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APA meetings are run largely by volunteers (such as the program committee) and divisions are governed by their affiliated members. If you wish to see changes in the APA’s practices, we encourage you to volunteer or participate in a divisional business meeting (held at each APA meeting).

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For information on the 2016–2017 meetings, see the following pages:

 


FAQ Sections


Meeting Dates

Can the Central Division meeting dates be changed to avoid winter weather problems?

The Central Division continues to explore alternative meeting dates, but has thus far found that other times of year are significantly more expensive for meeting participants than its current dates. In order to make the meeting as affordable as possible, the division will continue meeting in mid-winter for at least the next few years.

The Pacific Division meeting often conflicts with Easter and Passover. Why does the division hold its meeting at this time, which can be difficult for those with religious observances?

The principal mission of the division is to provide a venue where philosophers can share their work, and the accessibility of the meeting to all APA constituencies is the paramount consideration in selecting dates. Unfortunately however, the APA is rarely able to compete with corporate business for hotel contracts on most dates. Nevertheless, we continue to seek dates for non-holiday meetings.

Meanwhile, program chairs make every effort to meet requests to schedule sessions to accommodate those with religious commitments and they are normally able to do so.

Can APA meetings avoid weekday sessions and focus on weekends to accommodate teachers' and students’ schedules?

To accommodate the high demand for sessions at each APA meeting, the divisions must use every time slot and inch of meeting space available, so it is unfortunately not possible to limit meeting sessions to weekends.

Meeting Locations and Hotels

How does the APA choose cities for meetings?

Few cities have hotels with enough space to accommodate APA meetings. Sites are selected based on the quantity and quality of meeting space, cost, local amenities and attractions, and the availability of airport connections. Surveys are used periodically to assess members’ preferences on meeting locations.

In addition, the APA strongly prefers only unionized hotels and avoids jurisdictions where there are policies in place that members are likely to find objectionable.

Why are meetings sometimes split between two hotels? This makes sessions in one hotel difficult to get to from the other hotel.

While we do our best to avoid splitting meeting session locations across hotels, occasionally even the large hotels selected for APA meetings do not have enough space to accommodate all the meeting sessions and activities planned. In those cases, the APA works with a nearby hotel or university to obtain additional meeting space. These secondary venues are normally within one block of the main meeting hotel so as to make it as easy as possible for attendees to move between sessions.

Why would a meeting be scheduled at a hotel that was under construction?

APA meetings are scheduled years in advance, so there is usually no way to know when we’re signing a meeting contract whether there will be construction at the time the meeting is held. As soon as we learn that a hotel will be under construction while the APA is meeting there, we work closely with the hotel to minimize the construction’s impact on our meeting and, whenever possible, make up for the inconvenience to attendees with additional benefits and offerings, such as free coffee or in-room wireless Internet access. We also inform attendees about construction and any impact we expect it to have on the meeting on the meeting page on our website.

Where do I find information on the area surrounding the meeting hotel?

The APA normally posts a list of nearby restaurants and attractions on the meeting page. In addition, the concierge at the meeting hotel can provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information for the surrounding areas. You can call the hotel directly in advance of the meeting or stop by the desk during your stay.

Staying at the meeting hotel(s) is expensive. Why doesn’t the APA offer better rates on hotel rooms?

Our meetings require substantial amounts of meeting space and the hotels that have this kind of space are generally mid-priced. We negotiate the largest discounts possible off of standard rates, sometimes of more than $100 per night.

Why does the APA hold meetings at hotels instead of universities?

APA meetings are quite large and require more meeting space and hotel rooms than universities can normally make available.

Registration

Do all attendees have to register for the meeting? Why?

Yes, all those attending sessions, including invited speakers, commentators, and session chairs, are required to register. Registration fees provide the major source of funding for divisional meetings and divisional activities and also support association-wide initiatives.

Why is meeting registration so expensive?

The APA keeps its meeting registration fees as low as possible, and they are in fact much lower than many other learned societies.

For comparison, below are the 2013 Eastern and 2014 Pacific Division meetings’ registration fees as compared to other learned societies’ and professional associations’ 2013–2014 meetings:

Advance (On-Site/Regular) Registration Fees
Association Member Non-Member Student Member
American Philosophical Association $80
($120)
$120
($150)
$25
($65)
American Academy of Religion $150–$250
($300)
$325–$425
($475)
$80–$160
($200)
American Association of Philosophy Teachers $280
($310)
$310
($340)
$40
($70)
American Historical Association $164
($193)
$215
($244)
$76
($82)
American Political Science Association $205
($254)
$371
($481)
$80
($117)
Linguistic Society of America $190
($260)
$290
($360)
$70
($95)
Modern Language Association $160–$190
($220)
$250
($280)
$55
($65)

I’m unemployed or underemployed and can’t afford meeting registration. Can I get a registration discount?

APA members who are unemployed or underemployed, including retirees on fixed incomes, may be eligible to receive a partial registration fee waiver. To obtain a waiver, you must first contact [email protected]. You will be required to submit a letter attesting to your un(der)employed status. Waivers are only available for advance registration; no waivers will be granted after the deadline for advance registration rates (normally two weeks before a meeting).

I’m a presenter/speaker at the meeting. Do I need to register?

Yes, all attendees, including invited speakers and presenters, must register for APA meetings.

I do not plan to stay for the entire length of the meeting. Do you offer a one-day registration fee?

No. The meeting registration fee is the same no matter how many days you attend. 

I registered for the meeting but cannot attend. Can I get a refund?

The APA has a no-refund policy. This policy was adopted by all three divisions because of the administrative burden on the APA to issue the large numbers of refunds that were regularly requested prior to the policy's implementation. Rather than providing refunds, we allow attendees to register at the advance registration rates until shortly before the meeting begins, and we encourage anyone with concerns about being able to attend to take advantage of this.

My spouse/family member wants to attend the session in which I’m presenting. S/he isn’t a philosopher and only wants to attend that one session. Does s/he need to register for the meeting?

Program participants’ non-philosopher spouses and family members who wish to attend only the session(s) at which their spouse or family member is a speaker or presenter are eligible for single-session registration at no charge. The registered program participant must bring the spouse/family member to the registration desk to request a guest pass for that specific session.

Program participants’ non-philosopher spouses and family members who wish to attend any sessions other than those at which their spouse or family member is a speaker or presenter are required to register for the meeting at the appropriate APA member or non-member rate.

I would like my spouse/family member to join me at the evening reception(s). Is this possible?

Yes, guests may attend receptions if accompanied by a registered meeting participant.

I have a group of students (high school or undergraduate) who want to attend the conference. How does that work? 

Contact the appropriate division as described below at least two weeks in advance of the meeting. 

For the Central Division meeting, local undergraduate and high school students may register for free. To get this special registration, contact [email protected].

For the Eastern Division meeting, special arrangements for student groups may be made by contacting the Eastern Division’s secretary-treasurer, Andy Cullison, at [email protected].

For the Pacific Division meeting, a fund is available to defray registration costs for needy students. Contact the Pacific Division’s secretary-treasurer, Rebecca (Becko) Copenhaver, at [email protected] for more information.

How can I get a copy of the receipt for my meeting registration?

You will receive a receipt by email upon completing your registration. If you cannot locate that email, see below. 

If you are an APA member, sign in to your member profile on the APA website, then click “Manage Profile” on the right side of the screen. Under “Invoicing, Payments & History,” click on “Invoices.” Make sure the “Store & Events” tab is highlighted and then filter by “Shipped/Closed.” Click on the icon to view or print the invoice.

If you are not an APA member, contact [email protected] to obtain a copy of your meeting registration receipt. 

Why do I need to wear my name badge?

Registration fees cover the costs of putting on the meeting, and as such, only those who have registered are permitted to attend meeting events. Your name badge is your proof of registration, and we require that you wear it whenever attending a meeting session or event. If you are not wearing a name badge during a meeting session or event, you may be asked to put it on or otherwise present proof of registration; if you do not, you will be asked to leave immediately.

I misplaced my program/name badge. Can I get a replacement?

Replacement programs and name badges are available at the registration desk. There is a $5 fee for a replacement badge or program. 

Meeting Sessions and Events

Why aren’t the session locations available before the meeting?

Meeting sessions are open only to registered attendees. Because the online program available in advance of the meeting is publicly accessible, it does not include session locations. Registered meeting attendees will receive a hard copy meeting program, which includes all session locations, at the registration desk.

I have a session at the same time that registration opens. How can I find out where it is?

The locations of any meeting sessions scheduled at or prior to the opening of registration are posted on signage in the registration area.

If you register for the meeting online, you will receive an email providing information about accessing Guidebook, our meeting app for smartphones (and also available in any standard web browser). Session locations are available in the app beginning the first day of the meeting.

Abstracts used to be printed in the program, but now they aren’t. Where can I find them?

Abstracts of presented papers are now available online and in the mobile meeting app. You will find a link to the abstracts on the meeting page on the APA website.

I see that there are “Main Program” sessions and “Group Program” sessions. What’s the difference?

All events on the Main Program (also known as the Divisional Program) are organized by the APA through the meeting’s program committee or other APA committees. Sessions on the Group Program (also known as the Affiliated Group Program) are organized by groups and societies affiliated with the APA and those groups and societies have sole responsibility for the content of those sessions.

What is the difference between a symposium and a colloquium?

At APA meetings, a colloquium consists of three (or sometimes two) submitted papers, each presented in a one-hour session with a commentator. Symposia can be invited or submitted. A typical invited symposium is a three-hour session featuring two longer papers with a single commentator or one longer paper with two commentators, though other formats may occur. Submitted symposia are normally two-hour sessions consisting of a single submitted paper (about twice the length of a colloquium paper) and one or two commentators.

How can I find all of the sessions on a particular topic?

At the moment, we don’t index meeting sessions based on topic. However, we are currently exploring ways to make this kind of index available in the future.

Why are sessions of similar interest sometimes scheduled at overlapping or conflicting times?

While we make every effort to avoid such conflicts, it is often impossible to do so. Sessions are scheduled to accommodate special scheduling requests from program participants while also trying to minimize conflicts and make the best use of available meeting space. Unfortunately, some conflicts are inevitable.

What are my duties as session chair?

As session chair, you are responsible for guiding the session speakers, keeping time, and facilitating the question and answer portion. Prior to the meeting, chairs of sessions on the main program normally receive messages from the secretary-treasurer of the division hosting the meeting with additional details and instructions.

Pacific Division meeting participants should refer to that division’s Instructions for Program Participants.

I’m not able to attend the meeting, but I’d like to get a copy of the program. How can I do this?

A PDF version of the meeting program is available on our website for free. To purchase a printed copy of the program, after the meeting, go to the division’s page on the APA website. Under “Recent Meetings,” you will find a link to purchase a print copy of the program.

Meeting sessions often go late into the evening. Why is this?

There is great demand for sessions at APA meetings. In order to accommodate as many sessions as possible, some sessions must be scheduled during evening hours.

My group/society would like to host sessions at APA meetings. How do we do this?

To host sessions at an APA meeting, a group/society must hold affiliated group status with the APA. To apply for affiliated group status and for more information, see our page on Affiliated Groups.

What is the purpose of the receptions?

Receptions, which are sometimes informally known as “smokers” (dating back to the years when smoking was permitted in the reception hall), are an opportunity for attendees to network and socialize. They offer opportunities to catch up with current and former colleagues, get to know others in the profession, and have some informal downtime after a long day of doing philosophy. Most APA meetings have two large evening receptions, one on each of the busiest days of the meeting.

In addition, other small receptions occur throughout the meeting. For example, the Eastern Division meeting includes the annual prize reception honoring winners of APA prizes.

Why aren’t there more/longer breaks between sessions?

The meeting schedules are designed to maximize opportunities for members to present their work. The APA’s first priority is to include as many scholars in the meeting as possible, and scheduling additional or longer breaks would mean reducing the number of participants on the program.

Will coffee and tea be served throughout the meeting?

Usually not. Water stations are available throughout the meeting, however, and occasionally coffee and tea breaks are provided by meeting sponsors. We also suggest patronizing the coffee shops and snack bars in and around the meeting hotel.

Internet and A/V

How can I find out if my session will have an audiovisual setup (e.g., projector, screen, microphone, whiteboard, flipchart?)

For main program sessions, contact [email protected]. For committee and group program sessions, contact the committee chair or society/group primary contact.

The Pacific Division also posts a list of sessions with A/V support on the APA website in advance of the meeting.

How do I request an AV setup?

There is an online AV request form for each meeting. You can find a link to this form on the meeting page on the APA website.

Is there a deadline for AV requests?

Yes. The AV request form for each meeting specifies the request deadline. Main program participants, committee chairs, and primary group contacts will receive information about AV requests by email.

Who can request an AV setup for a session?

Any main program participant can request an AV setup for a session in which s/he is participating. For committee and group sessions, only the committee chair and primary group contact may request an AV setup. If you are a participant in a committee or group session and you require an AV setup for your presentation, contact the committee chair or primary group contact.

How much does AV support cost?

The cost depends on what kind of support you need. The cost for using an APA projector and screen setup is expected to be about $150 for the 2017 divisional meetings. The cost for other kinds of AV support, such as microphones, flip charts, and overhead projectors, is set by the meeting hotel and varies from meeting to meeting.

The APA covers AV support costs for main program sessions, if requested in advance (see the deadline on the AV request form). Groups and committees are responsible for any AV costs for their sessions.

What is included in an APA projector and screen setup?

An APA projector and screen setup includes the following:

  • Epson EX3220 projector (quick start sheet included)
  • Epson 3000 free-standing collapsible screen (6 ft. tall; adjustable to standard 4:3, widescreen 16:9, or widescreen 16:10 ratio)
  • Portable table for the projector

APA staff will bring the equipment to the room and can assist with setting up the equipment as needed. Contact information for the APA’s AV support staff can be found in the AV equipment cases.

Can the APA provide a laptop for a session?

Presenters must bring their own laptops. We do not have laptops available for rental at this time.

What platforms can I use to connect to the projector?

The projector setup works with PC or Mac. The computer must have a VGA or HDMI port. If using a Mac, we strongly recommend you bring your own VGA or HDMI adapter. The APA has a limited number of Mac adapters available, but we cannot guarantee availability for a particular session or compatibility with any particular Mac.

What operating systems will work with the projector?

All versions of Windows, OS X, and Linux will work with the projector.

Can I connect my smartphone or tablet to the projector?

Yes, but you will need to provide a VGA or HDMI connector cable for it.

Can I request a microphone setup for my session?

Yes, but availability depends on the meeting hotel. There may be also an additional charge for this. Use the AV request form to submit a request for a microphone, and the APA meeting staff will contact you if there is any issue.

Can I request Internet access for my session?

Yes, but keep in mind that Internet connections can be very expensive—hundreds of dollars for a single connection. We do not normally provide Internet connections for main program sessions, though you can contact us at [email protected] to inquire about a special exception. If you wish to request an Internet connection for your group or committee session, you will be responsible for the additional cost.

Can I request audio speakers for my session?

Yes, we can provide basic computer speakers if included in the original AV request for your session. If you need to connect to the room’s speaker system (if it has one), that requires special arrangements and may incur additional charges. The APA covers these charges for main program sessions, but groups and committees are responsible for these charges for their sessions.

When will the equipment be delivered?

Equipment will be delivered approximately 15 minutes before the session starts.

What kind of connectors can I use to connect to projector?

One VGA and one HDMI cable are included with each projector setup.

Please note that if you plan to use a Mac to connect to the projector, you must bring your own adapter cable to connect via VGA or HDMI. The APA has a limited number of Mac adapters available, but we cannot guarantee availability for a particular session or compatibility with any particular Mac.

Who do I contact for technical support?

Contact information for the APA’s onsite support staff is included on the AV setup sheet and on the equipment cases.

Can an AV support staff member stay through my session in case of any problems?

Due to the limited number of staff and the number of sessions going on at a given time, AV support staff are unable to stay through entire sessions. If you encounter a technical problem during your session, contact any of the support numbers provided and an APA AV support staff member will respond as quickly as possible.

What do I do with the equipment when my session is over?

Leave the equipment in the room; you do not need to break it down. APA staff will pick up the equipment after your session is over.

What if I need some other AV setup not mentioned above?

At the time you request an AV setup, indicate the kind of other AV support you need and an APA staff member will contact you to make appropriate arrangements. Note that it is not always possible to honor requests for non-standard AV services, but APA staff will make every effort to accommodate your request.

What if I missed the deadline for AV requests? What if I need to request an AV setup onsite?

We cannot guarantee that AV requests made after the deadline, including AV requests made on-site, can be honored. Late and onsite requests can occasionally be accommodated based on the availability of equipment and staff. However, when this is not possible, late and onsite requests are referred to the hotel’s A/V provider; in such cases, you will be responsible for any charges incurred (even for main program sessions), which may be substantial.

One of the presenters in my session can’t make it to the meeting. Can we use a video call instead?

Because of the high cost, the APA is unable provide support for video calls. Program participants who are unable to attend the meeting are encouraged to have a substitute present their paper in their absence.

To request A/V setup for a video call, including the necessary Internet connection, contact the hotel’s A/V department; you will be personally responsible for the costs associated with the video call.

Will free Wi-Fi be available throughout the meeting?

Wireless Internet access charges for a conference are exceptionally high. In the interest of keeping meeting registration fees as low as possible, the APA does not normally provide wireless Internet access in meeting rooms.

Whenever possible, we negotiate with hotels to have free wireless Internet access in sleeping rooms for all who reserve a hotel room through the APA room block, and we are occasionally able to negotiate for free internet access in meeting rooms as well. Free wireless Internet access is also normally available in the hotel lobby and certain other common areas.

We also offer the opportunity for meeting sponsors to provide wireless Internet access in meeting rooms. If your organization would like to be a WiFi sponsor, you can find information about sponsorships on our Information for Exhibitors page.

Placement and the Job Market

What is the placement service and how does it work?

The APA's placement service provides the opportunity for job candidates to connect with hiring institutions at the APA divisional meetings. The service facilitates interviews, arranges interview locations, provides resources and information to candidates, and protects candidates from improper interviewing and hiring practices.

If you intend to interview as a job candidate at an APA divisional meeting, you must register for the placement service when you register for the meeting. Participation in the placement service for candidates is always free to APA members. Join the APA now!

At each meeting, and particularly at the Eastern Division meeting, institutions that are interviewing sign up for the placement service. Some interview at tables provided by the APA. Others interview in hotel suites (but never sleeping rooms). Most interviews are arranged in advance of the meeting. If interviews take place at tables, candidates can find the table number on the bulletin board at the placement services desk. If interviews are in suites, candidates can inquire at the placement services desk to learn the suite number.

In a few cases, institutions will accept on-site interview requests. Job descriptions for these positions can be found at the placement services desk. In order to request an interview, follow this procedure:

  1. Register for the meeting and for the placement service. You must be registered for the meeting in order to use the placement service.
  2. Pick up your badge at the registration desk.
  3. Go to the placement services desk and get a placement number and numbered folder. Fill out the form that goes with the folder.
  4. For each position, complete an interview request form and attach a copy of your CV. If you don’t have copies, most hotels have a business office where printouts and copies can be made.
  5. The placement service will convey forms and CVs to the appropriate institutions. When institutions respond to requests, the responses will be placed in your numbered folder.
  6. By request, the placement service will send you a text message or email when a response is received. You should still check your folder two to three times per day, as not all phone services accept texts through the web service used by the APA.

Interviewers should follow this procedure:

  1. All interviewers must register for the meeting. In addition, one interviewing institution ticket must be purchased per interviewing department.
  2. Pick up your badge at the registration desk.
  3. Check in with the placement service to get your table number or to provide your suite number. If you are using a suite, you can provide a list of candidates to whom the suite number may be given.
  4. If you are accepting on-site interview requests, you will have a folder at the placement desk where interview requests will be deposited. You should check your folder periodically and respond to interview requests.
  5. The placement service will distribute your responses to the respective candidates.
  6. If a position is filled or no more interview requests will be accepted, please let the staff at the placement desk know so that we can convey this to candidates.

Why is there so much job market activity at the Eastern Division meeting?

Most tenure-track positions become available and are advertised during the fall, so the timing of the Eastern Division meeting is ideal for interviews associated with these positions.

Why do so few schools accept on-site interview requests?

Many schools have become stricter in their hiring processes, making it more difficult (or impossible) to accept new interview requests at meetings. There are also more applicants for each position than there used to be, meaning that search committees get a significant number of qualified applicants in advance of the meeting and may not have open interview slots to fill with interviews scheduled on-site.

Does the APA have rules about informal job interviews or interviews conducted in hotel rooms?

The APA prohibits interviewing in sleeping rooms. See the APA statement on interviewing in hotel rooms.

The APA does not have a formal policy regarding informal interviews, but cautions hiring departments that any interactions that are or may be perceived as informal interviews must be consistent with fair and equitable hiring procedures and professional conduct requirements.

See also our document on Interviewing Best Practices.

My department will be interviewing at the meeting. What do I need to know?

Interviewers should follow this procedure:

  1. All interviewers must register for the meeting. In addition, one interviewing institution ticket must be purchased per interviewing department.
  2. Pick up your badge at the registration desk.
  3. Check in with the placement service to get your table number or to provide your suite number. If you are using a suite, you can provide a list of candidates to whom the suite number may be given.
  4. If you are accepting on-site interview requests, you will have a folder at the placement desk where interview requests will be deposited. You should check your folder periodically and respond to interview requests.
  5. The placement service will distribute your responses to the respective candidates.
  6. If a position is filled or no more interview requests will be accepted, please let the staff at the placement desk know so that we can convey this to candidates.

Please also see the APA Handbook on Placement Practices.

I am a job candidate who will be interviewing at the meeting. What do I need to know?

Most interviews are arranged in advance of the meeting. If interviews take place at tables, candidates can find the table number on the bulletin board at the placement services desk. If interviews are in suites, candidates can inquire at the placement services desk to learn the suite number.

In a few cases, institutions will accept on-site interview requests. Job descriptions for these positions can be found at the placement services desk. Candidates follow this procedure:

  1. Register for the meeting and for the placement service. You must be registered for the meeting in order to use the placement service.
  2. Pick up your badge at the registration desk.
  3. If you intend to request an interview, go to the placement services desk and get a placement number and numbered folder. Fill out the form that goes with the folder.
  4. For each position, complete an interview request form and attach a copy of your CV. If you don’t have copies, most hotels have a business office where printouts and copies can be made.
  5. The placement service will convey forms and CVs to the appropriate institutions. When institutions respond to requests, the responses will be placed in your numbered folder.
  6. By request, the placement service will send you a Google text or email when a response is received. You should still check your folder two to three times per day. Not all phone services accept such texts.

Candidates should also see the section on dossier preparation within the APA Handbook on Placement Practices.

Paper Submissions and Selection

When are paper submissions due?

Submission deadlines vary by division. Please check the paper submission guidelines webpage for each division.

  • Central Division: Submissions are normally open from May 1 through June 1.
  • Pacific Division: Submissions are normally open from August 1 through September 1.
  • Eastern Division: Submissions are normally open from January 17 through February 17.

How are papers selected for the program?

Each division uses an anonymous process to review submitted papers. All identifying information must be removed from submissions. More information is available on the general submissions guidelines page.

How do I suggest a panel or session?

Each division has its own process for handling such suggestions. More information is available at the following links:

Other

How many people normally attend APA meetings?

The average attendance for the divisional meetings over the last five years is as follows:

  • Eastern Division: 1,462 attendees
  • Pacific Division: 1,337 attendees
  • Central Division: 860 attendees

Are there any volunteer opportunities for the divisional meetings?

The APA offers a range of volunteer opportunities at each of the divisional meetings. Volunteers receive free registration for the entire conference, but volunteer positions are limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. A volunteer sign-up form (with shift preferences) is posted on the meeting page approximately 8–10 weeks prior to each meeting.

I am a person with a disability. How do I request an accessibility accommodation?

The meeting registration form includes a field to indicate that you’d like to be contacted about an accessibility accommodation. Do so when you register, and our meeting staff will follow up with you within one week to discuss the accommodation(s) needed and to make arrangements.

The APA is committed to making the meeting as accessible as possible and will work directly with you to ensure that your needs are met. In order to ensure accessibility needs are met, accommodations must be requested at least one month prior to the meeting.

For accessibility at the Pacific Division meeting, please see that division’s Access and Diversity page for a request form and deadline.

I need childcare while at the meeting. Does the APA provide on-site childcare?

The APA is unable to provide on-site childcare, but we will be happy to provide information about local childcare options. When registering for the meeting, indicate that you would like to be contacted about childcare options and you will receive an email within one week with further information. You can also email questions to [email protected] (put “Childcare Request” in the subject field).

The divisions also provide child and dependent care subsidies. Contact the secretary-treasurer of the relevant meeting for more information.

I had a problem at the meeting and would like to file a complaint. How do I do this?

If you had an issue with the meeting in general or with a session or event on the main program, contact the secretary-treasurer of the division hosting the meeting and/or the executive director.

If you had an issue with a session or event on the group program, contact the group that arranged the session or event. If the group does not satisfactorily address your issue, contact the secretary-treasurer of the division hosting the meeting or the executive director.

If you experienced discrimination, including sexual harassment, at the meeting, contact the APA’s ombudsperson concerning discrimination and sexual harassment: Ruth Chang, [email protected].

Where do I pick up my graduate student stipend?

Graduate students whose papers are selected for the meeting program through the standard anonymous review process qualify for a stipend (so long as they provide the required documentation of student status at the time of paper submission). If you have been awarded a stipend for the Central or Pacific Division meeting, you may pick it up at the APA registration desk during registration hours. At the Eastern Division meeting, stipends are announced and distributed at the annual prize reception. If you are unable to attend the prize reception, you may visit the registration desk afterward to pick up your stipend check.

Will there be a smartphone app or mobile website containing session information and other meeting details?

The APA uses the Guidebook app for all of our meetings. Meeting registrants receive information about the app, including the required access code, via email prior to the meeting.

I need to locate a specific person at the meeting. Is this possible?

You may leave a message for a meeting registrant at the registration desk, or you may post a notice on the bulletin board in the registration area. If the person you are attempting to locate is staying at the meeting hotel, you may also ask to leave a message for that person with the hotel’s front desk.

Is there space available where can I put my bags for a few hours before checking in to the hotel or after checking out?

Most meeting hotels will be happy to store luggage for guests; contact the front desk to request this service. The APA does not provide luggage storage and is not responsible for luggage left in meeting spaces.

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