GREATER CHICAGO CHAPTER
Each May, in conjunction with Public Service Recognition Week, the Greater Chicago Chapter of ASPA honors outstanding graduate students, alumni, faculty members, and practitioners in the fields of public administration and policy.
Dean F. Eitel Award for Outstanding Graduate Students
For more than 25 years, the Chapter has been recognizing outstanding graduate students from each of the eight affiliated universities in the Chicago area with graduate programs in public administration and policy. Students are selected for this award through a faculty nomination process. In 2010, the award was name for Dr. Eitel, Assistant Director of the School of Public Service at DePaul University, for his steadfast and unwavering commitment to his students and to public service.
Approximately five years ago, the Chapter also began honoring outstanding alumni from these same programs. The alumni award recognizes individuals who have made significant impacts in their respective fields through their careers and/or significant community service.
Louis Brownlow Outstanding Public Administration Instructor Award
The Brownlow Award recognizes Chicago-area college instructors who have made outstanding contributions to public service education, excellence in teaching over a sustained period of time, and service to the wider community. The award is named after Professor Louis Brownlow (1879–1963), a lecturer at the University of Chicago between 1931 and 1945 and one of the founders of ASPA in December 1939 and the Chicago Chapter in May 1940. Mr. Brownlow also helped establish and became the director of the Public Administration Clearing House at the University of Chicago in 1930, where ASPA was first housed.
In addition, Brownlow is remembered for chairing the Committee on Administrative Management (known as the Brownlow Committee) in 1937 and for co-authoring a report which led to passage of the Reorganization Act of 1939 and the creation of the Executive Office of the President. He was chairman of the National Institute of Public Affairs from 1934 to 1949. Among others, his publications include The President and the Presidency and an autobiography.
Adlai E. Stevenson Public Service Award
The Chapter also honors outstanding public administrators and officials independent of the university programs. The purpose of this award is to annually honor one individual with a connection to the Chicago area that has made outstanding contributions to government and public administration over an extended period of time.
Given the nature of the award, it seemed natural to name it the Adlai E. Stevenson Public Service Award. The award’s namesake served as Governor of Illinois, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and ran twice for the Presidency as the nominee of the Democratic Party. At the same time, the award also honors the Stevenson family’s commitment to public service, as exemplified by his grandfather’s service as Vice President, his father’s term as Illinois Secretary of State, and his son’s tenure in Illinois state government and the U.S. Senate. This was particularly important, given the long-term nature of the contributions being honored; and it was former Senator Stevenson who consented to the use of his father’s name for this award.
The CenTex Chapter presents the following awards each May:
- Public Administrator of the Year: Individuals are selected in two Categories: Elected Official and Professional)
- James W. McGrew Public Policy Research Award (Two Categories: Student and Professional)
- Public Administration Professor of the Year
CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER
The Central Florida Chapter presents four awards each May during Public Service Recognition Week.
Public Service Award: Recognizes an individual, private institution, public or non profit organization for promoting the role, ethics, and ideals of public administration.
Public Administrator/New Professional Award: Recognizes a public administrator with less than five years of full-time service in the public or nonprofit sector who has made a significant impact on the Central Florida community and to public or nonprofit service.
Academic Excellence Award: Recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to public administration through teaching, research, writing, and/or related activities.
Student Essay Award: Recognizes the University of Central Florida undergraduate or graduate student who submits the best essay of 500 words or less on the topic of The ASPA Code of Ethics.
GREATER CINCINNATI CHAPTER
The Greater Cincinnati Chapter hosts awards for Administrator of the Year. The categories are:
Program Excellence: This award is open to any unit of government (department, agency, division, bureau, office, academic department, etc.) or nonprofit organization that has distinguished itself through a program or initiative that shows exceptional productivity, performance, effectiveness or innovation that has provided highly responsive service to its customers, and demonstrated government's value and effectiveness.
Career Achievement: This award is presented to an individual who, through his or her career in Public Administration, has demonstrated a tradition of excellence through outstanding achievements and commitment to the ethics and standards of the profession of public service, not only in his or her career, but also through active participation and leadership in professional and service organizations.
Individual Contributor: This award recognizes individuals whose job performance has demonstrated sustained creativity, resourcefulness, and dedication. These individuals have made significant contributions to public services through their professional specialty and achievement of their organization's goals and objectives. They are admired by colleagues, supervisors, and citizens for their positive attitude and for the quality and quantity of work they perform.
Early Careerist: Presented to an individual who, though early in his or her career, has demonstrated the dedication and commitment to the ideals ethics, and professionalism required to pursue a career in public administration and public service. Such an individual may also demonstrate his or her enthusiasm and commitment to the tenets of public administration via involvement in professional and/or public service organizations.
Support Services: Presented to an individual in a support role. This award goes to someone who has demonstrated professionalism, dedication, and efficiency in providing support to an individual or organization engaged in public administration activities. Examples of support service personnel might range from receptionists to administrative assistants.
Student Award: This award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student who has shown interest in public and nonprofit administration beyond their classroom work, has performed exceptionally well in public administration courses, and has applied insights of public administration and public policy to his/her campus activities. Members and non-members of ASPA are eligible for this award.
For more information, and an application, please visit http://www.aspaonline.org/grcinn/awards.html
GREATER KANSAS CITY CHAPTER
The Greater Kansas City Chapter presents the following awards at their annual awards dinner each May:
Public Administrator of the Year Awards: The Administrator of the Year Awards are presented to professionals in the federal, state and local, academic and not-for-profit fields for outstanding performance in the practice and teaching of public administration in the Greater Kansas City area.
L.P. Cookingham Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Administration: This award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to public administration over an extended period of time.
Crisis Management Award: The Crisis Management Award recognizes the outstanding performance of public administrators faced with a crisis situation.
Recognition of Special Contributions to the Greater Kansas City Chapter: The award for Special Contributions to the Greater Kansas City Chapter is given to a member of the Chapter to recognize his or her exceptional dedication and contributions.
Stanley Fisher Memorial Awards: The Stanley Fisher Memorial Awards for Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate Students of Public Administration are presented annually to students who have shown interest in public administration beyond their classroom work, have performed exceptionally well in public administration courses, and have applied insights of public administration to their campus activities. Stanley Fisher was city manager of Warrensburg, Missouri. He was tragically killed in an automobile accident on April 30, 1966, when he was President-Elect of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of ASPA. This award is presented in honor of him and his contributions to public administration.
Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Student Essay Award: The Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Student Essay Award is awarded to a high school student who submits the best essay on a topic selected by the Chapter relating to public administration. The award is designed to honor Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann, one of the founding members of the chapter.
INLAND EMPIRE CHAPTER
Annually in June, the Inland Empire Chapter of ASPA recognizes outstanding achievement in the area of public administration at an awards luncheon. Nominees are accepted who exhibit outstanding service to others and/or personal achievement.
Outstanding Elected Official
Eligibility: An individual who is currently serving in an elective office and who directly represents residents of a city, county or district in Riverside and/or San Bernardino County.
Outstanding Senior Administrator
Eligibility: A person who has served in a high level administrative capacity for at least 3 years or has retired or resigned from such position within the previous 12 months; has made notable, positive contributions to an organization's efficiency, morale or economics.
Outstanding Administrator - Education
Eligibility: A person whose primary employment or vocation is in the field of education, either as a teacher, counselor, researcher or fundraiser and has made notable, positive contributions to an organization's efficiency, morale or economics.
Outstanding Rising Administrator
Eligibility: A person who is currently serving in a public administrative capacity which includes significant responsibility for planning, budget and/or analytical oversight and independent judgment and has made notable, positive contributions to an organization's efficiency, morale or economics.
Maryland Chapter ASPA awards outstanding public service in three categories: local public service, state public service, and federal public service. Visit the chapter web site for more information.
MICHIGAN CAPITAL AREA CHAPTER
These awards are given out each spring, at the annual public service awards banquet. For nomination or other information on the Michigan Capital Chapter awards, please contact Craig Thiel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Service Award: Selected by the Chapter Board to honor an individual for their long-term, sustained commitment to public service throughout their career.
Public Service Award in State Government: Candidates should be expert public administrators who are active in state government in the tri-county area. Candidates should be making significant contributions to improve the quality of Michigan's citizens. Candidates in this category should be demonstrating a positive impact on public service at the state level through innovative service, expert policy development, quality public advocacy or particularly effective projects.
Public Service Award in Local Government: Candidates should be active in local government in the tri-county area. Candidates should be making significant contributions to improve the quality of citizens in their jurisdiction. Candidates in this category should be demonstrating a positive impact on public service at the local level through innovative service, quality programming, organizational change or particularly effective projects.
Public Service Award in Academia: Candidates should be making significant contributions to the public in an educational setting in the tri-county area. Candidates in this category should be demonstrating a positive influence on public administrators or citizens through teaching, innovative public service, special projects, or research.
Public Administration Scholarship: Candidates have to be enrolled in a graduate level public administration course in the previous calendar year. Candidates must have a faculty sponsor and letter of support for a manuscript not to exceed 30 pages, double-spaced. Entries are judged on the relevance of the topic, appropriate use of methodology, quality of presentation, originality, innovativeness, and clarity. The scholarship includes a $750 award.
NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA CHAPTER (NCAC)
NCAC presents the following awards at a ceremony each spring:
President’s Award for Outstanding Public Service: The President’s Award recognizes outstanding recent contributions in the field of public administration. Honorees are people who have made contributions, especially innovations, in policy and management through action or scholarly.
Government Executive Leadership Award: The Government Executive Leadership Award recognizes individuals for their leadership in achieving public policy, breaking down barriers between political appointees and civil service executives, and between executive and legislative branches and improving the public’s regard for government.
The Elmer B. Staats Award for Accountability: The Elmer B. Staats Award recognizes individuals or organizations for excelling in studies or analyses of the effectiveness of government programs. Criteria include the innovative nature of the studies, its scope and impact, and recognition of its importance by peers in the field.
The Nebraska Chapter presents two awards each year: one to an outstanding elected official, the other to an outstanding public administrator.
NEW YORK METROPOLITAN CHAPTER
The New York Metropolitan Chapter presents the following awards each spring:
- Outstanding Leader in Public Affairs Award
- Award for Outstanding Public Administrator
- Award for Outstanding Academic
- Outstanding Public Administrator in the Northeast Region Award
- Outstanding Volunteer Award
- Outstanding Students Awards