ALABAMA ASPA Chapter
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Auburn, AL 36849
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CONFERENCE THEME AND TRACKS
REIMAGINING PUBLIC SERVICE IN THE AGE OF INNOVATION

 

Complementing the conference theme, we welcome submissions for paper proposals or professional presentations addressing cutting-edge issues and innovative ideas of scholarship and practice in public administration within the following tracks:

 

  • Local Government

  • State Government and Federalism

  • Nonprofit Leadership and Management

  • Disasters/Hazards/Emergency Management

  • Environmental Policy and Management

  • Ethics and Leadership

  • Finance and Budgeting

  • Health Policy and Management

  • Human Resource Management

  • International and Global Comparative Administration

  • Information Technology and Management

  • Community Planning, Engagement and Urban Affairs

  • Policy, Planning, and Program Evaluation

  • Organizational Theory and Behavior

  • Social Welfare Policy

  • Criminal Justice Administration

  • Diversity, Inclusion, and LGBTQIA Rights

  • Election Administration

  • Other (as specified by the proposer) 

PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS

 

Click on the "Submit a Proposal" button to submit your paper proposal. This will take you to a Qualtrics submission survey. After entering your contact information, you will be asked to select from the following proposal types:

 

  1. Individual academic paper

  2. Full academic paper panel (3-5 papers, plus an optional discussant)

  3. Individual practitioner professional presentation (without a formal paper)

  4. Full practitioner panel (four presentations with or without papers)

 

Academic Papers. For those interested in submitting an academic paper, you will be asked to provide your contact information and institutional affiliation, the paper title, and a 250-500 word abstract that includes the research question, a summary of the theory, data, method, preliminary findings, and the importance or implications of the work. You will also select the appropriate primary and secondary tracks for the paper from the above-bulleted list. 

 

Academic Panels. For those interested in submitting a proposal for an academic panel (3-5 presentations), you will be asked to submit the proposed panel title, a summary of the research that the panel will address, titles and abstracts (250-500 words) of each paper, the names, affiliations, and contact information of participants, including the moderator and presenters/coauthors, and the primary and secondary program tracks you believe your panel best fits. You will also be able to provide information for a discussant if you have one.

 

Practitioner Presentations. For practitioners submitting a professional presentation, you will be asked to submit the proposed presentation title, a description of the presentation and its intended learning outcomes (250-500 words), your institutional affiliation and contact information, the estimated time of presentation, and the primary and secondary tracks that your presentation best fits. (Typical presentations last 10 to 20 minutes).

 

Practitioner Panels. For practitioners interested in submitting a proposal for a panel consisting of four (4) practitioner presentations, you will be asked to provide the proposed panel title, a description of the panel and its intended learning outcomes (250-500 words), the names, affiliations, and contact information of participants, including the panel convener, and the primary and secondary program tracks the panel best fits. You will also be asked to provide the estimated length of the panel. (Typical presentations last 10 to 20 minutes. A typical panel consists of multiple presentations over the course of 60 to 90 minutes). ​

STUDENT BEST PAPER AWARDS

The prestigious Robert L. Kline Award (for master's students) and the Morris W.H. Collins Award (for doctoral students) for best papers will be presented to students presenting original research at the conference. To be considered for an award, students should submit abstracts for their papers through the conference's online submissions system and to the Chair of the appropriate award committee:

  • Kline Award Committee Chair (master's students): Dr. John Topinka, The University of Memphis 

  • Collins Award Committee Chair (doctoral students): Dr. Eddie French, Mississippi State University

  • For more information regarding Awards Criteria and Descriptions, please see the "Awards" section of the SECoPA website:

    • Kline Award Guidelines (link)

    • Collins Award Guidelines (link)

IMPORTANT PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DATES

  • Proposal submission system opens: March 1, 2018

  • Deadline for submission of proposals: May 15, 2018

  • Approval notification: June 30, 2018 

QUESTIONS?

  • For questions about the submission process and proposal topics, please contact program co-chairs Dr. Sukumar Ganapati (ganapati@fiu.edu) and/or Dr. Erin Borry (borry@uab.edu)

  • For special topics, workshops, or program opportunities, please contact Conference Coordinator, Dr. Kathleen Hale halekat@auburn.edu

  • For questions about conference sponsorship opportunities, please contact conference treasurer Brandon Blankenship (SECoPA2018@gmail.com) or conference chair Dr. Akhlaque Haque (ahaque@uab.edu)

  • For general questions about the conference, please contact conference chair Dr. Akhlaque Haque (ahaque@uab.edu)