There are many ways for professional/faculty members to get more involved with the MPSA, including serving as a discussant or chair at a session at the conference, or serving on committees.
DISCUSSANTS - JUNIOR SCHOLAR SYMPOSIA (JSS). The presenters are graduate students and they give a short presentation of their research with the assumption that everyone has read their papers. The focus is on the feedback from the discussants, and there is no audience.
PANELISTS - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS. The MPSA organizes a series of Roundtables at the conference that discuss aspects of the academic profession. Each session has 4-6 panelists, one of whom will also be asked to serve as Chair. There are no written papers. With all presenters' permission, some of these sessions will be recorded for future release.