Call for Panel Proposals
2014 NASPAA Conference | November 4 – 6 | Albuquerque, New
Challenges of Public Service Education
Annual Conference will be held in Albuquerque, NM
from November 4 – 6. This year, the conference is co-located with APPAM, and
there will be joint NASPAA/APPAM activities during
the conference. The Accreditation Institute will have a new
one-day format with all sessions occurring on Tuesday, November
4 and concluding with an evening reception. Special note: anyone who will be in Albuquerque on November 4,
Election Day, should consider voting early or absentee in accordance with
their state's laws.
Conference Chairs Dr. Mary Hamilton, University of Nebraska
Omaha, and Dr. Kaifeng Yang, Florida State University invite
panel proposals from the public service education community that
address this year’s conference theme:
Confronting the Challenges of Public
Service Education. Public service education is
critical to a strong democracy; NASPAA and member schools must
speak out about the value of public service and champion a
shared national and global vision of the greater good.
Schools or individuals who have never submitted a proposal are
strongly encouraged to make a submission. Additionally, to
capitalize on the conference co-location with APPAM, proposals
that appeal to APPAM attendees and/or include a research
perspective are welcomed. Proposals with panelists from at least
two different schools will receive preference in the selection
The conference will have three session tracks that further
develop the theme of Confronting the Challenges of Public
Service Education. Successful panel proposals will be assigned
to one of the tracks. Please pick a track to explore in your
Inclusivity: Creating New Partnerships and Opportunities
Track chaired by Pat Shields, Texas State University
New Mexico exemplifies living diversity: Native Americans and
Hispanics comprise a majority of the population, it shares a
border with Mexico, and it is a state with rich cultural
heritage. Albuquerque provides a striking backdrop to discuss
borders and boundaries and which nontraditional partners should
be welcomed into the conversation. How can we inspire schools,
states, and nations to create new opportunities across
traditional boundaries such as public/private/nonprofit, regional/domestic/global, disciplinary,
academic/practitioner/citizen, small/large programs,
policy/ administration to ensure students learn strategic
collaboration and problem solving skills and are prepared to
manage in a global society?
Speaking Up For The Public Good
Track chaired by Barbara Romzek, American University
NASPAA schools represent the voice of public service education.
With a strong grounding in ethics and public service values,
including social equity, we continue to work for the public good
while remaining accountable to each other and to our students
and citizens. What does the ideal of public service mean
domestically and globally, and how do we promote that ideal
outside of the public administration/policy community? Panels in
this track could focus on advocating for our collective interest
internally and externally, influencing public policy, and
overcoming cynicism about public service, government actions,
and the fiscal crisis. They could also grapple with questions of
how we best represent and market our programs to the broader
Modeling Excellence In Public Service Education
Track chaired by Laura Bloomberg, University of Minnesota
Schools are responding to internal and external pressures to
graduate stronger students, compete on a larger scale, and
implement new pedagogical methods. How do programs and
techniques that respond to these pressures become part of the
culture and evolve as best practices? Excellence occurs at all
schools regardless of program size, location, or specialization,
and schools are constantly looking forward to, and responding to, trends.
Panels in this track could explore both pedagogical and
administrative best practices as well as best practices in
respectful and equitable treatment of students and in
collaborative relationships. Accredited schools are encouraged
to submit proposals about key lessons learned from implementing
NASPAA Standards 2009.
- Sessions will be one hour in length based on feedback from the
- Maximum of 4 presenters per panel
- The session convener is the session moderator; this person
will provide brief introductions, keep presenters to their
allotted time, and facilitate the question/answer session.
Conveners should not provide a formal presentation. If a
convener wants to give a presentation, he/she should invite only
three other panelists.
- If the convener would like to invite an additional person to
the panel, the additional person can serve the role of
respondent. The respondent will not provide a presentation but
will comment on the panelists’ presentations.
- All presentation rooms will be set up theater style with audio
To maximize the overall number of presenters, the Conference
Planning Committee will continue the NASPAA practice of
following the Rule of Two: limiting presenter participation to
two sessions during the main conference. This includes roles as
convener, presenter, and/or respondent, but each session only
counts once. This rule does not apply to the following types of
sessions: meetings, plenaries, workshops, and the Accreditation
The session convener will be the main point of contact for each
session, and will be asked to compile and upload all session
materials to the conference mobile app by November 1, 2014 for advance
Panel proposals are welcome in any format, including, but not
limited to, conventional presentations, roundtable discussions,
a presentation with respondents, and panel discussions.
Conference sessions will be one hour in length and should have
no more than four presenters so that time can be set aside for
the audience to engage in thoughtful and meaningful discussion
of the topic.
Panel Proposal format:
The convener will submit a panel proposal via the link below and
will provide a 450 word abstract summary, identify panelists,
and identify the main topics for discussion in the panel; it is
not necessary to have a written paper to submit a proposal.
Preference will be given to presentations that address the theme
of Confronting the Challenges of Public Service Education and
- Panelists from at least two different schools
- Discussion and analysis of current topics;
- International participation;
- Practitioner or stakeholder involvement;
- Presenters from NASPAA member schools
- Appropriate volume of information to present in one hour which
will facilitate a thoughtful and meaningful discussion.
- Panel submissions that include a full slate of
presenters are more likely to be accepted, but individual
proposals will be considered and combined with similar proposals
and individual proposals must be
submitted by the session convener by
Friday April 4 at 11:59 pm ET for consideration. NASPAA will
review all submissions and notify the convener of the final
status in May 2014.
Direct questions to Emily Reineke, Conference Manager at
or 202.628.8965 x112.
Also, please feel free to contact Emily if you have a proposal
idea that you would like to discuss or if you need additional
presenters for your panel.
Call for Proposals in PDF format