ASPA's New Website is Launching Next Month; Chapter Rebates Increase
ASPA members have many ways to make the most of your annual dues every day, week and month of the year. We hope you are pleased with the new or enhanced benefits ASPA is providing, giving you more ways to participate in our organization and the broader public administration community.
We are excited to announce another essential go-to resource is on the way: a new and improved ASPA website! Launching in mid-August, this resource will offer:
- Mobile-friendly access
- Easy access to members-only benefits
- More robust professional development resources
- Better search capabilities for a variety of resources
- Critical information-sharing opportunities across interest areas
- A field-wide calendar listing local, regional and national events
- A streamlined, more efficient member renewal process
We are also pleased to announce we will be nearly doubling our support for our local Chapters, increasing rebates from $6 to $10 per member, as a product of dues adjustments that will go into effect with the new website.
Members should check their email for a message from us outlining more of these changes and providing additional details. We look forward to continuing to serve current and future members through this new website and future resources! Please contact our membership department with any questions!
ASPA Begins Search for Public Administration Review Editor in Chief
ASPA announced recently it has begun the search for the next Editor in Chief of Public Administration Review (PAR), its flagship professional journal.
Through the efforts of its current editorial team, led by current Editor in Chief James Perry of Indiana University, PAR has seen significant growth in its readership, impact and contributions to the study and practice of the field. It has jumped more than 10 spots in Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation Reports metrics and stands atop Google Scholar's Public Policy and Administration ranking. It also has seen significant increases in its downloads and other access metrics.
A Request for Proposals (RFP) to serve as the Editor in Chief is available on ASPA's website along with other details about the search process. All interested parties are encouraged to submit a proposal for consideration.
ASPA will hold two webinars to discuss the proposal process and address practical questions about day-to-day PAR management. Use the following links to register for the webinar of your choice:
The RFP will close on September 31. The Editor in Chief will officially begin his/her role in January 2018.
Questions? Contact ASPA chief of program operations Lisa Sidletsky.
Webinars, BookTalks and Student Series on the Horizon
ASPA's professional development webinars are ongoing throughout the year. Averaging 85 attendees per webinar and free to ASPA members, these e-learning opportunities provide you with valuable insights and information at your fingertips. Here's a quick look at upcoming opportunities. Make sure you register today for sessions that interest you and visit our website to review further details about all upcoming webinars and BookTalks.
Lessons Learned from International Leaders in Performance and Results Management
Thursday, July 14, 1 p.m.
Kate Josephs, U.S. Performance Improvement Council (and former UK Delivery Unit)
Robert Taliercio, World Bank
John Kamensky, Moderator, The IBM Center for the Business of Government
Performance management has spread across the globe, but in many different ways. What are other countries and cities around the world doing and how do they compare to what is being done in the U.S.? This webinar will explore current and past performance management practices, explain how other countries have applied them and offer insights and potential ideas for your agency, state or city.
An Analysis of Superstorm Sandy and Government Responsiveness: How Can Governments Do Better?
Tuesday, July 19, 1 p.m.
Phil Nufrio, The Metropolitan College of New York
Carol Rusaw, North Dakota State University
This webinar will discuss the lingering maladies those impacted by Superstorm Sandy are still facing, including lack of compensation for damages, inability to find suitable shelter and inconsistent government responsibility. They will also review flaws in American democratic governance structures that have led to these experiences. Government success when responding to large-scale disasters can be inconsistent, but some entities have found ways to better engage across sectors and with citizens and responders during crises. By examining these strategies and adapting them to the need at hand, governments can improve how they manage catastrophes.
2016 International Young Scholars Workshop Advances Racial Equity, Community Engagement
Twenty-seven doctoral students and research fellows will attend ASPA's 2016 International Young Scholars Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa, July 20-23. Their research and participation will focus on the theme, "Advancing the Understanding of Global Disparities in Public Policy, Public Administration, NGOs, and the Communities They Serve."
The workshop's signature sponsor is the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, of Battle Creek, Mich., which is generously supporting this event through a $20,000 corporate gift. Other sponsors include the South African Community Chest, the Conference of Minority Public Administrators and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration, Newark. Each organizational sponsor is assisting the scholars in their academic work as the scholars promote racial equity and community engagement, both in the classroom and in local communities.
"These young scholars are dedicated to rigorous public administration research," said ASPA President Susan Gooden, lead academic advisor for the workshop. "We are bringing almost 30 future academicians and public servants to Cape Town to expose them to their peers' research as they examine social equity and community from a global perspective. This experience will provide them with the opportunity to broaden their networks and elevate public administration scholarship."
Senior Scholars accompanying the group are Maria Aristigueta (University of Delaware), Gloria Billingsley (Jackson State University), Susan Gooden (Virginia Commonwealth University), Janice Lachance (Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust), Michael Orok (Virginia Union University), Allan Rosenbaum (Florida International University) and Harvey White (University of Delaware).
"Each Young Scholars class conducts stellar research that goes on to have a considerable impact within public administration," Gooden said. "This year's cohort has students looking at marginalized populations in Africa, the United States, Canada and beyond. I am looking forward to watching how their research broadens our concept of racial equity and community engagement."
Visit ASPA's website for the full list of students and more information. You can also track their journey while they are in Cape Town! Follow #IYSW2016 as participants tweet about their experiences and be a part of this year's Workshop!
ASPA Leadership Call for Nominations Now Open
ASPA's annual nomination period for leadership positions has officially begun!
ASPA is looking for the best practitioners and scholars in the field to nominate themselves or others to serve as public administration leaders. Do you know someone who is passionate about strengthening our organization, has a track record of effective leadership and wants to advance our discipline? Nominate him or her today!
We're looking for nominees who will be:
- Active in public administration—practitioners and scholars are both welcome!
- Committed to public service
- Dedicated to the public interest
- Aware of budgeting processes
- Knowledgeable about membership and customer service
This year, you can nominate yourself or a colleague for one of the following leadership positions:
- Vice President (succeeds to president in three years)
- District Representative (represents one of ASPA’s five districts)
- Student Representative (represents the leaders of the future)
- International Director (represents ASPA's global constituency)
All members are welcome to nominate themselves or a peer for consideration. Visit our online form for more details or to submit a nomination.
Nominations will be accepted until August 12, 2016.
Questions? Contact ASPA chief of program operations Lisa Sidletsky.
Member News for PA TIMES Magazine
As ASPA prepares to print its summer edition of PA TIMES magazine, now is the time to send us any member news you'd like to include!
Promotions, Board announcements, retirements, tenure details and more are all welcome. Please send them to PA TIMES managing editor Karen Garrett for consideration. Member news items must be received by July 25 to be considered for the Summer edition.
Hiring announcements and other news for the Recruiter section are treated as advertisements and will be sold as such. Contact ASPA's advertising partner, Ascend Integrated Media, for assistance.
Chapters around the country have been busy this summer! Below you’ll find notices of interest:
- The Central VA Chapter is pleased to announce it has inducted new officers, including President-Elect Ryan Hannifin, Secretary Anita Yearwood, Assistant Secretary Grant E. Rissler and Treasurer Tim Bland. New Council members are Nick Galvin, Jessica Wells and Wren Wyatt.
- The Central PA Chapter announces it has launched a new website, centralpachapter.aspaonline.org. Take a look and learn more about this Chapter!
Does your Chapter or Section have news to share with the ASPA community? Send it to ASPA Chapter/Section coordinator Melissa Jun so we can include it in an upcoming newsletter.
Community and Economic Development Survey Still in the Field
Community development is often broadly defined as the bettering of a community's social, political and economic assets. Community—and economic—development is also a key government function, especially at the local level. Public managers working in this area face unique administrative challenges. Public administration scholarship and practice can help managers solve these challenges and better their communities. To facilitate discussion within public administration, a number of members are looking to form a Community and Economic Development Section within ASPA.
ASPA members are invited to participate in an online study examining how community development is both practiced and taught in the public affairs field, while also gauging interest in developing this dedicated Section. A better understanding of how practitioners and scholars define, and therefore teach and practice, community development will improve knowledge about this subject in the public sector, allowing for improved community development policy and practice in the future.
If you have further questions about the study, please contact Ashley Nickels (researcher) at Miami University. Other individuals involved in the survey and in exploring forming the Section include Colleen Casey (University of Texas-Arlington), Prentiss Dantzler (Colorado College) and William Hatcher (Augusta University).
AIRMAP 2017 Conference Planned for June 2017
The 6th annual AIRMAP conference is being planned for June 1-2, 2017, in Nice, on the theme, "Is Public Management Universal." Basic details are now available in English or in French. Contact David Huron with any questions.