Dear PNP Division Members,
I hope this message finds you safe and well.
You have probably heard the AOM 2020 Annual Meeting is going to be a virtual conference. Although AOM is centrally coordinating the online conference through a platform, each division has some flexibility in how it implements the annual meeting experience.
The virtual conference will include both synchronous and asynchronous/pre-recorded sessions. AOM has instructed us and other divisions to select 10% of all sessions (PDWs, Symposia, and Paper Sessions) that will be synchronous. The remaining sessions will be asynchronous, but the conference platform will allow participants of the pre-recorded sessions to engage in discussions about papers/presentations. Last month, the PNP executive committee held two Zoom meetings to select the synchronous sessions. After thoughtful discussions, the committee selected the following sessions to be synchronous/mock-live.
Over the next few weeks, AOM will coordinate with our PDW and program chairs to finalize the schedule of the synchronous sessions. We will need volunteers who will serve as digital chairs of the synchronous and asynchronous sessions. These volunteers will be our ambassadors for this new virtual format, and I hope that some of you will step up to bring enthusiasm and a can-do attitude to help guide and encourage people who may have concerns and worries about going digital.
The registration fee for attending the virtual conference is USD200 for academic members and USD100 for students. This fee allows you to formally register and gain access to the entire conference, papers, presentations, and sessions (live and asynchronous). While this fee may seem a bit high, I think it offers great value and an opportunity for a more inclusive AOM experience.
Finally, as you are aware doctoral students are particularly hard hit by conference cancellations due to Covid-19. Many students will have limited/no funding to attend conferences next fiscal year. Considering these circumstances, the PNP executive committee has decided to cover the registration fee (in the form of $100 scholarships) of the participants of this year's PNP Doctoral Student Consortium.
Stay tuned for more updates. And feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
With kind regards,
Russell S. Hassan (email: Hassan.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Division Chair, Public and Nonprofit Division