Call for the 2016 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 each year in the annual 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 winner of the award will be announced at the GPSA Business Meeting on the last day of the conference.
  • 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.
  • GPSA Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (GASOTL) (Formerly the Emerging Leader in Teaching Award)

The GASOTL Award is designed to recognize members of GPSA 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.

  • 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.
  • 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. All materials must be submitted in a single email to Dr. Craig Douglas Albert,
  • 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.
  • 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 Please include GASOTL and your name in the Subject-line!

Deadline for application for the 2016 GASOTL AWARD is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Undergraduate papers sought for undergraduate research panel

Submit undergraduate papers for Pajari Undergraduate Research Panel

This panel was established to honor Roger N. Pajari, a tireless advocate for undergraduate research in political science. Professors of undergraduate political science courses in the state of Georgia may nominate students to present their research on this panel by submitting the completed paper to Dr. James LaPlant by Aug. 31.

Only four papers will be chosen for presentation on this special panel. The best paper presented from this panel will be given the Roger N. Pajari Undergraduate Research Award. Please nominate those excellent papers from your top undergraduate students for this exciting panel at our annual GPSA conference.

Submissions sought for student poster session at 2016 annual conference

Call for Submissions

The 2016 organizing committee  is accepting proposals for a special session dedicated to student scholarship during the Annual Georgia Political Science Association conference in Savannah, Nov. 10-12. Work from both undergraduate and graduate students will be considered.

Undergraduate students are an increasingly important element in the production and expansion of political knowledge. In its best form, undergraduate research can be seen as a collaborative apprenticeship, where undergraduates and faculty work together in a shared enterprise to create or expand the political knowledge base. In addition, as faculty, collaboration with undergraduate students in research is one of the most important ways we can facilitate innovation within our discipline. At its best, undergraduate research and collaboration can transform the way that we study political science. Submission deadline is Oct. 2.

Student Poster Session

The 2nd 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 or by Oct. 2, 2016. Decisions regarding selected posters will be emailed to presenters by Oct. 10.

GPSA conference submission deadline extended to Aug. 1

The Georgia Political Science Association’s annual call for paper submissions for its Savannah conference has been extended until Aug. 1. Please send submission abstracts, including sub-filed of paper, and presenters, as well as whether you would be willing to serve as chair/discussant. Please send to and put GPSA Submission 2016 in the subject line.

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