GPSA annual conference registration now available

Annual Conference: “The Politics of Identity: Who Are We?”

Please join us for the GPSA annual Conference in Savannah, Nov. 9-11. Online registration now available.

The 2016 election highlighted the power of group identity to shape our electoral outcomes; but it also fostered an environment that has challenged us, as a nation, to break down barriers to communication and conversation. How do we create space to have dialogue across the various areas of identity?  What do we make of free speech during a time where certain groups feel vulnerable as a result of national conversations over controversial topics? Are there some groups that don’t deserve to be protected, or who lack political legitimacy? These questions become critical to the preservation and advancement of our democracy as we move forward.

Register before Oct. 25 for best rates:

Faculty/non students: $ 90.00
Retirees $ 45.00
Students (Graduate and Undergraduate) $ 25.00

Register Today!

Call for Papers: Pajari Undergraduate Research Panel

The GPSA Pajari Award is awarded annually to the best undergraduate paper presented by an undergraduate student as part of the Pajari Undergraduate Research Panel at the annual conference. In order to be chosen for the Pajari Undergraduate Research Panel, Professors must nominate undergraduate students for inclusion on the panel. Students may not self-nominate.  Group papers are acceptable; however, faculty members may not be co-authors. Nominations should be sent by a Political Science faculty member to the GPSA Immediate Past President who chairs the Pajari Committee.

Unlike a regular conference paper proposal, consideration for the Pajari panel requires the completed paper as part of the application. The Pajari Award Committee selects the papers to be presented at the Pajari Panel Session at the annual Conference and chooses the best paper at the conference from those submitted each year to receive the award.  All papers must be formatted as an MS Word or PDF document file. The file must be sent via email attachment to the Immediate Past President and the Program Chair. The winner(s) will be posted on the GPSA site each year.

Deadline: Sept. 1, 2017.  Please include “Pajari Proposal Submission” in the subject line. For more information, contact Matthew L. Hipps.

GPSA Annual Call for Proposals: Deadline extended to Aug. 25

Call for Proposals

In addition, answers to these questions can serve as a lens for understanding political conflict, voting behavior, social movements, party identification, immigration, LGBT issues, political socialization, political communication, income inequality, and a myriad of other relevant political, social and economic areas.  We invite scholars of all methodological persuasions and subfields to submit paper and panel proposals that relate to the broad themes and questions that are informed by identity politics and other related topics.

This year, we ask you to submit your proposal via a Google Form at the link listed below. Please note, that proposals do not have to directly relate to the theme of the conference. If you encounter any problems, please address your questions to this year’s Program Chair and Vice President, Matthew Hipps, at mhipps@daltonstate.edu. Additionally, if you have any special undergraduate panels, workshops or other ideas, please indicate this on the Proposal Submission Form.

Submit your conference proposal

There will be a special call for undergraduate poster sessions, and additional graduate sessions coming shortly.

Please complete your conference proposal by Aug. 25, 2017.

Call for 2017 GPSA Student Poster Session

The Georgia Political Science Association is now accepting proposals for a special session dedicated to student scholarship during the 2017 annual meeting. The conference will be held in the historic district in Savannah, GA, from Thursday, Nov. 9 – Saturday Nov. 11. Work from both undergraduate and graduate students will be considered.

The Georgia Political Science Association annual meeting provides students the opportunity to showcase their hard work while networking with a diverse group of political scientists and public administrators from across the state. Furthermore, the conference experience can play an integral part in their professional development as it offers the opportunity build their confidence in their research and ability to communicate their ideas.

Student Poster Session

The 3rd Annual Student Poster Session will showcase the work of both individual students and/or class based projects.

  • Individual Posters- These posters may describe applied or theoretical research that is completed or in the process of being completed; discuss interesting projects on which students have worked; or a report on a project or educational experiences (e.g., public outreach, volunteerism, internships). Submissions should focus on research or activities conducted within the past academic year.
  • Class Based Projects- These posters may describe class activities or simulations dealing with any area of politics and government. These presentations can focus on an individual experience, or the overall class experience. Any proposal focusing on a class based project is required to have an academic sponsor who signs off on the submission (including their title, rank and contact information).

Submission Instructions and Deadlines

The submitted poster abstracts will be selected on the basis of the clarity and the novelty of the ideas they present. Selected poster presenters will be given space to present their posters in a “Poster Presentation Session” at the beginning of the conference. The main idea of the “Poster Presentation Session” is to create a lively and intellectually challenging environment for undergraduate and graduate students to relate their ideas to a sophisticated audience and to invite discussions of their ideas during the conference.

Please send poster abstracts of 150-200 words along with a short bio of the author(s) to keith.lee@gcsu.edu by Oct. 1, 2017. Decisions regarding selected posters will be emailed to presenters by Oct. 9, 2017.

Call for the Georgia Political Science Association Teaching Awards

In order to better serve our mission as the preeminent professional association for Georgia political scientists, the Executive Board of the GPSA has established teaching awards designed to recognize teaching excellence via two methods. The award descriptions are as follows:

GPSA Annual Teaching Excellence Award (GATE)

  • The GATE Award is designed to recognize excellence in teaching methods as demonstrated at the annual conference in the teaching workshop. Space in the teaching and learning session is limited and proposals are selected based on relevance to the panel theme.
  • The recipient of this award will be chosen by a committee headed by the GPSA Teaching and Learning Coordinator. The committee will be made up of past award winners.
  • The committee will observe the teaching workshop presentations and make their decision after the conclusion of the event. The criteria include teaching innovation, activity documentation and workshop presentation.
  • The winner of the award will be announced at the GPSA Business Meeting on the last day of the conference.

GPSA Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (GASOTL) (Formerly the GPSA Emerging Leader in Teaching Award)

  • The GASOTL Award is designed to recognize GPSA members who choose to enhance their skills in teaching as part of their faculty development plan. Preference will be given to those faculty members who pursue training in best practices and/or who participate in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) via research and/or publication.
  • Eligibility for this award is limited to full-time instructors (temporary or tenure-track), seeking to establish excellence in teaching a part of their career plan.
  • The criteria for this award include a letter of self-nomination that demonstrates efforts to improve the teaching craft (workshops, fellowships, conferences, etc.) or SoTL and a letter of support from a member of GPSA. To submit a letter of application for the GASOTL Award, please send your materials in a SINGLE email to the teaching and learning coordinator, Dr. Craig Douglas Albert at calbert@augusta.edu. Please include GASOTL and your name in the Subject-line!
  • Deadline for application for the 2017 GASOTL AWARD is Monday, October 30.
  • The recipient of this award will be chosen by a committee headed by the GPSA Teaching and Learning Coordinator. The committee will consist of past award winners. The winner of the award will be announced at the GPSA Business Meeting on the last day of the conference.

Vice president/program chair, other board nominations sought

Candidates are being sought for the role of vice president/program co-chair of the GPSA Annual Conference in 2019. The position is the first of a three-year leadership arc (vice president, president and past-president), each with specific duties. GPSA actively looking for people to serve in the cycle that begins in November 2018.

In addition, candidates for board at large positions on the GPSA board are being sought. Please send names, with school and contact information of nominees. Those interested in serving in another leadership position are also encouraged to respond.

For more information or to submit a nomination, email Tamra Ortgies-Young.

Emerging Global Issues Forum on Forced Migration, Immigration, and Security to be held at Georgia State, March 30

Georgia State University’s Global Studies Institute is holding the first annual Emerging Global Issues Forum on Forced Migration,  Immigration, and Security on Thursday, March 30 on the Atlanta Campus.  The forum will explore the causes, consequences, and policy responses to the global refugee crisis, along with other trends in migration.  Program details and registration link. Registration is free.

Preliminary conference program now available, please submit any corrections by Oct. 17

Click here to download the preliminary conference program. Presenters, panel chairs, and discussants should double check their name spellings, institution, and paper titles. This is the last chance to revise before nametags and program is finalized and printed. Please send revisions to Program Chair Dr. Craig Douglas Albert at calbert@augusta.edu. Please do this by Monday, Oct. 17. Revisions will no longer be accepted after this date. Please note that day/times/panels can not be changed at this point. Only errors can be corrected.