Program Director Resources

NASPAA Webinar Series

Throughout Summer 2020 NASPAA is hosting a weekly Webinar series alternating between the Comprehensive and Small Programs Sections. Below are recordings of those webinars.

  • Small Programs Webinar

    Thriving during Crisis: Building Up Smaller MPA/MPP Programs in the Era of BLM, COVID-19, and Austerity

    July 17, 2020

    NASPAA’s Small Programs Section discusses “Thriving during Crisis: Building Up Smaller MPA/MPP Programs in the Era of BLM, COVID-19, and Austerity.” Alasdair Roberts, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst hosted the virtual meeting, and introduced the new chair of the small programs section, Sara Rinfret (U Montana).  The meeting focused on participants asking questions, looking for advice, and sharing their experiences. 

  • Comprehensive Webinar July 10

    Hard Numbers and High Anxiety—What we know about Fall 2020 New and Returning Students

    July 10, 2020

    Panelists discuss  what they are doing to recruit, matriculate, and retain students during the Pandemic—and what impact that seems to be having on their numbers. They also discussed the recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announcement that international students “may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States” during the fall 2020 semester (which was rescinded just prior to the Webinar)

    Panelists were

    • Sally Wallace, Dean of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
    • Edella Schlager, Director of the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona.
    • Roger Hartley, Co-Chair of the NASPAA Comprehensive Schools Section, and Dean of the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore.
  • Comprehensive Webinar June 26th

    Internships and Service Learning in a Virtual World

    June 26, 2020

    NASPAA’s Comprehesive Schools Section discussed  “Internships and Service Learning in a Virtual World.”

    With Panelists:

    • Chris Adams, Director of Student Services, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University.
    • David Schachter, Associate Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University.
    • John Bartle, Dean, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, University of Nebraska at Omaha (Moderator and Comprehensive Schools Section co-chair).

    PDF of Chat Comments

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Navigating the Multiple Roles of the MPA Director: Perspectives and Lessons

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Are We Having Fun Yet? Exploring the Motivations of MPA and MPP Program Directors in the United States

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