MPSA Committees

The President appoints members to ad hoc committees, such as selection committees for a new publisher, editor, or executive director, and other committees that may be needed to assist with specific issues.

The President-Elect appoints members to the following committees:

Nominations Committee

Nominations for officers are solicited from the membership, and the nominations committee selects a slate of officers, including:

  • President-Elect (who will serve as President and then as Immediate Past President)
  • Five Council Members, serving three-year terms
  • One Vice President, serving a two-year term
  • Any other vacancies on the Council; these Council Members will serve the remainder of the term

Investment Committee

This standing committee is chaired by the Treasurer, and includes the three Vice Presidents and the Executive Director. The committee reviews the investments and can recommend changes in the investment policy. 

The election of officers occurs during the Business Meeting at the Annual Conference. The Executive Director, Treasurer, Program Chairperson(s), and Editor(s) are appointed officers.

Publication Ethics Committee

The MPSA’s Publishing Ethics Committee is responsible for supporting the editorial office in the implementation of the editorial Conflicts of Interest policy

The Publishing Ethics Committee comprised of Sarah Binder of George Washington University (chair), Ray Duch of Oxford University and Laurel Weldon of Purdue University may be contacted by email at PEC@mpsanet.org.

Conference Program Committee

The Program Chair(s) appoint the members of the conference program committee no later than February of the year prior to the conference for which they are responsible. Each committee member serves as chair of a section (a subfield or a slice of a subfield) and is responsible for accepting or rejecting proposals submitted to their section. In addition, committee members/section chairs organize accepted papers into panels and identify chairs and discussants for each panel. Committee members meet in September at the American Political Science Association conference, about six months prior to their MPSA conference, where they receive a program manual with detailed instructions. 

Awards Committees

There are three members on each committee, and the appointments are made by February. Committee members appointed in a given year make their selections in the autumn and winter of that year, and the chair of each committee presents the award the following year during the Business Meeting at the Annual Conference. (The appointments for the Herb Simon Award Committee are made after receiving suggestions from the President of the Midwest Public Administration Caucus.) The following committees are charged with selecting recipients of awards for outstanding papers delivered at the previous year's MPSA conference.  

Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar
Best Paper in International Relations
Best Undergraduate Poster Award
Kellogg/Notre Dame Award 
Kenneth J. Meier Award
Lucius Barker Award
Patrick J. Fett Award
Pi Sigma Alpha Award 
Review of Politics Award
Robert H. Durr Award 
Sophonisba Breckinridge Award
Best Paper by a Graduate Student
AJPS Award - Best Paper 
Best Paper in American Politics
Best Paper in Political Behavior
Evan Ringquist Award


Graduate Student Travel Scholarships Committee

 The members of this committee select recipients of the competitively awarded travel scholarships to attend the MPSA Annual Conference.

Graduate Student Travel Scholarship Committee The Harrell Rodgers Scholarship and the John Bohte Scholarship each provide $500 for doctoral students to attend the MPSA Annual Conference.

Ad Hoc Status Committees

The Ad Hoc Status Committees will help ensure that MPSA's programs and events are useful and remain relevant and accessible to the underrepresented groups in the profession at all levels, from graduate students to faculty. The committees will prepare reports for the MPSA Council on its findings and help advance research on these topics. These committees should collaborate with each other as well as with the relevant Caucus groups or groups from other political science associations. The two committees are:

  • Committee on the Status of Gender and Sexual Minorities in Political Science
  • Committee on the Status of Ethnic and Racial Minorities in Political Science