Each year, ASPA hosts an Annual Conference for those working in public service at the city, state, or federal level. The conference brings together practitioners and academics to share research, best practices and network. More than 1,000 individuals attend ASPA's Annual Conference which is held in a different city each year. To see a list of our upcoming locations, click here.

2014 THEME
: Celebrating the Successes and Promoting the Future of Public Service


The 2014 Annual Conference will take place March 14-18 in Washington, DC at the Mayflower Renaissance. This conference will commemorate ASPA's 75th Anniversary and mark ASPA's contributions in the past and in the future to the field of public administration.  


The Mayflower Renaissance is the headquarters hotel for ASPA’s 2014 Annual Conference. It is located at 1127 Connecticut Ave NW.  More information will be available soon on room rates.  


The State of Public Human Resource Management in 2014

The Challenge of Managing and Leading Public Service Organizations in the 21st Century

The State of Budgeting and Financial Management 2014

The Challenge of Policy Formulation and Service Delivery in the 21st Century

The State of Public Sector Ethics 2014

The Challenge of Working Across Levels of Governments & Sectors

Smarter Government 2014

Founders' Forum: Reflecting on ASPA's 75th Anniversary

* Panel proposals with a focus on the international and non-profit communities are encouraged but should reflect the established tracks.


Proposals may be submitted under the following option types:
(1) Fully Formed Panel,
(2) Individual Paper,
(3) Ask an Expert Discussion Circle,
(4) Poster Session and
(5) Best Practices Workshop.

If your submission is selected, every effort will be made to place it in the proposal type requested. However, the reviewers, at their discretion, may place it in a more suitable format. If this occurs, you will be notified as to which option it was placed in.




A maximum of four papers and/or presentations are represented on a panel, which also includes a moderator and an optional discussant. ASPA tries to distribute panels of the sections somewhat equally throughout the time slots. Panels may be selected from pre-determined, fully formed papers and/or presentations, or comprised of four separate papers with common themes, submitted by individuals.

Ask an Expert Discussion Circle. Ask an Expert Discussion Circles provide a unique opportunity where individuals can discuss their topic and related issues in a small group setting. A paper may be prepared but is not required. Although the individual’s research topic and expertise are the focus of Ask an Expert, exchange, questions and participant involvement are encouraged. This format should maximize the opportunity for dialogue among and between practitioners and academics. The submitter (Ask an Expert leader) will plan the 45-minute presentation to ensure that each session reserves at least 25 minutes for discussion and engagement of the discussion circle attendees. The session will then end, and repeat for another 45 minute session, allowing attendees to participate in two ‘Ask an Expert’ sessions within a 90 minute period. Only the primary submitter will be selected to lead/chair each discussion circle.

Poster. A Poster Session advances an author’s paper and research. It usually combines text and graphics to make a visually pleasing presentation. A poster involves showing your work to numerous academics and practitioners at the conference. Attendees have the opportunity to walk through and view the poster presentations throughout the day. Posters are particularly useful as a way to present quantitative research. More than one participant may author a poster but during a selected time period at least one of the primary authors must be in attendance to discuss the poster as needed and answer any questions.

Best Practices Workshop. In these interactive sessions you can hear real world solutions to real issues encountered in the workplace. Unlike panel sessions, these “hands on” workshops are intended to bring the attendees into the discussion and offer practical solutions/suggestions to work situations. Opportunities for exchanging ideas with peers is a major part of the program. These sessions are not strictly lectures. Presenters are required to show/describe in their submission how they will incorporate attendees in the learning process. They will also need to list three (3) measurable leaning objectives identifying what attendees can expect to take with them following the session.

Best Practices Workshops are designed to encourage additional interaction between practitioners and those who teach public administration. Participants can discuss their successes, failures, or seek input from city managers, state executives, and national leaders while obtaining insight from academics who study and work with those issues. These workshops also provide public administration scholars and students the opportunity to network with and learn from those who are “on the front lines.”


In order to encourage broad participation, participants may not present in more than one panel, discussion circle or poster session. In addition to presenting, other forms of allowed participation on a panel are as a moderator, a discussant, or a co-author. The ASPA office may make exceptions to this policy, but this must be approved in advance.

ASPA reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal. Reasons for rejection include, but are not limited to: subject matter not related to the program theme or panel topics, insufficient space on the program, failure to meet professional obligations in prior conferences (e.g., failure to appear for a scheduled slot), failure to pre-register for the conference, and indebtedness to the association.

Efforts will be made to have a diverse mix of presenters.

ALL presenters MUST pay the registration fee prior to presenting at the conference.


The Call for Proposals will be available late Spring.


ASPA's Annual Conference features two named lectures, which pay recognition to two extraordinary public servants. They are the Elliott Richardson Lecture and the Donald C. Stone Lecture. To view previous lectures, click here.