Southeastern Conference for Public Administration Call for Nominations

Boorsma Award

The Senator Peter B. 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 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 USA and other countries.

The Boorsma Award Committee will receive and assess nominations. The deadline to submit nominations is May 16, 2017. The award will be presented at the SECoPA conference in Hollywood Beach, Fla., October 4-7, 2017.

Please send nominations to:
James W. Douglas
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
jwdougla@uncc.edu


Morris W. H. Collins Award - Call for Abstracts

Purpose:
The Collins award recognizes the most outstanding paper written by doctoral candidates in the SECoPA region.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Students must be enrolled at a university within the SECoPA region during the academic year preceding the annual SECoPA Conference (e.g. students must be enrolled during the 2016-2017 academic year to be eligible for the 2017 award).
  • Papers may be co-authored with other students and may not exceed 30 pages.
  • Faculty members cannot be co-authors.
  • Students must adhere to the application process as set forth below. Failure to adhere to the process will result in a withdrawal of the award.
  • To receive the award, the author or at least one co-author of the winning paper must register and attend the SECoPA conference, present the paper, and attend the awards function where the award is presented (normally a luncheon).

Award:
Plaque, $300 cash award, and registration fee waiver. If a paper is co-authored, the cash award will be divided equally among the co-authors. The SECoPA Conference Program Chair will waive up to two registration fees for co-authored papers.

Application Process:
Students submit abstract by May 15, 2017, to SECoPA 2017 Conference Program Co-Chairs: Agatha Caraballo (acarabal@fiu.edu) and Roslin-Alic Batson (alicbatson1@gmail.com) and the Collins Award chair, Kathleen Hale, halekat@auburn.edu.
  1. Extensions of deadline for abstract submission are made by the SECoPA Program co-chairs.
  2. The SECoPA Program Committee accepts or rejects the abstracts submitted.
  3. The SECoPA Program Committee informs the Collins Award Chair of abstract decisions.
  4. The Collins Award Chair emails students whose abstracts have been accepted, informing them of the deadline for submitting the full paper, page limitations, and instructions on how to submit.
  5. Extensions of deadlines for submission of full papers is at the discretion of the Awards Committee. In general, extensions will not be granted.
  6. Papers that exceed the 30-page limit will not be considered. Winner(s) of the award will be notified by the Collins Award Chair.
  7. The winning author, or at least one co-author, must register for the conference, present the paper, and attend the awards function (typically a luncheon).

Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Topic significance and relevance for public policy and administration.
  2. Organization, readability, clarity of style.
  3. Soundness of methodology.
  4. Appropriate research design.
  5. Adequate evidence supporting conclusion.
  6. Adequate literature review.
  7. Contribution to existing knowledge.
About Morris W.H. "Bill" Collins:

Bill Collins made many contributions to public administration during his distinguished career. At Mississippi State University, he held the John C. Stennis Chair in Political Science and served as the founding director of the Stennis Institute of Government. Before coming to Mississippi State, Dr. Collins served as the Dean of the College of Public Affairs at American University and as Director of the Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.

He personified the ideals of the American Society for Public Administration. A man who bridged the world of academic theory and governmental practice, Bill was involved in significant governmental reform efforts in several Southern states. As he once advised a younger colleague, "When the Governor asks you to do something, you better say yes." At an age when many retirees play golf and clip coupons, Bill ran for President of ASPA. They said he couldn't win because of his age and his region. Bill won, and brought great credit to SECoPA during his ASPA presidency.

Bill Collins represented the best in public administration. During his half-century commitment to public administration, he mentored countless students and worked continually to diversify both academia and the public service. Above everything else, Bill was a decent, genteel, and honorable human being.


Call for Abstracts - Robert L. Kline Award

Purpose:
To encourage students to present papers by recognizing with an award the most outstanding paper written by master’s students in the SECoPA region.

Eligibility Criteria:
Students must be enrolled at a university within the SECoPA region during the academic year preceding the annual SECoPA Conference (e.g. students must be enrolled during the 2016-2017 academic year to be eligible for the 2017 award). Students cannot be enrolled in a joint master’s/doctoral program; only master’s students are eligible for the Kline Award. Papers may be co-authored with other students. Faculty members cannot be co-authors. Students must adhere to the application process as set forth below. Failure to adhere to the process will result in a withdrawal of the award.  To receive the award, the author or at least one co-author of the winning paper must register and attend the SECoPA conference, present the paper, and attend the awards function where the award is presented (normally a luncheon).  

Award:
Plaque, $300 cash award and registration fee waived.  If a paper is co-authored, the cash award will be divided equally among the co-authors. The SECoPA Conference Program Chair will make a decision on registration fee waivers for co-authored papers.

Application Process:
  1. Award chair issues a call for abstracts, coordinating the call with the SECoPA general call for papers. In that call, deadline for full paper submission, paper page limit, and submission instructions are set. There is no budget for purchasing advertising; however, members of the committee are encouraged to write articles for the PA Times in lieu of advertising.
  2. Students submit abstract to SECoPA conference program chair and award chair.
  3. Extensions of deadline for abstract submission are made by the SECoPA program chair.
  4. SECoPA program committee accepts or rejects abstracts submitted.
  5. SECoPA program committee informs Kline award chair of abstract decision.
  6. Kline award chair e-mails students whose abstracts have been accepted, reminding them of deadline for submitting full paper, page limitations, and instructions on how to submit.
  7. Extension of deadline for submission of full paper is at the discretion of awards committee. In general, extensions will not be granted.
  8. Papers are to be no longer than 30 pages, not including references and/or appendices. Papers that exceed the page limitations will not be considered, unless exceptions are granted by the award committee.
  9. Winners of awards will be notified by the award chair at least one month prior to the day the conference convenes.
  10. The winning author, or at least one co-author, must register for the conference, present the paper, and attend the awards function.
Evaluation Criteria:
  1. Topic significance and relevance for public policy and administration.
  2. Organization, readability, clarity of style.
  3. Soundness of methodology.
  4. Appropriate research design.
  5. Adequate evidence supporting conclusion.
  6. Adequate literature review.
  7. Contribution to existing knowledge.
Award Committee Membership:
Shall consist of at least three SECoPA members. The chair of the committee is appointed by the Board President. The remaining two members are recruited by the committee chair in consultation with the SECoPA President and should be representative of the region.

Robert Kline
Robert Kline was a Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Eastern Kentucky University.  He was hired at EKU in 1969 to become the first Director of the MPA program.  He remained at EKU throughout the rest of his career, becoming Chair of the Department of Government from 1986 until his death in 1993.

In a modern, technical society, we all have to work between two poles: one at which we want to be supportive, sociable, compassionate, and nurturing; and another at which we are expected to be professional and ethical, to maintain high standards, and to judge people on what they can do.  Bob handled that double obligation extremely well.  Bob devoted his nurturing side to the encouragement and development of his MPA students but, when circumstances required it, helped both them and the program by suggesting that they should not attempt graduate work.

Bob worked at bringing students into professional associations. EKU’s MPA program had the ambition to involve students in professional meetings and interaction, and as chair, Bob put money behind such efforts. He wanted to help the students professionalize and network.

Throughout his career, Bob maintained a professional commitment in the classic pattern of the regional university faculty member–yielding a modest but steady research and publication stream on such topics as community development and professionalism among city managers.  He was a devoted teacher, and continuously served in public service activities through professional associations (he served on the national board of ASPA and the SECoPA Board).  Early in his career Bob worked to facilitate interaction and communication among public administrators to enhance the quality of local governments in Kentucky.  In fact, the Robert L. Kline Conference on the Management of Local Government named in his honor after his death celebrated its 26th year in 2003.

Please send nominations by April 15, 2017 to:
John Topinka, Chair - jptpinka@memphis.edu
Kline Award Committee
Agatha Caraballo, Program Chair - acarabal@fiu.edu
Roslin-Alic Batson, Program Chair - Alicbatson1@gmail.com


Kathryn E. Hensley Award

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