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July 10, 2019

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In This Issue:

The Not-So-Slow Summer

ASPA president Paul Danczyk released his July video last week, looking at the ASPA webinars taking place this month and providing a few shout-outs about events that have taken place earlier in the season. If you have watched any of his videos (find his video for May here and June here), you know ASPA has been far from slow this summer!

This past May featured Public Service Recognition Week, during which a record-breaking 20+ ASPA Chapters honored our public servants across the country (look for coverage of these events in ASPA's summer edition of PA TIMES magazine, which will be released shortly)—as well as two new e-learning programs.

June featured video releases from the 2019 Annual Conference, the #ASPA2020 logo announcement and four new e-learning programs (in addition to announcing the next editorial team for Public Integrity). Several Chapters hosted awards and recognition events for their local areas, as well.

July is set to be even busier with four new e-learning programs, the next edition of PA TIMES magazine, several new e-publications, more video releases and the beginning of #ASPA2020 plans—not to mention a handful of Chapters that are holding events and staying active during this "off-season."

Summer is a great time to enjoy long, sunny days, accomplish work you've been putting off for a while, get outside—and maybe even take a vacation!—and make the most of the beautiful weather. When you're ready to dive back in, make sure you check out all of the services ASPA has been releasing for you and make the most of the ones that fit your needs!

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In the News

Today's headlines contain plenty of news coverage of some of our nation's most pressing public administration challenges. ASPA has curated some of the most important stories from the past few weeks. If you have not seen these yet, make sure you read them now!


Public Finance

Public Service/Governance

Social Equity

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E-Learning Takes You to the Next Level

ASPA's e-learning opportunities are ongoing throughout the year. Averaging 75 attendees per live event and free for anyone to participate, these events provide you with valuable insights and information at your fingertips. Visit our website to stay informed about all upcoming webinars including KeepingCurrent, BookTalks and the Student and New Professionals Series.

ASPA will be featuring content looking at infrastructure throughout July. As noted at the top of this newsletter, check out ASPA president Paul Danczyk's video about this month's theme! Click on the graphic below to view the video.

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Upcoming Webinars:
BookTalk: Surveillance, Transparency, and Democracy: Public Administration in the Information Age
July 11 | 1 p.m.
Akhlaque Haque, University of Alabama—Birmingham

In this well-informed yet anxious age, public administrators have constructed vast cisterns that collect and interpret a meteoric shower of facts. In his new book, Surveillance, Transparency, and Democracy, Akhlaque Haque demonstrates that this pervasive use and increasing dependence on information technology enables sophisticated and well-intentioned public services that nevertheless risk deforming public policy decisionmaking. Haque sees the contradiction at the core of a public that seeks services that require a level of data collection that triggers fears of a tyrannical police state.

PAR Webinar: Drivers of Policy Instrument Selection for Environmental Management by Local Governments
July 17 | 1 p.m.
Christopher Hawkins, University of Central Florida
Rachel Krause, University of Kansas
Additional Co-Authors:
Richard C. Feiock, Florida State University
Angela Y. S. Park, University of Kansas

Local governments commonly pursue environmental objectives that exceed state and federal minimum requirements. Although research informs our understanding of factors that lead cities to adopt such policy goals, the underlying mechanisms employed to achieve them are not well understood. This Public Administration Review article examines factors that drive the choice of policy instruments that cities use to pursue local environmental objectives.

Student Webinar: Persuasive Presentations: The Art of Effectively Conveying Research Results
July 18 | 1 p.m.
Ana-Maria Dimand, Moderator, Florida International University and ASPA Student Representative
Karen Garrett, American Society for Public Administration
Nuriel Heckler, University of Colorado Denver
Juniper Katz, University of Colorado Denver

Perfect for students new to sharing their research with fresh audiences, this webinar will provide you with different tactics to get more comfortable with presenting your research findings, especially those of a scientific nature. Highlights of this webinar will include communicating your research in ways that will make sense; formatting PowerPoint presentations that best showcase your research results; mastering the assertion-evidence approach; effective storytelling that will contextualize your data; and persuading an opposition audience that your findings matter. If you’ve ever struggled to convey to an audience why your research matters to them, listen in on this discussion and pick up a few tips that can help you in future presentations.

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Focus on Membership: Chapter and Section Leaders, Register for Your Teleconference!

ASPA president Paul Danczyk is hosting a Chapter and Section leadership conference call on July 17 at Noon ET to update you about ongoing ASPA National activities and ways Chapters and Sections can be involved in the coming months. We will also look at specific ways Chapters and Sections can use your member lists to strengthen your group's engagement. Please make time to join us for this call.

The call agenda includes:

  • The 2020 Annual Conference Call for Proposals and how Chapters and Sections can start planning their participation in Anaheim
  • Keeping the Chapter and Section members you have—and working to bring more into the fold (as well as proper member list management!)
  • Paul's upcoming Chapter visits in the Midwest and West, and ways to engage with him via teleconference

Leaders can register online here. Contact ASPA staff with any questions.

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U.S. Bridges Falling Down…

July is one of three "infrastructure" months ASPA will feature between now and April 2020. As a part of this month's thematic focus, our e-learning programs will focus on infrastructure challenges and this summer's PA TIMES magazine will look at where public finance and infrastructure intersect. In fact, spoiler alert: The magazine will include a brief overview of the state of our country's roads and bridges—none of which are rated very highly.

For those interested in an interactive infographic, look to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and its recently released "Bridge Report," describing the state of the nation's bridges. Also available is the American Society of Civil Engineers' Infrastructure Report Card, on which our infrastructure scores a D+. Click on the below image to view the "Bridge Report."

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Donate to ASPA Today and Support Its Tomorrow

There is no time like the present to support ASPA's endowment and operating fund and the vitally important work it enables throughout ASPA. Whether it is through a one-time gift or monthly, quarterly or annual contributions, you can donate to ASPA now and help advance excellence in public service each and every day.

When you pledge a recurring gift of $10, $20 or $50 to the Society, you ensure ASPA can produce resources like PA TIMES magazine and PA TIMES Online, providing tangible solutions tens of thousands of people use to advance the discipline; or help provide the entire discipline with access to the Public Administration Review articles you need, know and love. Throughout it all, you also are ensuring ASPA will be around for years to come to equip and educate public servants with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed.

It only takes one minute to support ASPA with a recurring pledge every month, quarter or year. Donate to ASPA's endowment here or to ASPA's operating fund here.

Contact ASPA strategic development director Phillip Carlisle with any questions.

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Welcome New ASPA Members!
Click here to view the most recent new ASPA members!

NFBPA Offers Leadership and Mentoring Programs

The National Forum of Black Public Administrators' (NFBPA) ELI and Mentor programs are accepting applications through later this month. Put these programs on your radar and make sure to apply by the deadlines if you are interested.

The ELI leadership program is designed for middle and senior managers, developed to sharpen participants' skills and capabilities, a curriculum mixed with both academic-based theory and practitioner-based experience and an exceptional opportunity to interface with elected and appointed officials. The deadline for all applications and supporting documents is July 18, 2019. Click here for more information.

The Mentor program is an intensive, six-month initiative designed to foster mentoring relationships and groom black administrators for the challenges of senior management positions in the public sector. Mentor program participants will be matched with a senior level public sector manager as a mentor, have the opportunity to develop a personalized career plan, visit your assigned mentor during a shadowing experience and gain access to a national network of African American professionals from across the country. All applications are due by July 30, 2019. Click here for more information.

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2019 MPAC/TPAC Call for Proposals Extended Until July 31

The 2019 Midwest Public Affairs Conference (MPAC) and ASPA's Section on Public Administration Education's 2019 Teaching Public Administration Conference (TPAC) will be held jointly in Indianapolis, September 19-20, 2019. Hosted by Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the conference will celebrate the diversity of public administration theory, praxis and pedagogy in a time of social change and upheaval. The deadline for proposals for both conferences has been extended and now are due by July 31, 2019. Click here for more information about MPAC; and here for more information about TPAC.

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SECoPA Boorsma Award Call for Nominations

SECoPA announces its call for nominations for its annual Senator Peter B. Boorsma Award, which will be conveyed at the 2019 conference this September 5-7 in Baton Rouge. The Boorsma Award honors a practitioner or academician for facilitating, over a period of many years, the international exchange of knowledge and administrative practices that foster better performance in the public sector. The award symbolizes SECoPA's recognition of the reality and implications of the global village on management and performance in the public sector, as well as its commitment to the study and exchange of administrative practices between the United States and other countries. The 2019 award committee is composed of Kendra Stewart, James W. Douglas, Daniel Lasseter and Allan Rosenbaum. The criteria include an outstanding and established record of international activities and direct involvement in the international exchange of theory and good public administration practices. Both practitioners and academicians can be nominated for the award. The Boorsma Award Committee will receive and assess all submitted nominations. All individuals or organizations wishing to submit the individuals to be considered should provide either a letter describing the individual’s qualifications for the award or a copy of the resume of the individual being proposed (or both). All nominations must be received by August 1, 2019. Please send nominations to Allan Rosenbaum.

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Call for Contributions: Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance

Work is in progress on the Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, with more than 2,000 peer-reviewed entries on a broad range of topics in the field. This publication will be of interest throughout the discipline given the range of topics it will cover: organization theory, behavior, change and development; administrative theory and practice; bureaucracy; public budgeting and financial management; public finance and public management; public personnel and labor-management relations; crisis and emergency management; institutional theory and public administration; law and regulations; and ethics and accountability. Invitations to participate in the project have been accepted by scholars from around the world; a call for contributions is currently in the field for some specific areas. Topics may still be open for entries for those interested; please contact editor Christopher Atkinson for more information. All entries are due by August 1, 2019.

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2019 Transatlantic Dialogue This October; Call for Papers Expires August 15

The 2019 Transatlantic Dialogue will be taking place October 20-22 at Rutgers University—Newark, cohosted by the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York and sponsored by ASPA and EGPA. The theme will be, "Restoring the Administrative State: Trust, Engagement, Security and Identity." The event will feature five workshops: government performance, citizen engagement, public communication, digital and physical security, and demographic change. All proposals are due by August 15. Click here for more information.

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AAPAM Hosts Executive Course on Diversity

The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM), in collaboration with the Uganda Management Institute (UMI), will be hosting an executive course, "Leveraging workplace diversity for enhanced service delivery in the 21st century Africa," August 27-29 at the Uganda Management Institute, Kampala, Uganda. Changes in workforce composition, coupled with a rapidly changing work environment, continue to create workplaces and organizations that are notably different from those of a decade ago. The course will cover topics related to managing generational diversity in the workforce, including case studies. The course is designed for executive directors; directors of public, private and nongovernmental organizations; international organizations; senior managers in local government agencies; and more, who will share their experiences and expertise for effective public service delivery in Africa. Click here for more information.

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Call for Papers: Public Money and Management Theme on "Developing Civil Servants"

Building, developing and retaining an impartial, efficient and effective civil service to work for parliaments is a major problem in many countries, particularly since austerity management was introduced following the global financial crisis. This Public Money and Management (PMM) theme, also the subject of PMM Live! 2019, which will be held in the House of Lords on November 7, will present a collection of articles on the latest thinking on how to achieve transparency and fairness in government and not just create a paid service that can "speak truth unto power" but also one that is capable of managing major projects, commissioning services and demonstrating creativity and enterprise. Submissions of debate articles, new development articles and full papers are invited (see the PMM website or ask Michaela Lavender for author notes). Articles can include all aspects of civil service development, for example: recruitment, retention, training, secondments, appraisals and career management. Submissions are due by August 30 to PMM's managing editor, Michaela Lavender.

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Special Symposium Call for Papers: JPMSP

A special symposium of the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy seeks papers from scholars, practitioners and students that identify and illuminate the origins, obstacles, opportunities and successful outcomes to achieving social equity. The symposium focuses on social equity and draws upon the three subthemes of the 18th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference. In particular, this special issue seeks papers that identify policies and practices of government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector resulting in social inequities; measure and assess social equity across policy domains; and provide case studies, from local to global, that highlight paths taken and lessons learned from successful efforts to mitigate social inequity. Abstracts are due by August 30, 2019 and should be no longer than 200 words, clearly identifying under which subtheme they fall. Please forward all abstracts to Brian N. Williams (symposium editor) and Charles E. Menifield.

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2019 SECoPA This September

The 2019 Southeast Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) will take place September 5-7 in Baton Rouge. This year's theme will be, "Advancing Public Administration Research and Practice in a Time of Instability and Change." Since 1969, SECoPA has been the gathering place of ideas for public service practitioners, researchers and students in its 10-state region. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to engage in scholarly discourse, discover the latest innovations, share ideas from practitioners in the field and network with other public service administrators across the region. Click here for more information.

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2019 EGPA in Belfast This September

The 2019 EGPA Conference will take place September 11-13, 2019 in Belfast, to be preceded by the EGPA Symposium for PhD Students and young researchers, which takes place September 9-10. This year's theme looks at "Public Administration Across Borders." Click here for more information.

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ABFM Annual Conference in DC This Fall

The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management's (ABFM) 2019 Annual Conference, "Line Item" will take place this September 26-28 in Washington, DC. Registration and hotel reservations are now open. Its call for nominations for its 2019 awards program is open until June 30. Awards include the Aaron B. Wildavsky award, the Kenneth S. Howard award, the Paul Posner Pracademic award and the Mike Curro Student Paper award. Contact awards committee chair Wenli Yan for more information. Click here to register.

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NAPA Fall Meeting Takes Place This November

NAPA's 2019 Academy Fall Meeting will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, November 7-8. At this year's Fall Meeting, the Academy will be unveiling its Grand Challenges in Public Administration. At the 2018 Fall Meeting, the Academy began a year-long, interdisciplinary and intersectoral effort to identify these challenges and position the Academy to lead future efforts to respond to the challenges identified. Join us this November as NAPA identifies its Grand Challenges in Public Administration and strategizes and mobilizes the field to find solutions. Click here for more information.

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2019 NECoPA Scheduled November 8-10

NECoPA will host its 10th anniversary conference at LIU-Brooklyn this November 8-10 in Brooklyn, NY. Public governance is now tasked with building more inclusive societies for sustainable development that ensures social justice for all and requires public institutions to be both effective and accountable. Governance for sustainability means governance for a future that reflects values inherent to public service, leading with innovation in public administration. As the 2019 NECoPA convenes with a public service just as under pressure as it was 10 years ago, the event seeks to address innovative ways in which public administrators can tackle wicked problems during fiscal stress and turbulent governance. Interested in sponsoring part of this event? Contact Gina Scutelnicu for details. Click here for more information.

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COMPA Call for Papers in the Field

The Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) will hold its 2020 Annual Conference in Atlanta, February 26-20, 2020, looking at the theme, "2020 VISION: Refocusing, Reforming, and Restoring Public Service Values and Governance." This year's conference theme is a call to action for public service leaders to embody and exemplify ASPA's core four values; accountability and performance, professionalism, ethics and social equity in our service to the profession and to the citizenry. The theme highlights the courageous work of those who, despite the political, social and economic climax, are using their voice, research and efforts to positively affect and make a significant difference in their respective spheres of influence, communities and the nation. Twelve tracks provide a framework for the conference. The conference program committee welcomes proposals for high-quality conceptual papers, qualitative and quantitative empirical research papers, and policy- and practice-oriented papers, as well as complete panel submissions consisting of no more than four papers. Panel submissions should bring together complementary papers that address similar research questions or topics and provide information on the overall theme of the panel to indicate how each of the proposed papers connects to the panel's theme. Proposals from individuals at all stages of their careers are welcome. Proposals and poster presentations by graduate students are particularly encouraged. The deadline for submission of proposals is December 14, 2019. Email your proposals to [email protected]. Click here for more information.

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PAR Update

The new issue 79(4) of PAR is out; find it online here. The virtual issue can be found online here.

Newly published research in Early View includes:

What Gets Measured, Gets Done: Understanding and Addressing Middle-Class Challenges
Todd L. Ely, Geoffrey Propheter, Rich Jones and Scott Wasserman

The Expat Gap: Are Local-Born Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries at a Disadvantage When Seeking Grant Funding?
Saurabh A. Lall, Li-Wei Chen and Abigayle Davidson

Organizational Process, Rulemaking Pace, and the Shadow of Judicial Review
Christopher Carrigan and Russell W. Mills

Perceptual Bias and Public Programs: The Case of the United States and Hospital Care
Kenneth J. Meier, Austin P. Johnson and Seung-Ho An


A Viewpoint on Research for Social Business Entrepreneurship
Sameeksha Desai and John E. Tyler, III

Rethinking Academic Entrepreneurship: University Governance and the Emergence of the Academic Enterprise
Michael M. Crow, Kyle Whitman and Derrick M. Anderson

What Gets Measured, Gets Done: Understanding and Addressing Middle-Class Challenges
Todd L. Ely, Geoffrey Propheter, Rich Jones and Scott Wasserman

Revitalize the Public Service, Revitalize the Middle Class
Heather Getha-Taylor

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Public Integrity Update

For the latest news on Public Integrity's articles and topics getting international attention, join the Journal's active sites at Public Integrity and ASPA.

Call for Papers:
Race, Racism and Administrative Paralysis: Using Critical Race Theory for a Race-Conscious Public Administration

While ever present in U.S. society and across public institutions, discussions of race and racism are rarely explicit in public administration scholarship and praxis. When these topics are a part of dialogue, individuals often avoid them so as not to appear as though they are exemplifying racial stereotypes or racist behaviors. Further, race neutral or color-blind policies that while, on the surface, do not consider race, result in disparate outcomes, mostly for people of color.

The inability to act or deciding to opt out of examining issues of race, racism and disparity, ultimately paralyzes public and nonprofit administrators in the implementation and management of policy. The consequence has led to intergenerational inequity that persists for people of color because policies and administrative decisions never address root cause issues.

While Frederickson discussed the concept of social equity in public administration, the field has yet to pursue equity with as much vigor as it does economy, effectiveness and efficiency. Almost fifty years after Frederickson, Gooden introduced race as a "nervous" area of government where public institutions lack an ability to recognize the ways in which racism permeates organizational structures and informs policy. The lack of the full adoption of social equity and the avoidance of race and racism anecdotally suggests that, across the field, public and nonprofit administrators and scholars suffer from racial paralysis. This is also true in the classroom, where there is difficulty in talking about and facilitating conversations about race. Racial paralysis, in the classroom context, impedes students' opportunity to develop a race-conscious perspective, thus slowing the needle of progression in society.

Understanding the historical context of U.S. society and accepting the role race has played in informing attitudes, behaviors and actions is fundamental to addressing persistent racial inequities and intergenerational disparities. Critical race theory (CRT) is a theoretical framework that allows scholars to examine issues (e.g. legal, educational, institutional, societal) with a clear understanding of the ways in which racism acts as a form of oppression for Black people in the United States.

This special symposium seeks papers that offer considerations for examining the incorporation of critical race theory in the study and practice of public administration. Through a CRT lens, authors are asked to consider the presence of racial paralysis in the various components of public and nonprofit administration. Empirical or theoretical manuscripts may focus on CRT, in its entirety or any combination of the theory's five key tenets: history, race, voice/lived experience, interpretation, and praxis, as a framework to discuss how racial paralysis has shaped public administration.

Authors should submit a one-page proposal to guest editors Tia Sherèe Gaynor or Brandi Blessett no later August 15, 2019. Authors invited to submit a full manuscript will be contacted by September 15, 2019. An invitation to submit a full manuscript does not guarantee publication. Full papers should be submitted though Editorial Manager by February 15, 2020 and will be subject to double-blind review. Final manuscripts should NOT be emailed to the editors.

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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 public service/civil service reform. Send your contributions to us at any time; the deadline is rolling. Contact us for more information.

Check out our recent articles and columns:

Are Innovation Districts Right for Cities?
By Joshua Drucker

A Public Leader's Challenge: Technology as an Organizational Core Competency
By Tricia Nolfi

Policymaking in the Public Right-of-Way: Car Sharing
By Patrick Mulhearn

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

Deputy City Manager, Development Services Organization (DSO) – City of Fontana, Fontana, CA

Merit System Board – The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Riverdale, MD

Public Administration Department Chair – California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA

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.