Call for Proposals is OPEN! NASPAA seeks panel proposals for the 2019 NASPAA Annual Conference inLos Angeles, CA October 16-19 at the Millennium Biltmore. All Proposals Due Wednesday, April 17, 2019.Reconstructing Governance for the Next 50 Years
The 2019 NASPAA Conference will be held in Los Angeles, California in October. The 2019 annual conference also marks the beginning of NASPAA’s 50th anniversary year. The 1960s were formative years for democracy and governance. During these tumultuous times, 50 years ago, citizen, civil rights and social movements expected government to promote full employment, eliminate poverty, reduce pollution, end racial and gender inequality, and land mankind on the moon. While 50 years were not enough to accomplish the above, similar problems persist in an environment where citizens have less trust and faith in what elected and career government officials can do for them.
NASPAA responds to this challenge with a call to action: we as educators can and must train students to reconstruct governance for the next half century. NASPAA's President, Palmira N. Ríos says, "In times of disruption and crisis we have the options of retreating into the apparent safety of past practices or moving assertively to transform our practices and build sustainable societies. NASPAA's 2019 conference is an invitation to move our 2018 conversation on disrupted states into a reflection on the crisis of democracy in democratic states and of effective governance in nations of all political structures. We challenge every NASPAA school to venture beyond an academic discussion of liberal democracy and become part of the active construction of sustainable and inclusive governance around the world. More transparent, accountable, and participatory governance is the signature tenet of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16) and the watchword of NASPAA. This is a call to public affairs education to reexamine our fundamental commitment to advance public service values in today's context.” While we want to together reflect on the last 50 years, we also want, more importantly, to imagine the next fifty years of public service education.
SDG16 provides us the building blocks to strengthen public affairs education—training students to achieve accountability, transparency, and participation in their careers as public servants—and this conference will commence construction! Conference tracks will center on innovation in public affairs teaching and learning; the path from diversity to inclusion to power; and the challenge big data creates for the next half century.
SDG16 gives us a framework for training students to assess the effectiveness of their governing institutions and how to advance good governance. Without the necessity of labels or ideology, SDG16 demands that we address corruption because it weakens effective governance—and that we must identify not just transactional bribery but dig down to the sources of vulnerable institutions and strengthen them against corruption. SDG16 invites us to identify effective tools for citizen participation in all nations and to assess the integrity of those instruments. Participation must be real, broad, and legitimate whatever form it takes. We are training the next generation to build a better world through better governance. This conference welcomes panels that delve into how we can train students to assess the effectiveness of their governing institutions and to improve them.
NASPAA seeks proposals in the following three tracks:
Imagining the Next 50 Years of Innovation in Public Affairs Teaching and Learning
From Diversity to Inclusion to Participation to Power, 1970 to 2030
Big Data and Public Affairs Education for the Next 50 Years
REVIEW PROPOSAL & TRACK DETAILS
All proposals must be submitted by the session convener by 11:59 PM ET (Washington, DC) on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The conference selection committee will review all submissions and NASPAA will notify the convener of the final status in June 2019. Submissions are made through our online form. Click here to preview the questions.
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Pre-conference workshops, including the Accreditation Institute, will be Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Panel sessions and keynotes will occur during the main conference on Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18. Local outings planned by the host schools will occur Saturday, Oct. 19.
NASPAA 2019 Hosted by:
University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public PolicyCalifornia State University, Los Angeles, Department of Political ScienceCalifornia State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), Department of Public Administration University of La Verne, College of Business & Public ManagementPepperdine University, School of Public Policy The Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School (RAND) University of California Los Angles (UCLA), Luskin School of Public Affairs California State University, Fullerton, Division of Politics, Administration, and Justice