Virtual Seminars and Support Strategies for Junior Scholars: Lessons from the Online Peace Science Colloquium
By Jennifer Barnes, Cassy Dorff and Bradley C. Smith, Vanderbilt University
The Online Peace Science Colloquium (OPSC), founded by Dr. Emily Hencken Ritter and announced at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Peace Science Society (PSS) (International), celebrates the excellent research that happens both before and after the annual meeting. The OPSC advances the research of peace studies by encouraging all scholars, both new and established, to submit manuscripts to be discussed by prominent members of the field. The OPSC also facilitates and encourages participation of a larger audience by broadcasting sessions live. Authors thus receive substantial feedback from the discussants as well as from a wider audience. A major goal of the OPSC is to support junior scholars whose work focuses on peace and conflict areas. This contribution to the Spotlight presents support strategies and the ways in which the online format is well suited to implement them. The article describes our efforts to support junior scholars by enhancing access to the research community and by providing feedback to improve research quality.