Learn the latest public administration news in today's edition of The Bridge!

May 24, 2017

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In This Issue:

2018 ASPA Annual Conference Theme Announced

ASPA President Janice Lachance announced her 2018 Annual Conference theme this week: "Mission Focused and Service First: Creating Innovative Solutions". The announcement took place in Denver, home to the event, in conjunction with meetings ASPA held with a variety of Denver public administrators, scholars and practitioners to start planning the conference.

"I want the focus to be on what comes from this event," Lachance stated. "Creating innovative solutions. We are looking to not just focus on theory at this event. I want to make sure we get to solutions, as well. That's where the value for practitioners will be."

Denver will certainly be an ideal city to host such a conference, given the amount of innovation it is producing. From transportation and infrastructure to energy to city planning, the city is a hub for creativity in the public sector—something the 2018 conference will make the most of as staff and volunteers assemble the program.

Conference planning has just begun—committee work will get underway shortly and calls for proposals will be issued later this summer. Keep your eyes on your inbox in the coming months for news and more information as it is released!

Spend Your Summer on Professional Development

For those of you with lighter workloads this summer, these slower months provide an excellent opportunity to spend time on professional development—and ASPA's webinar archives provide an excellent place to start! Containing more than 100 hours of webinars and BookTalks on a plethora of subjects, these archives are a treasure trove of valuable information you need to advance your career. From grant writing or polishing your resume to social equity and transportation policy, you will find webinars on dozens of subjects from dozens of experts.

Topics include:

  • Teaching public administration
  • The Presidential Appointees' Handbook
  • Employee engagement
  • Grant writing
  • Health impact assessments
  • America, The Owner's Manual
  • Big data
  • Workplace behavior
These are just highlights from the past six months. Imagine what else you can find when you browse through the archives.

Take a look now and set yourself up with a summer of education! Best of all? This comes with your ASPA membership! Make the most of it today!

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.

Student Webinar: Resumes, Resumes, Resumes
June 21 | 1 p.m. ET
Bill Shields, Executive Director, ASPA
Andrea Headley, Moderator, ASPA Student Representative and Florida International University

This webinar is always a sell-out! Back by popular demand, Bill Shields will help students, new professionals and anyone else interested learn how to use their resume to market themselves on the page. There are different perspectives and views on resumes—what should be on them, what shouldn't, how long they should be, what they should cover... The answers you get depend on whom you ask. Bill will share with you his guidelines and answer your questions to help ensure your resume is top-notch!

BookTalk: Partisans and Partners: The Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society
June 20 | 1 p.m. EDT
Josh Pacewicz, Professor, Brown University

There's no question that Americans are bitterly divided by politics. But in Partisans and Partners, author Josh Pacewicz finds that our traditional understanding of red/blue, right/left, urban/rural division is too simplistic. He looks to two cities, one traditionally Democratic, the other traditionally Republican, and finds that younger voters are rejecting older-timers' strict political affiliations. Changes are coming not from politicians and voters, but from the fundamental reorganization of the community institutions in which political parties have traditionally been rooted.

Focus on Membership: What Can You Find in Our Member Directory?

Did you know when ASPA redesigned its website last summer it posted a searchable member directory? Accessible only to members, this directory helps you find your friends and colleagues when you need them. Have you used this resource recently?

Whether you are interested in networking with current colleagues or connecting with new ones, the member directory can help you accomplish your goals. Search by name or location to find any number of people—and then reach out and connect!

This online resource is one more small benefit your ASPA membership provides to help you advance your career and expand your network. Make the most of it!

The member directory is password-protected. Contact membership manager Michael Silliman with any questions or for assistance with your login details.


The news is true: ASPA's Chapter and Section website hosting platform—aspaonline.org—was hacked earlier this month. ASPA staff are working on getting this service restored, but the damage was widespread and the timeline going forward is uncertain.

ASPA has been in regular contact with the Chapter and Section leaders most affected by this situation, but please contact us if you have questions or would like more information.

It should be noted: not all Chapter and Section sites were affected. If your group hosts its website through a web domain that is NOT aspaonline.org, you are likely unaffected by this hack.

ASPA will continue to provide regular updates to those impacted and looks forward to a speedy resolution shortly.

Please note: ASPA's primary website, www.aspanet.org, was NOT affected by this situation. You can continue to use this site for updated information about ASPA and its affiliated groups.

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

MPAC, TPAC and SELC Are Next Week

The Midwest Public Affairs Conference (MPAC), Teaching Public Administration Conference (TPAC) and Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC) are all taking place in Omaha, May 31-June 2. One registration will get you set up for all three conferences. Find a comprehensive information page and links to more details online here and plan to head to Omaha in just a few days!

ICPA Call for Papers Deadline June 1

The 12th International Conference on Public Administration, taking place Nov. 14-17 in Accra, Ghana, has issued its Call for Papers. All abstracts are due June 1, 2017, with full papers due in mid-July. Find more information and links to hotel and registration details online here.

Upcoming Events at Norwich University

Norwich University is offering a number of courses this June to help you prepare for certifications or otherwise maintain your industry knowledge:

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Prep Course, June 12-16: CISSP draws from a comprehensive, up-to-date, global common body of knowledge that ensures security leaders have a deep knowledge and understanding of new threats, technologies, regulations, standards and practices. The CISSP was the first credential in the field of information security to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024. Not only is the CISSP an objective measure of excellence, but also it is a globally recognized standard of achievement. Find more information online here.
  • Drone License and Exam Prep Course, June 13-15: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently implemented requirements for commercial drone flying. Whether you work in public safety, search and rescue, real estate or other industries where drone use is applicable, you now need a license to operate a drone. This is a preparatory course for the Commercial Drone Flying License Exam and can get you ready to take the exam at a test center near you. Find more information online here.
  • Cybersecurity Summit, June 19-21: The summit, presented in a continuing education format, welcomes Norwich alumni and their guests interested in exploring and discussing the latest in cyber security policy from both the federal level and the practical application of that policy on a local or business level. Who should attend? Mid-level to executive level managers in need of enhanced knowledge in the information assurance or cybersecurity fields. Five CEUs will be offered at the completion of summit. Find more information online here.

Lien International Conference Takes Place October 2017

The biennial Lien International Conference for Good Governance will take place in Singapore, Oct. 27-28, 2017. Hosted by the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration of the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, the conference is organized with ASPA and IIAS. The 2017 theme will be Forging Toward an Inclusive and Sustainable Globalization. Calls for papers have been announced and all proposals are due June 15, 2017; more information and proposal forms can be found online. Registration will open in July. Click here for more information.

PAR Symposium Call for Papers: Understanding and Reducing Public Corruption

Globally, corruption costs governments and businesses trillions of dollars each year. It distorts public policy objectives and damages trust. This makes for great difficulties for public administration, however scholarly analysis of public corruption is meager, especially in public administration and related fields. This symposium seeks to better understand how corruption affects public administration and how public administration can mitigate corruption. It is intended to advance research and generate a comprehensive knowledge base on public corruption. Manuscripts are due by Nov. 1, 2017. Click here for more information.

Deil S. Wright Symposium Call for Papers

Taking place in conjunction with ASPA's 2018 Annual Conference in Denver, the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) invites scholars and practitioners to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the 5th Annual Deil S. Wright Symposium. The 2018 symposium will explore state-local relations in the United States, featuring empirical studies that provide insight into the character, quality and variety of state-local relations today. The organizers of the 2018 Wright Symposium intend to prepare an edited volume based upon the symposium theme. All proposals are due by Aug. 1, 2017. Click here for more information.

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PAR Update

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

Evidence in Public Administration
Kimberley R. Isett, Brian W. Head and Gary VanLandingham, Editors

Building Holistic Evidence for Social Media Impact
Social media measurement is important for understanding an organization's reach and engagement with its audiences. In response to Warren Kagarise and Staci M. Zavattaro's question about what works in social media measurement, Ines Mergel (University of Konstanz, Germany) discusses how public administration researchers and practitioners are using social media data that they can easily collect from social media platforms and contrasts these practices with data measurement efforts that can provide deeper insights for evidence-based decisionmaking. This evidence includes interactivity and connectivity among citizens, attributes of network actors and network structures and positions to understand how content travels through the network and who are the influential actors. Link to PAR Early View

Administrative Profile

Reflections on Leadership and Its Politics: Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator, 2009–17

W. Henry Lambright (Syracuse University) interviews Charles Bolden and reflects on his career at NASA, providing background and context particularly in regard to the problems Bolden had with the political side of his job during his first two years and how those problems were alleviated. Link to PAR Early View

Research Articles

Why Do Nonprofit Performing Arts Organizations Offer Free Public Access?
A number of studies have shown that arts and cultural programs offer multifarious benefits to individuals and communities. However, there has been little discussion in the public management literature regarding access to cultural programs for people with limited disposable income. Although the arts industry is increasingly emphasizing the importance of expanding cultural access for all, we know little about what drives individual nonprofit organizations' strategies. Mirae Kim (University of Missouri), Sheela Pandey (Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg) and Sanjay K. Pandey (The George Washington University) draw on benefits theory and resource dependence theory to explore the relationships between different types of revenue and the extent to which performing arts nonprofits offer free access. They use a unique data set compiled by DataArts to test how various types of revenue influence accessibility to the arts and find that performing arts nonprofits receiving grants from local governments, foundations and corporations offer more free access. The article concludes with a discussion of study implications and an application of benefits theory to other types of nonprofits. Link to PAR Early View

Varieties of Participation in Public Services: The Who, When and What of Coproduction
Despite an international resurgence of interest in coproduction, confusion about the concept remains. Tina Nabatchi (Syracuse University), Alessandro Sancino (The Open University, United Kingdom) and Mariafrancesca Sicilia (University of Bergamo, Italy) attempt to make sense of the disparate literature and clarify the concept of coproduction in public administration. Based on some definitional distinctions and considerations about who is involved in coproduction, when in the service cycle it occurs and what is generated in the process, the article offers and develops a typology of coproduction that includes three levels (individual, group, collective) and four phases (commissioning, design, delivery, assessment). The levels, phases and typology as a whole are illustrated with several examples. The article concludes with a discussion of implications for research and practice. Link to PAR Early View

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