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2019 Spring Conference


2019 Spring Conference

Are We Preparing Our Students for Success?

Employment Outlooks for Policy Graduate Students

May 14 - 15, 2019
Mathematica Policy Research  |  1100 First Street NE #1200, Washington, DC

This conference will bring together graduate program representatives, and academic and non-academic employers to look at the skills being taught in graduate policy programs, discuss curricula trends and assess whether these skills are what employers need in practice. A survey of our academic and non-academic institutional members will be conducted beforehand to help determine where students are coming from, where they are going and try to shed some light on the differences between APPAM member PhD programs. Data will also be collected from non-academic employers to learn more about recruitment and the valued skills of graduates.  Proposals can be submitted here.


Tentative Agenda

Tuesday, May 14th

  • Welcome Reception: 5:00
  • Dinner: 7:00

Wednesday, May 15th

  • Breakfast:  8:00
  • Opening Plenary/Keynote: 9:00
  • Concurrent Sessions: 10:15
  • Concurrent Sessions: 11:30
  • Lunch: 1:00
  • Concurrent Sessions: 2:15
  • Closing Plenary: 3:30


Submitting Proposals

We have issued a call for proposals for the conference around two tracks.  The two tracks will focus on:

  • Curricula Issues: (for both Master's and PhD programs) For example, what are policy students being taught? What should they be taught? Is there a disconnect between the skills graduates need and the skills programs teach? Are there professional development needs for students like micro-credentialing?
  • Employment Needs: For example, where are graduates employed? What are the trends in desired skills sought by employers?   Are employers’ needs being met by policy graduates? How is the job market changing globally?

Submissions will be collected until 11:59 PM PST on Thursday, February 28, 2019.  Notifications will be made at the end of March.

Submit Your Proposal Now!


Format for Proposals

We encourage non-traditional sessions and encourage submitters to think beyond the  panel discussion format.  Examples of non-traditional sessions include one speaker, liberally using engagement tactics for audience participation, a panel discussion for half the session, then smaller breakouts around questions and a report back period, lightning talks delivered by five or so people, one person facilitating a discussion focused on several different ideas and groups clustering around one of the ideas, etc.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • You need to submit a full panel. All the participants do not need to be confirmed at the time of submission but you need to identify potential participants. 
  • A diversity of perspectives is encouraged. A panel comprised solely of academics from the same or similar institutions is not ideal. Please consider recruiting practitioners and researchers outside of academia to participate.


For submission information, to secure a sponsorship or any other questions, please contact Tara Sheehan, tsheehan@appam.org.


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