NASPAA Annual Conference

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Advance Registration for the NASPAA2021 has closed; however, please note that after the virtual conference site opens in coming days, we will open "On-site" Registration. The link to register will be posted here. 

Conference Format & Schedule

The 2021 NASPAA Annual Conference, Oct. 25 – 29, will be primarily an online experience using the virtual conference platform, Pathable. You will be able to share, learn, connect, and showcase in a safe and sustainable way. Attendees will be able to engage with live and prerecorded sessions, schedule one on one meetings, attend committee and section meetings, search and create a personal agenda, and interact with peers, speakers, and sponsors. All presentations through the platform will integrate with Zoom. Committee and Section meetings will take place on Monday, Oct. 25 and Tuesday, Oct. 26, workshops will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 26 and Wednesday, Oct. 27, and most panel sessions will take place between 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) USA on Thursday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.   


NASPAA Committee & Section Meetings | Mon. Oct. 25 & Tues. Oct. 26


NASPAA Workshop Series | Tues. Oct. 26 & Wed. Oct. 27

  • Interpreting Causal Mechanisms with Machine Learning
  • Doctoral Programs Workshop
  • Accreditation Institute
  • NASPAA NEXT: A Leadership Development Institute for Public Affairs Education (invitation only)
  • Addressing Social Inequalities in Public Administration Education: Exploring the use of Open Educational Resources in Public Administration Courses (led by TPAC)
  • Defund the Police or Comprehensive Compassion: Trends to Create Safety in the Civic Square (led by TPAC)
  • NASPAA Publicases and Case Study Workshop (co-led with TPAC)


Panels, Plenaries, and More | Thurs. Oct. 28 & Fri. Oct. 29

Conference tracks include:

  • Track 1: Create a Laboratory for Change through our PA Curriculum and Research
  • Track 2: Listen to Students and Co-create Civic Engagement and Service Learning
  • Track 3: Reach Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Covid to Achieve Equity and Justice
  • Track 4: Repair the Torn Global Fabric
  • Track 5: Public Service Values Across the Undergraduate Curriculum of the University


Charrettes | Thurs. Oct. 28 & Fri. Oct. 29

We are also introducing charrettes - live, collaborative sessions in which a small informal group drafts a solution to an aspect of reimagining the civic square.

  • Designing Social Equity Service-Learning Projects for a Transformative Public Affairs Curriculum 
  • What Do We Need to Create for our Students to be Data Experts for Social Good?
  • Including People with Disabilities in Public Administration: Designing a Call to Action
  • Promoting Public Affairs Education in your State Capital SIGN-UP HERE for charrettes

Welcome Teaching Public Affairs Conference (TPAC)

NASPAA is pleased to be co-locating this year with the Section on Public Administration Education (SPAE) of American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)’s Teaching Public Administration Conference (TPAC). We look forward to SPAE members collaborating with NASPAA on issues related to research and teaching, especially in the context of civic engagement and inclusive societies.  

#NASPAA2021 Conference Chairs

Dr. David Van Slyke & Dr. Gloria Billingsley
Dr. David Van Slyke, Syracuse University & Dr. Gloria Billingsley, Jackson State University

We are pleased to announce that NASPAA President, Laura Bloomberg, has named the 2021 NASPAA Annual Conference Chairs. Dr. Gloria Billingsley, Professor, MPA Program Director, Department of Public Policy and Administration at Jackson State University and Dr. David Van Slyke, Dean, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University will co-chair the conference, which will be a continuation of last year's conference theme "building the new civic square." "We have an unprecedented opportunity to build a more responsive, equitable and just society and I think NASPAA and the accredited programs it represents are positioned to have national impact and be levers of change in their countries, states and local communities," Dr. Billingsley stated. “It is an honor to co-chair this year’s conference and to help engage our colleagues in the vital discussion of what public affairs programs are doing to help strengthen democratic governance, equity, and opportunities for all individuals, and to train tomorrow’s leaders to have an enduring impact,” shared Dr. Van Slyke. NASPAA looks forward to working with the co-chairs to plan a meaningful and engaging 2021 conference!

Thank you to the 2021 Annual Conference Committee!

  • Gloria Billingsley, Jackson State University, Dept. of Public Policy & Administration, CO-CHAIR
  • David Van Slyke, Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, CO-CHAIR
  • Chris Adams, The Ohio State University, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
  • Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, The University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • Sean McCandless, University of Illinois Springfield, Department of Public Administration
  • Kristie Roberts Lewis, Southern University, Nelson Mandela College of Government & Social Sciences
  • Mindy Romero, University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy
  • Carissa Schively Slotterback, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • Paul Smoke, New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • Lois Warner, Rutgers University–Newark, School of Public Affairs and Administration

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