It’s amateur hour at the American Political Science Association.
In late October/early November (I forget exactly when), I wanted to submit a proposal for their Teaching and Learning Conference in January. The website was not yet up, not for a couple more weeks. When it was up, I submitted, as did my colleague. I was accepted, hooray! My colleague never heard back, so he finally contacted them, and was told that his proposal–about a very cool comparative electoral systems app he’s creating–was not accepted. He got the impression they’d overlooked him, and said no rather than think about it. Then I registered, and puzzled over which track to list myself in, since the acceptance letter hadn’t told me. Some time after registering, I got an email asking me to choose a particular track–a different one than I’d chosen–when I registered. Oops, too late. Then I got an email saying I hadn’t registered yet, although the fee had already been charged to my card. Then I got an email asking me to give them the title of my paper, although I’d given it in my original submission. Then today they put up the schedule of presentations, and I saw that they’d changed the title of my paper without consulting me.
This is what happens when you put academics in charge.
Thanks for listening; I just had to vent.
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