Letter from the NCPSA President:
Welcome members of the North Carolina Political Science Association (NCPSA). It is a great honor and a privilege to serve as your president for the 2013-14 academic year.
I wish to begin by offering my sincerest thanks to our previous president, Professor Andy Taylor of North Carolina State University, and to members of the Executive Council, for their dedication and service to the NCPSA during the 2012-13 term. The NCPSA is stronger than ever due to their leadership. Their hard work helped make the 2013 annual conference in Raleigh one of our most successful ever.
Planning for the upcoming 43rd Annual Conference, scheduled for February 28, 2014, is already underway. Over this past summer, Professor Taylor was able to secure an agreement with Fidelity Investments in Cary to host the conference. The day's events will include a mixture of panels and roundtable discussions on a range of different subjects concerning politics, government, and public policy. I strongly encourage all NCPSA members with faculty positions to encourage their graduate and promising undergraduate students to submit paper proposals for presentation at the conference. The NCPSA conference offers an ideal forum for students to gain experience presenting their research to an audience. Information about submitting paper proposals and further details about the NCPSA conference will be announced in the upcoming Fall Newsletter.
I look forward to seeing everyone in Cary.
Peter L. Francia
Professor of Political Science, East Carolina University