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2013 ASPA Conference: Call for Proposals

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American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)

THEME: Governance & Sustainability: Local Concerns, Global Challenges

The capacity to responsibly sustain our global community has long term environmental, economic, social, and governance implications. The 2013 ASPA conference will address the myriad issues associated with the responsible management and stewardship of our diverse, yet interrelated resources. The management of these resources is a complex social challenge involving consideration of leadership, ethics, economics, planning, social equity, collaboration, and technology, amongst other issues. This conference will consider whether we have reached or exceeded the limits of our democratic state, and the governance implications of these challenges. The implications for public management and public policy will be the focus of the following tracks.

ASPA is now accepting proposals for its 2013 Annual Conference March 15-19 in New Orleans, LA. Before submitting a proposal, please read the following guidelines. Proposals will be accepted until July 23 at 11:59 EST.


Sustainable Leadership, Performance, and Human Resources

• Leading effective organizations in difficult economic times

• Challenges in human resources for public administrators

• Leading by example and by process—cases in excellence

• Collaborative leadership and governance


Sustaining Performance and Measurement

• Defining new standards for accountable organizations

• Using public performance standards and benchmarking effectively

• What gets measured gets done—or does it? Lessons from the field


Fiscal and Environmental Sustainability

• Creating and sustaining green communities

• Eco-friendly policy considerations

• Fiscal accountability and creative budgeting

• Creating synergies between economic development and sustainability


Health, Transportation, and Technology Sustainability

• Trends, issues and practices in national and global health policy

• Innovation in transportation sustainability

• Technology tools and emerging trends for the effective administrator

• Social media—trends, patterns and emerging issues


Emergency and Crisis Management for Sustainability

• Learning from the past, planning for the future

• Strategic Crisis Management—local incidents, global lessons

• Disaster and Development

• Planning for the unexpected—grants and funding sources that you need to know about


Social Equity, Gender, and Diversity

• Social equity concerns and advances in public administration

• G,L,B,T and Q---what are the latest advances in equity and diversity initiatives

• The glass ceiling revisited

• Collective bargaining and public administration—the role of unions


Ethics, Trust, and Corruption

• Ethical dilemmas facing the public administrator

• Trust, corruption and leadership—lessons from the presidential races

• International Ethics and Corruption issues

• Local flavor: historical issues of ethics and corruption as they relate to New Orleans and Louisiana


International, Intergovernmental, and Collaborative Governance

• Sustainable governance in developing and developed nations.

• Emerging models of collaborative governance

• Democracy and social justice across different boundaries

• Current issues in international and comparative public administration


Nonprofit/Nongovernmental/Civil Society Organizations

• The viability of nonprofits and NGOs in poor economic times

• Volunteerism and civic engagement

• Building better Boards—leading by truly leading


Sustainable Cities and Communities

• Engaged citizens and communities

• Collaboration in and communication on green communities

• Implications of natural disasters, and development; Smart Growth

• What does the future hold for sustainable communities?


Asia-Pacific Public Administration

• Trends and developments in Asia-Pacific public administration

• Collaboration across public administration professional organizations (exchanges, collaborations, internships, study abroad, and other initiatives)

• What US scholars and administrators could learn from their colleagues in the Asia-Pacific region

Founders Forum

There is no specific substantive topic that is required for proposals to be part of the Founder’s Forum. Instead, it is part of the conference that features research and discussion on issues that are:

• academically oriented

• theoretically robust

• methodologically vibrant

• historically grounded


Proposals may be submitted under the following option types: (1) Fully Formed Panel, (2) Individual Paper, (3) Ask an Expert Discussion Circle, (4) Poster Session and (5) Best Practices Workshop. If your submission is selected, every effort will be made to place it in the proposal type requested. However, the reviewers, at their discretion, may place it in a more suitable format. If this occurs, you will be notified as to which option it was placed in.


Panel. A maximum of four papers and/or presentations are represented on a panel, which also includes a moderator and an optional discussant. ASPA tries to distribute panels of the sections somewhat equally throughout the time slots. Panels may be selected from pre-determined, fully formed papers and/or presentations, or comprised of four separate papers with common themes, submitted by individuals.

Ask an Expert Discussion Circle. Ask an Expert Discussion Circles provide a unique opportunity where individuals can discuss their topic and related issues in a small group setting. A paper may be prepared but is not required. Although the individual’s research topic and expertise are the focus of Ask an Expert, exchange, questions and participant involvement are encouraged. This format should maximize the opportunity for dialogue among and between practitioners and academics. The submitter (Ask an Expert leader) will plan the 45-minute presentation to ensure that each session reserves at least 25 minutes for discussion and engagement of the discussion circle attendees. The session will then end, and repeat for another 45 minute session, allowing attendees to participate in two ‘Ask an Expert’ sessions within a 90 minute period. Only the primary submitter will be selected to lead/chair each discussion circle.

Poster. A Poster Session advances an author’s paper and research. It usually combines text and graphics to make a visually pleasing presentation. A poster involves showing your work to numerous academics and practitioners at the conference. Attendees have the opportunity to walk through and view the poster presentations throughout the day. Posters are particularly useful as a way to present quantitative research. More than one participant may author a poster but during a selected time period at least one of the primary authors must be in attendance to discuss the poster as needed and answer any questions.

Best Practices Workshop. In these interactive sessions you can hear real world solutions to real issues encountered in the workplace. Unlike panel sessions, these “hands on” workshops are intended to bring the attendees into the discussion and offer practical solutions/suggestions to work situations. Opportunities for exchanging ideas with peers is a major part of the program. These sessions are not strictly lectures. Presenters are required to show/describe in their submission how they will incorporate attendees in the learning process. They will also need to list three (3) measurable leaning objectives identifying what attendees can expect to take with them following the session.

Best Practices Workshops are designed to encourage additional interaction between practitioners and those who teach public administration. Participants can discuss their successes, failures, or seek input from city managers, state executives, and national leaders while obtaining insight from academics who study and work with those issues. These workshops also provide public administration scholars and students the opportunity to network with and learn from those who are “on the front lines.”


In order to encourage broad participation, participants may not present in more than one panel, discussion circle or poster session. In addition to presenting, other forms of allowed participation on a panel are as a moderator, a discussant, or a co-author. The ASPA office may make exceptions to this policy, but this must be approved in advance.

ASPA reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal. Reasons for rejection include, but are not limited to: subject matter not related to the program theme or panel topics, insufficient space on the program, failure to meet professional obligations in prior conferences (e.g., failure to appear for a scheduled slot), failure to pre-register for the conference, and indebtedness to the association.

Efforts will be made to have a diverse mix of presenters.

ALL presenters MUST pay the registration fee prior to presenting at the conference.


The deadline to submit a proposal is 11:59 pm Eastern Time on July 23, 2012. NO late submissions will be accepted or reviewed. All submissions will be made electronically through Abstract Central.

Click here to access the online submission form for Panels, Papers, Ask an Expert Discussion Circles, Posters, and Best Practices Workshops. Please note you will be leaving the ASPA website.


-Contacto: American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)



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