March 9, 2016

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In This Issue:

2016 Annual Conference Kicks Off Next Week

ASPA's 2016 Annual Conference will begin next Friday, March 18, in Seattle. For the more than 1,200 public administrators who will be there, look for more details this week. Take a few minutes to browse the conference program book, posted on our website now, for schedules, panels and other information.

For those of you not going to Seattle next week, you can still be a part of the event. Follow #ASPA2016 on Twitter for live tweeting and conference updates as events unfold, and look for a recapture of the event in our next The Bridge at the end of March. We will be highlighting:

  • Plenary speakers and insights
  • Award winners and key programs
  • Networking events
  • Founders' Fellows experiences
  • Individual panels

We are excited to bring you on-the-ground coverage of the most prestigious public administration event of the year. Make sure you follow along—and look for your peers on Twitter as they share their experiences as well!

More information can always be found on the ASPA Annual Conference website, or contact ASPA chief of communications and marketing Karen Garrett for more information.

Contact registrar Pat Yearwood if you need assistance with your registration.

Apply Now! 5th International Young Scholars Workshop

Current Ph.D. candidates and recent graduates are invited to submit abstracts for the 5th International Young Scholars Workshop in Public Policy and Administration Research, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, July 20-23, 2016. This workshop provides young scholars working in public policy, public administration and related subfields with an academically rigorous platform for the presentation and evaluation of their research, scholarly exchange and social networking.

The theme of the 2016 Workshop focuses on research that advances understanding of global disparities in public policy, public administration, nongovernmental organizations and the communities they serve. Accepted research papers and projects should demonstrate a clear theoretical and empirical focus, employing quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. Eligible applicants may be doctoral candidates, post-doctoral fellows and young professionals. All selected participants must be current ASPA members.

Applicants must complete the online submission form, which includes summary information on their research papers, and a recent curriculum vitae. Applications are due April 1, 2016.

Webinars, BookTalks and Student Series on the Horizon

ASPA's professional development webinars will continue at the end of the month. Averaging 75 attendees per webinar and free to ASPA members, these e-learning opportunities provide you with valuable insights and information at your fingertips.

Here are upcoming opportunities to be presented in the weeks ahead and throughout the spring. Look for more details in your inbox shortly and be sure to register for the events of interest to you.

Veterans Policy Field of Study
March 30, 1 p.m.

Student Series: From the Proposal to the Follow-Up: Getting Involved in MPAC, NECoPA and SECoPA
March 2016

BookTalk: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship
May 12, 1 p.m.

PA TIMES Magazine in Your Mailbox

The winter 2015-2016 edition of PA TIMES magazine has been distributed electronically and mailed copies have been sent. We hope you enjoy your latest installment of public administration articles from some of the leading names in the discipline.

Highlights of this edition include:

  • A One-on-One with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
  • Assembling an All-Star Intergovernmental Team
  • Public Policy v. Public Administration
  • The Public Service Stories Project

This edition also features interviews with Section on Emergency and Crisis Management chair Frannie Edwards, University of Central Florida's Center for Nonprofit Management founder Naim Kapucu and a handful of 2015 Founders' Fellows. They share their insights about different aspects of public administration and their involvement in ASPA. You'll want to make sure to make the most of these interviews.

We hope you enjoy this quarter's magazine. Look for the spring edition in just a couple of months.

Questions? Contact PA TIMES managing editor Karen Garrett.

Got Old PA TIMES Issues? We Need Them!

As you may have seen in recent months, Rutgers University at Newark has completed its extraordinary task of digitizing and posting a historical archive of PA TIMES issues to the PA Gateway, but we need your help!

The editions currently posted go back to 1988, with a number of gaps in the collection in the earlier years. Rutgers-Newark is seeking those editions, especially those published in 1998 or prior.

If you have collected editions of PA TIMES throughout the years and have copies you can provide to complete this project, let us know! Contact PA TIMES managing editor Karen Garrett and she can work with you to donate these valuable historical contributions. The archives thanks you!

Transatlantic Dialogue Calls for Papers Due this Month

The European Group for Public Administration and ASPA are organizing the 12th Transantlantic Dialogue in close collaboration with Ghent University, to take place June 8-11, 2016, in Ghent, Belgium, at the Monasterium 'Poortackere'. This year's theme will be How to Increase Legitimacy of Government in Times of Crisis. Calls for papers are now online and abstracts may be submitted under four subthemes: Legitimacy, Performance, Satisfaction and Trust; Legitimacy, Democracy and Citizen Engagement; Legitimacy, Discrimination and Social Equity; and Managing for Legitimate Public Officials. Papers are due by the end of March.

Rutgers-Newark Continues Webinar Series

On behalf of the Rutgers Institute on Anti-Corruption Studies (RIACS), the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark has launched a webinar series of Global Dialogues on Anti-Corruption and cordially invites you to participate. The webinars take place each month and scholars, practitioners and students worldwide are invited to attend free of charge. Each webinar lasts approximately an hour, with 25-30 minutes for presentation and 25-30 minutes for questions and answers. Globally distinguished scholars and experts, including Adam Graycar (Professor, Flinders University, Australia), Marianna Fotaki (Professor, Warwick Business School, UK), Frank Vogl (Co-Founder of Transparency International) and Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia (Professor, Rutgers University - Newark, USA) will share their knowledge and expertise based on their in-depth studies or extraordinary experience in anti-corruption. You have to register for free access to each webinar. The next webinar will take place at the end of this month. Details are:

Date and Time: March 28, 2016; 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. ET
Presentation Title: Green Cards for Sale? The Myths, the Truths and the Challenges of America's EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
Speaker: Samuel Newbold, Lawyer and Manager at Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP
Register here.

You may find the schedule for more webinars on the RIACS website. If you are interested in presenting at one of the webinars, please contact Professor Yahong Zhang.

National Forum for Black Public Administrators Scholarship Deadline Extended

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators has extended the deadline for submission of applications for its Scholarship Program to March 14, 2016. Applicants may visit its online submission form to apply.

Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network Call for Proposals

The 9th Annual Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Conference, hosted by the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark, will take place Sept. 22-23, 2016, at the Paul Robeson Conference Center on the Rutgers-Newark campus. The conference topic will be the usage of data collected by public and nonprofits to make informed decisions based on the evidence available. This conference will bring together the greatest minds in the professional and academic world to discuss performance innovations, best practices and emerging paradigms of public performance. Attendees will come away with the tools they need to start to fundamentally change their organization and begin collecting the right data in order to make the right decisions.

Rutgers invites practitioner and research presentations on the application of performance measurement and improvement systems in public and nonprofit organizations. Conference planners anticipate tracks in five areas: Municipal- and County- Level Performance Systems, State Performance Systems, Federal and International Performance Systems, Emerging Topics in Performance Management and Creating a Culture of Performance through Organizational Change. There will also be two main panel discussions: Emerging Topics in Performance Management and Too Much Data? Overcoming the Data Glut.

Papers will be accepted until July 15, 2016, and final presentations are due Sept. 21, 2016. Please submit your proposal for review by the program committee to Andrew Ballard, Managing Director, National Center for Public Performance. Visit the website for more information, including submission formats.

Apply Now for the 2016 Innovations in American Government Awards

Applications are being accepted for the $100,000 Innovations in American Government Awards. Offered by Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Innovations Award recognizes programs that demonstrate creative and effective government at its best. All units of government—federal, state, local, tribal and territorial—from all policy areas are eligible to apply for recognition.

The Ash Center is once again offering the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, a special Innovations Award that will recognize government-led programs that demonstrate novel and effective approaches to increasing public engagement and participation in the governance of towns, cities, states and the nation. The winners of the Innovations in American Government Award and the Roy and Lila Ash Award will each receive a $100,000 grant to support replication and dissemination activities in 2017. Top finalists will also receive monetary grants. Applications and additional information are available online. Applications are due on April 15, 2016.

State and Local Government Review Issues Call for Proposals

Editor Michael Scicchitano has issued a Call for Proposals for the State and Local Government Review's 2016 Special Issue on Political and Ideological Polarization and Its Impact on Subnational Governments. Political and ideological polarization in the United States is evident at all levels of government—federal, state and local. While this polarization is interesting from a political or electoral perspective, it also has profound implications for governance. The goal of the 2016 State and Local Government Review Special Issue is to publish research that examines the impact of political and ideological polarization on governance at the state or local level and in the intergovernmental system.

The editor welcomes manuscripts that address these and related scenarios that are triggered by polarization. Proposals must outline a specific topic that conveys how state and local governments have been affected by political and ideological polarization and how they have responded to this phenomenon. Authors should clearly outline the empirical basis for the manuscript and indicate whether data have already been collected, when applicable. They should also identify the current status of the research and writing and the extent to which the manuscript can be completed on schedule (contact the editor for schedule details).

The editor encourages proposals from all disciplines including but not limited to public administration, political science, sociology, economics and planning and expects to publish papers where there is collaboration between practitioners and academics and authors both from inside and outside the U.S. Proposals should be submitted from March 7 to May 1, 2016, to [email protected]. Due to editorial constraints, it is vital that authors adhere to the strict timeline. Late submissions will not be considered. If you have any questions or would like a copy of the full Call for Proposals, please contact the editor.

SECoPA 2016: Call for Papers

"Reexamining Key Relationships in American Governance" is the theme for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA). The meeting is being hosted by NC State University in collaboration with Research Triangle university partners UNC Chapel Hill, NC Central and Duke, and ASPA's Research Triangle Chapter. The conference will be held Oct. 13-16 in Raleigh, NC, at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. Please note: Panel sessions will take place all day Friday and Saturday, as well as Sunday morning.

Conference program chairs welcome paper, poster, presentation and panel proposals investigating ways to develop, maintain, manage and evaluate relationships in governmental and nonprofit settings. Complementing the conference theme, they welcome proposals addressing other cutting-edge issues in public administration and its subfields. Proposals must be submitted through the online portal found on the SECoPA 2016 Conference website by May 15, 2016.

Full details on the conference, including sponsorship opportunities, may be found on the conference website. For questions related to proposals, contact program co-chairs Jim Brunet and/or Jim Svara. For sponsorship opportunities, contact conference treasurer Bruce McDonald. All other general questions about the conference can be sent to conference chair Jerrell D. Coggburn.

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PAR Update

Public Administration Review has released its 2016 March/April Table of Contents. The issue includes Perspectives, Evidence in Public Administration, Theory to Practice and more. Articles in the issue include:

  • Is Public Administration Vanishing?
  • Implementing Change in Big Public Institutions
  • Advancing Public Policy for High-Growth, Female, and Social Entrepreneurs
  • The Other Side of the Coin: NGOs, Rights-Based Approaches, and Public Administration
  • Rules and the Doctrine of Performance Management

Click here for more detailed information about this issue!

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.

For issues being published in the first quarter of 2016, we welcome submissions that focus on emergency management at national and international levels. Send us your submissions now! The deadline is rolling; contact us for more information.

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Career Resources

Find your next career opportunity at This online job board is the perfect resource for making a career change or landing your first job in the public sector. It lists dozens of positions in academia, government and the nonprofit sector. Below are examples of current listings.

Policy Analyst – UCLA Fielding School of Public Health World Policy Analysis Center (WORLD), Los Angeles, CA

Dean, School of Public Affairs and Administration – Rutgers University at Newark, Newark, NJ

Senior Associate, Research – The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, DC

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.