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APPAM Introduces 2021 Virtual Professional Development Series


In summer 2021, APPAM brought back a second year of the Professional Development Webinar Series, after the success of the 2020 program. Check out the webinars below that cover diverse, relevant public policy topics by experts. 


Ask the Experts

All members will have the opportunity to register for this final meeting. The session set in a speed dating manner, will provide an opportunity for small groups (three to four individuals) to interact with a single policy professional at a time and ask their most pressing questions. Experts will rotate through various breakout rooms so that participants can hear from several experts from different types of organizational backgrounds (academics, practitioners, and government employees). 



  • Gregory Acs, Urban Institute
  • Theresa Anderson, Urban Institute
  • Jason Coupet, North Carolina State University
  • Thomas DeLeire, Georgetown University
  • Leslie Hodges, USDA
  • Margaret Jones, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Brian Kirchhoff, NORC at University of Chicago 
  • Kata Mihaly, RAND Corporation
  • Eric Welch, Arizona State University


*No video available due to the format of the webinar*


Career Fluidity 

Subject: Non-Linear Career Paths

This session, based off suggestions from Policy Council, focuses on navigating between academic and non-academic jobs. Particularly focusing on the concern that it is hard to get into academia if you have left.


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Ashlee Frandell, 

Arizona State University



Javier Rodriguez,

Claremont Graduate University

Michelle Ver Ploeg,

Federal Housing Finance Agency

Ron Zimmer,

University of Kentucky






Putting Your Best Foot Forward 
Subject: Fellowship and Grant Application Assistance

Assistance with preparing fellowship or grant applications, budget, proposal, meeting requirements, and managing deadlines.

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Carlos Echeverria-Estrada

Claremont Graduate University


Stephen Coulthart

SUNY Albany

Elizabeth Koebele

University of Nevada, Reno


NORC at the University of Chicago



Is a PhD For Me? 
Subject: Applying to a PhD Program
This session provides advice from a PhD program director as well as PhD candidates/recent graduates. Participants discuss their experience helping students with deciding if and where to apply, what to highlight, interview techniques and more!

Moderator: Rajeev Darolia, University of Kentucky

  • Sarah Charnes, University of Washington
  • Tina Fletcher University of Pennsylvania
  • Bonnie Keeler, University of Minnesota


Landing your Next Gig 
Subject: Navigating the Current Job Market
This session will address navigating the current job market in the midst of a pandemic. The session aims to assist recent graduates, students nearing graduation, and those affected by COVID with job search techniques. Individual speakers will be members that have navigated the job market during the Covid-19 pandemic or similar job market in 2009.

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Philip Gigliotti

SUNY, University of Albany


Jenifer Cole

State of Wisconsin Department
of Workforce Development

Regina Gray

U.S. Department
of Housing
and Urban Development

Benjamin Kreider

Manhattan Strategy Group





Marketing Yourself: Advice From Those Who Know 

In this session, academic, practitioner, and government professionals cover what they look for during the hiring process. Topics cover resume writing, job document review, and interview techniques.



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