December 14, 2022
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Submit Your Ballot for ASPA Elections Today!
Have you voted in ASPA's 2022-2023 election yet?
Remember: Voting in ASPA's 2022 election is open through midnight EST on Thursday, December 29. You can log in to our voting site any time before the deadline to vote for the individuals you believe should serve in ASPA's leadership.
This year, the following positions are open for election:
Click here to learn more about the candidates running for office.
- President-Elect who, upon completion of a two-year term, will serve as ASPA's President for a two-year term.
- District Representative (for Districts I, II, III, IV, and V) who will serve a three-year term representing their electoral District within the United States.
- International Director who will serve a three-year term representing ASPA's international members.
- Student Representative who will serve a one-year term representing Student and New Professional members of ASPA.
You will need your ASPA login information to vote. Please contact ASPA's membership department at [email protected] or at (202) 585-4310 for assistance. (Need a paper ballot mailed to you? Please let us know!)
This is your opportunity to engage in ASPA's democratic process and choose who will represent your needs and concerns on the National Council and beyond. Vote by Thursday, December 29!
ASPA Annual Conference Website Live
ASPA's 2023 Annual Conference is three months away and, as plans take shape, our website is live and we are updating it regularly!
Perhaps the most important information posted right now is our Schedule at a Glance: A quick way for you to scan through the events taking place and know what each day will hold so you can reserve your time to be in your favorite rooms!
If you submitted a proposal this fall, you will receive notification about its status soon, as well as more information about next steps (for those who are accepted). Make sure the website is your go-to resource to plan your participation! From the FAQ page to the registration page to our speaker guidelines, those who will be presenting at the conference will want to check the site thoroughly for all the details you need to have a smooth presentation, whether presenting live or via a recorded session.
And, of course, for all intending to participate this March, now is a great time to register and spend down any funds you must use before the end of the year. Our early-bird rate (members: just $249; student members: only $199) is valid through January 20, 2023 so submit your expense requests before the holidays and register as soon as you can!
We are excited for everything this virtual event will offer and expect to start announcing plenary speakers soon! Plan now to join us online and make the most of more than 200 hours of content this spring!
Contact [email protected] with any questions; follow us on Twitter via #ASPA2023 for updates!
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 Student and New Professional series programming.
Student and New Professional Series: Resumes! Marketing Yourself on the Page
December 15 | 1 p.m. EST
Bill Shields, Jr., Executive Director, ASPA and Adjunct Professor, American University
Lexie Tyson, Moderator, Strategic Relationships Manager, ASPA
A well-crafted resumé makes the critical first impression when trying to land your next job. It introduces you to a potential employer, sells your qualifications to the employer and gets you—hopefully—to the next step of the hiring process. There are different perspectives on resumes; the advice you get depends on whom you ask. And while there is no cookie cutter approach to resumes, there are rights and wrongs. In this webinar, sponsored by the University of New Mexico, ASPA Executive Director Bill Shields will cover both, drawing on his 20 years’ experience helping new professionals craft effective resumés and describe their accomplishments in compelling ways. There will be plenty of time for audience Q&A, so bring your questions to make the most of this opportunity.
From the Archives
KeepingCurrent: Reflections on the Changing Job Market: The Nonprofit Context
Speaking of career learning, this webinar (held earlier this year) discussed current and emergent shifts in the nonprofit job market caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers discussed how the pandemic has affected various nonprofits sub-fields so far, how nonprofit organizations and their managers have been coping with the challenges and what they may expect in the future. This webinar also discussed job recovery trends and the utilization and effectiveness of the various public policy tools available to nonprofits. Sponsored by ASPA's Section on Nonprofits and Students and New Administrative Professionals Section.
Annual Conference Sponsorship Opportunities Available
ASPA's Annual Conference cannot be successful without valuable contributions from organizations and universities from across the profession. Your generous sponsorship dollars enable the premier event of the year to provide a rich, educational environment that fulfills ASPA's mission—advancing excellence in public service—and attendees' expectations.
Packages are available at levels that fit every budget, from $2,500 to $10,000. Benefits associated—aside from this critical branding opportunity—vary depending on the level you choose and we are happy to customize packages to fit your needs!
Thank you to the following organizations that have committed their support so far (listed in order of financial commitment):
If you would like your organization's name added to this list, contact us for more details and sign up for a sponsorship package now!
- University of New Mexico, School of Public Administration
- University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy
- Virginia Commonwealth University, Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
- Florida International University, Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs
- The Ohio State University, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
- University of Hawaii at Manoa
- University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
- University of San Francisco School of Management
- The Bush School, Texas A&M University
In Memoriam: Walter Broadnax
Internationally known scholar and administrator Walter D. Broadnax passed away on December 3, 2022. In addition to a wide-ranging career serving at all levels of government, he held academic appointments at several top public affairs programs across the nation, including Harvard University, Syracuse University, University of Maryland and University of Rochester. He served as president of Clark Atlanta University and was a distinguished professor of public administration in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Broadnax was an active ASPA member for more than 20 years, participating in Annual Conferences, National Council leadership, committee service and strategic planning. He was the 2009 recipient of the Elmer Staats Lifetime Achievement Award and provided the 2012 Elliot Richardson lecture. He was a faithful steward of the organization through appointments held as recently as 2015 and provided tremendous service to ASPA and his fellow members.
Broadnax earned a bachelor’s degree from Washburn University in 1967; a master’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1969; and a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School in 1975. He later spent a decade on the Maxwell Advisory Board, was elected to the board of trustees of Syracuse University in 1999 and was a life trustee at the time of his death.
Between 1999 and 2002, he served as dean and professor of public administration in the School of Public Affairs at American University. In addition to leading the school, he oversaw a major fundraising effort that secured more than $10 million for the school, increased the graduate student body by more than 10 percent and helped establish several dynamic programs that improved the school's rankings to 12th in the nation.
Broadnax served in senior and executive-level positions at the federal, state and local levels. He was deputy secretary and chief operating officer in the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services; president of the Center for Governmental Research Inc. in Rochester, New York; president of the New York State Civil Service Commission; a lecturer in and director of the Innovations in Government program in the Harvard Kennedy School; a senior staff member of the Brookings Institution; principal deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation of the U.S. Department of Health, Education,
and Welfare; director of Children, Youth and Adult Services for the state of Kansas; and a professor in the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia. He also served in an advisory capacity to several for-profit and nonprofit boards including those in federal, state and local government.
Broadnax is survived by his spouse, Angel LaVerne Wheelock, his daughter, Andrea Alyce, and a large community of friends and colleagues around the world.
Find an obituary online here.
NISPAcee Announces 2023 Conference in Belgrade, Serbia
NISPAcee has announced its 2023 conference will take place May 25-27 in Belgrade, Serbia, with the theme, "The Future of Public Administration Enabled through Emerging Technologies."
Contemporary public administration is tackling the challenges of globalization, social and demographic changes, migration and climate change. Layered and complex reform trajectories and instruments are needed to modernize public administration, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery and achieve high standards of reliability and accountability. All sectors of society, including public administration, will have to play a role in the effort toward a green transformation. Faced with rapid and accelerating socio-economic change, public administration needs to take into account the opportunities offered by new technologies, as well as develop new services aimed at openness, transparency and citizen participation accordingly. The conference will pay particular attention to the topic of the digital transformation of public administration. The issues to be taken into consideration are: the role of the public sector in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as well as the challenges of implementing new technologies in the transformation of public administration. Moreover, in the knowledge society, the capacity to innovate and ability to implement innovations are very important for the public administration of the future.
The call for papers is open to all topics and all methods and approaches relevant for the theme, from conceptual and theoretical papers to case studies and policy and applied level assessments, from "large n” quantitative analysis to in-depth qualitative investigations. The conference will provide a forum for an open exchange of theoretical ideas and applied level experiences. Special attention will be given to the NISPAcee region but the conference will aim to integrate and connect the experience and perspectives emerging from countries of the NISPAcee region to the current global experience and perspectives regarding the described main theme of the conference. All paper submissions are due by April 10, 2023. Click here for more information.
Public Administration Today Highlight
Public Administration Today features white papers, research and blogs from across the profession. This edition's highlight looks at city planning! If you're interested in more—especially your own curated news feed in your inbox every week—visit the website, create an account and check off your interest areas so you can stay up to date about the latest research being released!
How Cities Can Build Food System Resilience
Let’s not forget what we learned during 2020 about the fragility of our food supply chains: the prevailing, globalized model is as fragile as a spider web. It can shatter into dangling threads in times of crisis, such as a pandemic or other natural disaster. Remember the long lines at food banks, while farmers had to scramble to find new markets for their surplus food?
PAR Symposium Call for Papers: Reviews to Reimagine and Rejuvenate Theorizing
Although reviews of scholarly literature can play an important role in reimagining and rejuvenating scholarship and pedagogy, reviews also can serve to reinforce existing understanding, thereby blocking avenues of progress. From a metascience perspective, reviews should indeed provide a synthesis on a subject but should also be critical of how we as researchers “do” research to encourage continuous development of our scientific repertoire—both in terms of theory development and methodological rigor. Breslin and Gatrell (2020) use the miner-prospector metaphor to distinguish creative and original review approaches from the standard systematic review. Increasingly, there have been calls over the last few years to reorient reviews to question taken-for-granted scholarly understanding and use reviews to reimagine and rejuvenate extant understanding and break disciplinary boundaries.
PAR’s pages have featured many creative and original review articles and the goal of this symposium is to add to this corpus of high-impact reviews. As a discipline, we need reviews to systematize existing knowledge in order to understand this knowledge better and create new ideas. To stand on the shoulders of giants does not necessarily prevent progress, but it takes some courage to go beyond summarizing what others have found and even more courage to suggest a fundamentally different organizing principle.
Public Administration Review invites manuscripts that survey scholarly literatures and promote new insights. Manuscripts will be subject to an editorial evaluation followed by PAR’s peer-review process. Manuscripts will be assessed according to review scope goals, and execution—of broad interest to public administration scholars and practitioners; clear articulation and execution of review goals; review methodology—replicable and transparent review methodology; and review contribution—contribution to reimagining and rejuvenating extant understanding. Manuscripts should be submitted online, choosing “Symposium Article” as the article type at the time of submission. In the comments to the editor, please note that the article is intended for the “PAR Review Symposium 2023.” All proposals are due by February 15, 2023. Click here to view the full Call for Papers.
National Civic League All American City Competition Open
The National Civic League is accepting applications for the 2023 All-America City Award. Since 1949, the All-America City Award has recognized communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local challenges.
The 2023 All-America City Award will recognize 10 communities that are working to improve the health and well-being of young people, with particular attention to efforts that engage young people in this work. Democracy thrives when all residents are active and engaged in the policies and decisions that shape their lives. In 2023, the National Civic League is seeking to identify communities that are breaking down barriers to meaningful youth participation and enacting programs that will improve quality of life for youth, and all residents, by extension.
Applications are due February 15, 2023. Twenty finalists will be named in March 2023 and invited to assemble a community team to present their work at the All-America City Award event in Denver, CO, June 9-11, 2023.
For additional information, watch this informational webinar and download the 2023 application.
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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!
Members in the News
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Government Employee Input—"Shark Tank" Style
How One State Is Curbing Growth in Health Care Costs
By Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene
Trumpism’s Hidden Casualty
By Don Moynihan
Brack: Why [South Carolina] Democrats Were Embarrassed at the Polls
ASPA member and Immediate Past President Kendra Stewart is quoted.
"Right Leader for This Time": League of Cities Gets a New President
Mayor Victoria Woodards of Tacoma, Washington, has stepped into the role.
Tell Me Something Good...
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NASA Awards $57 Million Contract to Build Roads on the Moon
“To change the space exploration paradigm from ‘there and back again’ to ‘there to stay,’ we’re going to need robust, resilient and broadly capable systems that can use the local resources of the moon and other planetary bodies,” Jason Ballard, ICON co-founder and CEO, said. “The final deliverable of this contract will be humanity’s first construction on another world, and that is going to be a pretty special achievement.”
Welcome New ASPA Members!
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Around Public Administration
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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!
JNPSM Call for Editors
Taylor and Francis is looking for a new editor-in-chief for the Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing (JNPSM) with a strong academic background and publishing experience as well as the enthusiasm and vision to drive the journal forward. The successful candidate will be responsible for editorial oversight and decisionmaking on submissions to the journal and will have authority to accept articles following successful peer review. The editor will uphold the highest standards of scholarship for the journal and ensure that reviewers and authors adhere to the journal’s Code of Publishing Ethics. Taylor & Francis will support the new editor in all aspects of the role such as providing training and support on all editorial processes and systems including ScholarOne, which manages the peer-review process. We will provide the editor with regular journal performance data to inform strategic decisionmaking and offer guidance on strategic journal development, publishing ethics and developments within the publishing landscape. Taylor & Francis will provide remuneration for the role to cover any journal-related expenses. Becoming the editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where the chosen candidate will build networks, promote the research and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community. It is a significant role with a high profile, but one that we believe is compatible with an existing academic timetable. The successful candidate should apply immediately and be prepared to assume the role as soon as possible. Click here for more information.
Public Budgeting and Finance Call for Editors
Public Financial Publications, Inc., a nonprofit corporation sponsored by the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management and the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis, invites applicants for a new editor of its quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, Public Budgeting and Finance. The call is open to a single editor or a team of editors. The current editors' term ends on December 31, 2023. The term as editor is for three (3) years and may be renewed once. Public Budgeting and Finance serves as a forum for the publication of research on all facets of government and nonprofit finance. Its purpose is to provide a meaningful dialogue among scholars and practitioners in public budgeting and finance. The search committee seeks an editor with a national reputation as a scholar in public budgeting and finance with a commitment to enhancing scholarly research and encouraging practitioners to share their insights and experiences. Nominations should be directed to the chair of the search committee. Applications for the position should include a statement of vision and editorial goals for the journal, a letter of institutional support and a CV. To receive full consideration, completed applications should be submitted to the chair of the search committee, Melissa Neuman, by December 15, 2022.
International Social Science Journal Call for Editors
Wiley is seeking an editor-in-chief and a team of associate editors for the International Social Science Journal (ISSJ) to start in early 2023. ISSJ bridges social science communities across disciplines and continents with a view to sharing information and debate with the widest possible audience. Originally founded by UNESCO in 1949, ISSJ has since grown into a forum for innovative review, reflection and discussion informed by recent and ongoing international, social science research. This is a pivotal time for ISSJ and the successful candidates will have the opportunity to shape the journal’s new Aims and Scope. The editor-in-chief will oversee the journal’s growth and development; a successful candidate will have an extensive global network of contacts and will be recognised internationally for their work in their field. We welcome applications from candidates from the following subject fields: business and management; communication and media; economics; education; environmental studies; policy; public administration; or sociology. Previous editorial experience is preferred. The ideal associate editor candidate will have broad and extensive knowledge in their field, excellent communication skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines. Previous editorial experience would be desirable but is not essential. Successful candidates will need to be able to devote a number of hours each week to the journal. There is an annual honorarium for each role. Candidates should submit their CV and cover letter to Anna Savage, journal publishing assistant, by December 31, 2022, though please be advised that earlier applications will be prioritized. Contact Anna for the full Call for Editors.
Public Money and Management Special Issue on Global Responses to Human-Made Disasters
The interconnectedness of international economic, financial, societal and ecological systems has reached its apogee, as individual, organizational or national disasters increasingly hit our global world. As the war escalates on the European continent, PMM has decided to publish a theme on responding to human-made disasters. The theme will reflect on the role, choices of different strategies and responses made by international organizations and leading democracies when facing human-made emergencies and subsequent disasters. These discussions will enrich knowledge on crisis management and resilience from an international perspective, allowing academics, practitioners, and politicians to enhance their understanding of emergency responses to human-made and subsequent disasters—to learn from the past and inform decisions in this new era of crises. All articles are due by January 31, 2023. Click here for more information.
Call for Nominations: Arthur S. Flemming Awards
Established in 1948, the Flemming Awards honor outstanding federal employees. Recognized by the president of the United States, agency heads and the private sector, the winners are selected from all areas of the federal service. The George Washington University and the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission present a total of 12 awards annually in five categories: leadership and/or management; legal achievement; social science, clinical trials and translational research; applied science and engineering; and basic science. Agencies are encouraged to nominate outstanding public servants with three to 15 years of experience in the federal government. All nominations are due by January 31, 2023. Click here for more information.
Institute for Peace and Dialogue Call for Participants
The Institute for Peace and Dialogue has issued a newly launched three-month executive diploma program, with special modules of instruction and experienced trainers to give participants field-based education, wide professional experience and fruitful networking, appropriate for a variety of positions. This program targets titles including manager, program coordinator, human resources officer, case manager, mediator, public relations manager, mentor, coacher, arbitrator and more. Modules are "Leadership, HR Management, Coaching and Project Management" and "Peacebuilding, Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediation, Conflict Management, International Security and Law." Participants may join either module. Applications are due beginning February 10, 2023, depending on your module of choice. Scholarships are available. Click here for more information.
National Forum for Black Public Administrators’ Student Scholarships
The NFBPA is continuing its prestigious scholarship program in 2023. This program recognizes 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, and 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. Applicants may apply for multiple scholarships or other NFBPA financial awards. If selected, the applicant can receive only one award. All applications are due February 27, 2023. Click here for more information.
National Forum for Black Public Administrators’ Student Research Poster Contest
The NFBPA Student Research Poster Contest will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in conjunction with NFBPA's FORUM 2023. The competition recognizes research conducted by the students at all undergraduate, masters and doctorate levels. All students are encouraged to submit for this competition. In order to be eligible for the poster contest, all applicants must be currently enrolled in a traditional four-year college or university with at least one academic semester remaining after April 2023. All payments will be made to the university. The deadline to submit a poster abstract is February 28, 2023. Click here for more information.
National Capital Area Chapter Issues Student Essay Contest
The National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) has established a student essay contest to encourage new thinking and thoughts to advance the practice of public administration and public policy. This essay contest also was established to help advance the development of future public administrators. The essays should focus on one of the following topics: social equity, intergovernmental relations, the future of government workforce, public engagement, community collaboration, new technologies and community resiliency. All entries are due by March 17, 2023; only NCAC student members are eligible to enter. Contact NCAC for full submission guidelines and other details.
Public Money and Management Special Issue on "Hyper-Lean" Post Managerialism
This PMM theme will concentrate on understanding the short- and long-term impact on economies, organizations and public sector and not-for-profit employees if the present priorities, funding and management models persist in terms of equity, fairness and the wellbeing of societies. Organizations need to do more than examine their efficiency, effectiveness and flexibility, they need to examine the sustainability of the "hyper lean" post-managerialism logic. We welcome articles that challenge the present entrenched paradigm and instead propose new funding and management logics. All articles are due by July 31, 2023. Click here for more information.
PA TIMES Online
Here's a selection of current pieces on PA TIMES Online, covering a range of issues within the profession. We accept individual articles on a rolling basis; if you have a piece you think would fit our publication, submit it to [email protected] for consideration. (Please review our submission guidelines in advance!)