From the Executive Director (Jan/Feb 2013)
February 13, 2013 10:27 AM
Welcome to a new year! There are a lot of exciting things happening at APPAM and we’re excited to share them with you. As you’ve already discovered, we spent last summer redesigning the website and are proud of the new APPAM.org. The navigation is improved, the content more topical, and the opportunities for member engagement are numerous. We also hired a brand new Communications Manager, Ben Rome. Ben has busy overseeing the design and populating the site with content on a daily basis. He would love to hear from you! If you have any thoughts on what to feature, suggestions on improvement, or would like to submit content, please drop Ben a note.
The Spring Conference will be Saturday, April 6th in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference is Diversity, Equity & Public Policy. The Conference Committee has put together a day of panels discussing what academic institutions are doing to encourage diversity in their schools and in the field of public policy. We hope that at the end of the Spring Conference, there will be a clear plan, formulated by the various stakeholders taking part in the conference, to help promote and encourage diversity in the field and a true sense of what APPAM can do to implement this plan.
APPAM members can now register for the conference. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and a reception the evening prior. Check the agenda for complete details. We hope to see you at this important event.
The next international conference, Collaboration Among Government, Market, and Society: Forging Partnerships and Encouraging Competition will be held in Shanghai, China on May 26 and 27. This conference generated 225 proposals, the largest number of proposals to date for an international conference. Visit the conference page for more information and a link to registration.
We will begin accepting proposals for the 2013 Fall Research Conference on February 15. The theme of the conference is Power of the Past – Force for the Future and will take place November 7 – 9 at the Washington Marriott. This year’s theme reinforces the Association’s strategic plan and has two primary objectives: promote greater integration across disciplines, methods, topics, and perspectives, and increase the policy relevance of the work of our members. There are several changes we’re instituting this year in an effort to improve the conference. President-elect Angela Evans will be sharing more about these changes in the coming weeks.
The due date for conference proposals is April 8, 2013.
We started featuring the work of our institutional members in our Institutional Member Spotlight. It’s a great way to have the important work your institution is doing featured on APPAM.org. But it doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear from our professional members! Are you doing interesting research that you’d like to highlight on APPAM.org? Let us know! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post a link to your research on the site.
APPAM held Policy Council Elections in December and we welcome the new class of 2016! Congratulations to Colleen Barry, John Hopkins University; David Johnson, U.S. Census Bureau; Robert Kaestner, University of Illinois at Chicago; Mark Long, University of Washington; Laura Peck, Abt Associates; Jodi Sandfort, University of Minnesota; and Lucie Schmidt, Williams College on their election to the Policy Council. We look forward to working with them.
Thanks for reading and for being a member of APPAM.