Andrea K. Gerlak posted on April 24, 2013 12:48
We held our first Junior Scholar Symposium at the San Francisco convention a few weeks ago and it was an overwhelming success! We've gotten wonderful feedback from participants and discussants - and we had a great time as well.
First off, we want to thank everybody who took part in our 2013 JSS program - participants, discussants and chairs - while we had a vision of how the JSS could work, it was you who really made it spectacular.
The JSS program was designed to provide an option for junior scholars to present their research in an environment focused both on feedback as well as professional development. The program also gives participants an opportunity to network with senior scholars and peers in their field. In a JSS session, junior scholars gather in small groups to share their work with one another and get feedback from great discussants drawn from ISA’s leading scholars.
We're excited to announce that we’ll be expanding the JSS program next year in Toronto. Junior scholars (current students or those within 2 years of receipt of their PhD) who are interested in participating should submit paper proposals by the June 1st deadline. The application for JSS is not a separate submission type; just check the "Consider this paper for the JSS" checkbox when you're submitting your paper. Don't worry - the JSS proposals are reviewed before the Section Chairs get the submissions to create their own panels. If we can't find room for your paper in a JSS session, you'll go right into the normal pool of papers to be considered for traditional panels.
At the San Francisco convention, we heard many JSS participants say that they not only met good colleagues, but found many opportunities to co-author with one another. That is one of the major goals with the JSS. In a traditional panel, you will often find a great mix of scholars from different levels across the discipline. But, that can also make it harder for young scholars to really connect with colleagues. Because the JSS is focused on junior scholars, it is easier to forge relationships with people doing similar work as you, who are having similar experiences as you, at some other university. That can be a great opportunity to build professional relationships that can last for many years to come.
If you are a graduate student or you have recently received your Ph.D., we really encourage you to apply for the Junior Scholar Symposium. This is a great opportunity to get more out of the conference than you might normally as a junior scholar on a traditional panel.
As always, if you have any questions, ISA-HQ is here to help. Feel free to contact us and we'll try to help as best as we can.