February 14, 2018

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2018 ASPA Award Winners Announced

ASPA is pleased to announce it will be honoring the following individuals and organizations as winners of its 2018 Awards Program. These awards, as well as a number of Section awards, will be presented throughout the 2018 Annual Conference. Section award honorees will be announced in the awards brochure distributed at the conference.

National Public Service Award
Presented at the Presidential Panel: Lessons Learned for How to Change the World, Saturday, March 10

  • Adm. William McRaven (ret.) (University of Texas System)
  • Susan Raufer (Newark Asylum Office, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)
  • Gen. Mark Welsh, III (ret.) (Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government and Public Service)

Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award
Gov. L. Douglas Wilder (Virginia Commonwealth University, L. Douglas Wilder School of Public Affairs)
Presented at the Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award Luncheon, Sunday, March 11

Nesta M. Gallas Award
Walter Shaub, Jr. (Campaign Legal Center)
Presented at the Nesta M. Gallas Lecture, Monday, March 12

Elmer Staats Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service
Paul Posner (George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government)
Presented at the Presidential Panel: He Gave Us So Much, Sunday, March 11

Donald C. Stone Service to ASPA Award
Presented at the Donald C. Stone Lecture, Monday, March 12

  • Gloria Billingsley (Jackson State University)
  • Agatha Caraballo (Florida International University)

Dwight Waldo Award
Mary Guy (University of Colorado Denver)
Presented at the Nesta M. Gallas Lecture, Monday, March 12

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Exemplary Practice Award
Christopher Orlea (City of Pearland, Texas)
Presented at the Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award Luncheon, Sunday, March 11

H. George Frederickson PA TIMES Best Article Award
Elisha Harig-Blaine (National League of Cities)
Presented at the Opening Plenary, Saturday, March 10

International Public Administration Award
Tamara Nezhina (National Research University, Higher School of Economics)
Presented at the International Assembly, Sunday, March 11

Wallace O. Keene Conference Scholarship Award
Presented at the Student and New Professional Summit, Friday, March 9

  • Rabina Bessear (University of Central Florida)
  • Rosalyn Van Buren Foster (University of Southern California—Sol Price School of Public Policy)

Walter M. Mode Conference Scholarship Award
Molly Oudekerk (Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine)
Presented at the Student and New Professional Summit, Friday, March 9

Patricia J. Yearwood Newsletter Award—Chapter
Indiana Chapter
Presented at the Chapter Leadership Meeting, Sunday, March 11

Congratulations to this year's award winners!

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Annual Conference 2018: Come for the Panels and Stay for the Fun!

ASPA's 2018 Annual Conference is just three weeks away and almost 1,000 of your friends and colleagues are registered to be in Denver, March 9-13. If you have not already done so, make sure to register now!

Five plenaries, eight presidential panels and more than 160 workshops and panels will be held throughout the event, providing you with hands-on knowledge and current trends in innovation to apply to your scholarship and practice. Even more: you will have fun!

The conference's primary networking event, the Welcome Reception, will take place Saturday night at the Denver Aquarium and feature a variety of water-themed exhibits, terrific food, a full bar and much more. Beyond that, save space in your schedule to participate in a variety of other networking opportunities, including:

  • ASPA's Trivia Night, a team competition during which you will pitch your public administration knowledge against others in the room—and make some new friends while you are at it!
  • An exhibit hall reception honoring former PAR editor Jim Perry, which will also give you plenty of time to mix and mingle with colleagues after a long day of panels and plenaries.
  • University receptions, offering food, drink and plenty of talk time in a collegial atmosphere.
  • Section meetings, providing you with opportunities to meet new people within your interest area and share notes—and maybe contact information!

Whether you are headed to Denver to present on a panel or learn from your colleagues and peers, make sure you reserve some time to have some fun and meet new people. The crux of your experience as a public administrator starts with your network of contacts and ASPA's Annual Conference is a great place to broaden your horizons and add to your mental rolodex. Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

Registration rates go up on March 1. Register today—and we will look forward to seeing you in Denver!

Follow @ASPANational and #ASPA2018 for updates via Twitter; contact [email protected] with any questions.

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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.

ASPA has held six webinars since the beginning of the year, all of which will be posted to our archives shortly if they are not there already. Make the most of this resource both to advance your own learning and, where appropriate, share content with your classes to supplement your syllabus.

CAP Webinar: Driving Performance through Improved Employee Engagement
Feb. 22 | 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. ET
Bob Lavigna, Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement and CPS HR Consulting
Mallory Barg Bulman, Partnership for Public Service
Alexandra Smith, City of Memphis
Michael Zingsheim, State of Michigan

Decades of research have shown that improving employee engagement will drive higher levels of organizational performance, including in the public sector. In this session, the panelists will discuss how measuring and improving engagement drives improved organizational performance in federal, state and local government.

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Focus on Membership: A Valentine's Day Poem!

An ASPA membership awaits you—365 days!
We're here to support you in so many ways...
Webinars, conferences, awards, a magazine—
A professional journal of quality rarely seen.

Your Chapter and Sections value your presence.
They are, in fact, your raison d'etre, in a sense.
They provide you with friends, peers and local fun—
Regular touchpoints to connect with everyone.

Online tools are at your disposal.
Use them year-round—especially nearing deadlines for proposals!
Webinars provide data, PAR provides new sources;
Online news and digests supplement your courses.

Conference time? Don't miss it! It would be such a shame
To give up the chance to have more people learn your name.
And maybe while you're there you'll connect with someone new—
Which makes ASPA membership worth more than ever ... too true!

So as you ponder how this year's budget should be spent,
Keep ASPA on your list of requirements.
365 reasons can be found to keep returning to the fold...
And a cheesy Valentine's Day poem never gets old!

From the ASPA membership department: Be Our Valentine!

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ASPA Hosts Career Fair in Denver

As part of its 2018 Annual Conference, on Monday, March 12 ASPA and University of Colorado Denver will host a Career Fair in Denver to bring together conference attendees and public administration hiring teams. Make sure you are there!

There are two ways in which you can participate in the fair:

  • Attend! There are no age requirements for the positions advertised at the fair. Whether you are early in your public administration career or have been in the discipline for years, check out the options and learn more about the various positions available in Denver and across the country.
  • Exhibit! The Career Fair is now open for exhibitors. If your agency, university or nonprofit is hiring—or just wants to gain exposure in front of job-seekers—contact us ([email protected]) now to find out how you can get a table.

The Career Fair will run from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. MT on Monday, March 12 and will include two workshops for job seekers. Find more information online and make plans today to be at the fair!

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In Memoriam: Wen Wang

Wen Wang, a professor at Rutgers University—Newark, School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), passed away on Jan. 22, 2018 at the University of California—San Francisco Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Lei Zhang, son and daughter, as well as his extended family in China.

Wang joined the SPAA family as an associate professor in 2016, was an invaluable member of the school and university and was beloved by colleagues and students alike.

As a prolific scholar and an expert in capital budgeting and finance, Wang's articles appeared in a variety of journals and other outlets. His article, "School District Responses to Matching Aid Programs for Capital Facilities: A Case Study of New York's Building Aid Program," published in the National Tax Journal, won the Richard A. Musgrave Prize in 2011 for the best paper. He also served on the editorial board for the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management.

Wang also was a founding member of the China-American Association for Public Affairs, where he currently was serving as president of the organization.

Before joining SPAA, Wang taught at a number of institutions including the Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Public and Environmental Affairs; City University of Hong Kong; and the University of South Carolina. He also worked as a program manager for the Chinese Academy of Governance and was a study fellow at the University of Birmingham, School of Public Policy, United Kingdom.

Wang joined ASPA in 2006 and was a regular attendee at ASPA's annual conferences. He held memberships with the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management and the Section on Chinese Public Administration and was an active member of the South Carolina, Indiana, New Jersey and International Chapters throughout the past decade.

Wang earned his Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, received his MPA from the University of Georgia and his bachelor's degree from Nankai University in China.

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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 organizing 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 tomorrow, Feb. 15, 2018. Click here for more information.

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Plan Ahead: Spring Professional Development Courses at Georgia State

The Center for State and Local Finance, Georgia State University Andrew Young School, will offer several courses in the 2017-18 school year, all at newly reduced prices.

  • Treasury and Investment Management: This course focuses on cash flow strategy.
    March 7-9; Deadline: Feb. 21; Cost: $500
  • Forecasting: This course covers revenue forecasting for government jurisdictions.
    April 19-20; Deadline: April 5; Cost: $350
  • Operating and Capital Budgeting: This course focuses on costs and plans related to capital projects.
    May 16-18; Deadline May 2; Cost: $500

Fees include course content, instructional materials and light breakfast/snacks. Continuing professional education credits are available and certificates of completion will be awarded at the conclusion of each course. For details and registration information, visit cslf.gsu.edu/training.

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Upcoming: ASPA Georgia Chapter 20th Academic Conference

The 20th Annual ASPA Georgia Chapter Academic Conference will take place Feb. 23, 2018 at Georgia College in Milledgeville. Papers, panels and/or roundtables will look at identifying and meeting current challenges and/or opportunities in public administration. Contact program chair Min Kim with any questions.

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IBM Center Sponsors Grant Contest

The IBM Center for The Business of Government is celebrating its 20th anniversary by, in part, sponsoring a Challenge Grant contest that seeks ideas about what the structure and operations of government may look like in the year 2040. Proposals offering a vision of government in 2040 will be accepted until Feb. 28, 2018. Winners of the Challenge Grant will be invited to write a 2,500-word essay describing their vision more fully, for publication by the IBM Center later this year, along with a small monetary grant. Click here for more information.

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Call for Papers: SAAPAM 17th Annual Conference

The South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM), in collaboration with the Department of Public Administration within the faculty of economic and management sciences at North West University, will be hosting its 17th Annual Conference at Mmabatho Palms in the North-West Province, May 8-11, 2018 under the theme, "Building State Capacity for Democracy's Developmental Mandate." The four-day conference will provide a platform for international and local academics, students and practitioners to share innovative ideas on democracy and state capacity. SAAPAM has issued a call for papers; abstracts of 250-350 words should be submitted on or before Feb. 28, 2018. Click here for more information.

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Call for Case Studies: Syracuse 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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Now Announcing: 2018 SECoPA Annual Conference

The 2018 Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) will take place Sept. 20-23, 2018 in Birmingham, AL. The website is live and the call for papers has been issued, though submissions will not be accepted until March 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

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Call for Papers: 2018 Sino-U.S. International Conference

The ninth Sino-U.S. International Conference on Public Administration invites you to submit your paper abstracts for this year's conference, taking place June 15-17 in Beijing. Hosted by Suffolk University, Institute of Public Service; Rutgers University—Newark, School of Public Affairs and Administration; ASPA; and the Chinese Public Administration Society, the theme for this year's conference will be: "Implementing Public Policy Toward Good Governance." This conference focuses on public policy creation and implementation toward good governance around the world. Abstracts are due by March 15, 2018; notifications will begin March 30, 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 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 but 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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Georgia State Univeristy Conference: April 26-27

Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies will be hosting a conference, "Public Finance and the New Economy," April 26-27, 2018. 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. Click here for more information.

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The Future of Public Service Symposium: May 31

Suffolk University, with ASPA, is hosting a symposium this May, "The Future of Public Service: Advancing the Civil Society through Partnership Government." Taking place May 31, 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. Click here for more information.

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2018 IIAS Congress: June 25-29

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.Click here for more information.

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Welcome New Members!
Click here to view this month's list of new ASPA members!

PAR Update

ASPA's Annual Conference is right around the corner. Don't miss an opportunity to interact with Public Administration Review (PAR) while you're in Denver!

Key PAR Events:

  1. PAR Editorial Panel: Introducing Our Editorial Team and Vision: Sunday, March 11, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. in Centennial A
  2. Journal Editors Panel: Sunday, March 11, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. in Mineral Hall G
  3. PAR Editorial Board/Business Meeting: Monday, March 12, 5 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. in Centennial F
  4. Exhibit Hall: Look for PAR team members at the Wiley booth, or at PAR's booth, #26.

Just Released: PAR announces the availability of the following new articles on Early View:

Research Articles

Can Managerial Turnover Be a Good Thing? The Impact of City Manager Change on Local Fiscal Outcomes
Jennifer M. Connolly

From Performance Budgeting to Performance Budget Management: Theory and Practice
Alfred Tat-Kei Ho

Bridging the Public Service Motivation and Calling Literatures
Jeffery A. Thompson and Robert K. Christensen

Financial Rewards Do Not Stimulate Coproduction: Evidence from Two Experiments**
William Voorberg, Sebastian Jilke, Lars Tummers and Victor Bekkers
**Full Text Open Access

ViewPoint Articles

Change, Complexity, and Leadership Challenges
Robert J. O'Neill, Jr. and John Nalbandian

Central Bank Independence and Deflation
Damir Tokic

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Public Integrity Update

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Public Integrity

ASPA's 2018 Annual Conference in Denver will mark the 20th anniversary of its Section on Ethics and Integrity in Governance (SEIGOV) and its sponsored journal, Public Integrity. To celebrate this milestone as well as to embark upon the challenges the next 20 years will present, SEIGOV and Public Integrity will be co-sponsoring the International Colloquium on Ethical Leadership to be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 8 a.m. until Noon.

The program for the Colloquium will include a keynote address to be delivered by Patricia Harned, CEO of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative. In her keynote, Harned will discuss ECI's research findings and some implications for training public administrators about how they might build organizational cultures characterized by ethics and compliance, the latter being increasingly important with the number of public-private partnerships increasing. A panel of three distinguished public administration ethics scholars will then engage in discussion with her concerning the implications of her keynote. This discussion will be followed by an hour-long opportunity for those in attendance to interact with Harned, the discussants and one another in lively discourse concerning the topics raised.

All Annual Conference registrants will be admitted to the Colloquium for free. However, with only 150 seats available for this special event, SEIGOV members who register for the conference online by the due date will be able to RSVP for the Colloquium; otherwise, admission will be strictly on a first-come, first-served, ticket-only basis.

2018 Colloquium Co-Chairs:

Richard M. Jacobs
Villanova University
[email protected]

Carole L. Jurkiewicz
University of Massachusetts—Boston
Editor-in-Chief, Public Integrity
[email protected]

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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:

A Representative Democracy Requires a Representative Bureaucracy
By Rachel Robinson

Transforming the Government Human Resources Office
By Bill Brantley

Thoughts about Decisionmaking in Government
By John Pearson

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Communications Intern – Congressional Budget Office – Washington, DC

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor – CIDE – Mexico City, Mexico

Thank you to our 2018 Annual Conference diamond and platinum sponsors:

American Society for Public Administration
1730 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036

Please send inquiries to Managing Editor Karen E. T. Garrett.