Explore the Career Center at the APSA Annual Meeting

APSA is proud to introduce its centralized career hub at the annual meeting that will serve employers, job seekers, early and mid-career scholars and students looking to develop their professional skills, apply for a new job, or apply to graduate school. The APSA Career Center will be housed at the Marriott Wardman and will feature a wide array of events. Please contact Tanya Schwarz, Director, Teaching & Learning, with any questions.

APSA Career Fair

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Marriott Wardman Park, Washington 5 Students and Job-Seekers In addition to department and organizational tables, the Career Fair features Ask-Me-Anything tables for scholars at all career levels. This year’s AMA tables will feature experts in the academic and applied job markets, post-docs, working at a community college, administrative roles in academia, and preparing for the tenure review process. Organizations and Departments: Connect with Job Candidates The Career Fair provides many opportunities for departments, institutions, and organizations to connect with APSA members for informational and informal discussions about jobs in political science, and other careers that draw on political science training, both on campus and in applied settings.

Professional Development Workshops


From CV to Resume: Translating Your Skills for an Applied Career in Political Science Thursday, August 29, 8:00 to 9:30am Marriott, Washington 6

This workshop provides specific resources, strategies, and tips for political scientists pursuing careers in applied fields. Grant-Writing Workshop: Tips and Tricks for Funding Your Research Thursday, August 29, 10:00 to 11:30pm Marriott, Washington 6

This hands-on workshop provides strategies for writing grant proposals.

Hacking Your Contingent Faculty Career Friday, August 30, 8:00 to 9:30am Marriott, Washington 5 This workshop is for contingent faculty at all levels, as well as for job seekers who are considering possible non-tenure-track teaching positions.

Department Chairs’ Workshop & Luncheon

Friday, August 30, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Marriott Wardman Park, Washington 5 During this luncheon roundtable, faculty from a wide variety of institutions will discuss best practices in faculty hiring and recruitment. The Chairs’ Workshop & Luncheon provides a space for department chairs to discuss timely issues related to political science departments and network with fellow chairs. This year’s theme focuses on “Best Practices in Faculty Hiring and Recruitment.” All member department chairs are welcome to attend. RSVP here!

Graduate School Information Fair

​Marriott Wardman Park, Washington 4. Saturday, August 31, 2019, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. APSA is hosting a Graduate School Information Fair! This fair, the fifth of its type, invites political science graduate programs to send a departmental representative to speak with local undergraduate students and professionals who are interested in attending graduate school. Participating departments are asked to bring flyers, brochures, application information, and any other materials that you would like to share with the fair attendees. There will be table space available for each graduate department. Please email diversityprograms@apsanet.org with any questions. Departments, Register today! Students and professionals, Register today!

Interview Services

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday thru Saturday, August 30-31, 2019, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibit Hall A APSA provides space and facilities for employers who have active eJobs listings to interview job candidates onsite at the APSA Annual Meeting. Registration for the Interview Service is now open. Hiring institutions and departments can reserve space up until the Annual Meeting, space permitting. The APSA eJobs Interview Service is located in Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibit Hall A. All participants are required to pre-register online.

How to Register

For candidates:
  • Enter APSA eJobs
  • Login to your account.
  • Select the option for Candidates
  • Select My CV Listing
  • If you are posting a new CV fill out all the fields and upload your CV.  At the bottom of the page select the dates you will be available for interviews
  • If you have an existing CV scroll down and select the dates you will be available
  • Click submit
For departments:
    • Enter APSA eJobs
    • Login to your APSA account.
    • Select the option for Employers (this will allow you to add or edit a job listing)
    • If you are posting a new job: select “Add a New Job” and fill out all the fields
    • If you have an existing job: scroll down and click on the job you want to edit and select the dates you would like to hold interviews.
    • Click submit
If you have any questions or require additional information about this service, please contact membership@apsanet.org.

Professional Development Roundtables and Panels​


Running the Gauntlet: Expectations vs. Experiences on the Job Market
Thursday, August 29, 12:00 to 1:30pm – Marriott, Washington 6
This panel provides reflections on a variety of academic job market experiences.


Public Engagement How Tos: Strategies for Engaging the Public on Climate Change
Thursday, August 29, 2:00 to 3:30pm – Marriott, Washington 6
Panelists, which include scholars, journalists, and representatives from climate advocacy and governmental agencies, discuss strategies for increasing public knowledge and engagement in issues related to climate change.


Working with the Media
Thursday, August 29, 4:00 to 5:30pm – Marriott, Washington 6
This panel discusses best practices and strategies for responding to press inquiries and making the most out of every interview.


Applying for a Job at a Teaching-Oriented Institution
Friday, August 30, 10:00 to 11:30am- Marriott, Washington 6
Established faculty from a variety of teaching-oriented institutions provide strategies for job candidates to consider when applying for a faculty position at a teaching-oriented institution.


Getting the Grant and the Future of Federal Research Funding: The NSF, NEH, and Fulbright-Hays
Friday, August 30, 12:00 to 1:30pm – Marriott, Washington 6
This panel explores the question: “How can political scientists make the most of federal funding, and what can they expect in the future?”


Thinking Outside the Box: Applied Careers in Political Science
Friday, August 30, 2:00 to 3:30pm – Marriott, Washington 6
This roundtable addresses applied career opportunities for political science PhDs.


How to Promote Your Book Inside and Outside the Discipline
Friday, August 30, 4:00 to 5:30pm – Marriott, Washington 5
This panel will discuss how to make your research heard from editors, authors, and marketers.


Debate on “Diversity”: Do Contingent Faculty Represent a New Diversity Category?
Saturday, August 31, 2:00-3:30pm – Marriott, Washington 5
This debate-style panel, featuring APSA’s Committee on the Status of Contingent Faculty in the Profession, will address the question of whether contingent faculty should claim the status of diversity and what is to be gained or lost in adopting this strategy.


The Future of Community Colleges: Success Stories from Community College Experiences
Friday, August 30, 4:00 to 5:30pm – Marriott, Washington 6
Members from APSA’s Committee on the Status of Community Colleges in the Profession discuss the benefits of working at a 2-year institution.