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A Look Back at the 2014 Conference

The 72nd annual MPSA Conference was held April 3-6 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL. 
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A Look Back at the 2014 Conference
A Look Back at the 2014 Conference
A Look Back at the 2014 Conference
The Latest from AJPS
The Latest from AJPS

The article, “Ignorance is Bias: The Effect of Latino Losers on Models of Latino Representation” by Eric Gonzalez Juenke, will appear in the July 2014 issue of the American Journal of Political Science and it is currently available on the “Early View” page of Wiley-Blackwell's AJPS websiteProfessor Juenke provides a summary of its content on the AJPS blog.

AJPS Best Article Award for 2014
AJPS Best Article Award for 2014
Kate Baldwin of Yale University is the recipient of the 2014 AJPS Best Article Award for her article titled Why Vote with the Chief? Political Connections and the Performance of Representatives in Zambia". Click here to read more about the award and see a complete list of the 2014 MPSA award winners.
Featured MPSA Podcast: Becoming Faculty: Teaching and Research during the First Year
Featured MPSA Podcast: Becoming Faculty: Teaching and Research during the First Year

Becoming Faculty: Teaching and Research during the First Year , a roundtable recording from the 2013 MPSA Annual Conference is offered free to the public at the permission of the participants.

News from the Discipline

MPSA 2015 Call for Professional Development Sessions -  The MPSA will organize a series of Roundtables at the 2015 conference in Chicago that discuss aspects of the academic profession, including career development, publishing, teaching, research, professional development and public engagement.  If you would like to serve on a roundtable, please volunteer by completing this form.  If you wish to submit an entire roundtable (3-5 speakers on a topic), please use the standard roundtable submission form on the MPSA website when the submission software opens mid-July. 

Conference Paper Archive Now Under Construction - We are currently working on a revamp of the conference paper archive this Summer. During this time, previous conference attendees will not be able to upload papers. The paper archive will be available in late July. If you have a paper to upload into the system while the archive is down, please forward directly to mpsainfo@mpsanet.org for later inclusion into the system.Ben

Fellowship Opportunity - U.S. Social and Behavioral Sciences Team - Qualified behavioral scientists who want to help apply behavioral insights in the policy realm are encouraged to apply by July 25, 2014. Read more about the program and the fellowship. 

Benefits Options for Adjuncts - Inside Higher Ed (7/14/14) "... the American Federations of Teachers’ announcement on Friday that it was partnering with the Freelancers Union to offer adjuncts – even those who aren’t part of AFT – access to benefits came as good news to many. The AFT is not paying for benefits, but rather is offering adjuncts access to various plans that might be difficult or more expensive to obtain individually." Read the complete article from Inside Higher Ed.

ISSC Launches New Global Research Program - Transformations to Sustainability is a new program launched by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) which “will promote research on the fundamental and innovative processes of social transformation needed to secure effective, equitable and sustainable solutions to some of the most urgent problems of global change and sustainability, including climate change, biodiversity loss, water and food security, energy consumption, and poverty and growing inequalities.”  Grants are available with the first call for proposals having already been issued. Read more about the program and the proposal process. 

Kaplan to Leave OBSSR for AHRQ; Riley of NCI to Serve as Acting Director - (via COSSA) On April 11, James Anderson, director, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced that Robert M. Kaplan, Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), will be leaving NIH and moving to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), effective May 5, 2014. At AHRQ Kaplan will serve in a new position as Chief Science Officer. Read more from NIH.

Position Openings - Open position? Please email it to heeke (at) mpsanet (dot) org for inclusion in our monthly newsletter and online. 

  • Fellowship Opportunity, U.S. Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (LINK)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, IUPUI, SPEA (LINK)
  • 10 Fully-Funded PhD positions in Political Science and Sociology, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy  (LINK)
  • Political Science Faculty Positions,  University of Toronto – St. George (LINK)
  • FT Faculty: Political Science, Shaw University (LINK)

Enhanced Format Now Available for AJPS Articles Online - MPSA and the American Journal of Political Science are pleased to share a new format for online articles. Wiley’s new Enhanced HTML,Anywhere Article, allows for optimized viewing of the entire online library of AJPS articles (going back to 2003) for your mobile devices and desktop. To view the enhanced version of the articles, just click Enhanced Article (HTML) within each issue’s Table of Contents an in each article. 

The Just-In-Time Professor - In a January 2014 report from the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, “THE JUST-IN-TIME PROFESSOR - A Staff Report Summarizing eForum Responses on the Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty in Higher Education” calls on policymakers and higher education to scrutinize the link between student outcomes and working conditions of adjunct faculty. 

MPSA Members Now Receive 50% Off JPASS Access - As part of your MPSA membership, we are now able to offer the 1-year JPASS access plan for $99—a 50% discount on the listed rate. JPASS includes unlimited reading and 120 article downloads—not only to the American Journal of Political Science, but to more than 1,500 humanities, social science, and science journals in the JSTOR archival collections. Read more about MPSA's newest membership benefit. 

Funding Political Science Research: Updates

National Science Board Statement on the Frontiers in Innovation, Science, and Technology Act of 2014 (H.R. 4186)  In the statement the National Science Board states "However, we are concerned that elements of the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act do not advance those goals. In fact, some of its provisions and tone suggest that Congress intends to impose constraints that would compromise NSF's ability to fulfill its statutory purpose." Read the complete statement.

Ranking Member Johnson (D-TX) Introduces America Competes Act of 2014 From Committee on Science, Space & Technology (3/6/14):  "Today, Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced H.R. 4159, the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2014.  In 2007, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology passed bipartisan, landmark legislation based on recommendations from the 2005 National Academies’ report Rising Above the Gathering Storm. The report found that the scientific and technological building blocks critical to our economic leadership were eroding at a time when many other nations were gaining strength. The America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2010 continued the Committee’s commitment to strengthen American competitiveness through sustained investments in science, innovation, and education." Read the complete release.

Cuts to Behavioral and Social Science Funding Threatened  From SAGE Social Science Space (2/26/14): "The House Science Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), will introduce a bill in the coming weeks to reauthorize programs at the National Science Foundation. The Frontiers in Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) bill may include reductions in authorized funding levels for NSF’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences." MPSA is working with COSSA and other associations to monitor potential legislation and will sent an alert when action is possible. 

COSSA’s Analysis of the FY2014 Omnibus  The Consortium of Social Science Associations’ (COSSA) has analyzed the FY 2014 omnibus and shares its impact on National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the Bureau of Labor Statistics and others. Read the full report (.pdf)

The Role of Congress in Funding Social Science Research - Listen to the roundtable presented at the 2013 MPSA Conference. Participants included Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan, Chair; Susan Haire, University of Georgia; Brian Humes, National Science Foundation; Daniel Lipinski, U.S. House of Representatives; and Christopher Zorn, Pennsylvania State University.

Virtual Issue of the AJPS: NSF Funded Research II - Former AJPS Editor Rick Wilson put together a FREE virtual issue that looks at important political science research funded by the National Science Foundation. Read more…