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Launch of the IPSAMOOC

IPSA is launching a pilot set of political science MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), the new format for online higher education. In the academic world, MOOCs are viewed as a “disruptive innovation” offering great opportunities to improve teaching and learning methods as well as a new environment for cooperative efforts to disseminate knowledge around the world.

The numbers are huge. Thus far, more than 35 million users have enrolled in the estimated 4,200 MOOCs available online. Many among the most authoritative U.S. and European universities are investing significant financial and organizational resources in a bid to meet this new Web learning challenge. According to statistics produced by Class Central, however, social sciences only account for about 10% of this new market, with political science still representing only a marginal proportion of the courses offered.

The IPSAMOOC program, scheduled to go online by mid-June, will draw from previous IPSA projects, such as the IPSAPortal (www.ipsaportal.net), the official publication dedicated to retrieving and evaluating Web sources for political science. IPSAMOOCs are developed in cooperation with Federica Weblearning (www.federica.eu), the Center for Distance Learning at the University of Naples Federico II, which boasts an established record of 300 e-learning courses and more than 40 online MOOCs.

This first set of IPSAMOOCs will cover the basic introductory areas in the study of political science, ranging from Research Designs and Methods to Comparative Political Systems, and from World Politics to Political Concepts and History of Political Theory. Each course will follow a common format aimed at enhancing the user experience across different political science subdisciplinary areas. Special attention will be devoted to the integration of written and video material, coupled with the intensive use of Web sources. With an innovative interface, IPSAMOOC will offer interactive classes to students, with no geographical constraints.

Enrollment to IPSAMOOC is free and will be available on the IPSA website in time for the new program’s launch in mid-June. Classes will start in July, in conjunction with the 24th World Congress.

IPSAMOOC will be the first “concept” program of MOOCs in political science.

Co-editor Sought for World Political Science

World Political Science (WPS), a journal sponsored by the International Political Science Association (IPSA), is seeking a co-editor to work alongside Vladimíra Dvořáková as of July 2016 for a period of four years. The intention is to select the new editor in time for the IPSA World Congress in Poznań in July 2016. There will be a transition period of several months in order to familiarize the chosen candidate with the editorial process.

WPS is a DeGruyter publication. DeGruyter publishes translations of prize-winning articles nominated by prominent national political science associations and journals around the world. Scholars in a field as wide-ranging as political science need to know about important research produced outside the English-speaking world, including in fields such as comparative politics, international relations, political sociology, political theory, political economy, and public administration and policy.

The new co-editor will be expected to continue contributing to the journal’s efforts to publish articles which cover a wide range of subjects of interest to readers concerned with the systematic analysis of political issues facing national, sub-national and international governments and societies. Applicants are requested to write to Linda Cardinal, chair of the WPS Editor Search Committee (a sub-committee of the IPSA Publications Committee), to provide a statement describing how they plan to build on this success and further raise the profile and standing of the journal. 

It is expected that the journal editor will:

  • collaborate actively with national associations and journals to acquire prize-winning articles (articles submitted to the journal have to be translated into English by the organization nominating the article)
  • review the manuscripts using DeGruyter’s online management system;
  • make decisions regarding publication of submitted manuscripts;
  • edit manuscripts to ensure that they are presented in acceptable English;
  • work collaboratively with Co-editor Vladimíra Dvořáková and key personnel at DeGruyter, in particular the Production Editor, Marketing Manager and Managing Editor;
  • develop ideas to strengthen the journal’s position in political science and in the Global South.

Candidates for the position should have:

  • quality native English;
  • a record as a distinguished political scientist in her/his field;
  • a demonstrated commitment to international political research;
  • previous editorial experience and be fluent in written English;
  • familiarity with the work of IPSA and its Research Committees.

The successful candidate will be expected to become an individual member of IPSA; help prepare an annual report that is presented in person to the Executive Committee of IPSA; contribute to IPSA’s Publications Committee; and participate as a non-voting member in IPSA’s executive committee (which meets once or twice annually). The editor will be provided with adequate resources to meet expenses associated with these commitments.

Enquiries can be made to Linda Cardinal (linda.cardinal@uottawa.ca). Applicants should email Professor Cardinal a CV and an accompanying statement describing their goals for taking WOS forward. The closing date for applications is 30th June 2016.

Dr. Guy Lachapelle to Stay on as IPSA Secretary General Until 2020 / Dr. Guy Lachapelle demeure Secrétaire Général de l’AISP jusqu’en 2020

IPSA is pleased to announce that the Executive Committee has unanimously renewed the mandate of Dr. Guy Lachapelle as Secretary General of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) until 2020. The decision was taken during the Executive Committee meetings in Dubrovnik (Croatia) on April 22 and 23, 2016.

Dr. Lachapelle was first nominated to the position of IPSA Secretary General in 2000, and he is already the longest serving Secretary General in IPSA’s history. During his tenure, IPSA established a permanent Secretariat in Montreal in 2006 and professionalized its staff, which has grown from two to its current nine members. Under Dr. Lachapelle’s leadership, IPSA has staged six successful editions of the World Congress of Political Science as well as various international events on different continents.


L’AISP est heureuse de vous annoncer la décision unanime du Comité Éxécutif de renouveller le mandat du Dr. Guy Lachapelle en tant que Secrétaire Général de l’Association Internationale de Science Politique (AISP) jusqu’en 2020. Cette décision a été prise lors des réunions du Comité Éxécutif, tenues à Dubrovnik (Croatie) les 22 et 23 avril 2016.

La première nomination du Dr. Lachapelle en tant que Secétaire Général date de l’année 2000, il est donc déjà le Secrétaire Général ayant la plus longue expérience à ce poste dans l’histoire de l’AISP. Sous sa direction l’AISP a pu établir un Secrétariat plus stable à Montréal depuis 2006, et a professionalisé l’équipe qui est passé de deux à neuf membres. Sous la direction du Dr. Lachapelle, l’AISP a organisé six fructueux Congrès Mondiaux de Science Politique, ainsi que plusieurs évènements internationaux sur différents continents.