Conference Schedule and Events
Wednesday, Oct. 16
Join your peers for a full day designed to provide programs seeking (re)accreditation the tools to be successful in mission-driven, outcomes-oriented, evidence-based accreditation-earning program management. Programs seeking (re)accreditation in the short-term – with self-study reports due in 2020 or 2021 – are especially encouraged to register for the Institute. It is also an excellent opportunity for programs interested in seeking accreditation to prepare for both the eligibility application and/or self-study report. Program heads and faculty new to currently accredited programs are also welcome to learn about the expectations of accredited programs!
Based around an interactive, flipped classroom, the 2019 Institute will use a combination of video modules and experiential and skills-based learning to explore the NASPAA Accreditation Standards, including strategic program management, maintaining your mission and sustainable assessment, diversity and inclusion, and program best practices. Learn more
The doctoral workshop is led by the chair of NASPAA’s Doctoral Education Committee. In 2015 the committee opted to hold a doctoral workshop in lieu of a standalone conference, this option proved successful and we will be offering it again this year. If you are involved in doctoral education, you should consider attending. The workshop will cover information for new doctoral directors, current trends in doctoral education, inclusivity, and recruitment/retention of diverse populations.
Suzanne Beaumaster, University of La Verne
New, current, and future program directors as well as those considering the role are invited to discuss challenges, successes, and network with peers. The session will be facilitated by veteran program directors with a variety of perspectives and will address important issues for having a successful tenure as a program director.
Bill Simonsen, Professor, Department of Public Policy, University of Connecticut (CONVENOR)
Shannon Orr, Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Political Science, Bowling Green State University
Judith Millesen, Professor and MPA Director, College of Charleston
Robert Bifulco, Professor and Associate Dean, Chair Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Philip Joyce, Professor and Senior Associate Dean, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Case studies, in their various forms, enliven and enrich the learning experience. They bridge the gap between theory and experience. They move the teaching dynamic towards a partnership of learner and instructor. They let students apply ideas to real situations, understand better the complexity of most public sector environments and see the interplay between ideas and people. This workshop will focus on the characteristics of effective case studies, how to create or find them and how to use them to achieve learning objectives. Spots are limited.
Andrew Graham, Queens University, Canada
NASPAA is excited to announce the fourth class of NASPAA NEXT at the 2019 NASPAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, October 16. The four-hour workshop, will provide emerging leaders in their departments or programs with practical tools that will enable them to become more engaged and dynamic members of their campuses and communities. Participation in NASPAA NEXT is by invitation only, and invitations are based on recommendations from deans and other senior faculty, professional reputation and scholarly research, as well as participation in NASPAA activities. The theme for this year's workshop is How to Prepare for the NEXT 50 Years of Public Affairs Education.
Amanda Olejarski, West Chester University
Jeffery Osgood, West Chester University
Nicole Elias, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
This workshop will be the official launch of the NASPAA Simulation Network to promote greater collaboration among universities and institutions committed to simulation-based classroom learning around the globe. The Network is part of a broader initiative to promote innovative policy analysis and decision making in the public sector through technology and data. During this workshop, NASPAA staff and faculty will offer guidance and conduct demos on how to best utilize simulations in the classroom. Spots are limited.
NASPAA welcomes our international attendees.
All non-U.S. attendees invited.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Department of Public Management MPA Programs
Welcome to LA! Drop by and kick off the conference with your peers.
All attendees invited.
The Ohio State University, John Glenn School of Public Affairs
Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Thursday, Oct. 17 & Friday, Oct. 18
This year's lineup will feature over 90 panel sessions with more than 350 presenters. Conference tracks center on: innovation in public affairs teaching and learning; the path from Diversity to Inclusion to Participation; the future challenges involved in training students to collect, analyze, and communicate data; and the exploration of the the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16 (advancing governance globally).
NASPAA Committee and Section meetings are a meaningful way to engage with NASPAA, share best practices, and network with your peers. All meetings listed are open. Feel free to join any meeting that is a fit for your role, program, or research area.
- Budget & Financial Management Section Meeting
- Comprehensive Schools Section Meeting
- Data Committee Meeting
- Diversity and Social Equity Committee Meeting
- Doctoral Education Committee Meeting
- Election Administration Section Meeting
- Emergency Management & Homeland Security Section Meeting
- Executive MPA Committee Meeting
- Healthcare Section Meeting
- International Committee Meeting
- Local Government Management Education Section Meeting
- Marketing the MPA/MPP Committee Meeting
- Nonprofit Management Education Session Meeting
- Pi Alpha Alpha Committee Meeting
- Policy Issues Committee Meeting
- Research Committee Meeting
- Small Programs Section Meeting
- Undergraduate Committee Meeting
- Urban-Serving Universities Section Meeting
Keynote Mark Suzman, Chief Strategy Officer and President at The Gates Foundation
University of Maryland, School of Public Policy
Join as we celebrate 50 years of NASPAA! Lunch is included. $40 per ticket.
Indiana University, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Hosted by the Local Host Committee.
University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy
California State University, Los Angeles, Department of Political Science
California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), Department of Public Administration
University of La Verne, College of Business & Public Management
Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy
The Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School (RAND)
University of California Los Angles (UCLA), Luskin School of Public Affairs
California State University, Fullerton, Division of Politics, Administration, and Justice
California State University, Long Beach, Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration
This year's NASPAA and Pi Alpha Alpha award winners will be announced. Lunch is included. $40 per ticket.
Penn State University Park, School of Public Policy
American University, School of Public Affairs
University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy
The University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Saturday, Oct. 19
Meet your Pardee RAND Graduate School escorts in the hotel lobby and take the Expo Light Rail from downtown Los Angeles direct to downtown Santa Monica. Discuss the challenge of affordable housing in this affluent beach community with the Director of Santa Monica’s Housing Division. Visit a new low-income housing project, built and operated by the city’s nonprofit partner, Community Corporation of Santa Monica. Visit an artist in his studio/residence that is part of the affordable housing project. At noon, lunch and sightseeing will be on your own; feel free to stay longer and do little a beach walking or shopping.
** Limited to 20 people **
Hosted by: Pardee RAND Graduate School
Downtown L.A. has undergone a redevelopment in the last decade. Join us for a walking tour led by Stratiscope, a company with expertise in policy and local communities (stratiscope.com) which will explore inside information on the process of the revitalization, engage input from local leaders, and allow an opportunity to eat representative food of the area. The tour will leave from the Biltmore Hotel lobby and cover about 3-4 miles. There is a charge of $20 to help cover food costs.
Hosted by: University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy
Last November's Woolsey Fire provided a dangerously close view of crisis leadership and policies around disaster preparedness to Pepperdine's School of Public Policy. In August, the School launched a new initiative called the "Homeland Security Advisory Council at SPP" that features both educational opportunities and an important technology platform for mapping disaster response. Come to Malibu to see how Pepperdine is preparing current and future leaders in disaster preparedness.
Hosted by: Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Department of Mental Health are engaged in an innovative collaborative effort to respond to life threatening encounters involving persons with perceived mental health problems. Participants in this excursion will learn how law enforcement is being trained today in crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques to help avoid uses of force. Participants will engage in actual police training scenarios using reality-based simulators as well as touring the Hall of Justice (HOJ) - the oldest surviving government building in the LA Civic Center and site of famous trials including “Bugsy” Siegel, Robert Mitchum, Charles Manson, and Sirhan Sirhan. The autopsies of Marilyn Monroe and Robert Kennedy were also conducted at HOJ. The HOJ is just a 20 minute (1-mile) walk from the conference hotel. **Limited to 12 people. If this morning session fills up, an afternoon session will be added. **
Hosted by: California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), Department of Public Administration
Join us for a docent led tour of the extensive history of the Latino population in Los Angeles exhibited at the La Plaza Cultural y Artes, a local historical, civic, and artistic community center and museum space. La Plaza is next to the mission church Nuestra Señora Reina de Los Angeles (Our Lady Queen of Angels) which gave the city its name, and directly across the street from Placita Olvera, the “first street” in Los Angeles and an historic State Park, containing the historic plaza, multiple historic buildings and an original adobe structure from the founding period. After visiting the three sites, enjoy lunch on your own on Olvera Street, which is replete with restaurants, shopping venues and the like.
Hosted by: University of California Los Angles (UCLA), Luskin School of Public Affairs
Join Port and City of Los Angeles staff for a guided boat tour of the Port of Los Angeles, America’s Port ®. Located just 20 miles south of downtown, the port has the highest volume of cargo in the United States and has both cargo and passenger terminals. It is recognized for its innovative cargo operations, environmental stewardship, community partnerships, progressive security measures, historic landmarks and LA Waterfront. The Port includes 7,500 acres of land and water plus 43 miles of waterfront. It is in the midst of a 10-year, $2.6 billion infrastructure investment program. The Port is a department of the City of Los Angeles and governed by a harbor commission appointed by the Mayor. One of every nine jobs in Southern California is linked to the Port of Los Angeles and the neighboring Port of Long Beach. We will be meeting at the port for a customized chartered boat tour of the port and lunch; attendees needing a ride will meet in the lobby in advance to carpool or share transportation. A $20 fee will cover lunch. **Limited to 25 people. Please note that the tour and schedule is subject to change, depending on weather conditions and level of interest.**
Hosted by: University of La Verne, College of Business and Public Management, through the generous sponsorship of the Port of Los Angeles.