Panel Call

Dustin Supa

Dustin Supa presents during a panel session.

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How do I submit a panel?

Panels provide the opportunity to cooperate with other divisions and generate interesting, multi-disciplinary sessions. Unfortunately, proposals are needed much earlier than papers, usually by the end of September. If you had a great idea last year that just didn’t make it, try again. Consider revising and updating the proposal, follow the steps listed below and submit your panel proposal to the programming chair. Below are steps to guide the development of a panel proposal:

First – Get an idea

The wider the appeal of the proposed panel topic, the better its chances. Teaching and PF&R chairs will help develop teaching and PF&R topics.

Second – Get a cosponsor

Each division or interest group has a limited number of slots for the conference. To increase the number of programs PRD can offer, it is important that we work with other groups to jointly sponsor panels of interest to members of both groups. Thus, your proposal has a greater chance of making it into the final program if you identify a co-sponsor. Further, the co-sponsor should agree to be listed and to cooperate in the production of the panel. To find the programming chairs for different divisions, go to Pull down “About” to “Groups” and then to “Divisions” or “Interest Groups.” For each division or interest group, click on “current officers” and look for the programming chair. The proposal MUST be submitted to both PRD and the co-sponsor.

Third – Be flexible

Given the importance of cosponsors, don’t pack the panel proposal with PRD members. The cosponsor will likely want to have some of their members on the panel. Remember that it is often necessary to modify and merge proposals.

Fourth – Submit electronically

A proposal should be submitted to the PRD programming chair by the required deadline (usually September 30) and must include the following:

  1. Panel type (Research, Teaching or PF&R)
  2. Potential cosponsors (contact information for the proposed co-sponsoring division or interest group)
  3. Proposed panel title (don’t make it so limited to public relations that no other group will want to cosponsor)
  4. Panel description/summary (500-1000 words)
  5. Proposed moderator
  6. Possible panelists (should be about five, don’t overload with PRD members, provide the name, affiliation and contact information for the possible panelists)
  7. Panel contact (name, affiliation and contact info of the person proposing the panel)

Members who propose panels are typically notified in December about panels that have been programmed.