Each year, the ASPA Annual Conference is planned around a number of tracks that offer variety in the program and presentations. The conference themes and tracks are developed with the practitioner and the scholar in mind. Below are a list of the tracks and sub-themes that have been identified for the 2015 Annual Conference.
1. ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS
Implementing Green Policies and Communities
Environmental Policy and the Role of the Public Sector
Innovations in Transportation
Synergy between Economic Development and Sustainability
Smart Growth and Livable Communities
2. HUMAN RESOURCE AND LABOR MANAGEMENT
Innovations in Human Resources for Public Administrators
Implications of the Millennial Generation
Leading by Example and Process—Cases in Excellence
Engaging Employees, Succession Planning and Talent Management
Labor Relations, Family-Friendly Workplace Practices and Employee Satisfaction
3. ETHICS, TRUST AND TRANSPARENCY
Professionalism and Ethics for Public Leadership
Transparency and Combating Corruption
Defining New Standards for Accountable Organizations: Why Accountability Matters
Ethical Dilemmas Facing the Public Administrator
4. EMERGENCY, DISASTER AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT
Managing Emergencies: Balancing Support with Accountability
Strategic Crisis Management—Local Incidents, Global Lessons
Implementation Challenges in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Enterprise Risk Management
5. SOCIAL EQUITY AND JUSTICE AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Achieving Social Equity in the Public Service
Civic Engagement and Managing Conflict
Democracy and Social Justice across Different Boundaries
Community Visioning and Master Planning
6. BUDGETING AND FISCAL MANAGEMENT, AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
Fiscal Accountability, Transparency, Budgeting and Reporting
Public Debt and Budget Deficit Issues
Public Investment: Growing the Economy
Performance-Informed Budgeting and Reporting
Effectively Using Public Performance Standards and Benchmarking
7. NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT AND CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS
The Role of Nonprofits in Shaping Policy
Building Civil Society and Voluntary Organizations
Collaboration with the Public Sector to Provide Social and Public Services
The Viability of Nonprofits and NGOs in Challenging Economic Times
8. SMARTER GOVERNMENT
Social Media—Trends, Patterns and Emerging Issues
Technology Tools and Emerging Trends for the Effective Administrator
9. HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION
Trends, Issues and Practices in National and Global Health Policy
Healthcare Reform and the Affordable Care Act
Partnerships in Healthcare Delivery
Defining Standards for Civics and Government Education and Decision-Making
Improving Outcomes for our Education Systems
10. FOUNDERS' FORUM - FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE
There is no specific substantive or topic orientation that is required for proposals to be part of the Founders' Forum. However, relevance to the conference theme – Building a Stronger and More Equitable Society: The Role of Public Administration ̶ will be a key criterion for acceptance. This is a part of the conference that features research that is:
- academically oriented
- theoretically robust
- methodologically sound
- historically grounded
For 2015, in celebration of PAR’s 75th Anniversary, PAR programming will be featured in the Founder’s Forum track, and throughout the ten tracks.
In addition to the tracks identified, the Annual Conference also includes two pre-day Symposia. These Symposia are sponsored by ASPA's Sections and Chapters. Below is more information on the Symposia that will precede the Annual Conference.
Co-sponsored by the Section on International and Comparative Administration (SICA) and the International Chapter, this one-day Symposium will feature four panels (up to 20 papers) which relate the 2015 ASPA conference theme, its sub-topics, and our globalized world. Papers focused on one or more developing country states and/or comparative efforts are particularly encouraged.
DEIL WRIGHT SYMPOSIUM
The Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) invites individuals to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the 2015 Deil S. Wright Symposium on “Intergovernmental Management: Tensions and Trends.” The symposium honors the distinguished career and contributions of Professor Deil S. Wright, a giant in the field. The Wright Symposium will be held as a preconference event at the 2015 ASPA national conference. The half-day meeting will feature three panels (up to 12 papers).
Proposed paper topics are invited relating to the following topical questions:
Government Under Fire: How have partisan polarization and attacks on government affected intergovernmental management?
The Devolution Debate: How will “devolution by budget cut” affect the ability of public administrators to perform their responsibilities?
The Potomac Pipeline: What are the key factors affecting state and local government influence in intergovernmental management, and are subnational jurisdictions gaining or losing ground?
Laboratories of Democracy at Work: What are the critical management issues and promising innovations in state-local and interstate relations?
Going Global: What international developments, trends, and innovations could affect intergovernmental management in the United States?
Beyond Contingent Collaboration: What are the key factors and trends affecting the next phase of intergovernmental relations and management?