Policies and Guidelines for
- All program
presenters must register and pay for the conference. If they are attending the
conference only on the day of their presentation, they may register for just
- Panels should include no more than five papers or presentations
in order to allow time for audience involvement in the session. All panels must
have a moderator or convener who is responsible for ensuring that panelists have
communicated with each other before the conference.
- Each panelist must
abide by the time constraints. The moderator should allot at least 20 minutes at
the end of the session for question and answer with the audience.
effort should be made to have a diverse mix of presenters, including both
academic and practitioner presenters.
- Participation in the conference
program is limited to one presentation per person to avoid over scheduling of
presenters and maximize participation. In addition to presenting in one session,
an individual may also serve as a Moderator and/or Discussant on another
- Speakers who cancel after being accepted for two consecutive
conferences may not be eligible to present at future conferences. The Program
Committee reserves the right to alter, combine and edit proposals as it plans
sessions for the conference.
- Concurrent panel sessions and workshops are
90 minutes long. Sessions are scheduled Friday through Tuesday, March 17-21,
2017, in Atlanta.
- ASPA will supply LCD projectors and screens in rooms.
Presenters are required to bring their own laptop. Costs for additional audio
visual needs, including internet, will be the responsibility of the
What type of proposals does ASPA
The ASPA conference encourages four types of session
submissions: fully formed panels, individual papers or topics for panel
placement, professional development workshops and submission for Symposia.
What is a fully formed panel?
This refers to a proposal submission that includes four or five papers or topics that
would form a single conference panel session. It includes a panel chair and an
optional discussant. The convener (individual organizing the proposal) of a
panel proposal is responsible for recruiting all of the papers and other
What does a strong panel look like?
A strong panel contains four or five papers, a chair and at least one discussant.
The panel description ties the papers together and clearly indicates how the
panel relates to the conference theme and the selected policy and/or cross
cutting area. Strong panels include a diverse range of participants,
practitioners, scholars, race, gender and affiliation as well as research
methods and perspective.
How are individual papers
Program co-chairs and track reviewers are responsible for
finding an appropriate session for an accepted paper proposal. Highly rated
individual papers are assigned to a panel session with other related and
commonly themed, but separately submitted, papers.
What is a Workshop?
This refers to a
professional development session that is most relevant to practitioners.
Workshops usually feature one or two presenters. The presentation is focused on
best practices and functional takeaways for attendees.
What are Symposia?
multi-session programs focused on a specific topic. They are half or full day
events that usually take place one or two days before the official start of the
Annual Conference. Historically, the symposiums have been sponsored by ASPA
sections. To participate in a symposia, please indicate the selection during the
proposal submission process.
What are the descriptions for the various panel
Convener: A convener is an individual responsible
for bringing presenters together to address an issue, problem, or opportunity.
The convener’s primary responsibility is to serve as the organizer and
administrator of the collaboration, and to carry out the preliminary and
follow-up tasks that ensure the panel proceeds smoothly. The role of convener
and moderator are often carried out by the same person, but this is not a
Panel Moderator: The moderator is responsible for the
engagement and timeliness of the panel and ensures the panel is lively and a
productive experience for panel members and the audience. The chair should
arrange at least one meeting, in person or by phone, among the panel members
prior to the conference and the panel. On the day of the panel, the chair is
responsible for managing the time, that the panel starts on time and each
panelist has an equitable share of the available time. The chair/moderator also
ensures that at least 15 minutes of the panel time is set aside for conversation
with the members of the audience and that the panel ends at the allotted
Panel Presenter: It is the presenter’s
responsibility to communicate the big ideas and rich commentary that is at the
core of the issue and/or paper. Under no circumstances should a paper—or its
summary—be read to the audience. Rather, the presenter should think carefully
about major themes, what members of the audience would find most useful, and how
the topic fits into the panel’s overall themes. The audience can always read the
paper later; they have selected the panel for a chance to exchange ideas. It is
the presenter’s responsibility to present intriguing ideas.
Discussant: The discussant is responsible for
synthesizing the big ideas and linking them to the topics presented at the
panel. The discussant provides insight into each presenter’s value by distilling
the central arguments, commenting on the methods, suggesting what implications
have the most value, and providing a measure of peer review. After hearing the
individual presentations, the discussant should identify—and share with the
audience—the common themes that unite them.
Coauthor: For papers with multiple authors, the
authors can be listed separately as co-authors if not presenting on the
Below is a list of the criteria that is adopted
by track reviewers and conference co-chairs when ranking and selecting panel
sessions for the Annual Conference:
Relevance to the conference theme (see considerations
- Quality and depth of attention to topics at the leading edge of
public administration issues
- Scope of the topic and its breadth of audience
- Relevance to practitioners and scholars in linking theory and
- Relevance to one of the conference tracks
objectives identified and applicable to practitioners (workshops)
- Attractiveness of the executive summary
- Practitioner participation in
Considerations to keep in mind:
Program chairs and track reviewers pay close attention to the potential for
discussion in a proposal. Panel moderators and presenters are reminded that
presentations should NOT be read. It is important that engagement is highlighted
as a key part of a proposal.
Relevance to Conference Theme:
Saluting the Public
Service: A Bold and Noble Profession. Public service is a bold and noble
profession. Our responsibilities are greater, our goals are grander and our
challenges are tougher. At its core, public administration at all levels of
government--both domestically and internationally--is focused on building a
better society. Through 11 program tracks, ASPA’s 2017 Annual Conference
provides practitioners and academics with the opportunity to showcase our
excellence, learn from our failures and devote collective intellectual capital
to addressing contemporary challenges—all while honoring public servants’
dedication and commitment around the world.
Learning Objectives :
Panels and workshops are
meant to be interactive sessions. Professional Development Workshops allow
practitioners to learn about practical solutions to contemporary issues
encountered in the workplace. Workshops are considered "hands on" sessions that
should draw attendees into the discussion and offer useful solutions and
applications in the work environment. The goal is to created opportunities for
attendees to exchange ideas. Workshops should not solely consist of lectures.
Workshop proposals should describe how the presenters will incorporate attendees
in the learning process. They will need to list three measurable learning
objectives identifying what attendees can expect to take away from the session.
Number of panel sessions:
The set number of panel
slots assigned to a track is decided by the Program Chairs, in consultation with
the Track reviewers. Program planners are guided by the goal of creating a