Join ASPA for this professional development webinars series led by industry experts. Each webinar lasts 60 minutes and features robust discussions about public management issues and PA current events. Topics have included everything from finance and performance management to emergency response to diversity and leadership development.

Review our list of upcoming webinars below and register today for an upcoming learning opportunity!


All ASPA-sponsored webinars, unless otherwise noted, are priced as follows:

ASPA members: FREE! (member benefit)

Non-members: $75


All webinars start at 1 pm EST unless otherwise advertised.


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The Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing
Tuesday, June 7

You asked and we listened! ASPA is bringing back one of our most popular webinar sessions, presented in early 2015. This webinar will introduce participants to the world of grant writing and focus on the opportunities and challenges of writing grant proposals. From concept development to project deliverables , this webinar will highlight issues related to project design, implementing workflow processes, developing budgets and budget justification, as well as other major components of developing a successfully grant proposal. In addition, the session will highlight the opportunities and challenges of administering a grant once it is funded.



Joseph (Jody) Holland is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy Leadership at The University of Mississippi. He received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in Public Policy and Administration. Jody teaches public policy courses that range from general policy issues to specialized policy such as food policy, economic development and technology policy. In addition, he teaches a course in grant writing and nonprofit management. As a researcher, Jody has collaborated with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Highway Administration (FWHA), Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Delta Regional Authority (DRA), Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the National Center for Intermodal Transportation for Economic Competitiveness (NCITEC). His work can be found in Review of Public Personnel Administration (ROPPA), Journal of Transportation and Land Use, Public Works Management and Policy, The Journal of Nutrition and Hunger and Community Development.

Managing Technology Risk: Cybersecurity and Beyond
Thursday, June 16

Like most organizations, government agencies face challenges managing technology, the critical resource to meet evolving public service expectations. But benefits associated with adapting the latest technology come with risks, some more apparent than others. A new report from Rutgers University details the problems of managing the benefits of technology in the face of cybersecurity, legal, operational, financial, reputational and societal risks.

The report recommends that top municipal
officials must create and maintain an environment of “technological proficiency” to manage those risks. This webinar will review the critical elements establishing technological proficiency in their organization. Attendees will learn: 


  • The origins of technology risk in government organizations 
  • The range of risks that technology presents 
  • The four elements of technological proficiency 
  • How to apply those elements in organizations with varying technology profiles

Marc Pfeiffer
retired in 2012 from a 37-year career in New Jersey local government administration, having served as a municipal administrator in several municipalities, and 26 years of service in the state’s local government oversight agency, the Division of Local Government Services. There he served as Deputy Director for 14 years, and periodically as Acting Director. He has broad experience in local government policy and administration, including specific expertise in finance and property taxation, public procurement, shared services and consolidation, technology, labor relations and general government administration. Marc also has deep experience in the legislative process as a regulatory officer. He is currently engaged in research concerning the use of technology in local government.




American Politics in the Age of Ignorance: Why Policymakers Choose Belief over Research
Tuesday, June 21

Increasingly, lawmakers feel their way through policy deliberations, letting their emotions drive their decisionmaking. When they do use data to make decisions, they choose sources they know will support their beliefs. Why is this? Personal preferences? An overflow of information? Is a personal agenda or a district project driving their choices? This webinar will look at decisionmaking and the effects belief-based decisions have on the state of public administration.


David Schultz
, Professor, Hamline University Department of Political Science and Editor, Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE)
David Schultz is a Hamline University Professor of Political Science who teaches across a wide-range of American politics classes including public policy and administration, campaigns and elections, and government ethics. A three-time Fulbright scholar who has taught extensively in Europe, and the winner of the national Leslie A. Whittington award for excellence in public affairs teaching, Schultz is the author of 30 books and more than 100 articles on various aspects of American politics, election law and the media and politics, and he is regularly interviewed and quoted in the local, national and international media on these subjects including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the Economist, National Public Radio, La Nouvelle Observateur, L’Express, Der Spiegel, Verdens Gang and To Vima. His most recent books are  American Politics in the Age of Ignorance: Why Lawmakers Choose Belief Over Research (2013), Election Law and Democratic Theory (2014), and Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter. (2015).




Student Series: Resumes, Resumes, Resumes - Marketing Yourself on the Page
Tuesday, June 28


Back by popular demand, ASPA Executive Director Bill Shields will be leading this discussion about webinars. Where you're still a student, have recently graduated or are a professional in the midst of a job change, this is a webinar you shouldn't miss!

There are different perspectives and views on resumes—what should be on them, what shouldn’t not, how long they should be, what they should cover, to name a few. The answers you get depend on whom you ask. What can’t be disputed is its importance. It’s more than a piece of paper you complete at 3:00 a.m. right before a job interview. It’s not a document for which you spend more time selecting the color and stock of the paper than the substance listed on it. Your resume introduces you to a potential employer, sells your skills and attributes to that employer and hopefully gets you to the next step.

Everyone—at every stage of his or her professional career—needs to update a resume, list new skills, add a new position and adjust it so you're marketing your best "current self" on the page. There is no cookie cutter approach to resumes, but there are rights and wrongs. Bill Shields will explain.