NASPAA Disaster Relief 

We have heard from several NASPAA Member Schools impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the September 19 earthquake in central Mexico.
Recovery for those students and faculty will be a long and most likely frustrating process. Especially in Puerto Rico, the need for assistance may last for months to come. 

Please give to our Disaster Relief Fund by Friday, November 3, 2017.
Any amount will help. THANK YOU! 

To donate online via PayPal (an account is n ot required), please  click here .


2017 NASPAA Annual Conference:  Rebuilding Trust and Revitalizing Public Service! 

Over 650 people from over 20 different countries attended the 2017 NASPAA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. October 11 - 14th, making it one of the largest in history. The important theme: Confidence in Public and Nonprofit Institutions: How is it Built, How is it Lost, and How is it Regained? was examined through four tracks. There were 84 panel sessions, 20 committee and section meetings, and three keynotes, totaling over 300 unique presenters.

Conference Highlight

Former U.S. Vice President, Joseph R. Biden,   spoke to NASPAA on Friday night to issue the Biden Initiative. His keynote called attention to the importance and relevance of the thought leaders in the room. Biden stated that NASPAA schools and faculty have the ability more than any other group to make an impact on the future of public service. He said, "you have the mission to promote and revitalize public service; it's part of what you do." He specifically challenged NASPAA schools to study and devise policies to revitalize the middle class. Calling this one of the greatest issues of our time, he asked, "What policy solutions do you propose to ensure Americans are growing and thriving in the middle class and continue to be relevant?" Looking to the future, what investments should be made, how should budget priorities be adjusted, and what should tax policy be? Biden held there was "a lot of brain power here" with the NASPAA audience and he looked forward to convening again in a year to share ideas and further study of income inequality and its public administration consequences . The Biden Initiative is sponsored by the University of Delaware and the Biden Institute. 

Panels of note
A Focus on NASPAA2017 Sustainable Development Panels
Track 2 took on the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 16 and how its tenets of transparency, accountability, and participation are essential to building trust in governance in countries around the world. The panel on Accountability, which was chaired by University of Maryland Dean Robert Orr and included former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley and Harvard Kennedy School Dean Doug Elmendorf, talked about how you teach Accountability in the classroom. O'Malley said students are most motivated to study when they see accountability and performance as essential parts of solving big problems and getting things done. He also advised that accountability be taught not in terms of bringing out the whip to punish bad performers, but as a means to raise up leaders and employees by pinpointing good and great performers.   Elmendorf said he teaches accountability as a responsibility, but also a power: in communicating your integrity and quality to Congress, to your expert peers, and to the public, you also gain a power-a power to influence policy deliberations with evidence, and to speak to a broader world about things that matter. 

The Panel on Participation, chaired by the University of New Orleans professor Robert Montjoy, focused on elections as an important means of encouraging citizen participation and engagement with governance around the world.  Harvard Kennedy School's Pippa Norris argued for more attention to educating students for election administration since there has been a significant rise globally in flawed and failed elections that call into question the foundations of governance and trust in government for those populations. It has become a problem in both developing countries and established democracies. After giving specific examples of challenges to good election administration in countries like Indonesia (where officials' use of cheap paper destroyed billions of Rupiah in investment in optical scanning in a recent election), Chad Vickery from IFES noted that the US does not fare particularly well in international comparisons of electrical integrity. He traced the roots of that to gerrymandered voting districts and states not talking to each other about outdated, deceased, or relocated voters. He cited a unique international statistic that whereas 85% of election administration experts outside the US were negative about election processes lacking national oversight or control of election processes, 64% of American election administrators ranked that highly!  The Humphrey School's Doug Chapin argued that Election Administration can be the tip of the spear of public administration education, arguing that voting is the only face to face with government that many citizens encounter. The better their voting experience, therefore, the more trust and engagement in government they may have overall. Panelists felt that election administration, and more broadly, participatory processes, should be increasingly appealing to public affairs students. It used to be that only "politicos" and students interested narrowly in government administrative processes found election administration interesting. Now, it is a home for students interested in design, democracy, the law, government reform, disability rights, data science, and the civil rights of under-represented groups. 

The Voinovich Pitch Panel
The conference panel that inaugurated the Voinovich Public Innovation "Pitch" Competition saw the University of Maryland School of Public Policy win with their "Do Good Campus." The pitch competition, established to honor the memory of Senator George V. Voinovich, encourages champions of creative problem-solving approaches to social innovation in education. The award is sponsored by NASPAA and Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. The University of Maryland School of Public Policy, NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the LBJ School of Public Affairs University of Texas Austin were selected as the three finalists for the award prior to the conference.

Presenting the Do Good Campus on behalf of the School at the final pitch competition, was Robert T. Grimm Jr, director of the Do Good Institute and the Levenson Family Chair in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership in the School.  Launched in 2016, the Do Good Campus builds on initial efforts, including an annual campus-wide Do Good Challenge which has produced a number of powerful and impactful social ventures and projects working to address issues, such as hunger, poverty and health disparity. The Do Good Campus approach busts down traditional academic silos and makes social impact education a core element of all students' experiences from orientation to graduation.  Finalists were given 10 minutes to pitch their idea and then answered questions from the panel of judges who are experts in social innovation, nonprofit management and public sector value creation. The first annual Senator George Voinovich Public Innovation Challenge was open to all NASPAA-affiliated student groups, faculty and administrators across the United States and in 14 countries around the globe.

Increasing the Number and Percentage of Underrepresented Minority (URM) Faculty in MPA/MPP Faculties
Blue Wooldridge of Virginia Commonwealth University convened a panel on "Increasing the Number and Percentage of Underrepresented Minority (URM) Faculty in MPA/MPP Faculties."  This panel, which was standing room only, consisted of Simone Gbolo, the National Director of the Public Policy International Affairs Program; Laura Bloomberg, Dean of the Humphrey School, Tara Perino, Director of the PhD Project; and Sophal Ear, Associate Professor at Occidental College.  All the panelists discussed their experiences as well as strategies recruiting persons of color into doctoral programs and placing them into positions in academia.  There was consensus that the number of faculty of color won't significantly increase until more academics look for and value faculty that bring different experiences and teaching styles to the table.  The emotional highpoint of the panel was when Professor Ear described his journey as a young child emigrating from war torn Cambodia and with the help of good Samaritans and the PPIA Fellowship he made his way to Berkeley and Princeton, and ultimately becoming a faculty member at Occidental College.

Comparative Perspectives on Trust and Institutional Capacity from the Global South: Implications for Public Affairs Education
The panelists represented different parts of the Global South -- Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh Colombia. They compared and contrasted each region's challenge of building institutional capacity, reducing corruption, increasing accountability and restoring public trust. The panelists eloquently offered their historical and present-day insights into how distrust and lack of capacity often manifest in the forms of violence, corruption, and instability. The extremely bright and ambitious panelists spoke on challenges facing their respective countries. Sebastián Líppez-De Castro, an assistant professor of Political Science at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, and a PhD student of Community and Public Affairs at Binghamton University, SUNY; Abdul Waheed Ahmad, an Afghan Fulbright scholar at the State University of New York in Binghamton; Chaouki Ouadah, an Algerian activist, Fulbright scholar, UN intern, and the Algerian civil society representative at the UN International Human Rights Summit; and, Md. Shahriar Islam, currently pursuing a PhD in the College of Community and Public Affairs at Binghamton University and former professor in the Department of Public Administration at University Dhaka and the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.  Access their full presentation and bios in the conference app. 

Global Pandemics and Crisis Management in the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Simulation Competition -and the MPA/MPP Curriculum
The panelists presenting at the session title "Global Pandemics and Crisis Management in the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Simulation Competition -and the MPA/MPP Curriculum" shared with us their stories and experiences dealing with public health emergencies such as the Ebola and Zika epidemics -- keeping audience members at the edge of their seats. During this thought-provoking session, panelists addressed key questions that student participants should consider during the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Simulation Competition:
  • How should a government strengthen and sustain its core public health capacities?
  • What counts as a global health security concern?
  • How should public policy and public health officials work together to mitigate the potentially devastating impacts of a global health crisis? 
Thank you to Ambassador Jack Chow, Dr. Gregory Koblentz, Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, and Dr. Jamechia Hoyle for sharing your knowledge with us! 


s to the participants of the 2017 Class of NASPAA NEXT held du ring the NASPAA Annual Conference.  We expect big things from you!!  Special than k you to Jenny Knowles Morrison from The LBJ School of Public Affairs who facilitated a great workshop!

In Case You Missed It - Highlights

The opening plenary keynote was 
Tonia E. Ries, Executive Director of intellectual property at Edelman. Tonia discussed Edelman's global annual study, the  2017 Trust Baro here
See slides from her presentation here.
The NASPAA Awards Luncheon on Thursday's keynote was  Tim Delaney , president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits. Tim reflected on lessons from his career working across all three sectors.  See resources Tim shared for NASPAA students and faculty  here .

Congrats to  all the 2017 NASPAA Award Winners  honored at Thursday's and Friday's luncheon.

To view the photos from the entire conference  here .  

Coltrane Stansbury Rutgers Alumni & NASPAA Spotlight Award Winner

Watch a video:  Coltrane Stansbury Rutgers Alumni & 2017 NASPAA Spotlight Award Winner
  Watch a video:   Christopher Williams El Monte Police: 2017 NASPAA's Alumni Spotlight Winner

To relive or see what you missed - check out more conference coverage produced by our social media partner American University  here .
The 2017 NASPAA Annual Conference app is available (for both desktop and mobile versions)  here . You can see a list of conference attendees, sponsors, and any materials that presenters have uploaded.

Thank you to the sponsors that made the 2017 NASPAA Annual Conference possible!
Exclusive Thursday Evening Sponsor:
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
Platinum Sponsors:
  • Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs
  • Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
  • University of Southern California, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Gold Sponsors:
  • Baruch College, Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs
  • City University of New York (CUNY), John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • University of Delaware, School of Public Policy and Administration
  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Ohio University, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
  • Texas A&M University, The Bush School of Government & Public Service
  • The University of Texas at Austin, The LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • University of Baltimore, College of Public Affairs
  • University of Maryland, School of Public Policy
  • University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • University of Washington, The Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
  • West Chester University, Department of Public Policy & Administration
Silver Sponsors:
  • American University, School of Public Affairs
  • Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • West Chester University, Department of Public Policy & Administration
Bronze Sponsors:
  • Auburn University, Master of Public Administration
  • George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
  • University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs
Copper Sponsors:
  • Brown University, Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs
  • George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Northern Illinois University, School of Public & Global Affairs
Conference Supporters:
  • Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
  • Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Public Policy
  • KDI School of Public Policy and Management
  • Oregon State University, School of Public Policy
  • Sacred Heart University, Master of Public Administration
  • Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • The Ohio State University, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
  • University at Albany, SUNY, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
  • University of Central Florida, School of Public Administration
  • University of Georgia, School of Public and International Affairs
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • University of Kentucky, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration

Local Host Reception Sponsors:
  • Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy
  • American University, School of Public Affairs
  • George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government
  • The George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
  • University of Maryland,  School of Public Policy
  • University of the District of Columbia, School of Business and Public Administration

Thank you to the 2017 NASPAA Annual Conference Committee!
  • Roger Hartley, University of Baltimore, CHAIR
  • Roland Anglin, Cleveland State University
  • John Bartle, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • David Birdsell, Baruch College
  • Thomas Bryer, University of Central Florida
  • Doerte Busch, Berlin School of Economics and Law
  • John Daly, University of South Florida
  • George Dougherty, University of Pittsburgh
  • James Douglas, UNC Charlotte
  • Liu Hong, Nanyang Technological University
  • Patria de Lancer Julnes, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Dan McIntyre, Columbia University
  • Chris Koliba, University of Vermont
  • Karen Mossberger, Arizona State University
  • Cristián Pliscoff, Universidad de Chile
  • Gabriel Puron Cid, CIDE
  • Ivan Sascha Sheehan, University of Baltimore
  • Meghna Sabharwal,  University of Texas at Dallas
  • Jessica Sowa, University of Baltimore
  • Don Waisanen, Baruch College
  • Andrew Whitford, University of Georgia
  • Peter Wilcoxen, Syracuse University

Please mark your calendars - we are excited to see you in Atlanta for the 2018 NASPAA Annual Conference! 
October 10 - 13, 2018
Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, Atlanta, GA

Hosted by:


What are conference attendees looking forward to? 

Why do attendees return year after year?

NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition

Doha Conference

The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI), in conjunction with the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), will be holding an international conference entitled "Towards Quality in Public Service Education", to be held at the Doha Institute, Qatar, from November 13-14, 2017.

The conference provides an opportunity for those involved with public administration and public policy in the Arab world and globally to investigate avenues for cooperation in the region and beyond. Conference attendees will discuss means for active ongoing cooperation and partnership to confront current and future challenges facing the Arab world, particularly in terms of program design, graduate employment, development of research areas, and other such challenges.

Research into public policy and public administration and their teaching in the Arab world is scant. In spite of the establishment of departments teaching public administration and public service in some Arab colleges and institutes since the 1970s, the results of curriculum development, training, and research in public service and public policy education remain limited.

This Conference will thus be the first of its kind on the Arab level and parallels the NASPAA conferences previously held in China and Mexico, which discussed the academic field of teaching and research into public affairs in those regions.

Conference aims

The Conference aims to boost the quality of programs for public administration and public affairs in the Arab world by providing the opportunity for universities in the region to connect with each other in order to:
  • Participate in a serious dialogue over the challenges facing these programs in the region.
  • Discuss the role that could be undertaken by public education programs to build capacity for governance in the Arab world.
  • Further the understanding of program administration and the criteria for international accreditation.
  • Foster research into important subjects in the region and the institutionalization of cooperation among academics specializing in studying public-sector administration and public affairs and policy in the Arab world.
If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact

Data Center

US News & World Report 
US News & World Report has notified NASPAA the Public Affairs survey will now be going out in "the first half of November."  NASPAA will update the membership as we receive any further information.  In case you missed the Data Committee's rankings panel at the NASPAA Annual Conference, you can download the accompanying White Paper and PowerPoint  here .

2016-2017 Annual Data Report
If you have not completed NASPAA's 2016-2017 Annual Data Report, but you would still like to submit your data, contact NASPAA's Data Center Director, Stacy Drudy at 


Accreditation and Standards

Important Accreditation Dates:
Stay up-to-date with happenings in accreditation!
  • November 16-18, 2017 - Site Visitor training at the ARNOVA Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • April 2018 - Accreditation Institute in Beijing, China 

2017 Accreditation Institute
Thank you to everyone - especially our university sponsors, West Chester University and Auburn University - who made the 2017 Institute a success! We had over 125 participants, representing over 80 institutions! The day would not have been possible without the expertise of Jo Ann Ewalt (College of Charleston), RaJade Berry-James (North Carolina State University), and Debra Ringold (Willamette University).

For handouts and information from the Institute, please click here!

ICYMI: New Diversity Resources!
COPRA is pleased to share newly developed resources to help your program think strategically about diversity and inclusion!

Explore the pages on climate, faculty, students , and curriculum, to help support your program's mission-based planning. Don't forget to refer to  peer diversity plans for examples of how accredited programs foster diversity and inclusion.

ICYMI: 2015-16 Accreditation Data Report!
COPRA is pleased to release its sixth Annual Accreditation Data Report! The 2015-16 Report provides increased insight into the public affairs field, and the faculty, students, and alumni of our accredited programs. Thank you to each NASPAA-accredited program for providing the data featured in the report.

2017 Pi Alpha Alpha Awards

Once again Pi Alpha Alpha 
congratulates its 2017 Award Recipients who received their awards at the NASPAA Annual Conference:

Pi Alpha Alpha Masters Manuscript Award: 

John Palatucci (left), School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University - Newark

Pi Alpha Alpha Doctoral Manuscript Award:
Jinhai Yu (left), Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Kentucky

Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter Advisor Award of Excellence:
Daniel Williams
(right), Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College

Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter Grant:
Bridgett King (left), Department of Political Science, Auburn University
Aziza Zemrani (right), Department of Public Affairs & Security Studies, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Pi Alpha Alpha Public Service Loan Forgiveness Grant: 
Mary Bruce (right), Masters of Public Administration Program, Governors State University

Nominate Your Students Now!
Pi Alpha Alpha Advisors please don't forget to nominate your students to the 2017 NASPAA Simulation Competition. This year the completion has expanded to 16 sites and there are two dates to choose from - February 24 and March 3. Priority registration ends November 13. Click here to submit nominations

Call for Pi Alpha Alpha Committee members
If you are a Pi Alpha Alpha Advisor at an active chapter and you have an interest in helping shape the direction of the honor society, then we invite you to serve on our governing committee.  Please respond to David Marshall, Director of Membership Development and Global Pi Alpha Alpha Manager at, and identify your interest in being nominated.

New JPAE Editors
NASPAA CONGRATULATES AND  WELCOMES Co- Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Affairs  Education (JPAE) for the 2018-20 term

The NASPAA Executive Council would like to thank Marieka
Klawitter (University of Washington) and David Schultz (Hamline University) for their outstanding work as Editors for the 2015-17 term. They would also like to recognize the Evans School at the University of Washington for hosting JPAE from 2015-17. With the start of 2018, NASPAA will be entering a new publishing arrangement for the Journal with Taylor and Francis Group. Building on the contributions of the previous and incoming editors, the JPAE Editorial Board, and our new Taylor and Francis partners, JPAE will continue to thrive as the pre-eminent journal for teaching and learning in public affairs education. 

He received his BA in journalism from Mercer University, his MA in peace and conflict resolution from American Military University, an MSc in economic history from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in public administration and policy from Florida State University. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and Public Administration Review. His qualifications for the editorship of JPAE relate to his experience with the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs. In 2013, as the treasurer of the Midwest Public Affairs Conference, he raised the support to launch the journal. In 2015, he joined it as an associate editor, overseeing daily operations and the production of each issue. In 2012, he served as a special issue editor for Political and Military Sociology.

William Hatcher - Co-Editor: Dr. Hatcher is an associate professor of political science and MPA Director at Augusta University. He received both a BS in political science and an MPA from Georgia College and State University, and a PhD in public policy and administrationfrom Mississippi State University. His research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Public Affairs Education, the American Journal of Public Health, and Public Administration Quarterly. He writes a regular column for PA Times on community development and the administration of MPA programs. His editorial experience involves serving as special editor for the Sustainable Economic Development Forum in the Journal of Appalachian Studies. the editorial board of the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs.

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