Expectations of Organizers
Before entering your session proposal, please answer the following questions:
1. I am a paid-up current member of MSS for 2014.
2. If my session proposal is accepted, I agree to pay dues and renew my membership in MSS for 2015 before March 1st.
3. If my session fills, I agree to preside over my session at the annual meeting, and to pay registration fees for the meeting before Feb. 1st.
Formal Paper Sessions
: Completed papers of scholarly work organized around a common theme are each presented (not read) in 15-20 minutes followed by a discussant’s constructive feedback and audience questions. Organizers choose the 3-5 papers best serving the focus of the session and serve as or recruit a presider and discussant. Presenters will be asked to submit a two-page abstract by October 24 and send the complete paper to the discussant by March 1.
: Organizers will invite 3-5 panelists to present on a shared area of expertise or interest. While panelists make formal presentations, they are generally not the empirical reports found in paper sessions. The organizer serves as the presider who moderates discussion between the panelists and with the audience.
: These less formal, smaller groupings are appropriate for works in progress and research proposals as well as completed papers on topics of special interest. Presenters and attendees are seated around a table and self-moderate presentations and discussion. Whether a given table group involves presentations or conversation on shared interests, there is no audio-visual equipment provided, although handouts are encouraged. Presenters will be asked to submit a 250-word abstract by October 24.
: Organizers develop and facilitate interactive, participatory professional development sessions. Workshops generally include topics related to teaching, writing, publishing, technology or analysis. Workshops and related sessions may be included on the listings for the Faculty Certificate of Teaching and Learning, Faculty Development Certificate and the Future Faculty Certificate Programs.
Author Meets Critics
: These sessions are designed to bring authors of recent books together with discussants chosen to provide a variety of viewpoints. If you would like to organize an Author Meets Critics session, please specify the author and the invited panel when you propose the session.
: The 2015 MSS Meetings will feature three types of poster sessions for undergraduates, for graduate students, and for professionals. Each presenter prepares a poster for display during the session and responds to questions and comments from attendees. Presenters will be asked to submit a 250-word abstract by October 24.
: Choose this category if you’re proposing something that doesn’t seem to fit into any of the session types, above. IMPORTANT: Then email the program chair to describe your proposed session: firstname.lastname@example.org.