Schedule and Format
Committee & Section Meetings | Mon. Oct. 25 & Tues. Oct. 26
NASPAA Committee and Section meetings are a meaningful way to network with your peers, share best practices, and get involved with NASPAA.
Feel free to join any meeting that is a fit for your role, program, or research area.
- Budget & Finance Management Section
- Comprehensive Schools Section
- NASPAA Data Committee
- Diversity and Social Equity Committee
- Doctoral Education Committee
- Election Administration and Leadership Section
- Emergency Management and Homeland Security Section
- Executive MPA Program Committee
- Local Government Management Education Section
- Marketing the MPA/MPP Committee
- Non-profit Management Education Section
- Pi Alpha Alpha Committee
- Policy Issues Committee
- Research and Data Science Committee
- SDG Working Group Committee
- Small Programs Section
- South Asian Subcommittee
- Undergraduate Education Committee
- Undergraduate Interest Section
- Urban-Serving Universities Section
NASPAA Workshop Series | Tues. Oct. 26 & Wed. Oct. 27
Tues. Oct. 26, 12:30 - 2:30 pm EDT
Traditional analytical methods to analyze data sets in the field of public policy use regression models and other statistical techniques that rely on correlations to find associations between variables. However, it is far more valuable to identify causal relationships between the variables of interest in the data sets. Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence, belief networks, and Bayesian inference, allow us to do so without resorting to interventions or randomized controlled trials, particularly when the data sets are rich and complete. Teaching such cutting edge data analysis methods can enhance graduate level public policy curricula at our educational institutions and extend the abilities of our analysts.
The workshop will introduce Bayesian networks and inferencing techniques on these networks that can help infer causation using observational data. With the ever-growing publicly available administrative data, it is now feasible to investigate causal relationships using the data. Causal inference can identify v-structures among variables, i.e., variables that share a common effect. It can also distinguish between direct and indirect dependencies from the observations. The workshop will deal with (a) an overview of causal inferencing methods and how they apply to public policy questions; (b) describe the theoretical foundations of Bayesian networks, and (c) provide a hands-on example of how to apply the Bayesian networks using publicly available data set.
Sukumar Ganapati, Florida International University
Shaoming Cheng, Florida International University
Giri Narasimhan, Florida International University (School of Computing and Information Sciences)
The Workshop is facilitated through NSF Grant # 1924154.
Tues. Oct. 26, 11 am - 1 pm EDT
The doctoral workshop is led by the chairs of NASPAA’s Doctoral Education Committee. If you are involved in doctoral education, you should consider attending. The workshop will cover information for doctoral directors, dealing with uncertainty caused by the pandemic, use of the GRE in admissions, current trends in doctoral education, inclusivity, and recruitment/retention of diverse populations.
Burt Barnow, The George Washington University
Kristen Crossney, West Chester University
Wed. Oct. 27, 10 am – 5 pm EDT
The Accreditation Institute is a one-day event for academic program directors and faculty seeking to learn about accreditation for masters-level public service degrees. Attendance is free to registered NASPAA Annual Conference attendees. The day is designed to provide tools to be successful in mission-driven, outcomes-oriented, evidence-based strategic program management.
For more information on what you will learn, who should attend, and resources from past sessions, visit the Accreditation Institute.
Facilitated by: William C. Rivenbark, Professor of Public Administration and Government and MPA Program Director, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sponsored by University of North Texas, Department of Public Administration
Wed. Oct. 27, 1 – 4 pm EDT
Now Accepting Nominations from Deans, Program Directors, and Senior Faculty!
NASPAA is excited to announce the sixth class of NASPAA NEXT is now accepting nominations. 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.
Dana Goldman, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Juliet Ann Musso, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Mohamad Alkadry, University of Connecticut
Lori A. Brainard, The George Washington University
Shui Yan Tang, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Paul Dcanczyk, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Dora Kingsley Vertenten, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
LaVonna B. Lewis, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Mindy Romero, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
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. For information on nominations contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wed. Oct. 27, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
This workshop is intended for current and future teaching faculty and instructors in public administration programs.
The 2012 Paris Open Educational Resources (OER) Declaration (UNESCO) serves to emphasize that everyone has the right to quality education, and calls on States, within their capacities, to support equitable access by all. This workshop is designed to:
- foster awareness and use of OER in public administration classrooms by facilitating finding, retrieving and sharing of OER;
- promote the use of OER in diverse media for public administration education by encouraging research on development, use, and evaluation of OER in public administration classrooms;
- support capacity building and strategic alliances for sustainable development of OER for public administration education by motivating faculty and students to produce and share high-quality accessible educational resources.
Convener: Lois Warner, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University and Chair, SPAE
Panelists and OER Topics:
Dr. Wendy Bolyard, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver
Panel Topic - Using OER in Public Administration Undergraduate and Graduate Courses
Breakout Topic - Avoiding the Rabbit Holes: Finding OER Resources
Dr. Michael Dillard, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Panel Topic - Using OER to Teach Leadership and Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Breakout Topic - OER Methods and Resources for Teaching Leadership and Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Dr. Rachel Emas, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Panel Topic - Transitioning MPA Course Materials to OER.
Breakout Topic - Teaching MPA Introduction to Public Administration and Research Design using OER.
Dr. Patricia Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University
Panel Topic - Existing OER for Case Studies on Managing Public Organizations
Breakout Topic - Creating Case Studies for availability as OER
Dr. Valerie Patterson, Clinical Professor, Florida International University
Panel Topic - OER on Film and video for Public Administration Courses
Breakout Topic - Adapting OER on Film and video for Public Administration Courses
Wed. Oct. 27, 1 - 3 pm EDT
This workshop is intended for current and future teaching faculty and instructors in public administration programs.
After more than a year of isolation due to Covid lockdowns, Americans are ready to emerge, once again, into the Civic Square. However, recent tragic events, such as the death of George Floyd, increased homelessness and a contentious election cycle, makes it challenging for people to feel safe returning to open-and-honest discourse. This panel explores innovative public administration options to increase the public safety while enabling classrooms to frame discussions in a “safe space.” These topics will provide a springboard for neutral discussions that address issues of equity, fairness and safety in the Civic Square.
Moderator: Dr. Linda-Marie Sundstrom, Professor, MPA Program Director, Cal Baptist University
Panelists and Topics:
Dr. Mark Kling, Professor at California Baptist University/Chief of Police in the City of Rialto in Southern California.
- Panel Topic: As the Chief, he has created an innovative partnership between a local nonprofit organization that specializes in homelessness, and dispatches the social workers alongside police officers to compassionately address issues of homeless in his jurisdiction.
Dr. Linda-Marie Sundstrom, Professor and MPA Director at California Baptist University
- Panel Topic: With the reduction of Student Resource Officers (SROs) in schools across the country, how can law enforcement build relationships with K-12 students that maintains safety while decreasing anxiety that students may experience in the presence of officers.
Dr. Adam Butts, Associate Professor at Cal State Long Beach
- Panel Topic: They have explored a program that co-locates County Behavioral Health Specialists inside a police department to assist officers in responding to calls where mental illness may be a factor.
Wed. Oct. 27, 3:30-5 pm EDT
Today’s students in public affairs programs are tomorrow’s government and nonprofit leaders. By participating in experiential learning opportunities while in graduate school, students learn the critical thinking and data analysis skills they will need to succeed as public sector professionals in the real-world and contribute to effective governance. NASPAA believes strongly in experiential learning and the competencies students can grow when given the opportunity to test their developing knowledge and skills in relatively low stakes situations prior to graduation.
This session covers: · NASPAA’s new Institute for Innovative Teaching and Learning for Public Service and its new online case repository Publicases (Now Live!). · The development of cases and engaging with practitioners and students during the process. · Using cases in the classroom.
Stacy Drudy, NASPAA
Stephanie Dolamore, Gallaudet University
Steven Mumford, University of New Orleans
Ashley Nickels, Kent State University
Del Bharath, Savannah State University
Panels, Plenaries, & More | Thurs. Oct. 28 & Fri. Oct. 29
This year’s theme, “Reimagining the Civic Square”, is clearly timely and significant to every program. NASPAA received many proposals this year! This is an amazing testament to the NASPAA community and public service education, and it reinforces the importance of our annual conference as an opportunity to convene – there are important issues, ideas, and research to discuss. This year's lineup features over 70 panel and charette sessions with nearly 300 presenters.
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
Panel topics will cover: Assessment, Budget and Financial Management, Comprehensive Schools, Diversity and Social Equity, Doctoral Education, Emerging Trends, Local Government Management, Nonprofit Management, Research, Sustainable Development, Small Programs, Teaching and Learning, Technology, Undergraduate Education and MORE!
There will be a keynote each day. Exciting announcements will be made soon regarding the selected individuals!
Thursday sponsored by: Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Friday sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Interact live and learn more about our sponsors and vendors.
We look forward to announcing and honoring award recipients in conjunction with the virtual conference. You will be able to learn more winners and their work on the NASPAA Virtual Conference Website.
Sponsored by: John Jay College MPA Programs, MPA Program / Department of Public Management
Election of new Executive Council and inaugural address from incoming NASPAA President, Susan Gooden, Virginia Commonwealth University.
The 2021 NASPAA Annual Conference will be primarily an online experience where you will be able to share, learn, connect, and showcase in a safe and sustainable way. Taking place on our online conference platform (Pathable), attendees will be able to engage with live and prerecorded sessions, visit exhibit booths, search the agenda, and interact with peers, speakers, and sponsors. All presentations through the platform will integrate with Zoom. Within this innovative digital platform, attendees will be able to:
- build your personalized agenda and choose sessions by viewing associated summaries, speaker profiles, and handouts for download, and searching by topics, tracks, and more;
- join in live panel, workshop, and keynote sessions that integrate with Zoom with automated reminders, audience Q&A and polls;
- view on-demand sessions at your convenience form the safety of your home or office;
- network with peers through real-time chat, persistent discussion forums and integrated 1:1 video meetings;
- search attendee, speaker, and sponsor directories and connect using private meeting scheduling tools before, during, and after the conference;
- visit the virtual exhibit hall and engage live with sponsors and vendors;
- create an attendee profile that shares your specific research and teaching interests and connects to sessions if you are panelists;
- participate in the conference game by completing a set of tasks as you explore the site, earn points, try to make it onto the leaderboard, and compete for prizes; and
- access all the content on NASPAA's Pathable site for a whole year!