence on the number of contingent faculty in the profession and their situations thanks to data gathered by one of its members; it will discuss the origins of contingent academic teaching in the profession; when to leave a bad situation behind and how; and it will offer examples of the power (and lack thereof) of unions and professional associations to challenge the status quo.

PUBLISHING & PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Crafting and Communicating Policy Relevant Research
Thursday, August 30, 10:00 to 11:30am
Hynes, 102
This panel examines the foundations of and approaches to “policy-relevant” research. The panel will illustrate the how scholars can communicate their research and its implications to policymakers and the different avenues they can take.

Understanding Academic Publishing:  Advice from Book & Journal Editors
Saturday, September 1, 8:00 to 9:30am
Marriott, Exeter
Editors of political science journals and books will discuss some of the basics of academic publishing.

How to Promote Your Book Inside and Outside the Discipline
Friday, August 31, 4:00 to 5:30pm
Hynes, 109
This roundtable is focused on academic publishing, with panelists who are editors of both political science journals and books. The discussion will cover a range of topics including: the basics of academic publishing; 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
Friday, August 31, 4:00 to 5:30pm
Hynes, 201
This session is aimed at researchers at all levels and in all subfields. The panelists represent a diverse array of funding organizations and agencies, both public and private, US-based and non-US based. Topics include: where to look for funding; how to write proposals; and funding opportunities for international scholars and graduate students.

RECEPTIONS

New Member and First-Time Attendee Breakfast
Thursday, August 30, 7:00 to 8:00am
Sheraton, Republic Ballroom B

APSA Open Mentoring and Networking Reception
Thursday, August 30, 5:30 to 6:30pm
Sheraton, Berkeley

International Attendee Reception
Thursday, August 30, 8:30 to 9:30pm
Hynes, 310

Graduate Student Happy Hour
Saturday, September 1, 6:30 to 8:00pm
Hynes, 306

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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