NASPAA Annual Conference

2022 NASPAA Annual Conference - October 19-21

Theme: The Time is Now: A Bold and Noble Public Service for All

NASPAA is pleased to announce the 2022 NASPAA Annual Conference will be held in Chicago, IL. We are excited to reboot and refresh plans for this year, and the local host schools look forward to finally and safely welcoming you in person to the Windy City!  

Luncheon  Tickets (pay online and pickup ticket at the registration desk)

Saturday Tours 

On-site Registration



Local Hosts:

  • University of Illinois Chicago, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • Northern Illinois University, School of Public and Global Affairs
  • University of Illinois Springfield, College of Public Affairs and Administration

The Call for Proposals Was Answered!

Thank you again to those that submitted a proposal to the 2022 NASPAA Annual Conference. In total NASPAA received a record-breaking (!!!) hundred and fifty proposals featuring over 500 unique speakers! The 2022 Theme is THE TIME IS NOW: A BOLD AND NOBLE PUBLIC SERVICE FOR ALL and the conference tracks are:

  • Track 1:  Institutionalizing Equity and Justice
  • Track 2: Instructing Today’s and Tomorrow’s Public Affairs Leaders
  • Track 3: Responding to a Global Imperative
  • Track 4: Educating across the Public Affairs Spectrum: Undergraduate and Doctoral
  • Track 5: Uplifting the Infrastructure of our Programs

The conference committee is hard work of evaluating and selecting sessions to be included in the program. There are many difficult decisions. Look for official notifications in later in June on the status of your submission.


#NASPAA2022 Conference Co-Chairs Announced 


We are pleased to announce that NASPAA President, Susan Gooden, has named the 2022 NASPAA Annual Conference Chairs. Dr. Brandi Blessett, Associate Professor and Director, Master of Public Administration, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Sean McCandless, Assistant Professor and DPA Associate Director, School of Public Management and Policy at the University of Illinois Springfield will co-chair the conference. "The conference theme for this year—The Time is Now: A Bold and Noble Public Service for All—has never been more timely," Dr. McCandless and Dr. Blessett stated. "The world faces both new and continuing crises and it is imperative for public administration to be at the forefront with helping develop diverse, equitable, inclusive, just, active and bold ways forward. We look forward to rigorous discussions of how pedagogy, classroom and program management and more can help position the field to address these critical issues." NASPAA looks forward to working with the co-chairs to plan a meaningful and engaging 2022 conference.


Thank you to the 2022 Committee!

  • Brandi Blessett, University of Minnesota, CO-CHAIR
  • Sean McCandless, University of Illinois at Springfield, CO-CHAIR
  • Vanessa Lopez-Littleton, California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Tia Sheree Gaynor, University of Minnesota
  • Ashley Nickels, Kent State University
  • Mary Bruce, Governors State University
  • Anthony Starke, University of Colorado Denver
  • Rachel Emas, Rutgers University-Newark
  • Stephanie Dolamore, Gallaudet University
  • Lois Warner, Rutgers University-Newark,
  • Meghna Sabharwal, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Abdul-Akeem Sadiq, University of Central Florida,
  • Kim Moloney, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • Rosa Amelia Gonzalez, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración
  • Madinah Hamidullah, Rutgers University-Newark
  • RaJade M. Berry-James, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Abraham Benavides, University of North Texas
  • Patria de Lancer Julnes, University of New Mexico
  • Shajuana Isom-Payne, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Lavonna Lewis, University of Southern California,
  • Marcus Mauldin, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
  • Shahjahan Bhuiyan, The American University in Cairo

Welcome Teaching Public Administration Conference (TPAC) 


NASPAA is pleased to co-locate this year with the Teaching Public Administration Conference 2022 (TPAC 2022). This conference is an annual event hosted by the Section on Public Administration Education (SPAE) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). We look forward to SPAE members collaborating with NASPAA on issues related to research and teaching, especially in the context of a bold and noble public service for all. #TPAC2022 #teachingPA 

#NASPAA2022 Program Book is here!


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