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January 2017  Member Newsletter 
The  Annual Meeting website  is the home for all conference news and updates! The Call for Proposals has ended another successful proposal season. Conference registration and the discounted hotel blocks will launch in the spring. Please note the following launches, deadlines, and reminders:
  • Affiliated Events: The application is now live! Sections, related groups, and sponsors who wish to hold business meetings or receptions at the Annual Meeting must submit an application for each event. Applications are due Friday, March 31.
  • Working Groups: The application is now live! An Annual Meeting Working Group consists of a small group of meeting attendees who are interested in a common topic and who agree to attend aligned panels and plenary sessions and to convene during the meeting for a discussion. Applications are due Friday, March 31.
The 14th Annual APSA Teaching & Learning Conference is quickly approaching - make your plans to attend!  Register  soon to select your preferred track! 
Programs & Initiatives 
Deadline Extended: Applications now due January 27.
The RBSI Program is an annual, intensive five-week program, held at Duke University, designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science. Undergraduate students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Participants in the RBSI are selected from a competitive national applicant pool . Contact   Annalisa Dias-Mandoly with any questions or submit your application here.

Applications are due Monday, February 13.
The Kenneth Sherrill Prize recognizes the best doctoral dissertation proposal for an empirical study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender issues in political science. For questions about the Sherrill Prize, email

Applications are due April 1. 
APSA's Small Research Grants support political scientists not employed at PhD-granting departments in the field, or who are in non-tenure track or contingent positions ineligible for departmental funding. Awards of up to $2,500 may be used for research activities such as travel to archives, travel to conduct interviews, administration and coding of instruments, research assistance, and purchase of datasets. Apply for a research grant today.
Edward Artinian Fund for Publishing
Interested scholars should apply by April 1.
The Centennial Center invites applications for funding of up to $7,000 to support collaborative research publications, specifically among early career scholars. The award is intended to support a lead organizer or small team in advancing research manuscripts for publication in an edited book, journal special issue, or journal symposium. Apply Now.

APSA congratulates all of the  2017-18 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Recipients named this fall. Funded fellows receive a $4,000 fellowship and a letter of support from the APSA. The newly named fellows are in the process of applying to PhD programs in political science. Read more about the 2017-18 MFP Fellows  here.
APSA is seeking mentors to provide professional advice to undergraduates, graduate students, and junior faculty in the profession. We are especially seeking mentors for women, individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, and individuals interested with a background in nonacademic careers, the academic job market.  Visit the  APSA Mentoring webpage or  contact us  for more information. 
Submit your nomination for APSA's career, dissertation, book, and paper awards by  Monday, February 13, 2017

2017's awards include:
  • Hanes Walton, Jr Award: Help APSA inaugurate the award for a political scientist with a lifetime of distinguished scholarship that has made significant contributions to our understanding of racial and ethnic politics.
  • Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award: For the best paper presented at the 2016 APSA Annual Meeting.
  • Benjamin Lippincott Award: For exceptional work by a living political theorist that is still considered significant after a time span of at least 15 years since the original publication. 
  • James Madison Award: Recognizes an American political scientist who has made a distinguished scholarly contribution to political science.
  • Charles Merriam Award: For a person whose published work and career represent a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research.
For more information about these awards and other prizes being offered by APSA in 2017, please visit  APSA Awards Online or contact
Reminder: 2017 APSA Council Nominations Open 
The APSA Nominating Committee welcomes your suggestions for 2017 nominees for president-elect, vice president, treasurer, and council member. Council members serve staggered three-year terms. The treasurer serves a three-year term, and the president-elect and vice presidents serve one-year terms. The nominating committee encourages all members of APSA to suggest fellow members for consideration. Those wishing to do so should explain why they believe the person's accomplishments, background, and views would make them a good choice for a leadership position. The nominating committee hopes to nominate a slate of accomplished scholars and practitioners who reflect the diverse membership of APSA. To achieve this goal, they rely on the membership to forward suggestions and recommendations.

Please send suggestions to by Wednesday, February 1.

The committee will meet in February 2017 to begin compiling a slate of candidates. The completed slate of nominees will be announced in March and will be put to a member vote via electronic ballot during the summer. Learn more about council nominations.
Submissions due: March 1, 2017.

Teaching political science can be challenging for many reasons.  We often discuss topics that students have a vested interest in, subjects that can be very upsetting for some students, or topics about which students may vociferously disagree. For this special issue of the Journal of Political Science Education, we are looking for submissions (systematic quantitative or qualitative studies, case studies, or reflections) that investigate how political science educators can deal with a variety of explosive issues that arise in classroom discussions as well as explosive issues that are at the core of syllabi in political science. Read more.

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, or have questions, please contact the editors at .
This issue marks the 50th anniversary of PS: Political Science & Politics. For a half-century, PS has occupied a unique niche in publishing in political science, spanning research on politics, research about political science, and scholarship on teaching and learning. PS has also served as the journal of record for the profession.

Membership Benefits & Updates
APSA Member-Get-A-Member Campaign
As an active member of APSA, you know first-hand the value your membership provides. Member-Get-A-Member is the ideal opportunity to share your success by encouraging your non-member colleagues to join APSA.  For information on the program, how to participate and the incentives click here.

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Celebrate Generosity & Giving Back

Thank you to our members and friends for their generous support during #GiveAPSA16! With your contributions to the APSA Annual Fund, we look forward to opening eligibility for APSA travel grants to contingent faculty and community college faculty.

We hope you continue to support programs critical to APSA members throughout the new year!

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Rulemaking Changes Status of Public Officials in the Common Rule
On January 19, a group of 16 agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule updating the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. Also known as the "Common Rule," the regulations make changes to requirements for certain aspects of informed consent, institutional review boards (IRBs), and more. The final rule eliminates the current exemption excluding from IRB review research on public officials and candidates for public office that used methods like educational tests, surveys, interviews, or observation of public behavior without participation by the investigator. The majority of the rule's provisions go into effect on January 19, 2018. A new requirement for U.S. institutions conducting cooperative research to use a single IRB, with some exceptions, will take effect in January 2020. Learn more here.
Other APSA Updates
APSA is seeking volunteers for a new program that helps departments find external reviewers for tenure and promotion cases. To volunteer, submit your information here.
The APSA Graduate Placement Survey collects data on the placement of doctoral candidates and graduates seeking their first placement. The results from the 2015-2016 survey may be found here . Please contact us at with any questions.
APSA congratulates award winner, Brooke Thomas Allen, PhD, Macomb Community College. 
The CQ Press Award for Teaching Recognition seeks to honor a wide range of new directions in teaching.  
APSA draws on the database to respond to media requests for experts in all areas of political science . In advance of key events or following major news developments, APSA also uses the database to publicize the availability of experts to speak on specific issues. 

Sign up online!  Inclusion in the database is a member benefit. Contact with any questions.
 APSA Member of the Month Program
The American Political Science Association Member of the Month program recognizes and highlights member achievements and professional milestones. It is a celebration and appreciation of the outstanding contributions our members make to the community through their scholarship and teaching, championship of the profession, and support of APSA and its programs. Learn more.
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