About APPAM

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FAQ Categories

Membership

JPAM

Governance

General Association Info

Positions in Policy Employer FAQ

Positions in Policy Job Seeker FAQ

Equity & Inclusion Fellowships

Career Connections

Fall Conference & COVID-19

2021 Fall Conference Update

Questions & Answers

Membership

Q: Why does APPAM have both individual and institutional members?

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At the time APPAM was founded in the late 1970s, the plan was for the organization to be predominately an institutional membership association. APPAM would bring together the resources of public policy schools and policy research organizations to support a new conference and a new journal (JPAM). These activities were seen as important professional opportunities for an emerging field of policy and management research. At that time, institutional membership offered a way for the fledgling association to raise the financial resources necessary to launch. Within a few years, the growing body of individual members asked for and achieved a voice in APPAM’s governance, gaining the right to directly elect the Policy Council. Today APPAM continues to attract new institutional members who appreciate the conferences and the journal, lending their support to both. 

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Q: Why does APPAM have three different dues rates for professional members?

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APPAM’s dues are dictated by a member's salary. In an effort to be sensitive to those members new to the public policy community, APPAM created three tiers of dues, all dependent on a member’s salary.

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Q: How long can a person remain a student member?

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A person can remain a student member for 5 years. They must be enrolled at an accredited university in a program of public policy or public affairs to be a student member. A student membership is only $40 annually and includes a subscription to JPAM, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

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Q: Who votes in the APPAM Policy Council election? Why participate?

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All APPAM individual members are eligible to vote in the Council election. Since 2004, the election is held online for one month beginning in the middle of November.

Among the three members selected by the general membership, one will be a self-identified practitioner and the other two slots filled by academic members. (In 2013, the membership voted to reduce the size of the Policy Council from 40 to 29 members by 2017.)

Furthermore, members of the Council often serve on the Fall Conference Program Committee. This means that APPAM members have significant representation on the Council, and the Council itself is involved in APPAM’s most important activities. For these reasons, participation in the Council election is a substantive opportunity for members to determine what the Association does.

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JPAM

Q: How often is JPAM produced?

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The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) is produced 4 times a year. It is available in print and online. Every member of APPAM receives issues of JPAM 4 times a year.

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Q: How is JPAM produced?

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JPAM is produced through an editorial office by an editor and their team. The editors serve five year terms and apply through a proposal process for the position. The editors are chosen by APPAM’s Policy Council. Maureen Pirog, the current editor of JPAM, will maintain her editorship through June of 2014. 

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Q: How is JPAM produced?

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JPAM is produced through an editorial office by an editor and their team. The editors serve five year terms and apply through a proposal process for the position. The editors are chosen by APPAM’s Policy Council. Erdal Tekin is the current Editor of JPAM

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Governance

Q: Who has served as chair of the APPAM Institutional Representatives? How are they selected?

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In 1985, APPAM created the Committee of Institutional Representatives and asked each member institution to appoint a representative to the committee. To date, the chairs of the Institutional Representatives have been the following:

Anita Summers, University of Pennsylvania (1985-1989)
Irwin Feller, Penn State University (1989-1991)
Charles Metcalf, Mathematica Policy Research (1991-1993)
Glen Hahn Cope, University of Illinois-Springfield (1993-1995)
Jack Krauskopf, New School (1995-1996)
Mark Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon University (1997-1999)
Susan Schwab, University of Maryland-College Park (1999-2001)
Eugenia Toma, University of Kentucky (2001-2003)
Michael Luger, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2003-2005)
Michael O’Hare, University of California-Berkeley (2005-2007)
Sandra Archibald, Univeristy of Washington (2007-2009)
Carolyn Heinrich, University of Wisconsin (2009-2011)
Joseph Cordes, George Washington University (2011-2013)
Michael Shires, Pepperdine University (2013 - 2015)
Juliet Musso, University of Southern California (2015 - 2017)
Patty Troppe, Westat (2017 - 2019)

Note: Affiliations listed were at time of service as chair.

The new chair is nominated by a three-person committee appointed by the outgoing chair from among the Institutional Representatives. The nominee is presented to the Institutional Representatives at their annual spring meeting, and, if approved, serves for two years as chair and as a member of the Executive Committee of the APPAM Policy Council. A person can serve multiple terms as chair.

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Q: How are the members of the Fall Conference Program Committee selected? Do the same people serve on the committee from year to year?

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The APPAM president-elect appoints the Program Committee each year. The 35 to 40 members of the committee are selected because of their expertise in the topic areas of the conference, and several people are often placed on the committee to review proposals in a large area like education or health. The APPAM president-elect often recruits many members of the Program Committee from among the APPAM Policy Council. This enhances the role of the Council in the management of APPAM’s most important annual event.

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General Association Info

Q: Does APPAM engage in lobbying on behalf of its members?

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As a recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, APPAM is permitted to engage in limited lobbying and cannot make lobbying one of its central missions. However, APPAM is an affiliated member of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), which represents the views of the social science research community to the federal government to encourage public support for research. 

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Positions in Policy Employer FAQ

Q: Does it cost anything for institutional members to participate?

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This is a complimentary service for institutional members.  Non-institutional members will be charged a fee of $250, which includes up to three job postings.

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Q: How many positions can I list?

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Institutional members may list as many positions as they have to fill.  Non-institutional members may list up to three positions per each $250 listing fee.

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Q: Will there be interview space at the conference?

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We have four dedicated interview rooms at the conference.  They can be reserved in one-hour increments by contacting Bethany Clark, bclark@appam.org.  To utilize interview space, employers must have the position listed on APPAM's job board.

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Q: We have a position that we will not be interviewing for around the conference. Can we still post it?

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While you cannot post it as part of the Positions in Policy program,organizations may still post them on APPAM's job board - Career Connections..  Posting positions is a complimentary benefit of Institutional Members and non-Institutional Members may post for a fee.  You can find more information here.

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Q: Where can I find candidates for my open positions?

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Profiles and CVs for candidates participating in the Positions in Policy program will be available on an employer-only access website which will launch on September 18 and be updated weekly.

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Q: When is the latest date to participate in this program?

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Positions can be posted at any time.

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Q: Who are the participating candidates?

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All candidates that will listed on the employer-only access website will be registered in-person participants of the 2021 APPAM Fall Research Conference who opt to participate in the program.  There will be job seekers of all levels, including students and professionals in all stages of their careers.

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Q: How do I coordinate the interviews?

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The employer-only access website will include the contact information for each candidate.  Participating organizations will contact candidates directly to begin the interview process.  

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Q: Will candidates know what organizations are participating in the program?

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Yes, we'll list the participating organization names on the Job Listings page, the Positions in Policy section of the Conference Activities page, and we'll communicate the names of the organizations directly with the job seekers.

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Positions in Policy Job Seeker FAQ

Q: Do I have to be an APPAM member to participate?

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No, as long as you are registered for the in-person 2021 APPAM Fall Research Conference you are welcome to participate. Unfortunately, we will not have a virtual component for Positions in Policy this year.

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Q: Do I have to attend the 2021 APPAM Fall Research Conference to participate?

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Yes, you must be registered for the in-person conference to participate in this program.

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Q: Does it cost anything to participate, aside from the registration fee?

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No, there is no additional cost to participate.

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Q: What is needed to participate?

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Within one week of registering for the conference, APPAM staff will reach out to  have you complete a brief questionnaire about your experience and position preferences.  We'll also ask that you upload your resume to APPAM's job board - Career Connections so participating employers can view it as they post positions.

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Q: Do I have to be an upcoming or recent graduate to participate?

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No, we encourage students and professionals at all levels to participate!

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Q: Where can I find the list of open positions?

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The list of positions being interviewed for as part of the Positions in Policy program is available on our Career Connections page.  Please use the keyword search to look for "PIP Posting" so see positions that will be interviewed for at the conference.

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Q: Is there a deadline for participation?

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Yes, to participate you must be registered for the Fall Research Conference by September 30, 2021 

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Q: How will I be connected with the hiring organizations?

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Your contact information, CV/resume, and responses to our Job Seeker Questionnaire will be provided to the hiring organizations.  They will reach out directly to coordinate their interview process.

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Q: Will we know what employers are participating?

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Yes, we'll share the names of all participating organizations with candidates in mid-September.

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Equity & Inclusion Fellowships

Q: I am currently a Masters student and will be a PhD student in November, which Fellowship should I apply for?

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You should apply for the Student Fellowship.

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Q: I am currently a PhD student and but have already received my Masters, which Fellowship should I apply for?

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You should apply for the Student Fellowship.

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Q: I am currently a Masters student and working full-time, which Fellowship should I apply for?

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 You should apply for the Student Fellowship.

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Q: I am currently working full-time and will be a Masters/PhD student in November, which Fellowship should I apply for?

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You should apply for the Student Fellowship.

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Q: I am currently a PhD student and will have received my degree by November, which Fellowship should I apply for?

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You should apply for the Young Professionals Fellowship.

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Career Connections

Q: Who can use the new job board?

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APPAM Career Connections is available to all members and public.

Institutional Members can enjoy complimentary 30, 60, or 90 days postings.  Upgrades to featured posting will have a small fee.  Non-member institutions will be charged a fee for posting open jobs.

Job seekers do not have to be APPAM members and all functions of the job board are complimentary.

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Q: How much does it cost to use Career Connections?

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Basic posts on Career Connections are free of charge for APPAM Institutional Members though upgrades to featured jobs will have a small fee. Employers that are not institutional members will need to pay for a 30, 60, or 90 day posting. 


Job Seekers can use Career Connections for free.

 

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Q: Who can see my resume?

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You can control who sees your resume. 

When uploading your resume, you may select “Yes, add my resume to the Resume Bank” which means all employers with an active job posting will have access to your resume and could reach out to you.

Additionally, you may select “No, allow only this employer to view my resume.” and it will not be added to the Resume Bank.

To have a resume removed from the Resume Bank, please contact info@appam.org.

 

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Q: How do I apply for a posted position?

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To apply for a position, please select 'Apply' on the top right part of the posting's page.  If the employer has added a Quick Apply option, you will be able to apply directly within Career Connections. If they have not added Quick Apply, please follow the employer's instructions as laid out in the posting description.

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Q: What industries are covered by the job board?

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Career Connections is organizaed by the following industry types:

  • Academic
  • Government
  • NGO/Non-Profit
  • Non-Academic Research
  • Other

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Q: How do I know if my organization is an institutional member?

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Please email membership@appam.org to confirm whether or not your organization is a member.

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Q: My organization is an institutional member but the site is charging me a fee. How do I use my member benefit?

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Only the institutional representative's APPAM credentials will automatically waive the posting fee.  If you're part of an institutional member organization but not the institutional representative, please contact your representative and ask for the discount code to waive the fee.

Not sure who your institutional representative is?  Email membership@appam.org and we can point you in the right direction.

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Q: I am a professional member. Can I post a position for free?

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Only if you are employed by an organization that is also an institutional member.  Complimentary postings are a benefit of our institutional memberships and as such, the only organizations able to waive the posting fee.  Any organization that is not a member will be charged a posting fee.

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Fall Conference & COVID-19

Q: How many sessions will be at the conference this year?

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There will be just over 300 sessions at the conference this year, plus a number of special events including policy area super sessions, receptions, lunches, and networking mixers.

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Q: When can I register for the conference?

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Online registration for the Fall Research Conference opened August 9, 2021. Onsite registration is also available.

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Q: Do I have to register online for the conference?

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All registrations in advance must be completed at APPAM.org. Registrations can be made using Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express cards. Domestic checks can be mailed to the APPAM office at 1100 Vermont Ave NW, Suite #650, Washington, DC 20005. We cannot accept foreign money orders or bank transfers from individuals. Please note that during the registration process, you will be given the opportunity to print an invoice for your registration. You must send that invoice, along with your payment, to the APPAM office. 

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Q: Does APPAM offer registration discounts for conference participants?

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No. APPAM members are very active in our conference, with 75% of attendees fulfilling at least one role as a participant. As such, we do not offer participant discounts.

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Q: Is there a government discount rate for the Fall Conference?

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APPAM offers a 15% registration discount for all government employees. To take advantage of this rate, you must have a .gov email address. Contact Ryan Martz, rmartz@appam.org, for a special registration code and further information. 

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Q: What session formats will be available?

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There will be four session types available to accommodate as many session participants and attendees as possible:

  • In-Person Sessions – This is the traditional APPAM session format that will take place in an Austin meeting room and will only be available to participants and audience members in Austin.
  • Live Streamed Sessions – The APPAM Membership Breakfast and Awards, the Presidential Address and Awards, and all 11 Super Sessions will take place in Austin and live streamed out to the remote audience so both in-person and virtual attendees can enjoy these events.
  • Hybrid Sessions – These sessions will consist of 50% or more in-person speakers with a select number of virtual speakers. These sessions will have a dedicated meeting room in Austin for our in-person participants and audience, and they’ll also live streamed for our virtual speakers and audience.
  • Virtual Sessions – All session participants will be virtual and presenting from a location of their choosing. This format will be available to the in-person audience in a dedicated meeting room in Austin, as well as the at-home audience.

In short, all session types will be available for our in-person attendees that join us in Austin, Texas. A select number of sessions will be live streamed to the virtual audience. All session times will be in US Central Time.

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Q: Can I change from an in-person presentation to a virtual presentation?

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We asked presenters to notify us by July 30th with any presentation changes and we heard from many of you.  To accommodate as many participants as possible, we added 11 more hybrid sessions to the 2021 APPAM Fall Research Conference. This means we will offer 22 hybrid sessions, 26 virtual sessions and 11 in-person Super Sessions will be streamed live, as well as the Membership & Awards Breakfast and the Presidential Address & Awards. In short, more than 60 sessions (about 20% of the total content) will be accessible by a virtual registrant.

As such, we’re no longer accepting presentation change requests. If you are scheduled to present in person but are unable or unwilling to travel to Austin, we ask that you let us know as soon as you can, and we will remove your work from the program. The session participant cancellation deadline is September 15.

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Q: Will APPAM require attendees to have the COVID-19 vaccine to attend the 2021 APPAM Fall Research Conference?

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 We look forward to seeing you in Austin—but only if you’re vaccinated. We will ask during the registration process about your vaccination status, but we will not require presentation of vaccine information. We trust our members and attendees to be truthful and to adhere to public health safety guidelines. If you are not vaccinated, we encourage you to attend #2021APPAM virtually, for everyone’s safety. If you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet – please do so! We want to see you in person.

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Q: Will APPAM require masks onsite in Austin?

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Because we are only welcoming vaccinated attendees, we are not requiring masks right now. But that might change. We will be monitoring conditions in Austin and will adjust these guidelines as necessary.

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Q: How will APPAM socially distance at the conference hotel for #2021APPAM?

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We are committed to being as creative as we can to ensure safety at #2021APPAM.  We’re considering limiting the capacity of session rooms, setting rooms for 75% or 50% of their capacity and beyond, encouraging traffic in one direction, adjusting meals/receptions to discourage using communal condiments and serving utensils, etc. Whatever we can reasonably do to make the conference itself a safe one, we will do.  

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Q: Why not just make the meeting virtual now?

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We're sure some of you are asking this question and it's a valid one.  A few reasons:

1) Overwhelmingly, our members and attendees have said they are ready to attend an in-person conference.  We know in-person conferences are far more valuable for our attendees and we want to do everything we can to make this happen. We are confident that we can adopt safety protocols to keep all attendees as safe as possible. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and will keep everyone apprised to changes no later than October 1.

2) Virtual meetings are fine if there is no other option. But they are not the same as in-person meetings for networking, making connections, and sharing research with peers. We are committed to trying to hold #2021APPAM in-person because it's a better way to meet, particularly for young scholars looking for a job.

3) While we were able to have about 20% of sessions offered virtually, some sessions could not be shifted to virtual because of logistical and technology limitations. We accommodated as many changes as we could but we unfortunately cannot make all sessions virtual at this point. We understand not everyone is comfortable with an in-person event but we want to make sure we can welcome as many attendees as possible, in whichever format that may be.  APPAM staff is doing their best to ensure everyone feels safe participating however they are able to do so.

4) A month ago, covid metrics were good and vaccinated individuals were encouraged to resume life as it was, pre-pandemic. The delta variant has changed that. But vaccination rates have increased in the last two weeks, and we hope they continue in that direction.  It's a fluid situation and there really is no telling what the COVID-19 infection rate will be like in three months.  We’re actively monitoring the situation and will provide updates no later than October 1.

5) Finally,  the health of our members and attendees is our first and foremost priority but we also can’t ignore the costs associated with going 100% virtual now.  We have a contractual obligation to hold the meeting in-person and breaking this contract will have significant, and detrimental, financial impacts on the organization. Unfortunately, event insurance policies no longer include coverage for COVID-19 concerns and APPAM, as a nonprofit organization, is unable to absorb the financial implications of cancelling the event given the current pandemic status.

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Q: What does a virtual registration get me?

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Access to all hybrid sessions, all virtual sessions, all streamed sessions (Super Sessions, Presidential Address and Membership Meeting), as well as recordings of all these sessions afterwards. Hybrid and virtual sessions will be held as Zoom Meetings so virtual attendees can interact directly with the presenters.  All streamed sessions (Super Sessions and special events) will be held as Zoom Webinars so virtual attendees may submit their questions via the Q&A feature but will not be able to speak directly to the presenters. 

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Q: Is this the final plan?

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Probably not. As public health recommendations change, we will adapt this advice. But we wanted to be proactive and let you know where APPAM leadership stands right now, in early August, so you can plan accordingly. We will let you know by October 1 of any changes to the conference.    

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2021 Fall Conference Update

Q: What if COVID isn't better by March?

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The conference would then be held virtually over the March meeting dates.

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Q: Will you still keep virtual, hybrid and in-person sessions?

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Yes.

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Q: What if I want to change the format of my session?

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For right now, we're not allowing format changes, but we likely will as we get closer to the conference. Our concern is that people will request changes now and covid conditions could change dramatically in 6 months and would require another change. For planning purposes, that is very difficult, so one set of changes closer to the dates of the conference would be easier for everyone.   If you are currently scheduled for an in-person session and you cannot participate in the conference over the new dates--in any format--please let us know and we will remove you from the program. 

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Q: What if I already registered?

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Your registration will be good for the new March meeting dates. If you cannot attend the meeting over the new dates, please email us at registation@appam.org and we will refund your registration fee. 

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Q: What if I already booked a hotel room for November?

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The hotel is automatically cancelling all reservations so no action is required by you. You will receive a cancellation email shortly and the one-night deposit refund will show in your account within 10 - 15 business days after receiving that email. If you have questions regarding your reservation, please email mailto:JWAustinGH@whitelodging.com. If you have questions regarding your refund, please email mailto:JWAustinAccounting@whitelodging.com. If you have reservations questions for APPAM, please email mailto:bclark@appam.org.

 

The room block for the March 2022 conference will open in the winter so please stay tuned.

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Q: Will you require vaccinations, masks and social distancing in March?

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We will figure out what requirements will be as we get closer to March and better understand the COVID conditions in Austin and elsewhere.

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Q: Why are we meeting in Texas when they recently passed SB8, a very restrictive law against abortion?

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We know that many of you are upset about this law and wondered why we wouldn't move the conference. For a conference APPAM's size, we contract 5 years out from the date of the conference. Breaking a hotel contract would mean paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties and would also mean we would lose a place to have a face-to-face conference. Moving a conference like this is virtually impossible given the time frame.

 

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Q: Will the Spring 2022 Conference impact the Fall 2022 Conference?

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No. The 2022 conference will take place as scheduled November 3 - 5, 2022 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.

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