Program Director Resources

NASPAA 2021 Webinar Series

Small Programs Section sponsored Webinars

  • Small Programs Face to Face Webinar

    Transitioning Back to Face to Face Instruction

    June 24, 2021

    The first of a series of Summer Webinars hosted by the Small Programs Section and their chair Peter Haruna, Texas A&M International University.  This webinar lead by Charles DiStefano, Westfield State University,  discusses how programs are transitioning to back to face to face instruction/ dealing with the "new normal" following the ease of pandemic restrictions. 

  • Degree Pathways Webinar

    Degree Pathways for MPA/MPP Programs

    March 10, 2021

    This webinar put on by the Small Programs Section discuss degree pathways into MPA/MPP programs. Focusing on accelerated admissions/ 4+1 programs and discussing certificate programs. The Webinar is hosted by Small Programs Section Chair, Sara Rinfret of the University of Montana, with Brent Steel of Oregon State University and Kathryn Webb Farley of Appalachian State University presenting.

  • Keeping our Students Engaged Webinar

    Keeping our Students Engaged and Supported

    January 19, 2021

    A discussion on "Keeping our Students Engaged and Supported" with Presenter Charles DiStefano of Westfield State University; covering topics such as: new student retention; classroom engagement; students in crisis; virtual MPA community; capstone completion.

NASPAA 2020 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.

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    Incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion across the MPA Curriculum

    August 31, 2020

    NASPAA’s Small Programs Section discusses “Incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion across the MPA Curriculum.” The host is Sara Rinfret, chair of the small programs section, and Chair of the Department of Public Administration & Policy and Director for the Master of Public Administration Program at the U of Montana, and the presenter is Brandi Blessett, Director of the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Cincinnati.

  • 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

JPAE Symposium on Directing Public Affairs Programs

Journal Article Program Direction

Directing Public Affairs Programs

Lori A. Brainard
Journal of Public Affairs Education
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Navigating the Multiple Roles of the MPA Director: Perspectives and Lessons

Thomas J. Vicino
Journal of Public Affairs Education
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Gender and the Role of Directors of Public Administration and Policy Programs

Bonnie Stabile
Catherine Kuerbitz
Jessica Terman
Journal of Public Affairs Education

Covid-19 Video Resources

Check out the series of interviews conducted by Don Kettl of the LBJ School!