This year was confusing at times and exhausting at others, but it also had its high points. As we say goodbye to 2017, we welcome you to join us for the MPSA highlight reel. Our thanks to everyone who played a part in making these projects a reality, including our program chairs, council members, committee chairs, program partners, donors, volunteers, and members. May the new year welcome only the best to you both personally and professionally! – MPSA Staff
MPSA seeks bloggers (and vloggers) to cover the most popular panels and events at the upcoming conference in Chicago. Just as the MPSA conference concentrates on the best thinking in the discipline, informed by theory, research and practical application, we expect our bloggers to do the same. You will gain an audience for your ideas, experience in digital media and an opportunity to expand your online visibility among peers in the discipline. You will be expected to research, craft and edit articles that appeal to members of our community including political science scholars, social scientists, media and the informed public. Conference bloggers and vloggers will also be awarded a small stipend upon staff acceptance of the required number of posts.
We ask that our conference bloggers submit well-written original content (maximum 1000 words if a blog post or 3 minutes maximum if video) that includes complete references to specific concepts and statistics. We also ask that any self-promotion remains within the bounds of the brief author bio. When a post is approved for the blog, it may be lightly edited and returned to the author for final approval. MPSA reserves the right to make minor grammatical and punctuation edits for style without author approval. MPSA staff is responsible for posting all content to the blog.
In addition to the category requirements below, for 2018 each conference blogger or vlogger is required to submit at least one post of a general nature related to a conference event/session or Chicago attraction in advance of the conference. Remaining posts must be submitted during or immediately after the conference.
Categories for 2018 MPSA Conference Bloggers and Vloggers
- Graduate Student – Two posts from the perspective of a graduate student.
- First Timer – Two posts from the perspective of a first-time attendee.
- Chicago-native – Two posts from the perspective of a Chicago native.
- Experienced Conference Attendee – Two posts from the perspective of someone who has attended 10+ MPSA conferences including historical perspective.
- International Attendee – Two posts from the perspective of an international attendee.
- Research-Orientated Roundtables – Two posts about research-oriented roundtables, including Author-Meets-Critics sessions, that you attend.
- Professional Development – Two posts about career development sessions you attend.
- Public Engagement Roundtables – Two posts about advocacy-related sessions you attend.
- Mentoring – Two posts about mentoring panels/roundtables you attend.
- Teaching Panels and Roundtables – One post about the Wikipedia roundtable and one post about another teaching and learning panel you attend.
- Work-Life Balance – One post about a work-life balance session you attend at the conference and one post with work-life balance related tips you learned at this conference (or regularly apply during academic conferences).
- Networking Events – One post about a networking event you attend at the conference and one post with networking strategies to apply in advance of the conference.
- Subfield Sessions – Two posts on lightning talks or poster sessions you attended.
- Pitch an Idea – We’re open to ideas!
Submit your application to serve as a MPSA 2018 Conference Blogger. Applications will be accepted through January 5, 2018. All applicants will receive a response from the MPSA staff during the week of January 15, 2018. Questions? Please email Melissa Heeke, MPSA Membership and Communications Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MPSA conference will be held April 5-8, 2018 at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL USA. This year’s program committee invites proposals in more than 80 sections in a variety of formats from all areas of political science. As one of the largest conferences in the discipline, the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) conference offers a multitude of research collaboration opportunities with more than 5,000 scholars from multiple fields and around the world.
A few tips to make your submission process easier:
- Review the Submission Guidelines. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Full instructions for doing so can be found on our Submission Guidelines page.
- Choose (up to) two sections. In most cases, you may submit your proposal in up to two of over 80 sections for full consideration by the section chairs.
- Know your co-authors. Have information on your co-author(s) on hand when you submit your proposal. (You’ll need to know their highest degree earned, the year the degree was earned, their current affiliation, title, address, phone number, and email address.)
- Keep it brief. Be prepared to encounter character limits (includes blank spaces and punctuation):
Title = Maximum 250 characters
Brief Overview = Maximum 250 characters
Abstracts = Maximum 1250 characters
- Write it out. We recommend that you write your overview and abstract in your favorite software before you log into the system; then copy and paste into the proposal submission forms. If you are interrupted, you will not be able to return mid-submission.
- Request your password. If you have an existing account at www.MPSAnet.org, avoid confusion later by taking a moment now to request the username and/or password for your existing account. If it’s your first time on the site, you can register for a complimentary account by clicking on Sign In Help.
Learn more and submit your proposal at www.MPSAnet.org/conference.
… Visit us at APSA Booth #904!
Look for MPSA in booth #904 in the APSA expo hall where we’ll be busy answering questions about the MPSA conference, the new Twitter chat series, and your MPSA membership. Plus, MPSA will hold THREE drawings during the APSA conference. (You can enter even if you aren’t going to #APSA2017!)
Each day we will draw one winner to receive a $100 Amazon gift card. Drawings will be held thirty minutes before the APSA exhibit hall closes each day (Thursday, August 31 at 5pm Pacific, Friday, September 1 at 5pm Pacific, and Saturday, September 2 at 3:30pm Pacific) and will be announced via Twitter. To enter the daily drawing or $100 from Amazon during the APSA conference:
(Rules: Drawing open only to current political science students, faculty and researchers. Need not be present to win. Amazon gift cards will be sent via email on Saturday, September 2 after 3:30pm Pacific.)
MPSA 2018 Call for Proposals
The 2018 MPSA Annual Conference Program Co-Chairs and section heads invite you to submit proposals that reflect the best thinking in the discipline, informed by theory, research and practical application. The committee invites proposals in over 80 sections in a variety of formats from all political science subfields. Many of these are interdisciplinary and draw scholars from 50+ countries and a multitude of fields, providing a variety of perspectives.
The MPSA conference has the research collaboration opportunities you seek and the networking opportunities and professional development sessions to account for scholars at every career stage (including yours). Program participants are not required to be MPSA members, though all participating presenters are required to register for the conference and MPSA members receive significant registration discounts.
Proposals must be submitted electronically with complete information on co-authors and presentation details by October 6, 2017. Complete Submission Guidelines can be found at www.MPSAnet.org/conference.
PS – Please accept my apology for the earworm. Feel welcome to retaliate by sharing your favorite earworm when you visit our booth at APSA! – MJH