2012 Roundtable

This format is intended as a forum for a discussion of overarching questions/issues, not for presentation of specific research findings. The Roundtable is an engaging conversation among three or four scholars and the audience about ideas, methods, or professional- and research-related experiences. A central question or theme should serve as a focus for the roundtable. SRA believes that meeting attendees will enjoy a format with a spontaneous exchange of ideas.

This format is intended as a forum for a discussion of overarching questions/issues, not for presentation of specific research findings. The Roundtable is an engaging conversation among three or four scholars and the audience about ideas, methods, or professional- and research-related experiences. A central question or theme should serve as a focus for the roundtable. SRA believes that meeting attendees will enjoy a format with a spontaneous exchange of ideas. The broader purpose of a Roundtable is to encourage networking among individuals or groups who may benefit from shared experiences or from hearing different views on a controversial topic. The audience must be given 30 minutes to respond to the questions/issues raised and to introduce additional questions and comments to the panel. A Roundtable does not include PowerPoint slides. Total time allotted to a session: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Role Descriptions

  1. Moderator (required): The Chair organizes the Roundtable and enters all information into the Submission Website for submitting it. He/she directs the discussion with and among panelists during the Roundtable presentation, as well as making sure that all participants have an equal opportunity to speak. Moderators are strongly encouraged to incorporate multiple disciplines, diversity, and international participation into their sessions. The Moderator presents a list of significant questions to the panelists for comment and interactive discussion. These questions, which may address theoretical and/or methodological issues, should be compelling (e.g., cutting-edge; related to controversies in the field). This is a presenting role and is protected against schedule conflicts.
    Note: While inviting people to participate in your roundtable, please clearly communicate to them that they are not part of the official SRA Invited Program and that SRA will not reimburse their expenses.
  2. Panelists: The 3 or 4 panelists should be prepared to address and debate the questions/topics presented by the Moderator and adhere to the timeline provided by the Moderator. “Panelist” is a presenting role and is protected against schedule conflicts.

Integrative Statement and Description

  1. Prepare a 250-word integrative statement that summarizes the nature and significance of the proposed topic. Integrative statements for Roundtables accepted for presentation will be available for viewing in the online program schedule.
  2. Prepare a 1000-word description of the session, including the questions/topics to be proposed and the name of the panelist who will address each. Descriptions are for review purposes only.

Review Criteria / Submission Rules

Click on the link to view an example of a previously submitted and highly rated roundtable description.

What You Will Need to Submit a Roundtable:

  1. A title for your submission with no more than 130 characters—including spaces and punctuation. Use mixed-case letters and appropriate punctuation in your title. No period at the end of a title.
  2. Two review panel choices.
  3. Focal Areas and Aspects as directed on the Submission Website.
  4. Unique Identification for Each Person: (a) Enter the affiliation first; (b) then enter a complete, formal name—rather than a nickname and (c) a current email address. Please DO NOT use all upper-case letters when entering this information. Establishing a unique identity for each person ensures that he/she receives both Author Information Verification email messages and decision status notification.
    Author Information Verification. (1) Every time a person is included on a submission, he/she is notified of this inclusion and sent login information via email so that contact information can be kept up-to-date. (2) After the final submission of a presentation, every person associated with that submission receives a status notification email message. Thus, an author may receive multiple emails if included on several submissions, but need only complete the verification process once.
  5. Enter your “group author” (consortium, program, etc.—NOT funding support) in the “Details” step on the Submission Website.
  6. An integrative statement with a maximum of 250 words allowed. Your integrative statement must be typed or copied and pasted into the Submission Website; no file uploads are allowed.
    1. Use standard reference citations (last name, year) and do not include a reference list.
    2. Include the names and roles of presenters.
  7. A description with a maximum of 1000 words. Your description must be typed or copied and pasted into the Submission Website; no file uploads are allowed.
    1. Use standard reference citations (last name, year) and do not include a reference list.
    2. Include the names and roles of presenters.