Roundtables were judged using the same overall criteria as were used for evaluating paper submissions: Content, Structure, Originality, and Support. Particular attention was paid to whether roundtables followed the instructions given in the Roundtable Guidelines. Priority was given to those roundtables that included members from more than one chapter, and/or that covered the convention theme of "River Currents," the 90th anniversary theme of "1924" or the 2014 Common Reader.
Most of the roundtables fit well into one of the categories for which we solicited roundtable proposals. The most common problem reported by the roundtable evaluators were these:
- Proposal lacked details on engaging the audience in dialogue.
- Proposal lacked details showing that roundtable participants had the expertise/experience in the topic being discussed.
Fortunately, most of the roundtable proposals this year are very good, so we are looking forward to stimulating exchanges among the convention attendees.