Below are the two candidates running for Chair of the APPAM Institutional Representatives seat on the APPAM Policy Council. The chair will serve until April 2025 and is responsible for representing the interests of all institutional representative members on the APPAM Policy Council. The chair also serves on the APPAM Executive Committee.
All institutional members are encouraged to vote for their choice for chair by Friday, April 21. Each institutional member receives one vote. The winner will be announced in early May.
Questions? Email Tara Sheehan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Long, University of California, Riverside
Dear APPAM colleagues. Greetings!
I would be more than happy to serve as your Chair of the Committee of Institutional Representatives. To this position, I would bring more than two decades of experience in service of APPAM. From 2017-21, I served as the University of Washington's APPAM Institutional Representative. I was elected to and served on APPAM's Policy Council (2013-16) and as Vice President (2015-16). From 2008-17, I served JPAM as a Managing Editor and Co-Editor and have been on JPAM’s Editorial Board in the following years. (I have read and made publication recommendations on hundreds of JPAM submissions – decent chance I suggested a desk rejection on your colleague’s paper (or yours) – I am genuinely sorry!).
I have served on numerous APPAM committees including the Raymond Vernon Memorial Award Selection Committee (Chair); Meetings and Conferences Committee (Chair); Membership Committee (Chair); Publications Committee; Dissertation Awards Committee; and Fall Conference Program Committee (including Chair of Methods and Empirical Design). As an MPP student at the University of Michigan, I attended my first APPAM conference in the fall of 1995 and I have attended and presented papers at nearly every APPAM conference since 2001. I was honored to receive APPAM's 2002 Best Ph.D. Dissertation in Public Policy and Management award.
Now as Dean of the School of Public Policy at UC-Riverside, I understand the importance of our member institutions having a voice in the management of the Association. During my earlier stint on APPAM’s Policy Council, I urged growth in the association and particularly growth in the fall conference to give more opportunities for faculty and graduate students in our institutions to present, convene, and collaborate. I additionally urged growth in our outreach to international institutions of public policy. If elected to this position as Institutional Reps chair, I will continue this mission to broaden access to our Association. Finally, as chair, I will seek to foster assistance to our member institutions as institutions. That is, to harness APPAM’s collective wisdom to aid in the development of our institutions and the field of public policy and management.
Shazia Miller, Mathematica
I would be honored to serve as the Institutional Representatives Chair. I have been a member of the Committee of Institutional Representatives since 2021 and the Policy Council since 2022, working with these teams to address issues around such things as expanding our engagement with undergraduates, complimenting the PhD fair with an employment fair, and our biennial data collection on PhD programs and non-academic employers. I strongly believe in the wisdom that comes from an open and rigorous discussion of ideas, which is a hallmark of the APPAM community. As the Institutional Representatives Chair, I would support our continued productive discussions and the overall work of the committee. I would also deepen my engagement with APPAM leadership through the Policy Council and Executive Committee, where I would do my best to represent the Institutional members’ viewpoints and guide APPAM to continued excellence.