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November 10, 2021

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ASPA Launches 2022 Annual Conference Website!

ASPA is happy to announce its 2022 Annual Conference website has launched, and will be where you can find everything you need to know about this March's event for the next several months! We've already posted plenty of details and will continue to add to this information regularly.

Knowing these remain uncertain times, we are planning for a conference experience that places your health, safety and security at the forefront of our efforts. To support those plans, we have adopted a number of robust health policies for next year's conference. Among them:

  • Proof of vaccination is required to attend #ASPA2022
  • Masks will be required for all indoor activities
  • Social distancing and adequate spacing will be promoted and encouraged as much as possible
  • Flexible refund/transfer options are available should you be unable to join us
Full details are on our website. Review them closely and think about how you can do your part to make the 2022 conference a terrific and safe experience for all. (Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page for our answers!)

For those ready to register, our 2022 rates are lower than past years to support those on tighter budgets:
  • Student/New Professional Member Rate: $199
  • Member Launch Rate: $399
  • Member Regular Rate: $449
  • Member Onsite Rate: $549
  • Member One-Day Rate: $209
View our website for nonmember rates and more details, including our flexible refund/transfer policy. And, if you've enjoyed our options to sponsor a student, contact us and we can help you do so again for 2022.

We look forward to seeing you this March!

Use the following links to view the 2022 Annual Conference Events Code of Conduct, health and safety policies and liability waiver.


ASPA Launches Annual Awards Nomination Period

ASPA’s annual Awards Program is your once-a-year opportunity to nominate someone to be recognized as one of public administration's dedicated public servants.

  • Do you know a current or former city official who has dedicated themselves to the public good?
  • Do you know an unsung scholar who produces excellent research?
  • Do you know a public official who has stood up for equity and integrity in government?
  • Do you know someone who has bridged the academic/practitioner divide and encouraged best practices because of it?
  • Do you know someone who is all-around excellent?
We're sure you do!

Review our awards categories and nominate them to be recognized for their efforts this March at ASPA’s 2022 Annual Conference! Twenty awards honor a variety of practitioners and scholars who advance excellence in public service at all levels. Your name, or someone you know, could be on the list! All nominations are due by December 3. Just a few of the awards categories for which one can be nominated include:
  • National Public Service Award
  • Nesta M. Gallas Award
  • Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award
  • Public Integrity Award
  • Elmer B. Staats Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Paul P. Van Riper Award
  • Donald C. Stone Service to ASPA Award
You can find all of our awards listed online. Each are tremendous honors bestowed on those exhibiting excellence in public service. And remember: While some awards require the honoree to be an ASPA member, that is not true for all of them. City managers, local government service providers, public health advocates, nonprofit executives, organizations and more are all eligible and our committees look forward to considering a wide range of nominees.

Every year more than 30 public servants are recognized by ASPA as exemplifying the best of public administration, but only those who are nominated can be considered! Review our Awards Program details and begin work on your nomination/submission today.


E-Learning at Your Fingertips

ASPA staff work tirelessly to keep your skills up to date and the information flowing all year long through our e-learning program. Visit our website to see more details about upcoming KeepingCurrent, BookTalk and Students and New Professionals series programming. Members, visit our webinar archives to catch up on what you have missed!

KeeingCurrent: Adopting Agile in State and Local Governments
November 16 | 11 a.m. EST
Dan Chenok, Moderator, Executive Director, IBM Center for The Business of Government
Sukumar Ganapati, Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Florida International University

Agile is a process of continuous improvement and involves a mindset of organizational culture. This webinar will deal with how state and local governments in the United States are adopting agile methods (including lean and design thinking). The presentation draws on a recently released report on agile by the IBM Center for the Business of Government, “Adopting Agile in State and Local Governments” by Dr. Sukumar Ganapati.

BookTalk: The Practice of Government Public Relations
November 18 | 11 a.m. EST
Suzanne Horsley, Author and Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Public Relations, The University of Alabama
Aroon P. Manoharan, Author and Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Kendra Stewart, Moderator, Editor and Professor and Director, The Riley Center for Livable Communities, The College of Charleston

Government administrators utilize a wide variety of technical and managerial tools in their jobs, yet often overlook the importance of communicating with their publics. This book provides government managers advice on a wide-ranging set of communications strategies and issues. We offer the premise that government public relations activities can serve three broad purposes: mandatory activities, which support governance; optional activities, which offer a pragmatic means of improving policy outcomes, inputs, and impacts; and dangerous but powerful activities, which may serve the agency’s political interests. This BookTalk will provide an overview of the book and highlight two of the chapters covering relevant current issues – crisis communication with Suzanne Horsley and digital branding with Aroon Manoharan.

Student and New Professional Series: Crafting a Compelling Resume
November 30 | 1 p.m. EST
Kayla Schwoerer, Doctoral Student, Rutgers University—Newark and ASPA Student Representative
Bill Shields, Executive Director, ASPA and Adjunct Professor, American University

There are different perspectives on resumes—what should be on them, what should not, how long they should be, what they should cover. The advice you get depends on whom you ask. What cannot be disputed is the importance of your resume; it is your first opportunity to stand out and let employers know that you are the person for the job. In this Student and New Professional Series webinar, ASPA Executive Director Bill Shields will draw on his 20 years of experience helping students craft effective resumes and guide you through the process of creating compelling ones—a resume that will introduce you to a potential employer, sell your skills to that employer and get you to the next step of the hiring process. The webinar will cover the dos and don’ts of crafting your professional resumé and ways to leverage it to advance your career—and allow for plenty of audience Q&A time.

Recently Released: PA TIMES Magazine Fall Edition

The Fall 2021 edition of PA TIMES Magazine has been posted to the ASPA website! Make sure you download your copy featuring the latest public sector news and trends from leaders in the profession. This edition focuses on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with special profiles of diversity officials in five cities across the country:

  • Austin, Texas
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
It also includes:
  • A look at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's plan for new standards of excellence around racial equity
  • Thoughts about DEI as we re-enter the workplace
  • Perspectives about ethical dilemmas around social equity
As always, you also will find important member news, perspectives from across the profession, a summary of 2021's Public Service Recognition Week and a recap of the 2021 Annual Conference. You won't want to miss a word! Download your copy today.


ASPA Opens Founders' Fellows Call for Nominations

ASPA's Founders' Fellows program is now accepting applications for its 2022 class! Geared toward accelerating careers of young public administrators, doctoral students and new researchers, this is ASPA's most competitive Fellowship program of the year and provides results that could last throughout your career. Whether you fit one of these descriptions or know someone who does, start thinking now about applying for one of our 20 available spots (or nominating a student for one).

The Founders' Fellows program recognizes the exceptional accomplishments and future potential of the next generation of public servants—in the academic and/or practitioner communities. The 2022 class will demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and professional promise. Benefits include a presentation at the 2022 Annual Conference, a specially paired mentor relationship for the duration of the fellowship year and professional development opportunities.

All applications are due to ASPA by November 30, 2021. Visit our website for more details, click here to access the application or contact ASPA's Phillip Carlisle with additional questions.

Last Chance to Share Your Pandemic Experiences and Perspectives

ASPA's Pandemic Committee is requesting your participation in a research study, but time is running out to participate. All responses must be submitted by November 15, 2021.

The committee is conducting an administrative study of the professional activities related to the pandemic that members have undertaken during these complex and unprecedented times. It is their intention to highlight the findings from this research as an official organizational after action report at the 2022 Annual Conference as part of a presidential panel.

As a voluntary participant in this study, they are asking you to participate in an online survey, which should take you about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. After completing the survey, you will be asked if you would be willing to participate in a follow-up focus group to clarify the data.

Only Dr. Claire Connolly Knox, a member of the Pandemic Committee, will know of your participation in this study. Please be assured that your responses will be kept completely confidential. Your research results, minus any identifying information, may be published and used in future research studies examining similar topics. The material findings and conclusions will be combined rather than discussed as originating from an individual source.

If you would be willing to participate in the study, please click here. Remember: All survey responses must be submitted by November 15, 2021. Please contact Dr. Knox with any questions.

2022 Transatlantic Dialogue Call for Papers Open!

The 16th Transatlantic Dialogue (TAD16), an annual conference bridging scholarly communities on either side of the Atlantic Ocean, will take place June 9-11, 2022, in Roskilde (Denmark). Co-sponsored by ASPA, the European Group for Public Administration/International Institute of Administrative Sciences and Rutgers University, we are pleased to join with our European counterparts to support this event and the scholarly communities it enhances.

Under this year's theme, “Strategic Management of Public Sector Transformation in Turbulent Times: Enhancing Collaborative Governance and Co-creation of Public Value," TAD16 will organize a broad range of workshops led by pairs of American and European scholars:

  • Building capacities for collaborative governance and co-creation through strategic management
  • Enhancing public performance through interagency and cross-sector collaboration
  • Public innovation through networks of public and private actors: theory and practice
  • Improving the performance of contracts, procurement and public-private partnerships
  • Co-creating public value outcomes with citizens and voluntary organizations
  • Public leadership and motivation in public value production
  • Designing institutional platforms and arenas for collaborative governance and co-creation
  • Political leadership and policy entrepreneurship in a turbulent world of collaborative governance
  • Democratic legitimacy and accountability in collaborative governance arrangements
This event also will feature several keynote speeches, a roundtable discussion of public governance responses to COVID-19 and a fun social event. More details will be provided as the schedule evolves.

Please review the Call for Papers now and submit your abstract by March 1, 2022. All registrations are due by May 10, 2022.

Find more details on the TAD16 website and we'll look forward to seeing you in Roskilde in June 2022!


Public Integrity: Special Issue on Qualitative Methods as Liberatory Tools

Public administration in academia remains mired in quests for legitimacy, often confused by ontological, epistemological and methodological suppositions rooted in different ways of knowing. Many of these debates remain at the “philosophy of science” level, leaving a gap in our knowledge about not just “doing methods” well but also how methodology and methods link to broader theoretical and practical discussions in the field. Contemporarily, numerous scholars are calling for a return to the field’s heart and soul: the citizen-state encounter, the power of tacit knowledge and the ability of stories and narratives to shape knowledge.

Yet a focus on the human dimensions of public administration requires centering the uniqueness of people’s experiences. Interactions with any public service entity are woven with differing conceptions and applications of ethics, accountability, equity, justice, legality and constitutionality, legitimacy, responsiveness, transparency and more. The methods we use must be up to the task of studying and sorting through these complex dimensions, especially through providing in-depth, detail-rich description and explanation of not only what phenomena are but also how and why they work the way that they do. Qualitative methods are essential for these goals.

This special issue seeks to foster a renewed focus on qualitative methods in public administration. Specifically, we seek to unpack and understand how qualitative methods can lead to a liberatory perspective of public administration, policy and management.

Find the full call for papers online; proposals for papers should be submitted by January 9, 2022. An invitation to submit a full paper does not guarantee publication. All papers will be subject to Public Integrity’s standard double-blind peer review process. Please address any questions to special issue editors Staci Zavattaro, Sean McCandless, Ashley Nickels and Esteban Santis.

National Civic Review: Special Issue on Health Equity

The Fall Edition of the National Civic Review features five policy briefs created by Healing through Policy: Creating Pathways to Racial Justice. The new initiative's collaboration between The National Collaborative for Health Equity, The American Public Health Association and The de Beaumont Foundation seeks to provide evidence-based policies and practices for communities seeking to advance health, racial equity, and justice.

You can access this edition by using your access code: ASPA21.

Tips and Resources

The Importance of Self-Trust
Many of us second guess ourselves. We don’t listen to our gut, trust our instincts, or we hang onto negative memories or regrets from the past. These things and others can make it difficult for us to trust ourselves and thus create challenges in our relationships, work and lives.

An End to Surprise Medical Bills
A new law prevents a trip to the emergency from becoming shockingly expensive.

New Leaders Might Want to Let Trust Grow
Numerous studies have shown that trust in leadership is linked to higher individual and team performance. However, that might not be the best strategy for long-term success, according to the researchers.

The Future of Work Is Hybrid—Here’s An Expert’s Recommendations for Success
Even when the pandemic ends, the vast majority of U.S. companies are expected to let many employees continue to work at least part time from home.

You’re Boosted! Now What?
No one knows exactly what the rules are for post-booster behavior.

Coronavirus in the News
While you can find our usual assortment of news headlines from the past several weeks below, here are stories specific to the coronavirus that are noteworthy.


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(Otherwise) 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 recent weeks. If you have not seen these yet, make sure you read them now!


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Members in the News

ASPA members are in the news in a variety of ways. If you have been featured, please send a link to the article to us and we will be happy to include it in a future newsletter.

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Around Public Administration

Here are the most recent updates from across the profession. Did we miss you? Send us your news and we'll include it in the next round!

Upcoming Events:

Calls for proposals and other updates:
  • SICA Announces Annual Awards Call for Nominations
    ASPA's Section on International and Comparative Administration (SICA) is seeking nominations for its 2022 Fred Riggs Award for Lifetime Achievement in International and Comparative Public Administration, David Gould Scholarship and Col Leadership Award. Awards will be announced in January 2022 and offered at the 2022 SICA business meeting during ASPA's 2022 Annual Conference.

    The Fred Riggs Award was established by SICA in 1985 to recognize scholars who made significant and widely recognized contributions to the conceptual, theoretical and/or operational progress in the fields of international, comparative and/or development administration. This award is named in honor of Fred W. Riggs, a pioneer in these fields and a leading founder of SICA. The award is made annually at the SICA Business Meeting held in conjunction with the ASPA Annual Conference. All nomination materials should be sent directly to Meghna Sabharwal by December 1, 2021.

    The David Gould Scholarship offers talented graduate students in the fields of public administration, public policy or international development some support to facilitate their participation in the ASPA Annual Conference. This Scholarship is named in honor of David Gould, an active SICA member and long-time professor of public administration at the University of Pittsburgh. He was among those killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, December 21, 1988. Each year one or two students receive a nominal stipend to attend the ASPA Annual Conference and SICA’s Riggs Symposium. For the 2022 ASPA annual conference, the stipend will help students defray registration costs. All nomination materials should be sent directly to Charlene M. L. Roach by December 1, 2021.

    The 2022 Col Leadership Award was established by SICA in 2016 and recognizes individual members who have made significant contributions to the development of the Section. Send all nominations to Col Leadership Award Chair Aroon Manoharan by December 1, 2021.

  • Public Administration Quarterly Special Issue Call for Papers
    Cannabis policy is changing quickly at the state level. We contend that there are far more interesting questions regarding cannabis policy in the United States and its impact on public administration than have been touched by policy and administration scholars. The aim of this special issue is to foster greater attention to cannabis policy research within public administration. While cannabis lends itself to puns and plays on words about drug culture, we prefer titles and approaches that do not reinforce stereotypes or diminish the seriousness of cannabis policy. It is a significant industry that is reshaping American drug policy and requires rigorous social science research for understanding its implications on citizens and governance. All proposals are due by December 1. Click here to view more information.

  • UCLG Africa's 5th African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes
    United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) invites attendees to its 5th African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes, under the theme, "Local Africa Goes Digital & Smart: The Time to Act Is Now." Taking place December 6-11 in a hybrid format in Marrakech with some virtual sessions, this gathering will be an opportunity to inform and exchange views and ideas on the dynamics of digital and smart transformation at the level of African local and regional governments, especially in the era of COVID-19 and beyond, with a focus on the commitments made, the progress achieved, the innovations relevant to governance and development at the local and territorial level, the challenges and obstacles faced and the most relevant means to overcome them. Interpretation services will be available in English, French, Arabic and Portugese. Click here for more information.

  • SPAR Best Book Award Call for Nominations
    The ASPA Section on Public Administration Research (SPAR) invites your nominations for its Best Book Award. The Section welcomes nominations for books on public administration published in 2020 and 2021. The criterion for the award is: a book that significantly contributes to research in public administration; all research methods are welcomed, as are books across the wide range of public administration research; edited volumes are welcomed; books primarily written as textbook will not be considered; the Section welcomes international publications written in English. This recognition will be awarded at ASPA's Annual Conference in March 2022. A nominating committee comprised of SPAR members will review each of the nominations and choose the award winners. All nominations are due by December 10, 2021. Nominations should list the book title, author, and publisher, and include at least a one-page summary outlining the unique contributions of the book. Contact Robin Kempf for more information.

  • COMPA 2022 Annual Conference Call for Papers
    COMPA's 2022 Annual ConferenceCall for Papers is open, centered on this year's theme, "Shifting Paradigms—Challenging Assumptions." We will address the challenges facing minority public administrators in communities experiencing increasing inequalities; systemic racism; police violence coupled with racialism in legal and justice systems; housing crises and food shortages; medical mistrust; chronic underinvestment; environmental degradation; and white supremacist extremism. All of these problems and many others have been exacerbated by an ongoing global pandemic that has killed more than 1 million people as it intensifies racial/ethnic tensions and economic disparities. Communities across the globe are fighting the brutal consequences of climate change and environmental racism amidst hurricanes, droughts, fires and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. To add to the chaos, we have witnessed the widespread promotion of a lack of confidence, both internationally and domestically, in democratic governmental and administrative processes. Public administrators generally and minority public administrators in particular are in the process of adapting to the new realities while reconsidering the long held paradigms by which we live. There is a growing decline in public trust in news and information sources and a greater reliance on social media, a lack of confidence in the findings of scientific institutions, and an ever-increasing lack of faith in elected and appointed governmental leaders. The COVID-19 pandemic has been decisively marked by political divisions in the popular public trust of scientists. These realities have become a permanent element of the contemporary political discourse affecting minority public administrators and the levels of citizens' trust in the administration of public services. The current social, political and economic climate around bureaucracies, national and global, create a deluge of opportunities and challenges for the field of public administration. Minority public administrators are called upon to rethink our role as mitigators working amidst a rising sense of injustice and helplessness, the lack of hope and confidence in the present system, and a desire for radical change. This conference offers opportunities for public administration practitioners, academicians, independent scholars and students to expand the discourse through intellectual forums, research considerations and collaborative partnerships which tackle these challenges and restore public service values and meaningful governance. The conference program committee welcomes proposals to the conference's 15 tracks from academics, practitioners, independent scholars and students. Email your proposals to compa2022nolavirtual@gmail.com. Proposals should include the title, abstract and presenter(s') name, institutional affiliation, address, email address and contact number. All proposals are due by December 15, 2022. Click here for more information.

  • Journal of African Transformation Special Edition Call for Papers
    The journal invites papers and submissions for its special edition on the theme “Challenges and opportunities for curbing illicit financial flows to boost domestic resource mobilization for financing sustainable development in Africa." The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development1 identifies the reduction of illicit financial flows (IFFs) as a priority area to build peaceful societies around the world. Combating IFFs is a crucial component of global efforts to promote peace, justice and strong institutions, as reflected in target 16.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals; “By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime”. Key research questions for this special edition include: What is the nature of IFFs in different African countries?; How do IFFs impact the state and society in Africa?; What are the main challenges African countries are facing in effectively curbing IFFs?; What kind of reforms can African countries undertake in curbing IFFs?; How can digitalization and technological transformation create opportunities for curbing IFFs?; How can Africa take advantage of developments on the international stage with various initiatives aimed at curbing aspect of IFFs?; How can Africa overcome the challenges it is confronted with in recovering assets lost through IFFs?; and How can global coalition on addressing IFFs be foisted and strengthened in addressing the problem? All manuscripts are due by December 15, 2021. Click here for more information.

  • SASPA Mini-Symposium on Public Policy, Public and Nonprofit Administration
    The South Asian Section for Public Administration (SASPA) is partnering with the Bengal Institute of Political Studies and the Institute of Social Sciences (New Dehli) to assembly a mini symposium: Capacity Building for Effective Governance and Administraiton: Perspectives from South Asia. The online event will feature perspectives of South Asia scholars and practitioners on capacity building to revitalize administration, civil society and governance in that region. SASPA invites reflections on how systems of institutions, civil society groups and nonprofits can be revitalized and reconstituted, given new challenges. Papers may address capacity building in the context of institutional development, innovation, human resource management, organizational learning, strategic planning, public finance and budgeting and beyond. Please send a 200-word proposal to saspa.aspa@gmail.com by January 7, 2022. The symposium will take place via Zoom February 19-20. Click here to view more information.

  • NFBPA Annual Scholarship Program Call for Applicants
    In 2022, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) will continue its prestigious scholarship program, recognizing African American or other minority students who are currently enrolled full-time at an accredited, traditional four-year college or university, preferably at an HBCU, who show outstanding scholarship, and leadership, particularly as related to public service. NFBPA provides several scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students through its partnerships with corporate supporters, public sector organizations and individual contributors. The scholarship program is an integral part of NFBPA’s goal of lending support to African American and other minority students interested in leadership roles in public service. All applications are due by January 17, 2022. Click here for more information.

  • SPCM Best Paper Award
    The Section on Procurement and Contract Management (SPCM) has issued a Best Paper Award for ASPA's 2022 Annual Conference. Do you conduct research in public procurement, government contracting or contract management? Are you submitting a proposal for the conferene? If so, submit your paper to SPCM for an award. First place will receive $500; second place will receive $250. Please send your full paper to Sawsan Abutabenjeh by March 1, 2022 for consideration. Click here for more information.

  • 2022 Annual E-PARCC Teaching Case and Simulation Competition
    The Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Syracuse University Maxwell School invites submissions for its 16th annual E-PARCC competition to further stimulate the creation of effective and innovative teaching cases and simulations. E-PARCC, a project of the "Collaborative Governance Initiative," provides free online resources for those who teach conflict and collaboration around the world. More than 3,000 visitors per month from more than 40 different countries take advantage of E-PARCC teaching materials. The E-PARCC competition consists of two tracks: (1) collaborative problem solving, collaborative governance, and network governance and analysis, and (2) collaborative methods in international development. All entries are due by March 15. Click here for more information.

  • Sustainability Opens Topical Collection for Sustainable Public Administration
    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was agreed upon by 193 member states of the United Nations in September 2015. Given the size of the challenge to redirect unsustainable pathways towards sustainable development, state and nonstate actors alike are strongly encouraged by the agreement to contribute. Despite the undisputable importance of nonstate actors for achieving the SDGs, state institutions have a special role to play. On the one hand, policy-making for sustainable development is required at the international, national, and subnational level to shape the political setting in which societal actors can develop and realize more sustainable actions. On the other hand, public administration is challenged to lead by example and develop capabilities to administer transformation processes toward sustainable development professionally. The topical collection "Sustainable Public Administration" of the peer-reviewed online journal Sustainability invites articles on this emerging field of research and practice. Click here for more information.



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