NASPAA Welcomes new Members:
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Middlebury Institute, CA
  • University of Montana
  • University of the Philippines (Associate member)
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe (Associate member)

Goodbye, Columbus: Thanks for a Successful Conference

545 attendees gathered in Columbus, Ohio, October 19 - 21 to attend the 2016 NASPAA Annual Conference, 
Grassroots Globalization: Teaching Good Governance and Values in a Connected World. It was an opportunity to connect with colleagues and highlighted global and local activities in all parts of the world. 

We are grateful to our host institution, The John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University and would also like to extend special thanks to all the speakers, panelists, event supporters and 36 sponsors for their instrumental help in making this an outstanding experience for all participants!

Download the conference app by searching "NASPAA 2016" in App Stores to view agenda and available presentations materials.
A Look at Grassroots Globalization
Matt Habash, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, addresses the crowd during roundtable with Jerome Lyman, Farm Foundation, and Ted Lying, U.S. Department of State

During the opening plenary, the issue of  food security, was examined through a roundtable featuring: local nonprofit executive director of Ohio's largest foodbank, Matt Habash; Farm Foundation and long-time McDonald's Corporation international executive, Jerome Lyman; and Senior Foreign Service Officer, Director of the Office of Global Food Security at the U.S. Department of State, Ted Lyng. 

During Friday's Pi Alpha Alpha luncheon,
Ann Mason of the Mason Education Group,  Bogota, Colombia, shared concrete ways to be gin to internationalize  your program,  such as hosting a global  brainstorming session on campus or adding of international speakers in the classroom to offer a comparative perspective on a local or domestic policy matter. Specific panels,  Public Service Values Through an International Lens, Intercultural Competence: The Key Ingredient for Your Programs' Internationalization Initiative, and  New Models for Internationalization of Public Affairs Education , also addressed these important issues. 

Columbus, A Great Host and Happening Place

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University were wonderful hosts and key in development and execution on the conference. The Glenn College opened their doors to all conference attendees for an impressive Friday evening reception in their facility. On Saturday, conference goers were able to explore a little of Columbus with a visit to the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) and walking tour of downtown revitalization projects.
Dean Trevor Brown at the John Glenn College welcomed NASPAA conference attendees at OSU Reception on Friday
Guy Worley, CEO Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, leads tour

David Marshall, NASPAA, and Qing Wang, University of International Business and Economics (China) at  the Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

New NASPAA Leadership Elected

At the close of the conference in the NASPAA Annual Business Meeting, new 2016-2017 Executive Council members were announced and the gavel was passed from outgoing president, C. Michelle Piskulich of Oakland University, to incoming president, David Birdsell of Baruch College - CUNY. 

NASPAA's new president addressed the decline of trust in government, both in the United States and in many other countries around the world. He pointed to an important role for public affairs schools: we need to provide graduates who are capable of responding to that public view, through their competence and their vision for what will restore that trust in the next generation. President Birdsell also addressed the global dimension of NASPAA, reminding the audience that NASPAA should not be global just to be global, but rather to create a new framework for solving the many public problems that transcend borders. 

2017 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition Updates

We are pleased to share the 2017 Sites!
  • University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
  • Columbia University, Earth Institute and School of International and Public Affairs
  • Tsinghua University, School of Public Policy & Management, China
  • Indiana University Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Central European University, School of Public Policy (2017 / 2018), Hungary
  • Maastricht University, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and UNU - MERIT (2017/2018), Netherlands
  • Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs,
  • George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government
  • Universidad de los Andes, Alberto Lleras Camargo School of Government, Colombia
Coming Soon: 
Students Nominations to Open Dec. 1
Deans/directors and Pi Alpha Alpha advisors have a special 1 day nomination window to each forward one student's name-- all day December 1, in advance of student self-nominations opening on a first come first served basis on December 2.

2017 Competition Topic
We announced FOOD SECURITY will be the 2017 competition topic. Student participants need not be concentrators or experts in this topic, because ALL public affairs graduate students are eligible, and we are really looking forward to immersing all of the participants in a simulation that will make them more aware of food insecurity and empower them to learn more about this important public policy area and think about solutions.

Please click links below to download a poster announcing this year's competition: it will look great on your MPA student bulletin board! 

Poster size  8.5 in x11 in
Poster size 17 in x 23 in 

Will you be our ambassador?
Advisory Committee: any faculty at our NASPAA schools with an interest in food security is invited to become a member and Ambassador of the food security section of our 2017 simulation competition advisory committee. We can use your help! We'll keep you posted on everything going on for the competition, including reminders of dates for nominating your students, share curriculum and classroom resources, and help you plan how to use the sim in the classroom once it's released after the competition. Just as important: we'll be welcoming suggestions from YOU for regional judges and practitioners who work in food security areas, media outlets that might be interested in hearing about a food security sim competition, and potential high visibility internship suggestions for team winners. Please join the committee by contacting Leigh Anne Elliott at

  • February 25, 2017: Student Competition Day!

2018-19 NASPAA Conference Calls for Host Sites

Proposals due November 15; Let us know if you intend to submit by November 7

We are excited to announce the annual conference site-selection process! The annual conference, typically held in October, is hosted in a different geographical region each year within close proximity to a NASPAA school (or schools). The NASPAA school in the region has a great opportunity to promote their school and the uniqueness of their region to both domestic and global conference attendees. We are seeking host schools for the 2018 and 2019 annual conferences and we'd like to know what your school, city, and region can offer conference attendees! We encourage joint proposals from members in the same geographic region.

2001 Washington, DC
2002 Los Angeles, CA
2003 Pittsburgh, PA
2004 Indianapolis, IN
2005 Washington, DC
2006 Minneapolis, MN
2007 Seattle, WA
2008 Charleston, SC
2009 Washington, DC
2010 Kansas City, MO
2011 Las Vegas, NV
2012 Austin, TX
2013 Washington, DC
2014 Albuquerque, NM
2015 New York, NY
2016 Columbus, OH
2017 Washington, DC

The Criteria for Hosting the NASPAA Annual Conference are detailed in the RFP. Please review these requirements before submitting your letter of interest.

In a concise proposal, please detail the following:
  • School(s) submitting to host the 2018 or 2019 conference.
  • Why your school/city/region would make an excellent conference host.
  • Local public transit options including details about transit from the closest major airport to the proposed conference site.
  • Local activities available for receptions and excursions.
  • Options for hotel accommodations; hotel should have at minimum 375 sleeping rooms (if necessary, this could include hotels in the immediate vicinity), 10 concurrent breakout rooms, and a general ballroom to accommodate 500 people in round-table seating.
  • Volunteer capacity of employees to assist in hosting duties; which include, but are not limited to, reaching out to alumni and local leaders as speakers, planning an opening reception, securing transportation to local activities, and coordinating on-site student volunteers

  • November 7, 2016: Notify of your intent to submit a proposal. This notification is non-binding and a short email from someone at the member school(s) to will suffice.
  • November 15, 2016: Deadline to submit a proposal by 11:59 pm. Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF from the School's Principal Rep.
  • November 2016: Site Selection Committee will review all proposals.
  • December 2016 / January 2017: Site Selection Committee will make a recommendation to NASPAA's Executive Council and NASPAA announces the site.

The 2016 Inaugural Class of NASPAA NEXT

The 2016 Annual Conference was host to the inaugural class of NASPAA NEXT: A Leadership Development Institute for Public Affairs Education.

Twenty-two emerging faculty participated in the four-hour workshop that provided them practical tools to enable them to become more engaged members of their campuses and communities. Participation in NASPAA NEXT was by invitation only, and invitations were extended based on recommendations from deans and other senior faculty, professional reputation and scholarly research, as well as participation in NASPAA activities.

Professor Sharon Mastracci, University of Utah, lead the workshop and participants took part in discussions designed to build self-awareness strategies for managing relationships in order to develop into stronger leaders and contribute to stronger organizations. Moreover, participants learned how to become more fully engaged with NASPAA by ensuring their talents and knowledge base are strategically aligned with leadership opportunities for the association. Additionally the participants heard from Professor Kurt Thurmaier, Chair of the NASPAA Budgeting and Financial Management Section and Kathy Newcomer, former NASPAA president and Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, volunteers who are successfully engaged on their campus, in their community, and within NASPAA. At the conclusion of the workshop several of the participants set up mentoring partnerships to continue their professional development. Several participants indicated the workshop provided a space to talk about their emotions regarding teaching versus their administrative obligations. Additionally, several others mentioned this was the first time they had the opportunity to have such a conversation.

NASPAA will accept nominations for the second class of NASPAA NEXT in the Spring of 2017.

Sharon Mastracci discusses Emotional Intelligence and Labor at NASPAA NEXT

Kathryn Newcomer shares her experiences at NASPAA NEXT

PPIA and NASPAA Call for PSW Host Schools 

PPIA and NASPAA are looking for letters of interest from institutions that are interested in bringing a Public Service Weekend to their campus in the Fall of 2017 or Spring of 2018

For over 30 years the guiding vision of the PPIA Program has been increasing the participation and inclusion of traditionally underrepresented groups at the highest level of public sector leadership. NASPAA supports these endeavors and wishes to aid the PPIA Program in furthering its mission. NASPAA firmly desires to partner with the PPIA Program based on these fundamental values and belief in exciting new generations of students to consider and enter graduate programs and careers in public service. We hope host institution(s) will share this belief and help make this program a successful reality.

Program Description
The Public Service Weekend (PSW) is a two to three-day long program for rising undergraduate sophomores and juniors. The goal for this program is to introduce students to topics in the field of public service through expertise provided by university faculty, graduate student panels, and skill workshops. The audience for the conference can be drawn from either a regional or a national pool of candidates depending on the desired size and scope the host institution has for the event.
This is a tremendous opportunity for your program to take part in shaping the next generation of public sector leaders. We look forward to receiving your proposals for moving forward with the program and working with you to make this event a reality. 

Key Dates
  • November 30, 2016 Letter of Interest due 
  • January, 2017 : Selection & notification
Click here to download RFP .
Submit to PPIA National Office email electronically. 
Questions? Call or email the National Office at 612-625-6944 or

The Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) is now accepting applications for the 2017 PPIA Fellowship!

The PPIA program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of public policy, public administration or international affairs through participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI).  JSI is an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer at one of these host campuses: The Ford School - University of Michigan; The Goldman School - UC Berkeley;  Heinz College - Carnegie Mellon University; Humphrey School of Public Affairs - University of Minnesota and Woodrow Wilson School - Princeton University.

Eligible candidates are current undergrads who will be completing their B.A. between December 2017 and August 2018. The deadline to apply is   November 1, 2016 More details

Panel Sessions in Mandarin 

Mandarin speaking representatives from Chinese universities, American universities, and NASPAA convene for an early morning panel on practical competencies in Chinese MPA programs

Early in the morning on Friday, a group of the Conference's Chinese participants took advantage of their jet-lag to host a lively discussion on practical training for in-service students in the Chinese context. Dr. Huiping Li led the discussion with a detailed presentation of the methods that the Shanghai Institute of Finance and Economics utilizes to foster regional and global competencies for its students. As Dr. Li's presentation wound to a close, Dr. Bing Ran from Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Wenlin Fu (also from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics), and Dr. Li discussed with other audience members what it meant to adapt NASPAA's practical competencies to their Chinese context. Together, the group agreed that SHUFE's exchange programs, one-on-one work between students and practitioners, and inter-sectoral case study learning could serve as positive examples of core competency learning for China's 222 other MPA programs.

#NASPAA2016 Social Media

Michelle Piskulich,
Oakland University
NASPAA President 2015-16
Mohamad Alkadry,
Florida International University
Council Member 
David Birdsell,
Baruch College, CUNY
NASPAA President 2016-17

Laura Bloomberg,
University of Minnesota
Jocelyn Johnston,
American University
Kaifeng Yang,
Renmin University of China

NASPAA's Listservs

Are you interested in continuing the conversation from the NASPAA Annual Conference? 

Join one of NASPAA's section or committee listservs today!  NASPAA offers a variety of listservs in which members can participate and engage in discussion throughout the year. Those listservs are: 

Here are some conversations from the conference you may be interested in joining:

Undergraduate Committee:
This past year the Undergraduate Committee recommended changes to the 1997 Undergraduate Guidelines and will be working this year on an accompanying Appendix filled with best practices and examples for schools.  If you are interested in engaging in this discussion or if you would like to be able to reach out to other Undergraduate programs with your own particular questions subscribe to the Undergraduate listserv!

Diversity and Social Equity Committee:
Members of the Diversity and Social Equity Committee were busy during the Annual Conference.  Led by Mohamad Alkadry and Blue Wooldridge, the committee in addition to holding its annual meeting, awarded the Diversity, Social Equity, and Social Justice Curriculum Awards, and convened two well attended panels:  Race and Campus Activism at Schools of Public Policy and Public Affairs; and Social Equity -- The Intergovernmental System and The Flint Water Crisis.  

In the Race and Campus Activism Panel, panelists discussed the current state of race relations in the United States, the Black Lives Matter Movement and how these contributed to events at the University of Missouri, University of Kansas, and Princeton University.  

From left to right:  Elisabeth Donahue, Princeton University,  Charles Menifield, University of Missouri, Columbia, Reggie Robinson, The University of Kansas,  and Richardson Dilworth, Drexel University

Panelists in Social Equity/Flint River panel discussed the the political environment that lead to this crisis as well as what types of public policy instruction can be given to future leaders to prevent this from happening again.  This panel was a collective effort of the Diversity and Social Equity Committee, the Local Government Management Education Committee, and the newly revived Urban Serving Section.  This panel will present their findings at the Social Equity and Leadership Conference in Omaha, NE,  June 1 - 3, 2017.

From left to right:  Abraham Benavides, University of North Texas,  Raquel Thueme, Ruth Mott Foundation,  Dale Thomson, The University of Michigan, Dearborn,  Robert Blair, University of Nebraska at Omaha and  Susan Gooden, Virginia Commonwealth University

Feedback from the Diversity and Social Equity Committee's meeting and panels include:
  1. Create a Diversity and Social Equity Committee listserv
  2. NASPAA should collect and share information on how NASPAA member schools address diversity issues. 
  3. The Committee will work on methods of incorporating Social Justice and Equity into public affairs and public policy curriculum.
  4. At the 2017 conference additional topics that should be addressed include, LBGT issues, MSIs, and additional environment justices issues -- especially those that effect Native Americans like the Dakota pipeline.
Reestablishing the Urban Serving University Section
During the 2016 Annual Conference the Urban Serving Universities Section was reestablished after being dormant for several years.  The section elected Doug Noonan, IUPUI, and Roger Hartley, University of Baltimore, as Co-Chairs.  During the upcoming year this section will determine what institutions are urban servings universities and will communicate this with NASPAA.  This section will outreach to foundations, nonprofits, and other local leaders for participation in their panels and to inform their section.  Finally the section will invite a representative of the new presidential administration to the 2017 Annual Conference.

Program Director's Corner 

NASPAA 2016 Career Professionals Conference -  Registration Now Open
December 8 - 9, 2016
Hosted by the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
NASPAA's  Career Professionals Conference  is a two-day gathering for member schools to discuss topics such as advising students on internship and job searches, training students in career search skills, networking with employers, managing career offices, and related issues.  Program directors from schools without dedicated career services staff are welcome and encouraged to attend! 
Please  Reserve Your Hotel Today!  by  November 7  to qualify for the NASPAA Rate ($128/night)

Thank you! 2016 Accreditation Institute 
Thank you to everyone who made the 2016 Accreditation Institute a success! We had 150 participants, representing over 80 institutions. The day would not have been possible without the guidance of
Jack Meek (University of La Verne), and Jo Ann Ewalt (College of Charleston) or the support of our sponsors: West Chester University, The American University in Cairo, and Brigham Young University.

Want to follow-up with the handouts from the day? Check the website for slides, handouts, and site visitor training materials!

Join COPRA for Site Visitor Training!
We are always looking for new site visitors! Join COPRA at its upcoming training at the ARNOVA 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, DC on November 18 at 3:45pm.
The training session will touch on logistics of the site visit process, as well as the NASPAA Accreditation Standards. If you are interested in attending our training session, RSVP to and be sure to watch our training videos prior to the conferences!

2014-15 Annual Accreditation Data Report
Data was a constant theme at #NASPAA2016 - learn more about NASPAA Accredited Programs in the 2016 Annual Accreditation Data Report! The AY 2014-15 Report provides increased insight into our field, and the faculty, students, and alumni of our accredited programs. Thank you to each NASPAA-accredited program for providing the data in the report.

Congratulations to Pi Alpha Alpha Award Winners

Pi Alpha Alpha Committee Chair Amanda Olejarski, congratulates Mary Bruce of Governors State University for receiving Pi Alpha Alpha's Chapter of Excellence and Chapter Advisor of Excellence Awards

David Marshall (center), Manager of Pi Alpha Alpha congratulates Roger Chin (left), Claremont Graduate College, the 2016 recipient of PAA Doctoral Manuscript Award and Evan Walter (right ), Northern Illinois University,  the 2016 recipient of the PAA Masters Manuscript Award.

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