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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Improving the AALS Annual Meeting: The Poll Results

So with 105 responses to last week's poll, four proposals for improving the AALS Annual Meeting all attracted strong support, as follows:

1. *Require speakers to prepare written remarks and/or pre-circulate their papers; no 'shooting from the hip' allowed.  (Condorcet winner: wins contests with all other choices)

2. *Provide detailed descriptions of the program of each session beforehand, including abstracts of the papers or presentations.  loses to *Require speakers to prepare written remarks and/or pre-circulate their papers; no 'shooting from the hip' allowed. by 59–37

3. *Have more sessions featuring papers selected in a peer review process in advance of the Annual Meeting.  loses to *Require speakers to prepare written remarks and/or pre-circulate their papers; no 'shooting from the hip' allowed. by 53–42, loses to *Provide detailed descriptions of the program of each session beforehand, including abstracts of the papers or presentations. by 48–47

4. *Cut back on the number of speakers at each session, to allow each speaker to develop a more sustained argument/position and to make sure there is adequate time for discussion and questions.  loses to *Require speakers to prepare written remarks and/or pre-circulate their papers; no 'shooting from the hip' allowed. by 60–36, loses to *Have more sessions featuring papers selected in a peer review process in advance of the Annual Meeting. by 53–43

Will the AALS act on these suggestions?   Other thoughts from readers about ways to improve the meetings or other AALS Annual Meeting-realted problems?  Signed comments will be very strongly preferred.  Submit your comment only once, it may take awhile to appear.

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