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2014 NASPAA Conference | November 4 – 6 | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Confronting the Challenges of Public Service Education

NASPAA’s 2014 Annual Conference will be held in Albuquerque, NM from November 4 – 6. This year, the conference is co-located with APPAM, and there will be joint NASPAA/APPAM activities during the conference. The Accreditation Institute will have a new one-day format with all sessions occurring on Tuesday, November 4 and concluding with an evening reception. Special note: anyone who will be in Albuquerque on November 4, Election Day, should consider voting early or absentee in accordance with their state's laws.

Conference Chairs Dr. Mary Hamilton, University of Nebraska Omaha, and Dr. Kaifeng Yang, Florida State University invite panel proposals from the public service education community that address this year’s conference theme: Confronting the Challenges of Public Service Education. Public service education is critical to a strong democracy; NASPAA and member schools must speak out about the value of public service and champion a shared national and global vision of the greater good.

Schools or individuals who have never submitted a proposal are strongly encouraged to make a submission. Additionally, to capitalize on the conference co-location with APPAM, proposals that appeal to APPAM attendees and/or include a research perspective are welcomed. Proposals with panelists from at least two different schools will receive preference in the selection process.

The conference will have three session tracks that further develop the theme of Confronting the Challenges of Public Service Education. Successful panel proposals will be assigned to one of the tracks. Please pick a track to explore in your panel proposal:

  • Inclusivity: Creating New Partnerships and Opportunities
    Track chaired by Pat Shields, Texas State University
    New Mexico exemplifies living diversity: Native Americans and Hispanics comprise a majority of the population, it shares a border with Mexico, and it is a state with rich cultural heritage. Albuquerque provides a striking backdrop to discuss borders and boundaries and which nontraditional partners should be welcomed into the conversation. How can we inspire schools, states, and nations to create new opportunities across traditional boundaries such as public/private/nonprofit, regional/domestic/global, disciplinary, academic/practitioner/citizen, small/large programs, policy/ administration to ensure students learn strategic collaboration and problem solving skills and are prepared to manage in a global society?

  • Speaking Up For The Public Good
    Track chaired by Barbara Romzek, American University
    NASPAA schools represent the voice of public service education. With a strong grounding in ethics and public service values, including social equity, we continue to work for the public good while remaining accountable to each other and to our students and citizens. What does the ideal of public service mean domestically and globally, and how do we promote that ideal outside of the public administration/policy community? Panels in this track could focus on advocating for our collective interest internally and externally, influencing public policy, and overcoming cynicism about public service, government actions, and the fiscal crisis. They could also grapple with questions of how we best represent and market our programs to the broader community.

  • Modeling Excellence In Public Service Education
    Track chaired by Laura Bloomberg, University of Minnesota
    Schools are responding to internal and external pressures to graduate stronger students, compete on a larger scale, and implement new pedagogical methods. How do programs and techniques that respond to these pressures become part of the culture and evolve as best practices? Excellence occurs at all schools regardless of program size, location, or specialization, and schools are constantly looking forward to, and responding to, trends. Panels in this track could explore both pedagogical and administrative best practices as well as best practices in respectful and equitable treatment of students and in collaborative relationships. Accredited schools are encouraged to submit proposals about key lessons learned from implementing NASPAA Standards 2009.

Panel Logistics:

    • Sessions will be one hour in length based on feedback from the 2013 conference
    • Maximum of 4 presenters per panel
    • The session convener is the session moderator; this person will provide brief introductions, keep presenters to their allotted time, and facilitate the question/answer session. Conveners should not provide a formal presentation. If a convener wants to give a presentation, he/she should invite only three other panelists.
    • If the convener would like to invite an additional person to the panel, the additional person can serve the role of respondent. The respondent will not provide a presentation but will comment on the panelists’ presentations.
    • All presentation rooms will be set up theater style with audio visual technology.

    Presenter limits:
    To maximize the overall number of presenters, the Conference Planning Committee will continue the NASPAA practice of following the Rule of Two: limiting presenter participation to two sessions during the main conference. This includes roles as convener, presenter, and/or respondent, but each session only counts once. This rule does not apply to the following types of sessions: meetings, plenaries, workshops, and the Accreditation Institute.

    Presentation materials:
    The session convener will be the main point of contact for each session, and will be asked to compile and upload all session materials to the conference mobile app by November 1, 2014 for advance distribution.

    Panel format:
    Panel proposals are welcome in any format, including, but not limited to, conventional presentations, roundtable discussions, a presentation with respondents, and panel discussions. Conference sessions will be one hour in length and should have no more than four presenters so that time can be set aside for the audience to engage in thoughtful and meaningful discussion of the topic.

    Panel Proposal format:
    The convener will submit a panel proposal via the link below and will provide a 450 word abstract summary, identify panelists, and identify the main topics for discussion in the panel; it is not necessary to have a written paper to submit a proposal.

    Proposal selection:
    Preference will be given to presentations that address the theme of Confronting the Challenges of Public Service Education and include

    • Panelists from at least two different schools
    • Discussion and analysis of current topics;
    • International participation;
    • Practitioner or stakeholder involvement;
    • Presenters from NASPAA member schools
    • Appropriate volume of information to present in one hour which will facilitate a thoughtful and meaningful discussion.
    • Panel submissions that include a full slate of presenters are more likely to be accepted, but individual proposals will be considered and combined with similar proposals when possible.

    All panel and individual proposals must be submitted by the session convener by Friday April 4 at 11:59 pm ET for consideration. NASPAA will review all submissions and notify the convener of the final status in May 2014.

    Direct questions to Emily Reineke, Conference Manager at or 202.628.8965 x112.

    Also, please feel free to contact Emily if you have a proposal idea that you would like to discuss or if you need additional presenters for your panel.

    Download the Call for Proposals in PDF format

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