March 8, 2017

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In This Issue:

Annual Conference Program Released

ASPA's 2017 Annual Conference program book has been released! Reporting detailed information about this five-day event, this resource will guide your experience in Atlanta—as well as give you a look at what your colleagues are up to!

If you have not yet registered for this year's event, what are you waiting for? From research to networking to hearing from public administration icons, there are plenty of reasons you should be in Atlanta. Here are just a few:

  • The Most Current Research: Hear about today's research findings and learn how they impact you. Five days of panels across 11 tracks mean you will have no end of information and insights to glean from this year's presenters.
  • A 10,000-Foot View of Public Administration: This year's Presidential Panels have been developed to encourage attendees to engage in conversation around a number of timely issues. From race to immigration to voting behaviors, these topics—and the panelists who will discuss them—will give you a broad and important view of public administration's challenges and triumphs.
  • Chapter and Section Activities: From meetings to panels to receptions, the Annual Conference provides numerous opportunities for your group to meet face-to-face, welcome new members and conduct important business. Make sure you are there!
  • Impactful Plenaries: Five keynote presenters across four days will provide you with their view of public administration and thoughts on what comes next. Be in the audience and learn as much as you can from these special voices.
  • A Salute to Public Service: A very meaningful way to kick off the 2017 conference, this Salute at the Georgia State Capitol will demonstrate our support for public servants. Join your peers the day before the conference begins and honor their bold and noble service.
We look forward to seeing you next weekend in Atlanta—where you can come up with your own favorite reasons for being there!


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, as well as spotlights on distinguished leaders.

This edition focuses on public service delivery for aging populations and presidential transitions. Highlights include:

  • State Revenues and the Aging Population
  • Freezing and Thawing the Debate on Talent
  • Memos to Leaders—Health Care Access, Quality and Cost: Toward a Better Balance
  • 2016 Founders' Fellows: A Year in Review
  • Chapter Spotlight: The Sacramento Chapter
This is just the beginning! Download your copy today (login information required) and catch up on the latest research and thought leadership within public administration.

If you usually receive a copy of the magazine in your mailbox, fear not: your edition will be there shortly.


Webinars, BookTalks and Student Series

ASPA's e-learning is taking a brief pause for the next several weeks but will be back this spring with new content and fresh speakers. While we take a break, please make the most of our webinar archives—which hold more than 100 hours of content!

We are constantly searching for new ideas, speakers, books and topics on which to focus throughout the year. If you, your Chapter or Section would like to work with ASPA to sponsor an e-learning opportunity, please contact us to set something up!


ASPA President Receives Research Award

ASPA President Susan Gooden, who is also professor of public administration and policy at the Wilder School at Virginia Commonwealth University, has received a $50,000 presidential research award from the Russell Sage Foundation along with Samuel L. Myers, Jr., Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

This funding will be used to support a co-edited issue of the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences and an associated conference. The title of the issue is, "The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report." The foundation, founded in 1907, dedicates itself to strengthening the methods, data and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies.

President Lyndon Johnson established the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, which became known as the Kerner Commission in deference to its Chairman, Otto Kerner, in 1967, in the wake of successive summers of racial violence in the United States. The report attributed the causes of urban violence to white racism and the neglect and isolation it produced for African Americans. The basic conclusion of the report was, "Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal."

Recent episodes of civil disorder and violent protest in American cities related to police violence and elections suggest comparisons with the 1960s protests.

Click here to view the Call for Proposals.


Spotlights on Success

Over the past six months, ASPA has been building a catalog of success stories from our Chapters and Sections featuring successful programming. Have you read any of them?

Highlighting events, awards programs, journals and other initiatives, these Spotlights on Success include quick tips, lessons learned and valuable resources to enable groups around the discipline to enjoy the same success these Chapters and Sections have.

Take a look at the current featured programs and check back regularly to read new success stories, which are published on a monthly basis.

Want to add an event? Email Melissa Jun with the details!

And the News Keeps Coming!

Public administration is busy! Awards deadlines, calls for proposals, calls for papers, conference announcements and more are being published daily. ASPA's website lists all news we receive, both across the discipline and within our Chapters and Sections. Make sure you check out these news feeds and stay in touch about everything going on within the discipline. Below are some of the most recent announcements.

ASPA Member Wins Textbook Excellence Award

Contracting for Services in State and Local Government Agencies is a winner of the 2017 Textbook & Academic Authors Association's Textbook Excellence Award. Written by William Sims Curry, the book is one of 23 textbooks awarded 2017 Textbook Awards by TAA.


2017 Social Equity Leadership Conference

The 2017 Social Equity Leadership Conference will take place in conjunction with 2017 MPAC and TPAC, May 31-June 2 at the University of Nebraska—Omaha. Themed, "Addressing the Complexity of Social Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Public Administration: Identifying Issues, Crafting Innovative Solutions and Celebrating Successes," this year's conference examines the rising complexity associated with social equity, diversity and inclusion in public and nonprofit organizations. Attendees will identify the problems and obstacles associated with these issues, explore the alternatives for addressing them and analyze strategies to build coalitions facing our world today. Proposals are due April 1, 2017. Click here for more information.


2017 ZSPA Announced, Call for Papers Released

The Zambian Society for Public Administration (ZSPA) will be hosting the International Conference on Performance and Strategic Management, June 20-23, 2017, at Radisson Blue Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia. The conference is soliciting contributions of papers, presentations and e-posters that address conference themes. Proposals can be submitted across 11 tracks and are due April 29, 2017. Click here for more information.


2017 SECoPA Awards Call for Nominations

The Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) is now accepting nominations for a number of annual awards to be presented during SECoPA 2017, Oct. 4-7 in Hollywood Beach, FL. Nominations are due in April and May, depending on the award. Click here for more information.

Welcome to Our Most Recent Members!
Click here to view recent new ASPA members!

PAR Update

The latest articles from Public Administration Review are available in the Wiley Online Library.


Amplifying the Voices of Practitioners in PAR
James L. Perry

James D. Ward and Charles E. Menifield, Editors

Editors' Introduction
James D. Ward and Charles E. Menifield


The Future of Policing Reform: The Way Forward?
Laurie O. Robinson and Charles H. Ramsey

Black and Blue
Jeff Pegues

Concrete Advice for Police Reform: An Interview with Marc Morial
James D. Ward


Beyond Profiling: The Institutional Sources of Racial Disparities in Policing
Charles R. Epp, Steven Maynard-Moody and Donald Haider-Markel

Investigative Police Stops—Necessary or Insidious? A Practitioner’s Viewpoint
Vince E. Davenport

Forcible Stops: Police and Citizens Speak Out
John A. Eterno, Christine S. Barrow and Eli B. Silverman

Measuring Metrics
Rocco DeBenedetto

Does Increasing Ethnic Representativeness Reduce Police Misconduct? Evidence from Police Reform in England and Wales
Sounman Hong

Will More Black Cops Matter? Officer Race and Police-Involved Homicides of Black Citizens
Sean Nicholson-Crotty, Jill Nicholson-Crotty and Sergio Fernandez

Preventing Use of Deadly Force: The Relationship between Police Agency Policies and Rates of Officer-Involved Gun Deaths
Jay T. Jennings and Meghan E. Rubado

Taking a Comprehensive View to Reducing Officer-Involved Deaths
Betsy Fretwell and Joseph Lombardo

Government Communication Effectiveness and Satisfaction with Police Performance: A Large-Scale Survey Study
Alfred Tat-Kei Ho and Wonhyuk Cho

Perception and Performance in Effective Policing
Jorge A. Villegas

Toward an Analytical Framework for the Study of Race and Police Violence
James D. Ward and Mario A. Rivera

Danny L. Balfour, Editor

Policing and Race in America: Reforms Needed
Charles E. Menifield
Book reviewed: Black and Blue: Inside the Divide between the Police and Black America by Jeff Pegues (2017)

Whose Voice? The Role of Charities in the Rise of Hyper-Policing of Their Clients
Joseph Mead
Book reviewed: Down, Out, and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row by Forrest Stuart (2016)

Race, Class, and Gender: An Intersectional Framework
Keesha M. Middlemass
Book reviewed: Race, Class & Gender: An Anthology, 9th edition edited by Margaret L. Andersen and Patricia Hill Collins (2016)

A Call to Consciousness: Examining the Evolution of America’s Racial Caste System
Aaron C. Rollins, Jr., and Erica R. Hilliard
Book reviewed: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (2012)

Michael McGuire, Editor

Developing Practice-Oriented Theory on Collaboration: A Paradox Lens
Siv Vangen

Paradox in Practice
Simon Wilson

Rosemary O'Leary, Editor

Collective Leadership and Context in Public Administration: Bridging Public Leadership Research and Leadership Studies
Sonia M. Ospina

Getting on the Right Bus with a Theory
Clay Pearson

W. Henry Lambright, Editor

Ernest S. Griffith: A Renaissance Man, a Pioneering Public Administrator
Stephen W. Stathis

Danny L. Balfour, Editor

Editor's Introduction
Danny L. Balfour

In the Age of Dark Money: Slouching toward Bethlehem
Curtis Ventriss
Book reviewed: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer (2016)

Confronting the Heartbreak and Injustice of Eviction
Dan Immergluck
Book reviewed: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (2016)


Ethical Safety Net Providers
Robin Mathews

Free Clinics as Safety Net Providers for Hispanic Immigrants
Carl F. Ameringer and Saltanat Liebert

New on PA TIMES Online

Every Tuesday 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 local, state and national law enforcement. Send your contributions to us now! The deadline is rolling; contact us for more information.

Check out our recent articles and columns:

A Primer for Effective and Meaningful Social Equity Measurement

Something to Think About: Consumer Government

Interpreting Performance Information: Why It Matters


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Tenured Associate Professor or Full Professor/Department Chairperson – CUNY John Jay College – New York, NY

Research Associate – Public Policy Institute of California – San Francisco, CA

American Society for Public Administration
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