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2021 Policy Practicum for Emerging Scholars


2021 Policy Practicum for Emerging Scholars 

Registration Session Details Positions in Policy Featured Job of the Week


Join APPAM for a virtual day of policy on Friday, November 12, 2021! Geared toward students and scholars on the job market, experts from academia, industry and government will lead sessions on a variety of relevant topics such as technology, the job application and hiring process, journal submissions and more. With the #2021APPAM Fall Research Conference moved to March 27-29, 2022, APPAM is excited to provide quality content virtually in the meantime. View session descriptions and registration information below.


Registration Information

Attendee Type Rate
Non-Member  $15


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 Zoom links will be posted below the session title in early November. Zoom passwords will be provided to registrants shortly before the live programming.



Session Details:

Friday, November 12

Times listed are in U.S. Eastern time

The following sessions will run concurrently. Both sessions will be recorded.


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Session 1: Measuring and Learning from Policies: Your PhD is a Great Toolkit in the Evaluation Professional World

The field of evaluation has gained independence and relevance as a discipline that benefits from graduate training but also from real-world experience to improve policies and programs. In the context of increasing pressure on the U.S. academic job market, careers in evaluation in the non-academic sector seems to be a path of professional development for PD graduates with interest in policy betterment. In this session, participants will share their insights on the methodological approaches they follow in evaluation work, the type of programs they assess, and what are the main skills policy evaluators require to succeed in these careers.

Moderator: Carlos Echeverria-Estrada, NORC at the University of Chicago


  • Leslie Fierro, International Development Research Centre
  • Gabriel Piña, Child Trends 
  • Agnieszka Rykaczewska, First 5 LA

​Session 2: Post-COVID and New Directions in Public Policy and Administration Research

The Covid-19 pandemic unleashed significant challenges on society, such as disruption of business and educational activities. At the same time, the pandemic brought attention to or amplified several opportunities that were hitherto less known or unknown. Within the academe, for instance, the pandemic highlighted potential public policy and administration research areas. One of such areas is the relationship between science and politics. This emerged from the conflict between politicians and scientists in finding common ground to take steps to address the pandemic. Another area that the pandemic emphasized was social equity, where we observed an imbalanced impact of the scourge on minority groups. While the Covid-19 vaccine is an important step in tackling the pandemic, these areas might continue to engage the attention of scholars in the coming years. This panel seeks to deeply engage the diverse sorts of public policy and administration research areas that are emerging from the pandemic and how young scholars can leverage the opportunities to advance their research.

Moderator: Alex Osei-Kojo, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


  • Ana-Maria Dimand, Boise State University
  • Sean McCandless, University of Illinois, Springfield
  • Cullen Meritt, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Kristin Olofsson, Oklahoma State University


The following sessions will run concurrently. Both sessions will be recorded.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Session 1: Technology and Data Oriented Non-Academic Careers: Data Science and User Experience (UI) and User Interface (UX) Research

Recent pressure on the academic job market, exacerbated by COVID-19 has pushed many PhD graduates in the policy sciences to pursue non-academic employment. This is part of a longer trend of PhD holders seeking non-academic work for greater autonomy, compensation, and other personal benefits. This panel will combine perspectives from recent PhD graduates who have transitioned to non-academic work in the technology and data sector, broadly conceived. The panel will provide insights for both quantitative methodologists, with a focus on data science, and qualitative/ mixed method methodologists, with a focus on user experience (UI)/user interface (UX) research.

Moderator: Philip Gigliotti, DataGen Healthcare Analytics


  • Ryan Collins, Terakeet
  • Adam Ross Nelson, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Momoko Ueda, HirePhD

Session 2: Navigating Bias in the Academies

Higher education plays an important role in creating knowledge and helping individuals advance their careers, but still faces a plethora of issues that disadvantages certain groups.  There are strategies scholars have taken and researched to aid in navigating bias in academia ranging from strategic citation practices and teacher evaluation tools to creating a more collaborative environment. This panel will combine perspectives from academics across different backgrounds and positions about how young scholars can become more aware of this important issue and improve their work environments.

Moderator: Ashlee Frandell, Arizona State University


  • Mary Feeney, Arizona State University
  • Elsie Harper-Anderson, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Angel Molina, Arizona State University
  • Saba Siddiki, Syracuse University


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Market Yourself -- Tips from the Hiring Folks

The following sessions will run concurrently. All three sessions will be recorded.

Back by popular demand, students may choose to join one of three concurrent sessions on tips about how to market yourself. Sessions will take a specific industry point of view. Topics include resumes, job documents, how to find jobs, buzz words to use, negotiating tips, interview techniques and more from industry experts. Although you must choose one live session to join, the others will be recorded and made available after.

Session 1: Federal Government

Moderator: Erika Liliedahl, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President


  • Amanda Coleman, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Health and Human Services
  • Susan Jenkins, Office of Performance and Evaluation, Health and Human Services
  • Mary Clair Turner, Office of Evaluation Sciences, General Services Administration

Session 2: Non-Academic/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)

Moderator: Abdoulaye Ba, Carnegie Mellon University graduate and past APPAM Equity & Inclusion fellow


  • Hannah Betesh, Abt Associates
  • Michael Frye, Fors Marsh Group
  • Todd Grindal, SRI International
  • Albert Liu, Insight Policy Research

Session 3: Academic

Moderator: Lam Pham, North Carolina State University


  • Robert Bifulco, Syracuse University
  • Sarah A. Cordes, Temple University
  • Juliet Musso, University of Southern California 
  • Kosali Simon, Indiana University


2:45 pm – 3:45 pm: Journal Talk

Join a panel with journal editors and learn what they look for in a published piece. Learn what happens behind the scenes after submitting a paper, including who first reviews it, questions to ask your mentors, reasons a paper gets rejected and more insider tips.  Get familiar with how review works, normal timelines to expect and a step-by-step guide of the submission process.

Moderator: Erdal Tekin, American University & Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM)


  • Thomas Buchmueller, University of Michigan & Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Health Economics (AJHE)
  • Stacy Dickert-Conlin, Michigan State University & Editor of the National Tax Journal (NTJ)
  • Catherine Maclean, Temple University & Co-Editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM)

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Happy Hour with the Experts

The happy hour will provide an opportunity for an open forum with policy professionals and to ask your 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). 


  • Anjali Adukia, University of Chicago
  • Josh Goodman, Boston University
  • Kirk Heffelmire, Internal Revenue Service
  • Brittany Keegan, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Perri Leviss, University of Rhode Island
  • John Martinez, MDRC & APPAM President-Elect
  • Diana McCallum, Mathematica
  • Lam Pham, North Carolina State University
  • Stephanie Potochnick, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • Joaquin Rubalcaba, University of North Carolina 
  • David Yokum, The Policy Lab at Brown University



Positions in Policy

APPAM is pleased to host Positions in Policy (PIP) virtually this fall. APPAM will gather job seeker information and resumes throughout the month of October and share a biweekly contact list with interested employers. 

What's so special about this program? PIP has a unique matching style. As a job seeker, your resume will be put directly in front of employers based on specialized criteria from your resume and the company. The employers will post open positions on APPAM’s Career Connections page and can use the job seeker contact list to narrow their candidate search. This opportunity is at the top of the list of APPAM membership benefits. 



Employers will post open positions to Career Connections and use the job seeker contact list to help narrow their search. This list will be updated and shared biweekly throughout the month of October 2021. To post a position, please contact Bethany Clark,

Interview Space: Employers are responsible for scheduling and conducting interviews using their own virtual platforms this fall.

Fee: This is a complimentary service for active APPAM institutional members and $250 for non-institutional members. Please email Bethany Clark,, to add your name to the PIP employer contact list. If you’re not an active APPAM Institutional Member, Bethany will provide an invoice before proceeding. All job listings should be posted on APPAM Career Connections website.

Job Seekers:

Tired of uploading your resume to a website and feeling like it’s being lost in the void? When you participate in PIP, your contact information, areas of interest, and resume will be put directly in front of employers with open positions to give you a leg up amongst other job seekers and resumes floating around the internet. If interested, complete this form by October 29, 2021. APPAM will share updated job seeker contact lists with interested employers throughout the month of October then employers will reach out directly to coordinate virtual interviews.

Fee: This is a complimentary service for active APPAM members. If you’re not an APPAM member and wish to participate, please join now or contact If you’re unable to become a member at this time but want to share your resume, you can upload it to APPAM Career Connections resume bank free-of-charge. However, your contact information will not be included in the biweekly job seeker contact list.

Form: Complete this form by October 29, 2021

Positions in Policy will return at the in-person conference in March 2022 in Austin, Texas. Please stay tuned for more information in early 2022.


Featured Job of the Week

Post your job to APPAM Career Connections for a chance to be featured on the website or social media. 


Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago seeks a visionary translational scholar to lead a large research portfolio in child welfare. We seek to hire an individual who shares our core values and standards for designing and conducting high quality research intended to improve quality of life, well-being, and outcomes for children, youth, and families. As a research center affiliated with the University of Chicago, Chapin Hall seeks to improve the evidence base; inform decision making at the federal, state, and local levels; support the design and testing of interventions; enable faithful implementation and adaptation; and develop innovative means of leveraging administrative data to inform systems change. This is an ideal opportunity for an established scholar and leader. 

The successful applicant will develop, lead, and collaborate with a team of staff to design and conduct translational research that informs systems, policies, programs, and interventions related to child welfare and child well-being. This research leader will have a national reputation, a rigorous portfolio of funded, policy relevant translational research, and a track record of effective mentoring. This leader will maintain a clearly articulated research agenda, a dynamic, funded portfolio and work across teams to generate research that can inform public policy and interventions. They will establish themselves as an organizational leader who attracts collaborators and designs and executes research in partnership with colleagues and state child welfare leaders, pursuing a range of dissemination outlets aimed at diverse stakeholders. Additionally, the Senior Research Fellow/Research Fellow will seek and maintain an active, positive role in contributing to the organizational culture through formal and informal engagements, mentoring, and service. We seek a professional whose deep commitment to equity and social justice is evident in their track record of accomplishment. 

Please submit application materials by December 31, 2021.

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