Conference Updates

2020 Call for Proposals - Subfield, undergraduate and working group proposals are now being accepted for the 2020 MPSA Annual Conference.
Submission Deadline:
 Extended to December 6th, 2019*
*Due to technical issues, the deadline to submit subfield, undergraduate and working group proposals has been extended to Friday, December 6th, 2019. Please note that new user accounts will not be fully activated and ready to submit proposals until about two hours after creation. If you receive an error message when submitting, please try again in a few hours. If you are unable to submit after two hours, email conf@mpsanet.org or mpsainfo@mpsanet.org for assistance or call 812.558.0588.

Register now for the 2020 Conference!

When signed in to the website, a gold "Submit Proposal" button will appear below.

MPSA Seeks Additional Professional Development Panelists - The MPSA conference will offer several dozen professional development sessions on topics ranging early career, post-tenure, and teaching experiences. These sessions are important for attendees and are often shared with the broader discipline throughout the year as podcasts and videos. Volunteer here.

Plan a Conference-Within-A-Conference for 2020 - Working group participants commit to attend a small group of related or organized sessions. A volunteer coordinator for each working group proposes a theme, selects and/or organizes sessions for the group to attend, promotes the working group, and facilitates communication among participants. Please contact MPSA Conference Director Tamara Speelmon at speelmon@mpsanet.org to learn more.

Call for Chairs and Discussants - Professional-level members and submitters may offer to be a chair or discussant via the MPSA proposal system. (Sign in with your username and password, proceed past the demographic information page, and click the Volunteer to be a Chair or Discussant link).


Ready to get involved with MPSA?

There are a variety of ways to get involved even if you have only fifteen, thirty, or sixty minutes! Learn more about how to share your time and talents with the discipline.


Attention - Please be aware that someone has been making fraudulent calls impersonating an MPSA representative and warning that hotel rates for the MPSA conference are going up next week. These calls are NOT authorized by MPSA and the hotel block for the 2020 conference has not opened yet. If you are contacted about hotel rates by someone claiming to be from MPSA, let us know at conf@mpsanet.org or 812.558.0588.

Opportunities to Volunteer! - Join an MPSA committee, volunteer for a professional development or working group session, or sign up to be a mentor. More information here.

The Bert and Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science - Selection criteria, instructions for applying, and application available at https://lambprize.org/. Deadline February 21, 2020.

Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change (RSMCC) Call for Papers for Volume 45 (Special Issue) - RSMCC is a fully peer-reviewed series of original research that has been published annually for over 40 years. It publishes the work of many of the leading scholars in social movements, social change, nonviolent action, and peace and conflict studies.  This Special Issue of Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the May 4, 1970 shooting by the Ohio National Guard of Kent State students during a demonstration against the US wars in Vietnam and Cambodia and the occupation of the Kent State campus by the Ohio National Guard in Kent, OH, USA. Paper submission are due by January 15th, 2020. More information can be found here. 

Repositioning SBE's Programs: Opportunities to Learn More - The social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) sciences have a tremendous impact on quality of life.  With increasingly rigorous methods and an increasingly diverse workforce, the SBE sciences are making transformative advances in many areas. At NSF, we are looking for ways to build on that progress. With this goal in mind, the SBE Directorate is proud to announce a repositioning of some of its basic research programs, as described in this  Dear Colleague Letter. SBE is hosting a series of webinars and virtual office hours to present details about what the repositioning means for SBE research communities. SBE Assistant Director, Arthur Lupia, will walk participants through the proposed changes during each webinar and will be on hand during virtual office hours to answer participant questions after a very brief overview presentation. Closed captioning will be provided for all events, please contact SBE IT Help (sbeithelp@nsf.gov) for any additional requirements. Visit https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=299267&org=SBE&from=news for more information.

Register to be a Potential Reviewer for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) - The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites graduate students to register as potential reviewers for the 2020 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and STEM Education at accredited, non-profit US institutions of higher education. visit https://nsfgrfp.org/ for more information.

IIE-SRF Partnerships for Scholar Advancement Seeks  Advisors - The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF)  through their  Partnerships for Scholar Advancement (PSA) program seeks advisors  who commit to offering time, advice, and/or networks to help IIE-SRF fellows overcome obstacles that may prevent the fellow from reaching her or his career goals.  Fellows are accomplished scholars who having faced threats to their lives and careers in their home countries, have been awarded one- to two-year fellowships worldwide to resume their research and teaching.  Advisorships are among the most effective ways for displaced fellows to work through challenges  to securing longer-term positions and opportunities in academia and related sectors. Possible advisor roles include CV/resume assistance, cover letter preparation, career advice, etc. For additional information, please visit the  IIE-SRF PSA program page or contact Olga Gregorian at ogregorian@iie.org.

An Invitation to Submit News Items  - Please share news of promotions, awards (calls for nomination and recipient announcements welcome), and other good news by submitting the information via this brief form. MPSA staff will verify the information prior to sharing on the website, in the monthly newsletter (delivered mid-month), and in social media (as appropriate).