Rose State Hosts Oklahoma Political Science Association Annual Conference Published November 7, 2018

OPSA LogoWill Feature Keynote Addresses by State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and Sen. Jon Echols

Oklahoma State Superintendent of Schools Joy Hofmeister and Oklahoma House of Representatives Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, both fresh off successful reelection campaigns, join an impressive lineup of speakers for the Oklahoma Political Science Association (OPSA) 2018 Annual Conference. The two-day conference will take place at Rose State College on November 8 and 9, and brings together political science faculty, students and practitioners from across the state for a variety of panel discussions, paper presentations, student activities, as well as an awards presentation. Hofmeister and Echols join University of Oklahoma Professor Dr. Keith Gaddie and Montclair State University Professor Dr. Brigid Callahan Harrison to keynote the conference.

“We’re very excited to be hosting the annual OPSA conference,” said James Davenport, Rose State Political Science Professor and conference organizer. “We’ve got a great program highlighted by Superintendent Hofmeister and Majority Leader Echols, and we’re thrilled with the quality of speakers and activities this year."

Other notable participants in the 2018 OPSA conference include Brian Linley, Mayor of Del City, Bill Shapard of Soonerpoll, David Platt of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, Oklahoma Senator Michael Brooks-Jimenez and Chief Brandon Clabes of the Midwest City Police Department.

The Oklahoma Political Science Association is a non-profit, professional organization of Oklahoma political scientists and practitioners. The OPSA brings together scholars from all fields of inquiry and occupational endeavors within and outside academe in order to expand understanding of politics and policies.

The OPSA Annual Conference begins Thursday, November 8 at 8:00 am in the Professional Training Center at Rose State College. Hofmeister and Echols will be featured as keynotes during the Awards Dinner the evening of November 8 at Chelino’s in Bricktown. For more information regarding the 2018 Annual OPSA conference, contact James Davenport ( or visit