2014 Spring Conference Agenda


Teaching Policy Analysis and Management in Today’s Classroom

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management held a one-day conference on teaching policy analysis on Saturday, April 12 in Washington, D.C. at the University Club, 1135 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Several sessions were recorded for YouTube and the two plenary webcasts are archived.

Saturday, April 12

8:30 - 9:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 - 9:05 am


Angela Evans, APPAM President and  Paul Decker, APPAM Immediate Past President

9:05 - 10:20 am

Opening Plenary

What Competencies and Qualities Do Employers Seek in MPA and MPP Graduates?
Moderated by Douglas Besharov, University of Maryland
Participants: Barbara Devaney, Mathematica Policy Research; Demetra Nightingale, U.S. Department of Labor; David Romans, Maryland Department of Management and Budget; and Charles Short, Office of the County Executive, Montgomery County, Maryland

10:30 am - noon

Concurrent Sessions


Capstone Courses: Mastering the Links Between Classroom and Client
University Hall D

Moderated by Juliet Musso, University of Southern California
Participants: David Eaton and Angela Evans, University of Texas at Austin; Erica Foldy, New York University; and Dora Kingsley Vertenten, University of Southern California

Read Becky Kelleman's summary of the session.


Policy Analysis at the Undergraduate Level
University Hall B

Chair: Sarah Stafford, College of William and Mary

  • Learning By Doing: Developing an Undergraduate Policy Analysis Course, Andrea Sarzynski (presenter) and Jonathan Justice, University of Delaware [Slideshow]
  • Policy Analysis Projects for Undergraduates (from Journal of Public Affairs Education 19, no. 3 (Summer 2013): 389-403) presented by Lawrence Mead, New York University [Slideshow]
  • Preparing Tomorrow's Public Servants at the Undergraduate Level: The Creation of a NEw Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Public Policy Major at the University of Redlands, presented by Greg Thorson, University of Redlands
  • Teaching Public Policy in the  Urban Comprehensive College, presented by Marco Castillo, New York City College of Technology - City University of New York




Preparing for the Era of Big Data
University Hall C

Chair: Kenneth Couch, University of Connecticut

  • Are We Ready for the Era of Big Data? Issues and Challenges in Big Data Management in the Public Sector, presented by Minyoung Ku, State University of New York, Albany [Slideshow]
  • "Big Data" Need Bigger Theory and Methods, presented by Trevor Self, International Monetary Fund (IMF) [Slideshow]
  • Effective Teaching of Research and Analysis for Public Policy and Management: Big Data, Diversity in Quantitative Backgrounds and Active Learning, presented by Dahlia Remler, Baruch College, City University of New York [Slideshow]
  • Innovative Methods for Text Mining and Document Classification: Big Data Analysis for Science Policy, presented by Evgeny Klochikhin, American Institutes for Research


Strategies for Teaching Policy Analysis
University Hall A

Chair: Cynthia Cors, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Bi-Directional Public Policy Teaching: Optimizing Aims of Teacher and Taught, David John Farmer (presenter), Richard Huff, and C.S. Cors, Virginia Commonwealth University [Slideshow]
  • Integrating Law into a Public Policy Curriculum, presented by Neenah Estrella-Luna, Northeastern University
  • Teaching Students to be Integrative Across Substantive, Procedural, and Critical Modes of Policy Analysis, presented by Paul Hirsch, State University of New York
  • The Pedagogy of Teaching Policy Analysis: Suggested Strategies for Faculty, presented by Charlesa Hann, Wingate University

Noon - 1:45 pm

Lunch and Plenary

What Else Do MPP and MPA Graduates Need to Learn? (Starts at 12:30 pm)
Moderated by David Birdsell, Baruch College
Participants: Judith Feder, Georgetown University; Andrew Light, U.S. Department of State and George Mason University; Samuel L. Meyers, University of Minnesota; and Trevor Self, International Monetary Fund

Concurrent Sessions


Building Catalytic Skills: Leadership to Support Policy Innovation
University Hall B

Moderated by Angela Evans, University of Texas at Austin
Participants: Sousan Arafeh, Southern Connecticut State University; Heather Getha-Taylor, University of Kansas; R. Fosler, University of Maryland; Jenny Knowles-Morrison, University of Texas at Austin; and Catherine Gerard, Syracuse University


Connecting Students Through Technology
University Hall A

Chair: Angelina Delgado, Baruch College

  • Are Clickers Appropriate for Graduate Students of Public Policy? The Results of an RCT, Sean Tanner (presenter) and Dan Thompson, University of California, Berkeley
  • Community of Learning for Africa (CoLA) – Connecting Young Researchers from Africa and Europe, Martin Rehm (presenter), University Duisburg-Essen; Mindel van de Laar, University of Maastricht
  • Using Learning Analytics to Identify at-Risk Students of an Online Masters of Public Administration Program, Jay Bainbridge (presenter), James Melitski, Anne Zahradnik, Eitel Lauria, Josh Baron, and Sandeep Jayaprakash, Marist College

Read Becky Kelleman's summary of the panel.




Using Multimedia Learning Objects to Enhance Public Affairs Education
University Hall C

Moderated by Michael Shires, Pepperdine University
Participants: Beth Cate, Indiana University; Leah Lundquist, University of Minnesota; Jasmine McGinnis-Johnson, George Washington University; and Jodi Sandfort, University of Minnesota

3:30 - 4:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions


Innovative Classroom Techniques
University Hall B

  • Teaching Policy Analysis through the Movies, Andrew Pennock (presenter) and Valerie Cooley, Brown University
  • Teaching Policy through Simulation, presented by Michael Hunzeker, Princeton University
  • Using Agile Methods for Course Management and Delivery, presented by James Howard, University of Baltimore


Re-examining the Policy Analysis Method
University Hall A

Moderated by Iris Geva-May, Baruch College
Participants: David Birdsell, Baruch College; Michael O'Hare, University of California, Berkley; and John Hird, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Read Becky Kelleman's summary of the roundtable discussion.




Teaching Data Competency
University Hall C

Chair: William Powers, University of Maryland

  • A Program for Teaching Computational Analysis and Public Policy, presented by Robert Goerge, University of Chicago [Slideshow]
  • Teaching Data Competency, David Andersen, State University of New York, Albany; Anand Desai (presenter), The Ohio State University
  • The Data Competencies Public Policy Students Need to Know: A Case Study, Cynthia Osborne (presenter) and Laura Bellows, University of Texas at Austin [Slideshow]


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