Professional Update
February / 2019
Explore the Retired Membership Option... and Submit for Fall Research Conference!
We have great news for our Professional members this month: Thanks to the introduction of the Retired Members category, both our conferences and our year-round benefits will better accommodate our most seasoned public policy professionals. Paying only $45 annually, individuals in this membership category will have the same benefits as Professional Members of APPAM. We look forward to better serving and highlighting the interests of our Retired Members moving forward!

Additionally, although APPAM will produce a number of conferences between now and the time for #2019APPAM, planning for the Fall Research Conference is already well underway. We began accepting submissions for panels, posters, roundtables, single papers and super sessions on February 4, 2019, and we will continue accepting submissions through April 11, 2019. Our hope is that all submissions will contribute to the conversation on diversity not just as it is traditionally defined, but also in terms of discipline, ideology and methodology. We think this will especially be a treat for Professional level members seeking to explore and share
Conference Call for Professional Members:
Spring Conference Submissions Open through February 28th

The APPAM 2019 Spring Conference - Are We Preparing Our Students for Success? Employment Opportunities for Graduate Students - is a rare opportunity that Professional members should find uniquely beneficial. Its submissions process encourages academics and researchers to get creative and experiment with pedagogical approaches by submitting session proposals on questions like "What should policy students be taught?" and "Are employers' needs being met by policy graduates?"

Academic employers, non-academic employers and graduate program representatives are strongly encouraged to submit proposals for this new event. If they have questions about what to submit, they are also encouraged to ask APPAM Executive Director Tara Sheehan at

Opportunities from JPAM:
JPAM's Special Call for Papers
JPAM has issued two Special Calls for Papers:

The first call is for New Directions in Academic-Practitioner Research Collaborations. The overarching theme of this Special Call is to discuss how advances in applied social science research methods can be used to harness synergies in practitioner-academic collaborations. Although JPAM's priority deadline for review of submissions under this call has passed, they will continue to consider other submissions.

The second call is for Crime and Criminal Justice Policy. The intent of this call is to promote the best and most current, evidence-based research that grapples with society’s most important problems related to crime and the criminal justice system, and to disseminate that research swiftly. Submissions will be considered immediately and will continue to be considered under this call until September 1, 2019.

JPAM encourages all eligible APPAM members to submit work in response to those calls.
Want to contribute an original featured article, podcast or webinar for APPAM media?
We are considering contributions to our year-round news and information sources now. E-mail with a proposed topic, and we'll discuss placement possibilities and timelines thereafter!
Upcoming Webinar:
The Future of Drug Pricing and Its Impact on Healthcare Policy

The price of prescription drugs in America has risen significantly over the last decade, outpacing all other aspects of healthcare spending. Healthcare continues to be one of the most important issue for voters. According to Gallup's Midterm Election Benchmark poll, healthcare tops the list of voter issues with 80% of polled voters indicating that healthcare is extremely or very important to their vote.

Join ASHEcon and APPAM experts as they discuss the rising cost of drug pricing, how it will impact healthcare policy, what is currently being done to address this issue, and what future steps policy makers and researchers can take to alleviate the impact of rising prescription drug costs.

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: 2 to 3 PM ET
Access: GoToWebinar
Webinar ID: 327-473-867
APPAM Members in the News
MDRC released a brief of a study indicating that extra financial and academic supports, such as free use of textbooks and cards for unlimited use of mass transit, make a difference in community college graduation rates.

Kevin de León will join the UCLA faculty this spring. De León, former president pro tempore of the California State Senate, will teach courses in public policy at the Luskin School of Public Affairs for both undergraduate and graduate students. He will have a special focus on UCLA's Latino Policy & Politics Initiative.

The National Academy of Education recently announced the election of sixteen scholars to membership, including members of the APPAM community.

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Upcoming Deadlines:
Mark Your Calendars for These Important Dates
March 12, 2019: Public Policy Camp at UMBC

Membership question?
Email Membership and Administration Manager Ryan Martz for assistance.
Update Your Member Profiles!

Since January, APPAM staff have added a number of categories to the member profiles, including for your Highest Degree Earned and Twitter handles. Adding this information to your profiles and keeping it current will allow APPAM to serve you well in more ways than you can imagine. Visit your MemberClicks site to make the updates today!