This year's Annual Conference concurrent sessions will be planned by conference co-chairs Naim Kapucu and Lindsey McDougle! Read on for more information.

Naim Kapucu

Naim Kapucu is Pegasus Professor and director of the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He is the founding director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at UCF.

Kapucu's main research interests are emergency and crisis management, network leadership and governance, decision-making in complex environments, and social inquiry and public policy, and collaborative public management. He has published widely in areas of public administration and policy, network governance, crisis leadership and emergency management. His work has been published in Public Administration Review, Administration & Society, Journal of Public Administration Theory and Research, the American Review of Public Administration, Public Administration, International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters and Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy, and Management. He is the author and editor of 10 books including: Network Governance (with Qian Hu); The Network Governance in Response to Acts of Terrorism: Comparative Analyses, Managing Emergencies and Crises (with Alp Ozerdem), Disaster Resiliency: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (with Hawkins, and Rivera) and Disaster and Development (with Liou). He is an editorial board member of more than 20 journals in the field.

Kapucu teaches network governance, leadership in public service, emergency and crisis management, and network analysis in public policy and management courses. He is a recipient of the Teaching Faculty Leadership Award for 2004-2005 academic year and Service Learning Faculty Recognition Award for the academic year 2006-2007 at UCF. He also received the Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award (university-wide competitive award) in 2009, an Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award in the College of Health and Public Affairs in 2010 and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award from UCF in 2011.

Kapucu taught at the University of Pittsburgh (PA), Penn State University (PA), and Robert Morris University (PA) before coming to UCF in 2003. He received his Ph.D. in public and international affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2003. Prior to that, he earned a Master of Public Policy and Management degree from Heinz College's School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1997.

Lindsey McDougle

Lindsey McDougle is an associate professor and director of the BA program in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University—Newark. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of voluntarism, philanthropy, nonprofit management and social inequality. Her work has been published in a number of scholarly outlets, including Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector QuarterlySocial Indicators ResearchNonprofit Management and Leadership, and Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.