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2017 NASPAA Annual Conference
October 11-14, 2017
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

THEME: Confidence in Public and Nonprofit Institutions:
How is it Built, How is it Lost, and How is it Regained?

Preliminary Schedule as of 8/18/17

We are pleased to share the preliminary line-up of this year’s panel sessions on Thursday, Oct. 12 and Friday Oct. 13.

Don’t miss exciting panels such as:

Writing the Diversity Plan – A Workshop on Crafting a Thoughtful, Measurable, and Effective Plan
• Bringing Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations into Globalized Public Affairs Curricula
• Successful Recruitment Strategies for On-Campus Small Programs
• Building Effective and Accountable Pubic Institutions: Preparing NASPAA Graduates for Strategic Action to Promote SDG 16 in Developing Countries
• Age of Trump: Ethics, Public Policy, and Discourse
• Implications of Recent Federal Policy Changes on NASPAA Schools

Come early on Wednesday, Oct. 11 to participate in additional enrichment opportunities:

• Accreditation Institute, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
• Doctoral Education Workshop, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
• New Director’s Roundtable, 10:00 – 11:30 am
• Creating Dynamic Video Lectures Using Free Simple Tools, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• NASPAA NEXT: A Leadership Development Institute for Public Affairs Education, 1:00 – 5:00 pm


Register and Reserve Your Room NOW

Registration is now OPEN! Be sure to register by Sept. 6 to secure the early bird rate of $390.

Reserve your room in the NASPAA room block at the conference hotel, Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. The rate is $279 per night and will be available until Sept. 19 or until rooms sell out.



Do you have an innovative course, research project or service learning approach? At this year's NASPAA conference, three finalists will compete for $3,000 to be used for implementation or scale-up. This Voinovich pitch competition has been established to honor the memory of Senator George V. Voinovich and to encourage the creative problem-solving approach he championed throughout his nearly half-century of public service. The first annual Sen. George Voinovich Public Innovation Challenge is open to all NASPAA-affiliated student groups, faculty and administrators.

To enter, please email your program name, institution, contact information and [max] two-page description of your innovative program to contest coordinator Sarah Nykl.

Descriptions should include the problem or issue being addressed; what makes your program innovative; where you are in the implementation process; current or anticipated impact; funding needs; and other sources of support. The deadline for submissions is August 1, but applications will continue to be considered until three outstanding finalists have been identified. Those finalists will have 5-10 minutes each at NASPAA's conference to pitch their idea, "swim in the porpoise tank" and take challenging questions from judges who are experts in social innovation. Judges and audience members vote and participants will find out on the spot who is the winner. Then go do it!

The contest is sponsored by NASPAA and Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.


Thank you to the 2017 NASPAA Annual Conference Committee!

Roger Hartley, University of Baltimore



Roland Anglin, Cleveland State

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



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