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NASPAA Workshop Series | Wed. Oct. 19

Accreditation Institute | Wed. Oct. 19, 8 AM – 4:45 PM

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 for success in mission-driven, outcomes-oriented, evidence-based strategic program management and self-study development. A site visitor orientation is included for attendees interested in becoming a NASPAA site visitor. Programs entering the accreditation review process in 2023-2024 and 2024-2025, program directors new to the accreditation process, and programs interested in becoming eligible for accreditation are encouraged to attend.

For more information on what you will learn, who should attend, and resources from past sessions, visit 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

Breakfast and lunch are included. 

Breakfast is sponsored by Northeastern University, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Lunch is sponsored by Rutgers University, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The Snack Break is sponsored by Indiana University O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.



Doctoral Workshop | 10 am - 3 pm

The doctoral workshop is led by the chairs and members 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, and discussions dealing with the relevancy and viability of doctoral programs in public affairs in today's world, the impacts of the COVID pandemic on doctoral programs, and doctoral program diversity. The Workshop will include opportunities to network with other public service doctoral program leaders.

Workshop sessions include:

1. Introductions and Workshop Overview

2. Public Service Doctoral Program Overview

3. Doctoral Program Diversity

4. Relevancy and Viability of Doctoral Programs in Public Affairs in Today's World

5. Impacts of COVID Pandemic on Doctoral Programs

Lunch included.

Burt Barnow, The George Washington University

Kristen Crossney, West Chester University

Increasing Access to Quality Education in Public Administration: Using Open Educational Resources in Public Administration Courses (led by TPAC) | 11 am - 1 pm

This workshop is intended for current and future teaching faculty and instructors in public administration programs.

In this workshop, panelists present on the methods used to source and include Open Educational Resources (OER) in delivering Public Administration courses. Building on work started by UNESCO in 2012 to promote and increase access to quality education, during the past year the panelists have designed their courses to:

  • Increase access and reduce the costs of required readings
  • Diversify resources for course content to include multiple perspectives on course topics
  • Guide students in using libraries to explore their course related interests and research
  • Integrate multi-media OER to offer students a range of materials that enable them to
  • benefit from different formats for learning
  • Enhance and enrich students experiences in preparing for careers in public administration

Expected Learning Outcomes: On completion participants will:

  • Be informed about ways to increase access and reduce costs of required readings
  • Be aware of methods for diversifying course content, including multiple perspectives on
  • course topics
  • Be informed about methods of integrating multi-media OERs to offer students
  • alternative/varied learning formats
  • Recognize libraries as resources for OERs and how to guide students in accessing OERs Recognize how OERs can enrich students’ learning experiences in public administration education and career development

Convener: ASPA - Section on Public Administration Education

Moderator: Dr. Lois Warner, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-

Immediate Past Chair- SPAE


Dr. Wendy Bolyard, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver

Dr. Julia Carboni, Associate Professor, Syracuse University

Dr. Michael Dillard, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

Dr. Rachel Emas, Assistant Professor, The George Washington University

Dr. Valerie Patterson, Clinical Professor, Florida International University


4th Annual NASPAA & Journal of Comparative Analysis (JCPA)/Scholarly Society for International Comparative Policy Analysis (ICPA-Forum) Workshop | 10 am - 4 pm (invitation only

NASPAA and the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum (ICPA-Forum) will co-host a conference workshop during the 2022 NASPAA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The ½ day workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

Do your classes systematically compare and teach students how to engage in comparative analysis in key issues in the field of public affairs? Building on past NASPAA & ICPA-Forum/JCPA Workshops, first conceived and spearheaded by Professor Nadia Rubaii, we will convene to consider the ways in which effective governance in the public and nonprofit sectors demand a comparative perspective, especially to evaluate how and why similarities and differences in contexts, cultures, leadership, management, structures, and more matter demands an awareness of how things are similar and different in other places, and how to systematically apply a comparative perspective. For this year’s call, we are adopting a “big tent” approach to explore and assess how comparative lenses are being applied and used in our MPA and MPP curricula. 

Read the full ICPA-Forum Call for Proposals.

August 1, 2022 - Proposal submission deadline to co-conveners (550 words max)


Susan Appe, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, New York, USA

Sebastián Líppez De Castro, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia

Sean McCandless, University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, Illinois, USA


Questions and proposal submissions should be directed to Susan Appe at


NASPAA NEXT: A Leadership Development Institute for Public Affairs Education (invitation only) | 1 – 5 pm 

Now Accepting Nominations from Deans, Program Directors, and Senior Faculty!

NASPAA is excited to announce the seventh class of NASPAA NEXT is now accepting nominations.  The four-hour workshop, will be in person at the NASPAA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL on Wednesday, October 19th from 1 pm to 5 pm EST.

NASPAA NEXT 2022: Addressing Racialized MPP/MPA Programs:  A journey of faculty development and curricular reform

 This session – facilitated by faculty from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington – draws upon the journey started over six years ago to center racial equity throughout the School’s MPA program.  The lessons gleaned highlight the importance of faculty peer-leadership, responsiveness to student concerns, institutional reinforcement, as well as curricular and other programmatic change (in elements as broad as admissions to capstone client recruitment, faculty merit review to guest speaker compensation).  Over time, this capacity crystalized into intentional anti-racist actions at the School.  While still actively involved in this work – and as a historically white institution, the Evans School will likely be so for many years to come – the workshop session will provide space for consideration of concrete strategies, action steps, and honest reflection.


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


Flipping the Teaching Case Method: Creativity, Experience, and Learning in Public Administration and Policy Classrooms (led by TPAC) | 2 - 5 pm

The use of case studies is a tried-and-true way of providing an experiential learning activity to students. With case studies, faculty and instructors have the ability to expose students to the real- life scenarios that produce similar decision-making and response situations to help participants apply material in a more profound and meaningful way. Within public administration there is no shortage of case study material to pull from regardless of subject matter area. Expanding on the traditional case study to involve student creativity is an additional step faculty and instructors can take to enhance the learning experience and falls in line with the flipped classroom model. This workshop focuses on helping faculty and instructors who want to expand their case study assignments, or create new ones, to include more student involvement. The strategies provided in this workshop will provide faculty and instructors with ideas and techniques to foster creativity within their classrooms, both online and traditional, both undergraduate and graduate, which lead to a more student-centered case study experience. Integrating student influence on case studies can provide pupils more ownership over their course work and prompt them to engage the material at a deeper level.

The workshop will have two distinct sessions. The first session will be panel focused. Dr. Lovell will moderate a 45-minute panel discussion on best practices and the current state of the field in the flipped classroom and case study usage. The second session will consist of two 45-minute roundtable discussions where participants will work with facilitators (based on subject matter) and their groups to flesh out their ideas for case studies. The two discussion topics will focus on writing the case study assignment and approaches to engage/increase student participation.  

Note: Participants are encouraged to bring their own case study assignments or materials to work on within the workshop.

Expected Learning Outcomes

On completion participants will:

  • Learn the fundamental components of teaching cases and case study usage in public affairs courses
  • Identify techniques that can translate in the online and traditional classroom for various student populations
  • Develop a teaching case study assignment or product to use in their courses

Tentative agenda:

  • 2:00PM – Welcome and introductions
  • 2:05PM – Panel discussion
  • 2:50PM – Break
  • 3:00PM – Breakout group one on tips to write case study assignments
  • 3:45PM – Reconvene and debrief
  • 4:00PM – Breakout group two on engaging/increasing student participation
  • 4:45PM – Reconvene and debrief/closing remarks
  • 5:00PM – Conclusion of the workshop

Total time: Approximately three hours


  • Prof. Ebonie Cooper-Jean, Associate clinical professor and Faculty Director, Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation Minor, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Stephen Kleinschmit, Clinical associate professor, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Dr. Jennifer Littlefield, Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Darrell Lovell (moderator), Assistant professor and MPA Director, West Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Christopher Paul, Assistant professor and MPA Director, North Carolina Central University
  • Dr. Pablo Sanabria-Pulido, Associate professor, Florida Atlantic University


Charrettes | Wed. Oct. 19

A design CHARRETTE is a live, collaborative session in which a small informal group drafts a solution to an aspect of reimagining the civic square. Participation will be capped at 15, first come, first served, and there will be no observers. All participants will take an active role!

At the start of the virtual charette, the convenor writes a goal or a design challenge on the “whiteboard.” Each person sketches his or her own ideas. This is supposed to be fast. People may sketch one or several ideas, until they run out of paper, ink, or inspiration. Each person works alone. When the time is up, each person gets a minute (and no more than 1) to show their ideas and explain the reasoning behind them. The group may then ask questions of each sketcher, spending one more minute on each person. The convenor summarizes each participant’s point on the virtual whiteboard and keeps time consistently. At the end of the charrette, the designer collects the participants’ main points and comments, and uses the ideas generated to help derive a prototype design. The design is posted immediately on the conference platform for comments and further exploration.

Aligning Pedagogical Content and Practice: Institutionalizing Social Equity in our Classrooms | 10 - 11 am

Recently there has been increasing attention to the need to address social equity in public affairs education. When it comes to incorporating this in the classroom, however, the topic is often isolated to units on a syllabus. Equipping our students to address issues related to equity and justice requires a pedagogy that bridges what we teach with how we teach it. Instructors need to create spaces that empower students as co-teachers, foster deliberation, and incorporate participatory decision-making in ways that are inclusive of all students. In this charrette we will collaboratively rethink our pedagogical approaches to align content and practice.


Jeannine Love, Roosevelt University (convener)

Jamie Levine Daniel, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis                         

Rachel Emas, The George Washington University

Anthony Starke, Virginia Commonwealth University

Geoffrey Whitebread, Gallaudet University



Mid-career Leadership for Equity Curriculum Design | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

We are interested in public affairs leadership for equity that includes, yet extends well beyond, the traditional diversity-oriented focus on skill development for intercultural competence and humility. How can we best prepare mid-career students to be effective leaders for policy change and organizational culture change to advance equity and inclusion in governance and community life? What approaches support diverse groups of students to build their commitments, skills, and capacities to sustain themselves and their communities in this long-haul, demanding work? We invite brainstorming of all aspects of a constructive curriculum (projects, classroom exercises, readings, affinity groups, teaching team approaches, etc.).

Kathryn Quick, University of Minnesota

Shahrin Upoma, University of Minnesota


Critical Race Theory Course Development | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In recent history, references to critical race theory have increased in discussions involving diversity and inclusion in higher education. Legislation in numerous states is challenging or poised to challenge the delivery of CRT curricula in colleges and universities. This charrette will facilitate open conversation and collaborative thinking around the development of a curriculum focused on the delivery of CRT in a rapidly changing political and legislative environment.

Dr. Anthony Wade, WPR Consulting

Willie Ratchford, WPR Consulting

Panels, Plenaries, & More | Thurs. Oct. 20 & Fri. Oct. 21

This year’s theme, “THE TIME IS NOW: A BOLD AND NOBLE PUBLIC SERVICE FOR ALL”, is clearly timely and significant to every program. NASPAA received a record breaking number of 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 will feature over 80 panel and charette sessions with nearly 400 presenters. 

Conference tracks include:

  • Track 1: Institutionalizing Equity and Justice
  • Track 2: Instructing Today’s and Tomorrow’s Public Affairs Leaders
  • Track 3: Responding to a Global Imperative
  • Track 4: Educating across the Public Affairs Spectrum: Undergraduate and Doctoral
  • Track 5: Uplifting the Infrastructure of our Programs: Beyond the Classroom

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!


Exciting announcement will be made soon regarding the selected individuals and program!

Thursday Opening Plenary sponsored by: Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs


Join as we celebrate the NASPAA Award Winners and hear from a very important speaker (to be announced soon!).

Lunch is included. $40 per ticket.

More about the specific awards.

Sponsored by: University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

Join as we celebrate the Pi Alpha Alpha Award Winners and hear from very important speakers (to be announced soon!).

Lunch is included. $40 per ticket.


Election of new Executive Council and inaugural address from incoming NASPAA President, Trevor Brown, The Ohio State University.


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

Interact live and learn more about our sponsors and vendors.

More information on exhibiting.

Local Chicago Outings | Sat. Oct. 22

Join your NASPAA colleagues on Saturday morning after the conference to explore Chicago! On tours led by the host schools, you can experience and see firsthand some of the local beauty, rich history and culture, and innovative programming and policy in action. Saturday Tours have limited seating. Secure your spot on by registering today!  (First come, first serve basis)

Chicago Architectural River Cruise - SOLD OUT

For more than 25 years, the CAC's expertly trained docent volunteers have led the river cruise, sharing fascinating stories behind more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. Hear how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world's largest cities in less than 100 years. In just 90 minutes, you'll get the best overview of Chicago’s architecture and its history. Learn more

$25 charge per person | Limit 30 people

Hosted by: University of Illinois Chicago, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Saturday, October 22: UIC staff will meet those signed up for the boat tour in the lobby of the JW Marriott if you would like to walk to the venue on Saturday morning. The group will leave promptly at 9:15 amPlease arrive 30 min in advance of the tour. Boarding starts 15 min. before the tour. General Admission seating, full service bar and snacks are available on board. Tours happen rain or shine. No refunds.

Departure Location: 112 E. Wacker Drive. Located at the northeast corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, a blue awning marks the boat dock entrance stairs that lead down to the river. 

Historic Treasures of Chicago's Golden Age Walking Tour

Learn about the great architectural landmarks of Michigan Avenue and State Street. The 40 years between 1890 and 1930 saw the creation of some of Chicago’s the most memorable buildings, many of which are featured on this tour.

After the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Chicago was determined to become a great cultural and commercial metropolis. This tour is a testament to that era's ambitions. See buildings by Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, Holabird and Roche and other noted architects and hear the stories behind the city's architectural gems. Learn more

$15 per person (sign-up when you register) | Limit 20 people

Saturday, Oct. 22, morning time TBD

Hosted by: Northern Illinois University, School of Public and Global Affairs

Chicago's First Skyscrapers Walking Tour

Learn about the great architectural landmarks of Michigan Avenue and State Street. The 40 years between 1890 and 1930 saw the creation of some of Chicago’s the most memorable buildings, many of which are featured on this tour.

Highlights on this walking tour include Burnham and Root’s Rookery (1888), a transitional building with a Moorish and Romanesque exterior and a stunning interior atrium re-designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; Adler and Sullivan’s Auditorium Building (1889), a masterpiece of acoustical and structural engineering; and Holabird and Roche’s Marquette Building (1895), an outstanding example of the metal frame expression with traditional details and decorations. Learn more

$15 per person (sign-up when you register) | Limit 20 people

Saturday, Oct. 22, morning time TBD

Hosted by: University of Illinois Springfield, College of Public Affairs and Administration

Tour of the DuSable Museum for African American History

Join us for a one-hour-long docent-led tour of the DuSable Museum of African American History.

The DuSable Museum is dedicated to the study and conservation of black history, culture, and art. proud of its diverse holdings that number more than 15,000 pieces and include paintings, sculptures, print works, and historical memorabilia. Special exhibitions, workshops, and lectures are featured to highlight works by particular artists, historical events or collections on loan from individuals or institutions.

$14.50 per person (sign-up when you register) | Limit 25 people

Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m.

Hosted by: NASPAA

Conference Format

The 2022 NASPAA Annual Conference will be delivered using a traditional in-person format. It will be similar to our previous in-person conferences. All panelists presentations will be live. (There are currently no plans to have panelist present virtually.)

We will monitor the local COVID-19 data and the mandates that are set by Chicago, and we will update all participants on appropriate health and safety measures.