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View Preliminary Program (as of 8/9/18)


Pre-Conference Workshops

Accreditation Institute
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join your peers for a full day designed to provide programs seeking (re)accreditation the tools to be successful in mission-driven, outcomes-oriented, evidence-based accreditation-earning program management. Programs seeking (re)accreditation in the short-term – with self-study reports due in 2019 or 2020 – are especially encouraged to register for the Institute. It is also an excellent opportunity for programs interested in seeking accreditation to prepare for both the eligibility application and/or self-study report. Program heads and faculty new to currently accredited programs are also welcome to learn about the expectations of accredited programs!

Based around an interactive, flipped classroom, the 2018 Institute will use a combination of video modules and experiential and skills-based learning to explore the NASPAA Accreditation Standards, including strategic program management, maintaining your mission and sustainable assessment, diversity and inclusion, and program best practices.

Doctoral Education Workshop
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The doctoral workshop is led by the chair of NASPAA’s Doctoral Education Committee. In 2015 the committee opted to hold a doctoral workshop in lieu of a standalone conference, this option proved successful and we will be offering it again this year. If you are involved in doctoral education, you should consider attending. The workshop will cover information for new doctoral directors, current trends in doctoral education, inclusivity, and recruitment/retention of diverse populations.

Suzanne Beaumaster, University of La Verne
Goktug Morcol, Penn State Harrisburg

Global Short-Term Programs – Issues and Design
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Students best understand and learn about the global context of public services in a global setting, as experienced by the involved partner universities. Transnational intensive short-term programs of one or two weeks create a good environment in which students can be prepared to deal with challenges such as disruptions. It is about interdisciplinary competence building, which is particularly promoted by the transnational setting. The subject of the pre-conference workshop will be the content and didactic design of short term intensive programs (summer or winter schools), which the participating partners have carried out together over many years (mostly under the umbrella of European Erasmus programs).

Participants will learn to: structure short term programs to gain maximum result; choose appropriate teaching methods, e.g. problem based learning, service learning; and create a flexible, open minded teaching and learning atmosphere. Methods used include: inputs/presentation and poster session; discussions; and team sessions. The workshop is intended for persons who are in charge of exchange/short term programs, lecturer in exchange programs, and are internationally interested.

Doerte Busch, Berlin School of Economics and Law
Angelina Delgado, Baruch College, CUNY
Bertel De Groote, Ghent University
Hong Bin Liao, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
Frank Naert, Ghent University

Moving from Diversity to Equity and Inclusion – Planning, Crafting and Implementing a Thoughtful, Measureable, and Effective (Diversity) Plan
2:00 – 5:00 pm
In accordance with NASPAA Standards 3 (Matching Operations with the Mission: Faculty Performance) and 4 (Matching Operations with the Mission: Serving Students), programs conducting a self-study and/or seeking accreditation must demonstrate how they “promote diversity and a climate of inclusiveness” through the creation of an equity and inclusion plan. This 3-hour hands-on workshop provides attendees with tools to craft a meaningful, measureable, and effective diversity, equity and inclusion plan and offers strategies to aid faculty and program administrators in managing the challenges associated with issues of diversity within programs. Participants will learn how to: link diversity to program learning objectives; craft a diversity plan that addresses NASPAA Standards; develop a diversity plan that helps achieve the program, school, and university mission; articulate diversity within a global context; use the diversity plan to serve program stakeholders; and facilitate difficult, yet important, discussions in the classroom.

This unique and innovative workshop will be led by facilitators who are published in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion and bring a wealth of practical and scholarly knowledge to the session. Workshop participants will gain access to evidence based strategies as they develop foundational knowledge for the planning and implementation of equity and inclusion plans; outlining their own plans throughout the session. Additionally, attendees will have space to dialogue with the presenters and each other related to the specific challenges associated with their programs and/or in their classrooms.
The workshop will embody traditional lecture, case studies, role playing, discussion, and group activities to advance knowledge for the development and implementation of a plan.

Brandi Blesset, Rutgers University, Camden
Bridgette Cram, Florida International University
Tia Gaynor, Marist College

NASPAA NEXT: A Leadership Development Institute for Public Affairs Education (Invitation only)
1:00 – 5:00 pm
NASPAA is excited to announce the third class of NASPAA NEXT at the 2018 NASPAA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA. The four-hour workshop will provide emerging leaders in their departments or programs with practical tools that will enable them to become more engaged and dynamic members of their campuses and communities. Participation in NASPAA NEXT is by invitation only, and invitations are based on recommendations from deans and other senior faculty, professional reputation and scholarly research, as well as participation in NASPAA activities. The theme for this year's workshop is “The Path From Mentee to Mentor: Professional Development Strategies for Success in Academe”.

Madinah Hamidullah, Rutgers University, Newark
Lindsey McDougle, Rutgers University, Newark
Stephanie Newbold, Rutgers University, Newark

Main Conference Sessions

• NASPAA Award & PAA Award Luncheons
• Panel Sessions
• Evening Receptions


Local Activities

Join your NASPAA colleagues on Saturday morning after the conference to explore Atlanta! On tours led by the host schools, you can learn about and see firsthand sites from Atlanta’s significant civil rights history as well as momentous and innovative redevelopment projects shaping the city’s future.

Tours will be about three hours in length occurring between 9am – 1pm.

  • Atlanta BeltLine Walking Tour
    The Atlanta BeltLine is the most innovative transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States.

    Hosted by: Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
    School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Historic African-American Corridor Tour
    Travel by streetcar and take in “Sweet” Auburn Avenue – the historic African-American corridor and home to Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth home and burial site as well as Ebenezer Baptist Church – which was recently designated the nation’s first national African American historic park. Finish the tour at the historic Municipal Market and enjoy lunch from one its many eateries.

    Hosted by: School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia
  • Mercedes Benz Stadium Tour
    Tour of the new Mercedes Benz stadium, which is the site of the 2019 Super Bowl. It was developed via a significant public/private partnership with a deep focus on community redevelopment and labor force initiatives.

    Hosted by: Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
  • Tech Square Tour
    An extraordinary density of startups, a conglomeration of big-brand corporations, and an exceptionally qualified talent pool have all come together at the technology neighborhood that Georgia Tech built: Technology Square. Referred to as “Tech Square”, this concentrated combination effectively fuels an ongoing ecosystem of innovation and has revitalized a once blighted area of midtown. Possible topics include: Artificial intelligence, robotics, cell manufacturing, and the future of work.
    NOTE: This tour will be limited to the first 15 participants to sign-up.

    Hosted by: School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology


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