Professional Development Panels

Thursday, August 31
2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Crossing Bridges: Traversing a Global Discipline

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.

2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Diversity Recruitment and Hiring Roundtable: Strategies for Mitigating Implicit Bias on Search Committees

Roundtable featuring Minority Student Recruitment Program (MSRP) department chairs, status committee chairs, and others, sharing best practices and strategies for effective recruitment and hiring of faculty.

2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Engaging with the Public through Tweeting and Blogging

A roundtable of speakers with extensive experience in blogging and Tweeting will discuss the ins and outs of developing a presence online and how social media fits into their professional development.

4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Excellence in Pedagogy Roundtable

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.

4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Understanding Academic Publishing: Advice from Book & Journal Editors

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.

Friday, September 1
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. APSA Mentor Training Café

Using the 90-min café format, this mentor training and working session will have cluster breakouts for mentors and mentees.

10:00 to 11:30 a.m. How to Get Published in JPSE

How to get published in the Journal of Political Science Education.

12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Department Chairs Workshop and Luncheon

The subject of this year’s workshop will be diversity and inclusion in departments.

2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Debate, Discourse, and Inclusion in the Political Science Classroom

This teaching café will focus on how to navigate difficult 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.

2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Teaching Civic Engagement across the Disciplines

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 discuss the new APSA text, Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines.

4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Thinking Outside the Box: Non-Academic Jobs Roundtable

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.

Saturday, September 2
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Get the Grant: Finding Funding, Writing Proposals, and Advancing Your Research at Every Career Stage

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.

10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Making Connections: How to Build a Professional Network and Why You Need One
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.
2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Get the Job: Tips for the Academic Job Market

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.