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Proposals are invited for sessions in 80 sections and 7 formats. Full instructions for doing so can be found on our Submission Guidelines 
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A Look Back at the 2014 Conference
A Look Back at the 2014 Conference
The Latest from AJPS
The Latest from AJPS

The article, "Assortative Mating on Ideology Could Operate Through Olfactory Cuesby Rose McDermott, Dustin Tingley and Peter K. Hatemi, is currently available as an ungated Early View article from the American Journal of Political Science on Wiley's AJPS website.


2014 Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar
2014 Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar

Eitan Hersch of Yale University and Clayton M. Nall of Stanford University are the recipients of the 2014 Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar Award for their article titled “The Primacy of Race in the Geography of Income-Based Voting: New Evidence from Public Voting Records". Click here to read more about the award and see a complete list of the 2014 MPSA award winners.

Featured MPSA Podcast
Featured MPSA Podcast

Blogging in the Academy - A roundtable recording from the 2014 MPSA Annual Conference is offered free to the public this month at the permission of the participants.

MPSA 2015 Call for Proposals
MPSA 2015 Call for Proposals

Proposals are invited for sessions in 80 sections and 7 formats. Full instructions for doing so can be found on our Submission Guidelines page. Complete panel deadline is October 1. Papers, working groups and open discussions deadline is October 3.

MPSA 2015 Conference Updates

Call for Proposals: Midwest Political Science Association's 73rd annual conference, April 16-19, 2015, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The committee invites proposals in 80 sections in a variety of formats from all political science subfields. New for 2015 is the Junior Scholar Symposium, a small group presentation format for emerging scholars. Important Note: You must be logged in to this website to access the submission proposal system. Once logged in to the site, look to the top menu bar to click on Conference > MPSA 2015 Conference > Submit a Proposal. For the best user experience, please use Mozilla FIREFOX or Apple SAFARI, instead of Internet Explorer or Google CHROME.  

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Lee H. Hamilton to present MPSA 2015 Pi Sigma Alpha Lecture -  MPSA is pleased to welcome Lee H. Hamilton, Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University and one of the nation’s foremost experts on Congress and representative democracy, as its 2015 Pi Sigma Alpha Lecturer.  Hamilton founded the Center on Congress in 1999 after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represented Indiana from 1965-1999.  He also served as President and Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., from 1999-2010. Read more about Hamilton here.

 
MPSA 2015 Call for Professional Development Sessions - MPSA will organize a series of Roundtables at the 2015 conference in Chicago that discuss aspects of the academic profession, including career development, publishing, teaching, research, professional development and public engagement.  If you would like to serve on a roundtable, please volunteer by completing this form.  If you wish to submit an entire roundtable (3-5 speakers on a topic), please use the standard roundtable submission form.  

Conference Paper Archive Under Construction - We are currently working on a revamp of the conference paper archive this Summer. During this time, previous conference attendees will not be able to upload papers. The paper archive will be available in mid-November. If you have a paper to upload into the system while the archive is down, please forward directly to mpsainfo@mpsanet.org for later inclusion into the system. 

News from the Discipline

Call for MPSA Communications Task Force Members - MPSA currently seeks volunteers for a new Communications Task Force. Task force will generate an editorial calendar and review content for upcoming MPSA blog. Each member will be responsible for two editorial contributions per year and may be asked to suggest policies and practices. Please complete the brief application for consideration.

MPSA Offers Complimentary Memberships to Scholars in Developing World - To encourage broad participation in the Association, the MPSA is offering a limited number of complimentary two-year electronic memberships to political science scholars in 139 developing countries (as defined by the World Bank for the 2015 fiscal year). Scholars from the developed world who are temporarily located in one of the developing countries (e.g. Fulbright Scholars) are not eligible, nor are scholars originally from the developing world who currently are faculty or graduate students in the developed world. Learn more about the program and access the application.

Call for Nominations: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus of the MPSA invites submissions for the Award for Best Undergraduate Paper on LGBT Politics.  Papers exploring LGBT politics from all political science and public law subfields are welcomed and may focus domestically or internationally. Papers should have been written for a course during the 2014 calendar year and may be revised further prior to submission.  Paper submissions are encouraged from current undergraduate students as well as first-year graduate students who are submitting a paper written during their senior year.  Sponsoring faculty members are asked to e-mail papers as an attachment to hdevries@pitt.edu by January 31, 2015 using the subject line "Submission for Award for Best Undergraduate Paper on LGBT Politics."  Members of the Award Committee are:  Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford; Dr. Melissa Michelson, Menlo College; and Mary J. Tobias, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the 2014 recipient of the award.  The 2015 award recipient will be announced at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the MPSA.

Explore an Interactive Faculty Salary Database - Using 2013-2014 data compiled by the American Association of University Professors, the database can be searched by state, university type and academic rank. (LINK). 

First Annual Amartya Sen Prize Contest: Call for Submissions -  The Yale Global Justice Program, Global Financial Integrity, and Academics Stand Against Poverty invite submissions of original essays of ca. 7,000 to 9,000 words on how illicit financial flows relate to global poverty and inequality. All prizes are named in honor of Amartya Sen, whose work has shown how the rigor of economic thinking can be brought to bear on normative and practical questions of great human significance. Learn more about the contest. 

Benefits Options for Adjuncts - Inside Higher Ed (7/14/14) "... the American Federations of Teachers’ announcement on Friday that it was partnering with the Freelancers Union to offer adjuncts – even those who aren’t part of AFT – access to benefits came as good news to many. The AFT is not paying for benefits, but rather is offering adjuncts access to various plans that might be difficult or more expensive to obtain individually." Read the complete article from Inside Higher Ed.

Position Openings - Open position? Please email it to heeke (at) mpsanet (dot) org for inclusion in our monthly newsletter and online. 

  • Assistant Professor, Political Science, San Francisco State University (LINK)
  • Assistant Professor, American Politics, MIT (LINK)
  • Assistant Professor, Public Law, American Government and Politics, West Chester University of PA (pdf)
  • Public Affairs Specialist, NSF (LINK)
  • Assistant Professor, Political Science, Columbia University, NY (LINK)
  • Assistant Professor, Political Science (Public Administration), University of Nevada, Reno (LINK)
  • Tenure-Track Professor of Political Science, Kenyon College, OH (LINK)
  • Tenure-Track Position with Korean/East Asian Politics Focus, University of Utah (LINK)
  • Social Scientist, Economist and Statistician (Program Director), SBE/NCSES (LINK)
  • Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) (LINK)  

    Funding Political Science Research: Updates

    Show Support for America COMPETES - Please join MPSA and the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) in showing support for S. 2757: America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014. Messages of support and opposition are posted anonymously on the site and are also sent to your Member of Congress. https://www.popvox.com/orgs/cossa1  
     
    MPSA co-signs letter urging funding anomaly for US Census Bureau for FY2015 CJS appropriations bill. 

    Latest Iteration of America COMPETES on Senate Floor (8/1/14 – Social Science Space) The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee released the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014, its bill to reauthorize programs at the National Science Foundation and other federal science agencies.
  • Read the Association of American Universities (AAU) Statement of Support for the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014.
  • COSSA's Statement of Support for the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014 (S. 2757).

    Read COSSA's Analysis of the  FY 2015 Senate Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill and Implications for Social and Behavioral Science.  "On July 24, the Senate Appropriations Committee released bill language and the accompanying Committee report for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations bill. The Labor-HHS Subcommittee approved the bill via voice vote in June." As a governing member of COSSA, MPSA is working with the organization and other associations to monitor potential legislation and will sent an alert when action is possible.