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The Journal of Public Affairs Education, announces a special symposium on “Pedagogical Perspectives on Race, Class and Gender in Community Development.”
It has long been established within the field of community development, in addition to other academic disciplines, that the historical development of power relations within local communities tends to have a disparate impact on racial and ethnic minorities, women, and other individuals that are part of the ‘underclass’, which subsequently results, at least rhetorically, in the necessity for broader social responses of community development. Since community development usually attempts to build agency and capacity among these historically neglected groups, it raises the questions: how are community development practitioners and academics trained to work with these disadvantaged groups in order to yield more successful community development outcomes? And, what are the best practices for integrating race, class, and gender into community development coursework?

This symposium seeks to bring together an interdisciplinary group of authors to write on the importance of integrating race, class, and gender into college coursework and practitioner training programs in community development, in addition to pedagogical methods for this integration.

Potential papers may consider, but are not limited to, the following topics:
• Empirical analyses, including case studies, of the intercultural competence of community development practitioners and the need for training;
• The role of higher education- in terms of student preparation/ engagement/ collaboration- in community development practice and/or theory;
• Pedagogical tools and examples that can be used in the classroom to foster cultural competency; and
• Theoretical discussions on the merits and challenges of community-based research versus traditional research in terms of community development and student learning.

Papers can either focus exclusively on race, class, or gender or on the intersections of race, class and gender in the context of education and training for community development practitioners and/or researchers.

Guest editors for this symposium are Ashley E. Nickels, Rutgers University-Camden, and Jason D. Rivera, Rutgers University-Camden.

The deadline for manuscripts is March 31, 2014. Contributing authors will receive notification of tentative acceptance to the symposium from the editors by April 15, 2014, at which time tentatively accepted manuscripts will be sent out for peer review. The symposium is scheduled for publication in May 2015. All submissions should be emailed to the guest editors, Ashley Nickels ( and Jason Rivera ( as a Word or PDF attachment. Please include “JPAE submission” in the Subject line.

Manuscripts should not exceed 30 double spaced pages including references. For information about the Journal of Public Affairs Education, in addition to style and format guidelines please refer to

If selected, papers must be submitted to JPAE by May 31, 2014. Inquiries about the review process or about a particular manuscript should be directed to a guest editor, Ashley Nickels or Jason Rivera.


The Journal of Public Affairs Education is soliciting proposals for a special symposium examining the critical aspects of public affairs education in the minds of prominent current deans and department chairs regarding their observations and opinions related to the state of public affairs education and what future trends we should expect as we move forward. This symposium is scheduled to run in volume 21:1 which will publish in February 2015. The symposium guest editor is Michael W. Popejoy.

This Call for Papers is addressed to deans, program directors and department chairs of public affairs programs throughout NASPAA to carefully consider current and future issues of critical importance to the field of public affairs education and report their findings to the field’s membership.

Various questions should be addressed; including but not necessarily limited to;

1)    What does it mean that a number of prominent institutions have faced existential crises? Why have these occurred? What is it about our endeavor that made some prominent higher education leaders think we were expendable? What should we do about it?

(2)    How do we compete more effectively with business programs, especially as more business schools move into nonprofit management and “social entrepreneurship” markets? Should public affairs programs and practice become more integrated with other fields? for instance, such as business administration and public health?

(3)    What will online education mean to the field? Does online education mean something different for public affairs programs than for other disciplines? How do these programs fit with “brick-and-mortar” programs? What does it mean that we no longer enjoy “splendid geographic isolation” from one another since we are all one click away?

(4)    What has the internationalization of our programs meant? How can we serve these new students? Do they want the “American experience” and perspective or do they want something tailored to their own needs and contexts?

(5)    How do our PhD programs help to define the way in which we will teach MPA students going forward through the training we provide to the next generation of assistant professors? Should online earned Ph.D.s be considered on a par level with on ground, traditional Ph.D. trained future leaders in the field?

(6)  What other questions or emerging issues should be considered now and in the future to better prepare public affairs education to properly prepare future students?

Please send your abstracts for consideration by June 15, 2014 to Dr. Michael W. Popejoy, Guest Editor at Full papers for those abstracts selected will be due by September 1, 2014 and will be turned in through the JPAE manuscript submission system for peer review.


The International Review of Public Administration (IRPA) invites you to edit a symposium issue.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:



  • E-governance
  • Emergency Management
  • Personnel- Human Resources Management
  • Homeland Security in a Globalized Environment
  • Access to Health Care
  • Transparency
  • Controlling Corruption
  • Financial Management in Times of Crisis
  • Strategic Management
  • Technology in the Public Sector

IRPA is a leading international peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to research in public administration and public policy. The journal aims to stimulate research and critical thinking which can contribute to the development of innovative techniques or management skills, dealing with an emphasis on the future of public administration. It reaches a worldwide audience. 

The editors of the International Review of Public Administration (IRPA) ask you to consider this journal as a publication venue. The IRPA is an international peer-reviewed academic journal published biannually by the Korean Association for Public Administration (KAPA). It is indexed in International Political Science Abstracts and financially supported by the Korea Research Foundation. 

The journal strives to provide a worldwide audience with the opportunity for communication and further understanding on issues of public administration and policy. Moreover, the IRPA aims to provide a venue for international networking among scholars and practitioners in this field, publishing peer-reviewed articles in English, including basic and applied research, case studies and critical book reviews.

IRPA is published three times a year by the Korean Association for Public Administration (KAPA) and is indexed in International Political Science Abstracts. The recent creation of the ASPA Section on Korean Public Administration, for which IRPA is the official journal, will help create an active forum, stimulating discussion between scholars and practitioners on a wide variety of topics.

Please submit your manuscript electronically as an e-mail attachment written in MS Word to the Editors: Marc Holzer, Editor-in-Chief (Email: and Patria de Lancer Julnes, Managing Editor (Email:

Manuscripts should conform to the following guidelines: title, name, address, email, and organizational affiliation on the first page. On the second page place the title, an abstract, keywords, and commence the text. Submission to IRPA implies that an article has not been simultaneously submitted to other journals or previously has not been published elsewhere. The blind, peer review process normally takes up to eight weeks.


State and Local Government Review, the official journal of the ASPA's Section on Intergovernmental Administration & Management (SIAM) under editor Michael J. Scicchitano, is now published by SAGE Publications. Since 1968 the Review has provided a forum for the exchange of ideas among practitioners and academics that contributes to the knowledge and practice of state and local government politics, policy, and management.

The Review welcomes manuscripts that focus on state and local governments and those that explore the intergovernmental dimensions of public-sector activity. Visit to sign up for email alerts, submit your paper, subscribe to the journal or recommend SLGR to your library.


Public Administration Book Proposals Welcomed

The “ASPA Book Series in Public Administration and Public Policy,” publishes books that are relevant to ASPA members and practitioners. The ASPA Series is a partnership between ASPA and Taylor & Francis, a leading publisher.

So far, six books have been released with another nine in press or in development. You can see the books available through the ASPA Series here.

In addition to the ASPA Series, Taylor & Francis publishes a well-established “Public Administration and Public Policy” book series with over 140 titles that broadly bridges theory with practice and can be used in practice or in classroom settings. 

Below are some examples of topics in which we are especially interested, but we welcome other topics, too. We consider single authored, co-authored and edited works. Have an idea? Waiting to write a book? A simple paragraph to Rich O'Hanley, the editor-in-chief of both book series, is sufficient to get the discussion going.

Contact him at

Possible book topics include: 

  •     Measuring the Performance of Educational Organizations;
  •     Measuring the Performance of Health Care Organization
  •     Productivity Enhancement in Health Organizations Benchmarking;
  •     Pension Management;
  •     Outsourcing;
  •     Debt Management;
  •     Employee Performance Appraisal;
  •     Affirmative Action;
  •     Performance Budgeting;
  •     Benefits Administration;
  •     Labor-Management Cooperation;
  •     Statistical Methods in Public Administration;
  •     Effective Management Communication;
  •     Media Strategies in Public Administration;
  •     Job Analysis;
  •     Government Regulation of Business;
  •     Organizational Revitalization;
  •     Distributed Data Processing;
  •     Labor Contract Negotiations;
  •     Procurement Management;
  •     Economics for Public Administration;
  •     Revenue Forecasting;
  •     Age Discrimination;
  •     Reasonable Accommodation;
  •     Strategic Planning;
  •     Capital Budgeting;
  •     Government Financial Condition;
  •     Organization Development;
  •     Job Security;
  •     Accountability;
  •     Government Accounting and Standards;
  •     The Auditing Function;
  •     Team Development;
  •     E-Government.



The 2014 Young Scholars Workshop in Public Policy and Administration Research will be held July 21-24 in Changchun, China. Proposals are being accepted until April 4, 2014. The Young Scholars Workshop aims to provide young scholars working in public policy, public administration and related fields with an academically rigorous platform for the presentation of research, scholarly exchange and social networking. The workshop is sponsored by ASPA and Jilin University. To learn more about the workshop and submitting an abstract, click here.


The 7th Sino-US International Conference for Public Administration will be held in the Yifu Conference Center at Renmin University of China, June 6-7, 2014. The conference will examine public management and governance reform during the last century and will focus on the future.  This year’s conference theme is: "Global Governance Reform: Lessons from the Past, and Plans for the Future." Proposals are being accepted until March 25. All proposal abstracts should be submitted via the website:

If there is difficulty submitting the proposal online, please email to:

The end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century witnessed global tides for public administration/management reform. The questions are: Why did decades of public administration reform around the world not seem to have curtailed our governance crisis? Why did efforts in public management innovation not deliver what we expected that movement to deliver? Have we been on the right track?  What more could we do to make a difference?  What new tools and new knowledge can assist public managers to run their governments? How should public administration scholars around the world cooperate to face the new challenges?

This conference, with all these questions in mind, calls for papers and panels to address issues of public governance reform in the global setting.  Retrospective study on reform lessons and experiences, and forward looking studies on ideas, methods, tools and strategies are all welcome. The conference welcomes proposals from scholars in China, the United States, Asia, India, Europe and throughout the world. To read the full call for proposal, click here.

Papers and panels should fall within, but are not necessarily limited to, the following tracks:

1)Theories and Practice of Modern Governance

2)  Tools for Governance

3)  Core Capacities of Public Sector Leaders

4)  Finance and Participatory Public Budgeting

5)  Transparency and Open Information

6)  Outsourcing Public Service

7)  Public Sector Organizational Reform




This conference will be held June 9 in Shanghai, China. The theme is "Building A Public Service-Oriented Government and Administrative System Innovation." Organizers welcome presenter proposals that address one of the following sub-themes:

  • Evaluating Public Service and Building Service-Oriented Government
  • Institutional Innovation for Public Administration in China-- The case of the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone    

Proposals are due March 25. Proposals from outside China should be emailed to To read more about the conference, click here.





A decade ago the first International Conference on Public Administration (2005) was launched in Chengdu, P.R.C., an initiative that sought to foster the intellectual and practical engagement of public administration professionals worldwide. The founders’ vision was an international event to bring together academics, practitioners, and students to share ideas and knowledge beneficial to the international public administration community. Organizers are currently accepting proposals for the 10th International Conference on Public Administration that will be held at UESTC (Qingshuihe Campus) in Chengdu, China Oct. 24-26.

The 10th ICPA will emphasize the new advancements and challenges in public administration, past and present, with an eye on the decade ahead. Papers and proposals that assess the accomplishments over the past decade and/or put forward the challenges ahead are especially welcomed. Methodologies that encompass case studies, survey research, best practices, and comparative analyses between and among countries are solicited. We are especially receptive to proposals that focus on the sub-themes below.


  • Big Data
  • Privacy and Surveillance
  • Good Governance
  • Networking and Partnerships
  • Performance and Smarter Government
  • Human Resource Management
  • The Future 





More information can be obtained from the conference website: To read the full call for proposal, click here.


Public administration as a field has become theoretically more interdisciplinary and methodologically more rigorous, while the practice of public administration has been evolving in an increasingly complex and uncertain environment. Responding to growing demand for new theoretical frameworks as well as innovative, interactive, and interdependent policy tools, the conference aims at offering an intellectually challenging and practically relevant opportunity for both scholars and practitioners. Submissions of quality paper proposals for the International Conference on “Next Steps for Public Administration in Theory and Practice,” are invited.

The conference will be held in Guangzhou, China November 16-18, 2014 in celebration of Public Administration Review’s 75th anniversary as well as Sun Yat-Sen University’s 90th Anniversary.

Organizers are interested in significant, original, and rigorous papers that discuss theoretical, methodological, and practical challenges and opportunities particularly in the age of austerity, complexity, uncertainty, and interconnectedness.

All accepted papers will be compiled and published on the conference website.  Plenary papers and others presented in the conference will be published in a themed issue of PAR in 2016 after regular peer-review. Theory-driven, empirical or practically relevant research papers are welcome. To see a list of interested topics, click here.

Both individual paper proposals and panel proposals are welcome. Proposals must be submitted electronically to Meili Niu at by March 1, 2014.
Individual paper proposals should be no more one page and include paper title, author name(s) and institutional affiliations, contact details, and brief description of paper, while panel proposals should be no more than three pages and include panel title, names of panel chair and authors, institutional affiliations, and short description of the panel papers. Individuals are neither allowed to submit more than two proposals nor present two papers (regardless of singled or coauthored papers).Sun Yat-sen University will provide presenters with accommodation and meals up to three nights. No conference registration fee will be charged. To read the full call for proposal, click here.