Submit Your Ballot Today
Voting in ASPA's 2017 election is open. Now through midnight on Dec. 1, you have the opportunity to vote for the individuals you believe should serve in ASPA's leadership.
Click here to learn more about the candidates running for office.
This year, members are asked to vote on a package of bylaws amendments recommended by the ASPA Governance Task Force and approved by the National Council.
You can find more information about the bylaws amendments and supporting documentation on our website, including a Q-and-A ASPA staff conducted with Task Force chair Judy England-Joseph, online here.
Your ballot is secure and will be submitted anonymously. (Need a paper ballot mailed to you? Please let us know!)
You will need your ASPA login information to access your ballot. Please contact ASPA's membership department at email@example.com or at 202-585-4310 for assistance.
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Memos to State and Local Leaders Resources Release Continues
Last month, ASPA released the first two memos in its Memos to State and Local Leaders series. Initiated in 2016, ASPA Chapters across the United States were invited to develop topical papers on critical policy and management issues that our states and localities face, along with recommendations to address—and even overcome—them. More than a dozen Chapters answered the call.
Produced by ASPA's Central Pennsylvania Chapter, last month's memos covered fiscal policy and program management at the state, regional and local levels. Our next memo, looking at edge county syndrome, will be released this week.
In anticipation of this new resource's distribution, take time now to read through the Central Pennsylvania Chapter's memos and listen to the webinar ASPA produced in partnership with the Chapter just a few weeks ago.
Additional memos from other Chapters will be released on an at-least monthly basis during the coming months. We look forward to an ongoing dialogue building on the memos and applying locally based challenges and promising practices to a broader scale.
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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.
Symposium Edition of Public Integrity: Ethical Questions Regarding PTSD, Unwanted Sexual Behavior, Gender Issues and Ethical Leadership in the Military
Nov. 9 | 1 p.m. ET
Hugo Asencio, California State University—Dominguez Hills
Theodore Byrne, California State University—Dominguez Hills
Thomas Dunn, Troy University
Maria Carolina Gonzalez-Prats, Portland State University
Steven Koven, University of Louisville
Edin Mujkic, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Manfred Meine, Moderator, Troy University
This webinar will focus on internal ethical questions and problems related to the military services and those serving or having served. Public Integrity Symposium Edition on Military Ethics editor Manfred Meine will moderate a discussion with authors of many of the articles from the issue.
BookTalk: Policymaking for Citizen Behavior Change: A Social Marketing Approach
Nov. 29 | 1 p.m. ET
Nancy Lee, University of Washington
Social marketing is a discipline unfamiliar to many policymakers, often confused with the more frequently applied and studied fields of social media, behavioral economics or social change. It is a growing field and methodology, however, that has been successfully applied to improve public health, prevent injuries, protect the environment, engage communities and improve financial well-being. Policymaking for Citizen Behavior Change is designed to demonstrate the ways in which social marketing can be an effective and efficient tool to change citizens' behavior and how to advocate for and support its appropriate application.
The True Size of Government
Dec. 7 | 1 p.m. ET
Paul Light, New York University—Wagner School
Is today's government workforce too big? Too small? Are there enough people for the mission? How can we tell when we don't have a good look at the make-up of the federal workforce? This webinar will explore this topic in depth with one of today's leading experts!
Student Webinar: Communicating Effectively
Dec. 14 | 1 p.m. ET
Fernando Figueredo, Florida International University
Andrea Headley, Moderator, ASPA Student Representative and Florida International University
Communications skills are in long demand and short supply—and are essential for your future career, whether you choose an academic or practitioner path. Join us for this discussion about effective communications and learn more about how invaluable these skills can be.
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Focus on Membership: Life is Better with Friends!
A number of times this year ASPA has been approached by various members asking about whether we offer group discounts for membership. You will be pleased to know: Yes, we do!
ASPA offers two approaches: group and institutional memberships.
If 10 or more members sign up or renew together—students, faculty, local, state or federal employees—they comprise a group membership! They each receive a $10 discount on their ASPA membership while continuing to enjoy the full range of ASPA benefits. This is an economical way to approach ASPA membership while ensuring your colleagues will be members alongside you as you take advantage of PAR, PA TIMES magazine, our distance learning program or any other ASPA benefits.
Institutional memberships are different in that they still offer you the opportunity to join as a group and experience ASPA membership with your friends and colleagues (at a discount), but they also provide your institution or organization with valuable branding exposure within the discipline. Customized benefits—including advertising space in ASPA's publications, e-learning sponsorships, extra presence at the Annual Conference, articles in PA TIMES magazine and more—mean we can build your organization the membership package it wants at a competitive cost that makes it worth your while.
We are proud that a variety of universities and institutions choose each year to engage with ASPA as a group, the most recent including:
- Ashford University
- John Jay University
- Rutgers University
- San Diego State University
- University of Arkansas at Little Rock
- University of Massachusetts—Boston
In fact, we are pleased to announce our most recent institutional member: Suffolk University in Boston!
If you are interested in learning more about either of these memberships, or ways you can bring one to your organization/institution, get in touch. You can contact ASPA membership coordinator Phillip Carlisle at (202) 585-4310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Calling All Authors!
ASPA is seeking fresh voices for PA TIMES in 2018. Authors for both the magazine and the online version are under consideration at this time. Consider now whether you would be interested in contributing original content to either of these publications.
We are looking for columnists who can speak to a range of subjects throughout the year including:
- Public administration education
- Health care
- Social equity
- Gender studies
- Performance management
- Evidence-based policymaking
- The government workforce
- Demographic shifts
- Comparative public administration
- International issues
Authors can sign up for a variety of rotations, focusing columns on our themes throughout the year or topics of your choice. An editorial calendar will be released later this month outlining the 2018 themes.
Interested in joining our columnist pool? Submit an application. First-time authors and students are welcome!
Applications must be submitted by Dec. 1, 2017. Contact us with any questions.
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Annual Conference Features Prominent Speakers This March
ASPA's 2018 Annual Conference, taking place March 9-13 in Denver, will be the premier conference of the year for public administration research, scholarship, networking and more. While speakers await notification of whether their proposal has been accepted, ASPA continues to add to its roster of Presidential Panelists that will take the dais this year.
Speaking across a variety of topics, we are excited that the following individuals will be with us in Denver:
- Katherine Barrett (Barrett and Greene)
- Erik Bergrud (Park University)
- Dan Blair (National Academy of Public Administration)
- Timothy Conlan (Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University)
- Richard Greene (Barrett and Greene)
- Jefferson Davis Howell, Jr. (Lt. General U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) and LBJ School, University of Texas—Austin)
- Bobby Inman (Admiral U.S. Navy (ret.), Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School, University of Texas)
- Mark A. Welsh, III (General U.S. Air Force (ret.) and Bush School of Government, Texas A&M University)
Stay tuned as more names are announced in the coming weeks!
We look forward to welcoming more than 1,200 people to Denver this March. Early-bird registration rates expire in January, so make your plans now!
Follow @ASPANational and #ASPA2018 for more conference details!
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GSU Lowers Fees for Government Finance Classes
The Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) at Georgia State University has lowered its fees for its remaining 2017-18 public finance courses:
- 2-day classes are now $350—previously $665
- 3-day classes are now $500—previously $985
- 4-day classes are now $700—previously $1,315
CSLF took this action to ensure more government leaders—and aspiring leaders—have access to in-depth instruction and vital networking opportunities, as part of its executive education program. Upcoming winter courses include: Government Financial Statements and Accounting (deadline Nov. 13), Debt Management (deadline Jan. 9) and Treasury and Investment Management (deadline Feb. 21). For details and registration information, visit cslf.gsu.edu/training.
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Public Administration Review Symposium Call for Papers
Public Administration Review announces a call for papers: Behavioral Approaches to Bureaucratic Red Tape and Administrative Burden. Potential paper proposals that would be welcomed include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following themes:
- Behavioral consequences of red tape and administrative burden
- Behavioral justifications for regulatory action
- Group decisionmaking biases in bureaucratic settings
- Behavioral dimensions of government responses to crises
- Nudge strategies
- Citizen-state interactions
- Emotional responses to bureaucracy
- Cognitive biases in decisionmaking
- Choice architecture of government rules and services
- Relevant theoretical syntheses and conceptual analyses
The symposium will be edited by Christopher Carrigan, Sanjay Pandey and Gregg Van Ryzin. All paper proposals are due Nov. 15, 2017. For more information, please click here.
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PSPA International Conference Next Week
The Philippine Society for Public Administration announces its 2017 international conference will take place Nov. 16-18 in Mandaluyong, Philippines. Discussions will center around this year's theme, "Innovations in Public Administration Reforms in ASEAN and in Asian Communities." Registration is open now. Click here for more information.
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Call for Proposals: 12th Annual Public Administration Research Conference
The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management (CPNM) at the University of Central Florida's (UCF) School of Public Administration will host its 12th annual Public Administration Research Conference (PARC), April 12-14, 2018 on the UCF campus in Orlando. Continuing to focus on important public administration issues, the 12th PARC will organize around the theme, "A Return to 'Governance in Dark Times'? Creating Spaces for Citizen Dialogue, Encouraging Engagement in Public Life, and Ensuring Government Transparency and Accountability." The deadline for submissions is Dec. 15, 2017. Click here for more information.
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SENRA Student Paper Competition Ongoing
ASPA's Section on Environment and Natural Resource Administration (SENRA) invites students in graduate programs to submit their papers on any environmental topic for consideration in the Section's 2017 student paper competition. Faculty members can also nominate student paper(s) for submission. The best written paper will be awarded a prize of $200 and the author will receive a certificate of recognition from SENRA at ASPA's 2018 Annual Conference. The deadline for receiving papers is Dec. 31, 2017. Click here for more information.
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Call for Proposals: Public Finance and the New Economy
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University is seeking paper proposals for a conference, "Public Finance and the New Economy." The field of public finance is faced with challenges and opportunities arising from the new economy, sharing economy, data analytics and artificial intelligence. The Andrew Young School invites papers that examine how these changes affect the public sector, as well as how the public sector is adapting. All proposals are due Feb. 1, 2018. Click here for more information.
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Call for Papers: The Future of Public Service Symposium
Suffolk University in Boston has issued the following call for papers for a symposium sponsored with ASPA, "The Future of Public Service: Advancing the Civil Society through Partnership Government," to take place May 31, 2018. This dialogue will explore the next frontier of public service: partnership government. It will focus on a broad vision of public service grounded in the principles of the civil society, the common good, service to others and social equity, exploring the need for public service organizations and other actors to recognize and embrace the interdependence that is necessary to succeed as partners in an era of fundamental challenges to the role of government itself. Decisions will be made beginning Feb. 1, 2018 and proposals may be submitted and considered on a rolling basis thereafter. Click here for more information.
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The latest articles from Public Administration Review are available in the Wiley Online Library.
Legacy and Stewardship
James L. Perry
Roadmap Needed to Address the Challenges Threatening the Nation's Long-Term Fiscal Health
Gene L. Dodaro
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Help Borrowers, Don't Hurt Them: Federal Credit Programs Need to Focus on Outcomes, Not Volume
Thomas H. Stanton
EVIDENCE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Kimberley R. Isett, Brian Head and Gary VanLandingham, Editors
King County's Journey in Institutionalizing Equity and Social Justice
Social Equity and Evidence: Insights from Local Government
Susan T. Gooden
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND THE DISCIPLINES
Rosemary O'Leary, Editor
Foundations of Relating: Theory and Evidence on the Formation of Street-Level Bureaucrats' Workplace Networks
Muhammad Azfar Nisar and Spiro Maroulis
Can Transparency Foster More Understanding and Compliant Citizens?
Gregory A. Porumbescu, Meghan I. H. Lindeman, Erica Ceka and Maria Cucciniello
Leading the Implementation of ICT Innovations
Morten Balle Hansen and Iben Norup
Commentary: Electronic Patient Records: Confronting the Implementation Challenge
Kjeld Moller Pedersen
Diversity, Trust, and Social Learning in Collaborative Governance
Saba Siddiki, Jangmin Kim and William D. Leach
Local Capitalism and Civic Engagement: The Potential of Locally Facing Firms
Jill K. Clark and Matthew Record
Commentary: Local Farms, Local Firms, Community Development, and Quality of Life: A Systematic Analysis
A Cognitive Perspective on Policy Implementation: Reform Beliefs, Sensemaking, and Social Networks
Michael D. Siciliano, Nienke M. Moolenaar, Alan J. Daly and Yi-Hwa Liou
Commentary: Are We Finally Ready to Attend to the Social Dimensions of Educational Reform?
Not Seeing Eye to Eye on Frontline Work: Manager-Employee Disagreement and Its Effects on Employees
John D. Marvel
Show Who the Money? Teacher Sorting Patterns and Performance Pay across U.S. School Districts
Michael Jones and Michael T. Hartney
Commentary: Asking the Right Question on Performance Pay—and Getting a Surprising Answer
W. Henry Lambright, Editor
Practicing a Virtuous Politics: Bill Bolling and the Atlanta Community Food Bank
John Clayton Thomas
Danny L. Balfour, Editor
Danny L. Balfour
The Promise and Perils of Reorganization
Ashley E. Nickels
Book reviewed: ReOrg: How to Get It Right by Stephen Heidari-Robinson and Suzanne Heywood (2016)
Will Our Volatile Times Change Public Administration?
Eric S. Zeemering
Book reviewed: The 21st Century Public Manager by Zeger van der Wal (2017)
Restoring Faith in Government: A Sisyphean Task?
Mary R. Hamilton
Book reviewed: Valuing Bureaucracy: The Case for Professional Government by Paul R. Verkuil (2017)
A Plea from a Former Careerist to Presidential Appointees
Susannah Bruns Ali
Book reviewed: The Presidential Appointee's Handbook, Second Edition by G. Edward DeSeve (2017)
Elinor Ostrom: The Power and Peril of Multidisciplinary Research
Hindy Lauer Schachter
Book reviewed: Elinor Ostrom: An Intellectual Biography by Vlad Tarko (2017)
A Classic Revisited: In Praise of Red Tape
Book reviewed: Red Tape: Its Origins, Uses, and Abuses by Herbert Kaufman (2015)
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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 evidence-based decisionmaking. Send your contributions to us now! The deadline is rolling; contact us for more information.
Check out our recent articles and columns:
Using "Happiness" as a Measure of Community Performance in Shrinking Cities
By Daniel Hummel
The Lesson: Don't Throw a Plunger at a Dart Board
By Tim Dodd
Driving a City's Financial Recovery: An Interview with Detroit CFO John Hill
By Jason Juffras
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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.
Evaluation Associate – Building Changes – Seattle, WA
Public Policy Analyst – Google – San Francisco, CA
Frank Stanton Professor – Harvard Kennedy School – Cambridge, MA