Call for Reviewers

NPC18 | New Orleans | April 21-24

Help shape the education program for next year's conference in New Orleans.

The National Planning Conference Committee invites APA members to play an important role in NPC18 development by reviewing session proposals. Peer review is a crucial step in building a quality conference and APA seeks to select only the highest-quality proposals for inclusion into NPC18's educational program.

Proposal Reviewers will evaluate session proposals to ensure that sessions chosen for the NPC18 program reflect innovation and diversity in planning research, practice, education, and professional development.

Each Proposal Reviewer will serve a term that begins in July 2017 and ends on May 1, 2018. APA will notify members accepted as reviewers in July and distribute sessions to be reviewed no later than Tuesday, September 5. Reviews of assigned proposals must be completed in APA's online system no later than noon (CT) on Tuesday, September 26. Volunteers should expect to spend 6-8 hours reviewing and scoring proposals.

AICP members may use the self-report option to claim CM credit for this pro bono planning service.

Composition and Criteria:

All Proposal Reviewers must be APA members. Selected reviewers will reflect a diversity of practice that corresponds to identified NPC18 tracks and topics. APA will recruit at least six Proposal Reviewers for each educational track. To assure a diversity of perspective a minimum of two reviewers will be assigned to each submitted proposal.

Potential reviewers should meet these required eligibility criteria:

  • Fully complete the 2018 Call for Reviewers below
  • Be available to review up to 24 proposals within the indicated time frame;
  • Have experience presenting at a previous National Planning Conference or other national or chapter-level conference;
  • Indicate expertise in planning research, practice, education, or professional development across a planning track (as indicated in track choice in the reviewer questionnaire).

Although APA division membership is not required to be a peer reviewer, division members are strongly encouraged to participate and bring expertise from their areas of work to the selection process.

Note: Acceptance as a NPC18 Proposal Reviewer does not preclude you from submitting proposals. Proposal reviewers will not be assigned to review proposals that present a conflict of interest.

2018 Call for Reviewers

Planning to Propose a Session?

Be a part of exciting changes as APA re-envisions the education program for NPC18. The New Orleans conference will offer engaging tracks and topics in varied formats and session lengths.

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