naspaa next

NASPAA is excited to announce the sixth class of NASPAA NEXT. NASPAA NEXT will be a part of the NASPAA’s 2021 Virtual Annual Conference on Wednesday, October 27. The three-hour workshop (1 pm to 4 pm, EST), will once again be virtual via Zoom. The title for this year's workshop is Achieving Inclusive Engagement Through Public Affairs Leadership. Thanks to our facilitating sponsor, the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.  

This year’s NASPAA NEXT will offer attendees an opportunity to develop skills and concrete strategies for inclusionary engagement practices within their public affairs programs. The design of the workshop is itself experiential and engaged, focusing on a roundtable panel discussion and two charrette-style break-outs that ask participants to come up with specific solutions in response to identified case challenges, active and thoughtful experience focused on experiential engagement through leadership and instructional design. This event equips participants emergent leaders with the skills to build more participatory public affairs programs that consult with key stakeholders, engage students inclusively, and embody effective practices for inclusionary engagement.  

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 tentative program is below: 


Dana Goldman, Dean and C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Economics, and Pharmacy, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Roundtable Discussion: Engaging the Public(s) in Public Affairs Programs 

Juliet Ann Musso, Vice Dean for Academic Programs and Associate Professor of Public Policy and Management, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy    

Mohamad Alkadry, Professor and Department Head of the Department of Public Policy, University of Connecticut; Past member of the Executive Council and past co-chair of the Diversity and Social Equity Committee, Network of Schools of Public Policy Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)       

Lori A. Brainard, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration, The George Washington University       

Shui Yan Tang, Chair of the Department of Governance and Management and Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor in Public Administration, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy


Breakout Room “Charettes” – Each participant will be able to attend both breakout sessions:
Breakout Session A: Building a Curriculum that Emphasizes Experiential Engagement  

Paul Dcanczyk, Director of Executive Education in Sacramento, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and past-president of the American Society for Public Administration

Dora Kingsley Vertenten, Professor, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy; Faculty Coordinator, USC Price Master in Public Administration Online

Breakout Session B: Strengthening Your Inclusionary Leadership in Public Administration

LaVonna B. Lewis, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Teaching Professor of Public Policy, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Aubrey L. Hicks, Executive Director, USC Bedrosian Center on Governance, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy