Volunteer Opportunities at MPSA
MPSA has several volunteer opportunities available throughout the calendar year. These opportunities include serving as a committee member on a paper, subfield , flagship, and career stage awards committees. There are also opportunities to serve on administrative committees, working group committees, along with mentoring roles, session chairs, discussants, and section heads.
Committee Volunteer Opportunities
Best Paper Awards Committees
The MPSA Best Paper Awards Committee determines awards for best paper, subfield awards, and career stage awards. The MPSA Awards committee members are responsible for accepting nominations and making selections for award recipients. Please select the award committee on which you would like to serve. We will contact people as appointments are made.
Administrative & Planning Committees
The MPSA Administrative Committees are responsible for a variety of administrative tasks leading up to the Annual Conference. Some of these committees include the student travel awards committee, the committee on professional ethics, the mentoring committees, and the public engagement. Please select the administrative committee on which you would like to serve. We will contact people as appointments are made.
Conference Section Head Volunteer Opportunities
We have several traditional sections as well as most subfield and undergraduate sections where it can be difficult to locate a section head. Subfield and Undergraduate sections heads organize Lightning Talks, Posters, and Standing e-Panels. If you are interested in serving, please select up to two sections in each group where you have the expertise to serve. We will contact people as appointments are made.
Mentoring & Social Volunteer Opportunities
Annual Conference Mentoring Reception Volunteer
MPSA invites you to volunteer for the Mentoring Reception at the Annual Conference. Each mentor will connect with groups of no more than four attendees to discuss current research and professional aspirations. Contact information and questions will be shared between the mentor and mentees in your small groups. Please confirm your conference schedule prior to RSVPing for this mentoring reception.
The mentoring reception is held on Friday at the MPSA Conference in April. We assign each mentor to a specific table where (s)he can talk with a small group of graduate students.
Academic Year Mentoring Program Volunteer
MPSA invites faculty members to serve as volunteer mentors during the Academic Year. Training will be made available prior to the program's launch to help you with a successful start to your mentoring relationship. If selected for this program, mentees will work remotely (phone calls or via Skype/Google Hangouts, etc.) with faculty in a structured format over the academic year. Total commitment is approximately 10 total hours. MPSA will match mentors and mentees. * Please note that this program is 100% outside of the annual conference programming and conference participation is not required to participate in the Academic Year Mentoring Program.
Working Group Volunteer
The MPSA conference has several activities for groups of scholars interested in the same topic. Working Groups, or a conference within a conference, are when Faculty volunteer to organize panels on a specific topic. Faculty can also serve on Professional Development Sessions.
Dine Around Volunteer
Dine Arounds are part of the conference program that allows conference colleagues to gather for dinner to discuss professional topics in a small, intimate dining setting. The dinners can range in size from groups of 6-20. There is a dine around coordinator who hosts a particular topic of interest at a pre-determined local restaurant. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and for paying for their own meal, drinks and tip. MPSA will promote the events. If you are interested in hosting a dine around at the 2020 conference, please submit an application.