The 2018 Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) National Conference

Hilton Los Angeles Airport, Los Angeles CA
February 12–14, 2018

Call for Proposals: Inspiring Leadership During Challenging Times

Public Administrators consistently face challenges and adverse situations as we aim to provide equitable and  effective  services  to residents  in  our  communities.  It  has  become  understood  that  in  order  to  assist others  and  ultimately  achieve  success  that  we  will  face  countless  obstacles  and  impediments.  Some obstacles that must be overcome are a lack of fiscal and human capital resources. Another set of challenges stem from political avarice and minimal concern for disenfranchised groups. Yet another issue is related to  the  inability  to  collectively  organize  sufficient  support  amongst  constituents.  Overall,  being  a  public administrator today  has never been more difficult. However, while these and other issues remain, the spirit of public service has not been broken. There are countless examples of individuals and organizations that are striving to overcome the fiscal, political and administrative issues that we face as a field.

The 2018 conference theme is based upon the idea of promoting and highlighting the courageous efforts of those that strive for success and continue to make significant differences in the lives of all, in particular, the most vulnerable of our population. One of the goals of the 2018 Conference is to demonstrate that even when  social  and  economic  conditions  seem  bleak  that  there  are  those  rising  to  the  top  to  inspire  and  positively affect the lives of others. Moreover, there are numerous examples of minorities who are leading the  charge  during  this  time.  Another  goal  of  the  upcoming  conference  is  to  create  pathways  for  the  next generation of our leadership to take action and continue blazing trails of success.

The  conference  program  committee  is  pleased  to  invite  proposals  to  the  conference  from  academics, practitioners and students. The proposals should be related to the conference theme and sub-themes noted below:
Track 1: Social Equity and Justice  
Track 2: Economic Development & Urban Planning
Track 3: Disparities (Healthcare, Housing, Education, Employment)
Track 4: Public Policy & Management
Track 5: Public Budgeting & Finance
Track 6: Citizen Participation & Engagement
Track 7: Law & Criminal Justice
Track 8: Nonprofits Management & Leadership
Track 9: Higher Education Administration
Track 10: Strategic & Human Resource Management  

Submission of Paper and Panel Proposals
The conference program committee welcomes proposals for high-quality conceptual papers, qualitative and quantitative empirical research papers, and policy-  and practice-oriented papers. In addition to individual paper proposals, the committee encourages the submission of complete panels consisting of no more than four papers. Panel submissions should bring together complementary papers that address similar research questions or topics. Panel proposals should provide information on the overall theme of the panel and indicate how each of the proposed papers connects to the panel's theme.

Proposals from individuals at all stages of their careers are welcome. Proposals and poster presentations by graduate students are particularly encouraged. The deadline for submission of proposals is Dec. 17, 2017. Proposals will be evaluated by the conference program committee and proposers will be notified of the committee’s decisions via email.

Email your proposals to Dr. Kristie Roberts – Lewis, Point University, at: Proposals should include the following information:
  • Proposal Title
  • Abstract (200 – 350 words)
  • Presenter(s') name, institutional affiliation, address, email address and contact number

Best Paper Awards
Conference participants are encouraged to submit their full conference papers to be posted at the conference website by Jan. 14, 2018. The lengths of papers should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words, including references and endnotes. The papers should be sent electronically to Marc Fudge, California State University San Bernardino, at: Authors should use the most recent edition of the American Psychological Association style guidelines ( when they format their papers. The papers should be submitted in a Microsoft Word or compatible format. The conference planning committee will evaluate full paper submissions and will provide the following best paper awards:
  • 1st -  $1,500
  • 2nd -  $1,000
  • 3rd -  $500

An additional $500 will be awarded to the best paper from an undergraduate student. All papers will be judged on clarity, coherence, organization and relevance to the conference theme.

Special Symposium Edition
Participants may submit their revised papers after the conference for possible publication in Special Symposium editions of the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy or the International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior. All papers submitted for the journals will be peer reviewed.  

Conference Location
The plenaries and panels of the conference will be held at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90045. We have limited block of rooms at the rate of $138 per night for single and double occupancy.  

Registration Fee
Early registration is $250 on or before Jan. 14, 2018.
Late registration, after Jan. 14, 2018 is $300.
Student registration is $160.

To register for the conference, visit our conference website at: