The 87th Annual Meeting was held at PNW. High quality papers from various areas of the social sciences were presented. The keynote address at the 87th meeting was be delivered by Justice Robert D. Rucker of the Indiana Supreme Court.

Session Formats and Role Descriptions and Hotel Information


The meeting location is Purdue University Northwest, North Central Campus, 1401 S U.S. 421, Westville, IN 46391
Session formats include panels and posters. Sessions will take place starting at 8:30 am and run through 4:45 pm on Friday, October 7, 2016. Purdue University Northwest is in the Central Time Zone.


Panels and Poster sessions will take place at these times:

8:00 am -
8:30 am -
10:15 am -
12:00 pm -
1:30 pm -
3:15 pm -

Each paper will be scheduled for a specific time slot within the session, and these times will appear in the printed program.

Panel Sessions (90 minutes): Three to five papers are represented on a panel, which also includes a chair. The chair introduces the panel and each author, manages the time for each presentation, and insures that the discussion is polite and productive. Each author presents an abbreviated version of his or her paper. Feedback and comments may be provided by the chair and followed by comments, questions, and discussion including the audience. The chair manages the time for each presentation to ensure that each participant has equal time.

Poster Sessions: Poster sessions are held in the Dworkin Student Services Activity Center. Attendees have the opportunity to walk through and view the poster displays throughout the day. Posters are particularly useful as a way to present quantitative research.

Audiovisual Information: All panel rooms have a projector and a desktop computer. You should come to the session with your presentation saved on a USB flash or thumb drive.


Registration: If your proposal is accepted and you agree to present it, you must register for the conference no later than September 18, 2016 to guarantee a place on the Conference Program. For paper submissions with more than one author, at least one author must register and present the paper. If additional co-authors plan to present, they must register. For your registration, please access:  http://www.iass1.org/annual-meetings/meeting-registration

Cancellation Policy: When you accept an offer to present your paper or offer to serve as a chair, you are making a commitment to register and attend the conference. If a family emergency or some other unanticipated event prevents you from attending the conference, please email the Conference Co-Chairs at iass2016@pnw.edu as soon as possible.


The Role of Panel Chair: The chair is responsible for introducing each paper and the authors. The chair is also responsible for managing the time for each presentation, making sure no author exceeds his or her assigned time slot on the program, and ensures that the discussion is polite and productive. Please allow an equal amount of time for each presenter (if 5 presenters, 12 minutes; if 4 presenters, 15 minutes; if 3 presenters, 20 minutes), followed by 30 minutes for comments from chair and audience discussion.


Posters will be displayed in the Dworkin Student Services Activity Center. Authors are present to answer questions and distribute copies of their paper. Well-conceived poster presentations provide easily comprehensible findings. The materials should exploit the visual aspect of the poster format. For example, the use of color can highlight key aspects of an analysis, an effective way to help the viewer focus on elements the author believes are most important. Graphs or tables may be better presented on larger pages. Simply attaching the pages of a paper to the display panel does not constitute a poster presentation.

The posters will be organized by section to encourage more conference attendees to visit the posters. Each presenter will be assigned to a numbered display panel. Presenters need to arrive 15 minutes before their session begins and have all presentation materials prepared for quick assembly. Push pins supplied at each display panel can be used to attach poster materials to the panels. Presenters must remove their materials from the display panels at the end of their session for the next presenter.
Poster Session Format and Suggestions

Title, Authors, and Institutional Affiliation: Provide this information on a strip of paper at the top of the display panel. Lettering height should be no less than three inches. The text of the paper should be visible from five feet.

Abstract: Display a one-page abstract in the upper-left corner of the display panel, directly under the title. The text should be visible from five feet.

Hypotheses, Graphs, and Tables: If clearly stated and simply displayed, these allow the reader to understand the research without extensive written explanation. Briefly identify the research design and relevant literature as well.

Clear Sequence: The layout of findings should follow the sequence of the paper clearly. Numbering figures or using arrows greatly aids the reader's quick absorption of material.

Avoid Clutter: Do not clutter the presentation with too many figures and avoid too much written material. The benefit of the poster presentations is the reliance on graphics to spark interest in reading the entire paper. More open space is easier on the eye, and its simplicity supports the clarity of presentation.

Plan Ahead: Preview the presentation prior to the conference to make sure information is legible from a distance of five feet.


Hampton Inn & Suites – Michigan City
3674 N Frontage Road North
Michigan City, IN 46360

$110.00 for a standard room (either 2 queens or 1 king) - Includes a full breakfast
Mention Group Code “SSG – Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences” when calling Or enter Group Code SSG online at www.michigancitysuites.hamptoninn.com

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson – Valparaiso
2020 Laporte Avenue
Valparaiso, IN 46383
$85 for a single or double
Includes a full breakfast
Rooms (and group rate price) will be released September 25


From I-94 to Meeting Venue

Take Exit 34 (U.S. Hwy 421 South)
Drive South on U.S. 421 about 8 miles
There is a flashing yellow light at the campus entrance
Turn left into campus

From Indiana Toll Road (I-80/90) to Meeting Venue

Take Exit 39 (U.S. Hwy 421)
Turn right, go South about 1/4 mile
There is a flashing yellow light at the campus entrance
Turn left into campus