January 10, 2018
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In This Issue:
ASPA Annual Conference Two Months Away; Early-Bird Registration Closes Jan. 19
Almost 700 people are registered for the 2018 ASPA Annual Conference, taking place in Denver, March 9-13. Are you on the list? If not, make sure you register by next Friday, Jan. 19, to receive our early-bird registration rate of $439 (member, full conference registration).
This year's conference is packed with some of the biggest names in public administration, the armed forces and more. Attendees can not only pick from more than 150 panel and workshop sessions, but also they will be treated to five plenary sessions and eight Presidential Panels. Just some of the speakers lined up to be at this year's event include:
- Barrett and Greene
- Brian Elms
- Mayor Toni Harp
- Adm. Bobby Inman
- Adm. William McRaven
- Tina Nabatchi
- Jane Pisano
- Walter Shaub
- General Mark Welsh
Focusing on 10 learning tracks that will feature the most current research, as well as hands-on tools and innovations to put it to use, this will be the most comprehensive five days you spend in 2018 learning about today's innovations and what the future will bring us.
Updates have been added to the conference website to give you even more information about this event, including:
Much more will be posted in the coming weeks as we finalize plans for this tremendous event. Check back regularly and make sure you register by next Friday, Jan. 19, to receive our lowest registration rate available. We look forward to seeing you in Denver!
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ASPA Launches Section on African Public Administration
During its December meeting, ASPA's National Council approved the creation of the Section on African Public Administration (SAPA). Its goals are:
- To serve as a well-grounded public service advocate, providing systematic analysis, commentary and articulation of on-the-ground issues of public service importance in the context of the United Nations' Agenda 2030 and Africa's Agenda 2063 for transformation.
- To explore and build intercultural relationships toward closing the gaps between Africa's urbanized and privileged cities and towns on one hand and its under-represented, under-served and marginalized rural communities on the other.
- Encourage research that explores indigenous concepts and epistemological issues such as "ubuntu" [humanity] and "abunzi" [reconciliation] and the manner in which they can be integrated into public service norms.
- Fill an existing gap in the literature by raising issues and promoting research/scholarship primarily of interest to Africa that complements and reinforces viewpoints and perspectives from other regions of the world.
Interim Section officers are:
- Chair: Peter Haruna
- Chair-Elect: Anastase Shyaka
- Secretary: Sombo Chunda
- Treasurer: Rym Kaki
The Section looks forward to working with other ASPA Sections to accomplish mutual goals.
Information about the new Section will be listed on the ASPA website shortly. Members interested in joining this Section should contact us for assistance. Section dues are $30.
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Webinars, BookTalks and Student Series on the Horizon
ASPA's professional development webinars are ongoing throughout the year. Averaging 75 attendees per webinar and free to ASPA members, these e-learning opportunities provide you with valuable insights and information at your fingertips. Visit our website to stay in the loop about all upcoming webinars, BookTalks and Student Series.
BookTalk: Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Jan. 16, 2018 | 1 p.m. ET
Charles Coe, School of Public and International Affairs, North Carolina State University
Bruce McDonald, Moderator, School of Public and International Affairs, North Carolina State University
Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations approaches public management learning in a unique way, examining more than 100 high profile and little known administrative failure and success stories to explore how failures happen, how they can be prevented and how to replicate successes in other jurisdictions. Organized to complement a standard public management or organizational behavior textbook structure, this book explores both traditional public administration functions and organizational concepts. The stories ground and give meaning to the book's review of principles and best practices.
Local Accountability in the Age of Pre-Emption
Jan. 17 | 1:00-2:15 p.m. ET
In Partnership with the Center for Accountability and Performance
Nestor Davidson, Fordham University School of Law
Kim Haddow, Haddow Communications
Antoinette Samuel, National League of Cities and CAP Board Representative
David Swindell, Arizona State University
Brooks Rainwater, Moderator, Center for City Solutions, National League of Cities
The National League of Cities is partnering with ASPA's Center for Accountability and Performance to produce this webinar exploring the far-reaching and unprecedented effects of punitive bills that limit the power and autonomy of local governments. State legislatures have introduced, and will again, a significant number of preemption bills designed to stop local action and authority across a broad range of issues. What does this mean for local government performance?
Student Webinar: Cultivating Connections: Faculty-Student Engagement in Research
Jan. 18 | 1 p.m. ET
Nicole Rishel Elias, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Peter Federman, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas
Do you want to engage with faculty outside the classroom? Have you thought about attending conferences and publishing your work? Are you interested in improving your communication, research and networking skills? This workshop will help you learn how to build relationships with faculty and create opportunities to assist with cutting-edge research.
BookTalk Featuring Christina Mancini
Jan. 23 | 1 p.m. ET
Christina Mancini, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University
"Vulgar" acts of violence have become a growth industry, with several laws being enacted nationally to respond to these offenses. Yet, relatively few scholarly texts that summarize and review this large knowledge base currently exist. Mancini's text seeks to fill this void.
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Focus on Membership: Welcome Back!
Throughout the month of December, ASPA proactively reached out to those members who failed to renew their membership earlier in 2017—and with great results! We are pleased to announce almost 50 members came back into the fold, a testimony to the valued benefits ASPA offers its members every day of the year.
If you were one of those members, welcome back and please let us know how we can continue to serve you.
If you know someone whose membership lapsed last year, it's your turn to do your part! Encourage your friends and colleagues to (re)join ASPA and bring their voice to the important work we undertake as we contribute to ASPA's mission: advancing excellence in public service. All of our work gets stronger and has more meaning when all voices are bringing their perspective to our community. Let's start 2018 strong with even more individuals joining ASPA and sharing their expertise with the rest of the discipline.
Need help bringing someone (back) into the fold? Send us a note and we will be happy to help you!
Happy New Year and thank you for all you do for public service!
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Something New in Your Inbox
By now, hopefully you have noticed a difference in ASPA's communications in 2018! There are fewer of them!
Yesterday, ASPA launched a new communications service: This Week at ASPA. This new programmatic digest was created to provide you with the information you need to know about ASPA, all in one place. Including webinar announcements, conference links, publication reminders and more, this new digest will (hopefully!) become one of your go-to sources in the new year. Make sure you look for it in your inbox and read it every week to stay updated!
You may have also noticed a difference in our PA TIMES Online rotation: we have moved Tuesdays' messages to Mondays. PA TIMES Online will continue to publish its original, insightful content on a weekly basis—just on a new day. Look for new articles in your inbox every Monday and Friday and stay informed about the most recent commentary and insights in public administration.
Comments, feedback or want to set your email preferences? Contact us!
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PA TIMES Magazine Winter Edition Released
The Winter 2017 edition of PA TIMES Magazine has been posted to the ASPA website! Make sure you download your copy, which features the latest public sector news and trends.
This edition focuses on evidence-based decisionmaking. Authors include:
- John Kamensky (The IBM Center for the Business of Government)
- Tom Stanton (Attorney)
- Shelley Metzenbaum (Volcker Alliance)
- ASPA President Janice Lachance
- Steve Kelman (Harvard University)
- Roger Chin (Arizona State University)
Also including a Chapter Spotlight featuring the Metropolitan Louisville Chapter, important member news and more, this edition is packed with content. Download your copy today and catch up on the latest research and thought leadership within public administration.
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In Memoriam: Mario Rivera
Mario Rivera passed away on Dec. 22, 2017 at the age of 70. He was born in Havana, Cuba on Dec. 8, 1947.
As a lifelong educator, Rivera held a Ph.D. and master's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a BA from Harvard. He was a Regents professor of public administration at the University of New Mexico, where he worked since 1993. He had been recently elected as a National Academy of Public Administration fellow and was inducted into the Academy in November 2017. Rivera was a beloved husband, father and esteemed professor.
Find more information online.
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In Memoriam: Francis Yanak
Francis Yanak passed away Dec. 3, 2017 at the age of 89. He was a first generation American born in Cleveland, Ohio of parents who emigrated from Slovakia.
Yanak served in the Army as a longshoreman during World War II and later in Korea, and graduated from Seattle University. Following military service, he married his high school sweetheart, Dolores Hurley; they were married for 69 years and had nine children, from whom came 24 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Yanak was a federal government career employee with the Office of Personnel Management, spanning 34 years in eight geographic locations. His experience included assignments as project manager with the Equal Employment Opportunity Program in Washington, DC and as a regional director in St. Louis and San Francisco. Following retirement, he worked for Bank of America and had assignments for the United Nations in Indonesia and the People's Republic of China.
During retirement, Yanak earned his MPA and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, after which he taught at Golden Gate University's EMPA Program for more than 10 years.
Yanak was an active member of ASPA for more than 15 years, participating in the Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations, the Section on Public Law and Administration and the Bay Area Chapter.
A memorial celebration of life will be held by Yanak's family at a later date.
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2018 Innovations in American Government Awards: Nominations Due Friday
Nominations for Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation's 2018 Innovations in American Government Awards are due this Friday, Jan. 12. The Innovations Award is seeking innovative programs, policies and initiatives specifically related to expanding employment opportunities, skills training and development, job placement and retention, wage advancement, entrepreneurialism, equitable economic development, poverty alleviation, wealth building and financial literacy and empowerment. The winner of the Innovations in American Government Award will receive a $50,000 prize to support replication and dissemination activities and will have a case study written about their work. Click here for more information.
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COMPA Annual Conference: Early-Bird Deadline Jan. 14
The Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) invites you to join them for their annual conference, Feb. 12-14, 2018 in Los Angeles. This year's theme is, "Inspiring Leadership During Challenging Times." The early-bird registration for this two-day event is $250 and will expire on Jan. 14, 2018. An updated list of speakers and events is online now and a full program will be released shortly. Click here for more information.
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Call for Nominations: 2018 Fred Riggs Award
The Section on International and Comparative Administration (SICA) is seeking nominations for its 2018 Fred Riggs Award for Lifetime Achievement in International and Comparative Public Administration. SICA established the award in 1985 to recognize scholars who made significant and widely recognized contributions to the conceptual, theoretical and/or operational progress in the fields of international, comparative and/or development administration. The award honors Fred W. Riggs, a pioneer in these fields and a leading founder of SICA. The award is given annually at the SICA business meeting held during the ASPA Annual Conference. Please send all nominations to SICA Chair M. Shamsul Haque at email@example.com by Jan. 19, 2018. Click here for more information.
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Call for Papers: Public Administration and Rule of Law Workshop
Zhejiang University School of Public Affairs, working with support of the School of Public Administration and Policy at Renmin University of China, David Rosenbloom and the Journal of Chinese Governance (JCG), extends a call for papers to the international workshop, "Public Administration and Rule of Law," scheduled for May 19-20, 2018. Participants who join the workshop should subsequently submit their (previously unpublished) papers for publication in special issues of the Journal of Chinese Governance, which intends to shape or reshape the research agenda and discourse on the new developments and existing problems of public administration. All papers proposals are due Jan. 22, 2018. Click here for more information.
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Call for Papers: 2018 IIAS Congress
The 2018 Congress of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), taking place June 25-29, 2018 in close collaboration with the Presidency of the Tunisian Government and ENA Tunis (National School of Administration), will focus on the theme of administrative resilience.
Resilience refers to the capacity of public administration to provide appropriate responses to shocks, risks and disasters of any kinds. Several strands of resilience studies have been worked out in 30 calls for papers. IIAS invites interested parties to contribute to this Congress by submitting an abstract in one of these tracks online. The deadline for all abstracts has been extended until Jan. 31, 2018. Click here for more information.
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Call for Proposals: Public Finance and the New Economy
Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is seeking paper proposals for a conference, "Public Finance and the New Economy." The field of public finance is faced with challenges and opportunities arising from the new economy, sharing economy, data analytics and artificial intelligence. The Andrew Young School invites papers that examine how these changes affect the public sector, as well as how the public sector is adapting. All proposals are due Feb. 1, 2018. Click here for more information.
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Call for Papers: The Future of Public Service Symposium
Suffolk University in Boston has issued the following call for papers for a symposium sponsored with ASPA, "The Future of Public Service: Advancing the Civil Society through Partnership Government," to take place May 31, 2018. This dialogue will explore the next frontier of public service: partnership government. It will focus on a broad vision of public service grounded in the principles of the civil society, the common good, service to others and social equity, exploring the need for public service organizations and other actors to recognize and embrace the interdependence that is necessary to succeed as partners in an era of fundamental challenges to the role of government itself. Decisions will be made beginning Feb. 1, 2018 and proposals may be submitted and considered on a rolling basis thereafter. Click here for more information.
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Call for Papers: 2018 IASIA-LAGPA
The International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) and the Latin American Group for Public Administration (LAGPA), in close collaboration with SERVIR—Autoridad Nacional del Servicio Civil and Universidad Catolica Sedes Sapientiae—are organising the 2018 IASIA-LAGPA Joint Conference to be held July 23-26, 2018 in Lima, Peru. The main theme will be, "Globalization, Territories and Integration". The conference will bring together practitioners, academics, Ph.D. students and young researchers in public administration and management to exchange on current and ongoing topics and concerns. The Call for Papers has been released; abstracts are due Feb. 15, 2018. Click here for more information.
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Call for Case Studies: Syracuse 2017 E-PARCC Competition
E-PARCC is a project of the "Collaborative Governance Initiative" launched in 2007 by the Syracuse University Maxwell School's Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC). E-PARCC provides free online resources for those who teach collaborative public management, networks and public management, collaborative governance, international development and collaborative problem solving around the world. This year, Syracuse is happy to announce the Glendal E. and Alice D. Wright Prize Fund for Conflict and Collaboration Case Studies in International Development, a new competition for cases in Development in Transition and Conflict Societies: Effective Use of Collaborative Methods in International Development. All case studies and teaching simulations are due by March 1, 2018. Click here for more information.
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Call for Nominations: ASPA-Detroit Outstanding Public Service Awards
ASPA's Detroit Metropolitan Chapter (ASPA-Detroit) is calling for nominations for its outstanding public service awards, recognizing the achievements of exemplary public servants working in the Detroit metropolitan area. The awards recognize outstanding public servants from local government agencies and their partner organizations who have contributed to the advancement of the public interest and prestige of the public service profession, as well as young professionals dedicated to pursuing successful careers in a local government context. The outstanding public service awards will be given during the Chapter's annual meeting, to which awardees will receive a complimentary admission. Chapter membership is not required (although encouraged) for nominees; however, the nominating individual must be a current ASPA-Detroit member. Nominations are due by March 30, 2018. Click here for more information.
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National Forum for Black Public Administrators Annual Conference
Registration for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators' (NFBPA) annual conference, FORUM 2018, is open. Taking place April 18-22, 2018, FORUM attracts more than 1,000 African American public officials for an intensive skills building and professional development program. The annual conference is the capstone of the professional development activities in which NFBPA engages throughout the year. FORUM brings together NFBPA members, corporate executives, elected officials and students for four days designed to promote success in public service. Click here for more information.
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Welcome New Members!
Click here to view this month's list of new ASPA members!
With issue 78(1), PAR's new co-editors in chief, Jeremy L. Hall and R. Paul Battaglio, are at the helm. Among the many editorial duties they have assumed over the past year, a redesign of PAR's image and branding was at the top of the list. (Be on the lookout for more exciting changes as well!) They'd like to make sure ASPA's membership has the first look at PAR's new cover design.
Hall and Battaglio describe the symbolism of the cover design as follows:
"We feature an image of Atlas—the Greek Titan condemned by Zeus to support the heavens. Atlas symbolizes tradition, vigor and endurance—all values that exemplify PAR throughout its 78-year history. Everything we publish must be grounded on the traditions of our discipline. Research that appears in PAR must be rigorous and vigorously stand the test of time. While PAR's focus is already global, the celestial emphasis suggests the importance of the atmosphere in which we operate, and the exploration of things yet unknown or not yet understood." (Hall and Battaglio 2018).
To learn more about their editorial vision for PAR, be sure to read their opening editorial in the new issue headed your way in a few days.
Be sure to check out 20 of the most cited PAR articles from 2016, CURRENTLY UNLOCKED for free and easy access*:
*enjoy temporary access to these articles while it lasts; the list will be updated for 2017 soon.
Just Released on Early View:
Be among the first to read the latest research forthcoming in PAR:
Progress toward Pay Equity in State Governments?
Gregory B. Lewis, Jonathan Boyd and Rahul Pathak
Version of Record online: 28 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12897
Playground or Church? Implications for Public Administration from Trinity Lutheran v. Comer
Philip J. Candreva
Version of Record online: 19 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12898
VIEWPOINT: Evidence-Based Prevention of Organized Crime: Assessing a New Collaborative Approach
Maurits Waardenburg, Martijn Groenleer, Jorrit de Jong and Herman Bolhaar
Version of Record online: 19 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12889
Do Political Similarities Facilitate Interlocal Collaboration?
Minsun Song, Hyung Jun Park and Kyujin Jung
Version of Record online: 19 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12887
VIEWPOINT: Evaluating Collaboration: The Solution to One Problem Often Causes Another
Version of Record online: 19 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12888
The Limits and Possibilities of Volunteering: A Framework for Explaining the Scope of Volunteer Involvement in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Rebecca Nesbit, Robert K. Christensen and Jeffrey L. Brudney
Version of Record online: 15 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12894
VIEWPOINT: PAR's (and ASPA's) Contribution to Public Administration Internationally
Version of Record online: 14 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12890
Who Engages in the Coproduction of Local Public Services and Why? The Case of Atlanta, Georgia
Kelechi Uzochukwu and John Clayton Thomas
Version of Record online: 11 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12893
Politics of Disclosure: Organizational Transparency as Multiactor Negotiation
Maximilian Heimstadt and Leonhard Dobusch
Version of Record online: 11 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/puar.12895
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Public Integrity Update
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The latest issue of Public Integrity is now available.
Volume 20, Number 1
Trump Against the World: His Policies toward Mexico and the Resistance from Inside and Outside the United States
The Demise of Moral Absolutes Ushered in by the 2016 Elections
Anna K. Chacko
The Search for Accountability: United States v. McDonnell and the Fundamental Right to Honest Government
Judging in a Mismatch: The Ethical Challenges of Pro Se Litigation
Ethical Responsibility of Public Administrators from the Legislator's View: An Analysis Based on a California Case Study
Sandra Emerson and Jing Wang
Bishops Who Live Like Princes: Bishop Tebartz-van Elst and the Challenge of Defining Corruption
Inaki Albisu Ardigo and Dan Hough
A Comprehensive Accountability Framework for Public Administrators
Natasha V. Christie
Masculinity in Gender Relations: Hegemonic Masculinity and Masculine Power Discourse in Turkey
Informal Economies in Post-Socialist Spaces: Practices, Institutions and Networks
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New on PA TIMES Online
Every Monday and Friday, ASPA publishes a curated collection of original content that covers public service, management and international affairs.
This quarter, we welcome submissions that focus on workforce management in government and the nonprofit sectors. Send your contributions to us now! The deadline is rolling; contact us for more information.
Check out our recent articles and columns:
Doing Evidence Right
By Shelley Metzenbaum and Steven Kelman
Originally printed in the Winter 2017 edition of PA TIMES magazine.
The Value of Federal Government Data in Transforming Government Agencies
By Bill Brantley
What A Leader Must Do
By Susan Paddock
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