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Online Resources for MPA/MPP Programs

NASPAA knows this is a challenging time for our member schools and we are here for you.  We are working diligently to provide resources you can use to help you transition to online modalities and continue to provide students with the skills they will need.  We are in unprecedented times.  However, this is also an opportunity for our schools. Highly trained public administrators and public policy students will be needed now more than ever as our global society works to deal with the implications of the global health crisis.  This page will be updated as NASPAA develops and compiles resources for our members so please check back frequently.  If you have resources you can share or feedback on what materials NASPAA can help provide for you during this difficult time please let us know! Email

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Updated 7/7/20

Getting Started

NASPAA is working to develop materials faculty can immediately begin using in their shift to online coursework. Below are some initial resources.

Kettl Module

The Coronavirus: Thinking Clearly Through Systems Thinking

Don Kettl has developed a module that faculty can use right now to begin discussing the coronavirus in coursework through a systems thinking lens. 


NEW Module Companion Video: Issues of Complexity Theory as They Apply to Covid-19

12 min video on the big issues of complexity theory as they apply to the virus, by Danny Buerkli.  Danny is a Co-Founder of staatslabor and former Director at the Centre for Public Impact.  Article referenced in video.


Imperial College Pandemic Paper

Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID19 mortality and healthcare demand

The global impact of COVID-19 has been profound, and the public health threat it represents is the most serious seen in a respiratory virus since the 1918 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Here we present the results of epidemiological modelling which has informed policymaking in the UK and other countries in recent weeks. In the absence of a COVID-19 vaccine, we assess the potential role of a number of public health measures – so-called non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) – aimed at reducing contact rates in the population and thereby reducing transmission of the virus. In the results presented here, we apply a previously published microsimulation model to two countries: the UK (Great Britain specifically) and the US. We conclude that the effectiveness of any one intervention in isolation is likely to be limited, requiring multiple interventions to be combined to have a substantial impact on transmission.

Video Resources

As NASPAA develops additional videos for programs to download you can find them here. If you are interested in providing video resources for NASPAA to share with our members, please scroll down to the bottom of the page to see our Video Guidelines.

Global Pandemic Simulation Webinar

The Pandemic Crisis Management Simulation is available for classroom use at no cost to NASPAA member institutions! Enhance your curriculum using this simulation in the classroom!

Schar School Logo

'Understanding and Surviving a Pandemic’ A Week of Academic Webinars April 27-May 1, 2020

Each day, a panel of experts from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, guest practitioners, and elected officials will examine a different aspect of the coronavirus crisis, from politics to health care to intelligence. Mark J. Rozell, dean of the Schar School, will host the programs. The virtual sessions are open to the public and may be followed by a question and answer period, if time allows. See below for topics, times, and viewing information. 

The COVID-19 pandemic effects have been devastating both in health and economic terms across the globe. Experience around the world suggests that easing off the current lockdown measures even slightly may well accelerate the spread to an unmanageable degree. At the same time, accelerating business failures and rising unemployment suggest that even substantial support through fiscal stimulus measures may not be enough. Once new case numbers are down, there is an urgent need to find an exit strategy from the lockdown that contains the human life and health costs—by flattening the curve—while allowing the economy to get back in gear.


·Maurice D. Kugler, Schar School Professor, Economist, and former Head of Research for the United Nations’ annual flagship Human Development Report

·James Olds, Schar School Professor, Neurobiologist, and former Director of Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation

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Though the possibility of a pandemic has been known to public health officials for decades, yet health systems and hospitals have been caught short in having supplies and protocols in place. How is the medical establishment addressing critical issues such as infection control, protecting healthcare workers and the public, community spread, and hospital surge capacity. And how are hospitals faring with regard to shortages of tests and medical equipment? 


Bonnie Stabile, Schar School Associate Professor and Editor of World Medical & Health Policy


·U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.)

·Laurie Schintler, Schar School Associate Professor, Director of the Transportation, Policy, Operations, and Logistics Master’s Degree Program

·Saskia Popescu, Schar School Biodefense PhD Alumna, Infectious Disease Specialist and Infection Preventionist

The Postal Service delivers stimulus checks, prescription drugs, medical supplies, the 2020 Census and, come November, mail-in ballots. Listen in as current and former members of Congress discuss the role of Congress in determining the future of the U.S. Postal Service. 


Mark J. Rozell, Dean, Schar School of Policy and Government


·Tom Davis, former U.S. Representative (R-Va.; 1994-2008) and Rector of George Mason University

·U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Congressman Connolly is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations. In this role, he is responsible for shaping government-wide policy for a broad range of issues, including the United States Postal Service.

·John M. McHugh, former U.S. Representative (R-NY), was chairman of the Oversight Committee's Postal Service Subcommittee for six years, and worked to pass legislation to significantly reform the U.S. Postal Service for the first time since it was demoted from a Cabinet-rank department with passage of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (Pub.L. 109–435) in 2006.

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Steven Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs in the Schar School, won a Pulitzer Prize for his Washington Post columns anticipating and explaining the country’s 2008 financial collapse. Mason Economics Professor and Bloomberg columnist Tyler Cowen is the author of one of the country’s most popular economics blogs, Marginal Revolution. Join them in a conversation that explores the depth of the coronavirus crisis, the lasting ramifications, and possible solutions for repairing the inevitable damage.


·Steven Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs at George mason University and Washington Post Columnist

·Tyler Cowen, Economics Professor and Chairman and Faculty Director of the Mercatus Center, Mason’s market-oriented research center

 Register for the Webex program

Gathering intelligence is difficult in the best of times, but how do the country’s intelligence agencies operate during a global lockdown? How will the jobs of intelligence professionals change after the crisis? Join a conversation between two longtime intelligence leaders as they examine the state of intelligence during a pandemic.


Laurence Pfeiffer, Director, Hayden Center


·Michael Morell, Schar School Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security, former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the CIA

·Glenn Gerstell, former General Counsel of the National Security Agency

 Register for the Webex session

National leaders in the U.S. and elsewhere are exploiting the coronavirus lockdown to their own benefit. The “elites” are expanding their power over citizens, siphoning money, and creating social discord that may undermine efforts to recover from the crisis. Corruption has never had it so good.


Bassam Haddad, Schar School Associate Professor and Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program


·Janine Wedel, Schar School Professor of International Commerce and Policy and Author of Shadow Elite

·Jennifer Victor, Schar School Associate Professor of Political Science and an Expert in Social Network Analysis

 Register for the Zoom program

Case Study Resources

  • Evans Hallway

    The Hallway is an online library of high-quality, faculty-reviewed teaching cases and resources housed at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. It provides educators who teach public administration, public policy, and related subjects with:

    • A constantly growing database of teaching cases
    • Curriculum materials and teaching notes
    • Videos of select cases taught by experienced teachers
    • Classroom instruction in case teaching and writing
  • Hubert Project

    Hubert Project provides public affairs educators the opportunity to create and share multimedia learning materials including short videos and cases. Intended audiences include faculty and instructors teaching public policy, public administration, and nonprofit management, as well as nonprofit, government, and philanthropic consultants, and other leadership development trainers


    These resources were designed for use in teaching collaboration skills, and were selected through an annual competition sponsored by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

  • Global Delivery Library

    The Global Delivery Library is a space that connects practitioners to share practical experiences and know-how around delivery challenges and adaptive implementation throughout the project cycle. It deploys a variety of forms, including delivery case studies, videos, multimedia materials, and other publications contributed by practitioners, to capture a range of experiences and inform practitioner decision-making for better development solutions.

  • Model Diplomacy

    Model Diplomacy offers free National Security Council (NSC) and UN Security Council (UNSC) simulations that present both historical and hypothetical scenarios based on real issues, with content informed by Council on Foreign Relations experts. Cases focus on a range of topics that offer a balance of newsworthiness and evergreen educational value, and are accessible for MPA, MPP, and undergraduate students. Model Diplomacy enables students to gain essential knowledge, build important skills, and broaden perspectives surrounding global issues.

Journal Articles

Journal Article Teaching and Learning

Consistency is key in online learning: Evaluating student and instructor perceptions of a collaborative online-course template

Beth Gordon
Gina Scutelnicu
Hillary J. Knepper
Rebecca Tekula
Teaching Public Administration
Journal Article Teaching and Learning

Using Learning Analytics to Predict At-Risk Students in Online Graduate Public Affairs and Administration Education

Anne Zahradnik
Eitel J. M. Lauría
James Melitski
Jay Bainbridge
Josh Baron
Sandeep Jayaprakash
Journal of Public Affairs Education
Journal Article Teaching and Learning

When do online education technologies enhance student engagement? A case of distance education at University of Nebraska at Omaha

A. Bryce Hoflund
Craig S. Maher
Jooho Lee
Patrick O’Neil
Rebecca Lutte
Tara Kolar Bryan
Journal of Public Affairs Education

Curated List of Resources

  • Covid19 Articles, Reports and Other Materials

    This is a regularly updated excel file of materials faculty may find useful in using to teach about Covid19 in their coursework. Compiled by LBJ School of Public Affairs Research Assistant Austin Cruz and NASPAA Staff.  

  • Local Government Response Resource Bank

    Reosurces compiled by What Works Cities

    Content is organized in four sections: (1) Expert-recommended Guidelines & General Updates, (2) WWC Network Resources & Other Local Government Support, (3) Local Actions — organized by policy decision, and (4) Op-Eds & Commentary Specific to Local Government.

  • ARNOVA Teaching Resources

    A pool of online teaching resources - from tools and tech to videos and case studies compiled by ARNOVA

Interested in Providing Resources to NASPAA?


NASPAA Video Guidelines

During this unprecedented health crisis NASPAA appreciates faculty who are willing to create and share content regarding the handling of the crisis with other programs.  Given the time constraints on faculty we are not scheduling webinars but are encouraging interested faculty to develop videos that NASPAA can post to this page. This will enable programs who would be interested in using the materials developed to incorporate them into their coursework as they see fit.  Below are guidelines for the development of videos for posting on NASPAA’s Website.

  • Length—Please keep videos to under 20 minutes, ideally videos would be between 10-15 minutes in length.
  • Quality—NASPAA prefers videos that are completed using web conferencing technology such as Zoom or  However, we will accept videos done on camera phones as long as they meet the following requirements:
    • The video is steady (not shaky or hard to watch)
    • The audio is clear
    • The video is well lit
  • Attribution—Upon submission of the video, you should provide the title NASPAA should use, a short description of the contents of the video, and the names and titles of anyone included in the video
  • Purpose—You should include in your submission to NASPAA: what types of courses the video would we appropriate for (general PA, Local Gov’t, Federal Gov’t, budgeting, emergency management, etc.), the level appropriate for (graduate, undergraduate, all audiences), the topic of the video, and any competencies covered.
  • Intellectual Property—Faculty retain the intellectual property of the materials provided to NASPAA and are responsible for the content (it should not be libelous, partisan, etc.)

NASPAA will review all videos submitted and have final approval over what is included on our website.  If NASPAA chooses not to include a video submitted, we will notify the faculty of any reasons why so they may address them and resubmit if they wish.

How to Submit—You can submit videos by emailing them directly to or by emailing the link to where they may be accessed (depending on file size).  

We greatly appreciate faculty's willingness to develop and share materials during this time!