Help Shape APA With Upcoming Member Opportunities

APA membership provides you with opportunities to shape the organization and the planning profession. From helping to plan APA’s annual National Planning Conference to prioritizing APA Foundation’s research agenda, APA members participate in ongoing and crucial efforts to advance planning through leadership in education, research, advocacy, and ethical practices.

Here is a short list of upcoming activities and events that that APA members can take part in. If you haven’t yet become a member, you can learn more about the benefits of APA membership.

Deadlines Fast Approaching

NPC20 Call for Reviewers

Be an instrumental part of next year's conference — NPC20 in Houston — by volunteering to review session proposals online. Peer review is a crucial step in building a quality conference and APA will select only the best proposals for inclusion in NPC20's educational program. This is where you come in.

Proposal reviewers will evaluate session proposals to ensure that sessions chosen for the NPC20 program reflect innovation and diversity in planning research, practice, education, and professional development. APA will select a pool of reviewers that reflects a diversity of practice corresponding to identified conference tracks and topics.

APA membership is required in order to be a peer reviewer, and APA strongly encourages division members to participate and apply their specialized expertise to the session selection process.

AICP members may use the self-reporting option to claim CM credit for this pro bono planning service. The full eligibility criteria and other pertinent details can be found on the Call for Session Proposal Reviewers page.

Note: Acceptance as a NPC20 Proposal Reviewer does not preclude you from submitting a proposal. Proposal reviewers will not be assigned to review proposals that present a conflict of interest. This opportunity to shape planning's premier educational event is open through 11:59 p.m., CT on May 1, 2019.

FutureShape Survey

Help build the APA Foundation's signature research effort, FutureShape, as workgroups of practitioners, researchers, academics, and other stakeholders develop a research agenda for the planning profession.

This collaborative effort will produce an agenda to guide research activities worldwide that can be used by funders, researchers, and others. The resulting research will provide planners with evidence-backed tools and resources to solve the most pressing challenges facing communities now and in the future.

What are the issues keeping you up at night? Take part in the FutureShape survey to help prioritize research topics and determine the focus of the research agenda. The survey will be available through May 15, 2019.

Coming Soon

Prep Your Proposals for NPC20

Do you have a great idea for an NPC20 session? Start prepping now! APA invites you to be part of shaping the NPC20 educational program by proposing a conference session idea. The online proposal submission period for next year's conference will be open from May 31–July 1, 2019.

Please check this page for ongoing session proposal updates.

Stay Tuned

And, of course, keep watching for additional upcoming member opportunities with APA through our many divisions and chapters, on APA’s website and in your inbox! You can check and update your subscription preferences by clicking on the My APA link from any page on

Top image: Attendees at NPC19. APA photo by The Photo Group.

About the Author
Nicole G. Smith is APA's interim senior content marketing associate.

April 29, 2019

By Nicole Smith