Conferences and Events



#2021APPAM Fall Research Conference Activities


We're excited to announce and highlight some #2021APPAM conference activities! These events are mostly taking place in-person from November 11-13 in Austin, Texas with very limited virtual opportunities.

Check out the activities and events below. If you have any questions, please email Samantha Oliver Thomason at

Pre-Conference Workshops Daily Wellness Sessions APPAM Communities Positions in Policy Special Events Student Resources


Pre-Conference Workshops

The workshops take place on Wednesday, November 10, just prior to the start of the Fall Research Conference. The topic is selected through an RFP process and will be decided in late summer 2021. 

Daily Wellness Sessions

Each morning of the conference, attendees will be invited to join their peers in an organized workout before the day's sessions kick off. Thursday morning participants will take part in a 3-mile fun run near the hotel, Friday's participants enjoy a H.I.I.T workout led by a local gym, and Saturday's participants refresh with a flow yoga class. 

More details on these sessions will be availalable in late summer 2021.

APPAM Communities

APPAM Communities provides opportunities for any group of people to meet at the Fall Research Conference to talk about the topics that are most important to them. This initiative builds on suggestions made by APPAM’s Diversity Committee, and other requests for additional networking opportunities. These communities will be meeting in 45 minute increments from November 11-13. Check back for more information on specific communities or submit a proposal for your own by August 13.


Positions in Policy

APPAM is pleased to announce the APPAM Positions in Policy (PIP) program. The program connects job seekers who plan on attending the Fall Conference with organizations who will be conducting interviews and potentially hiring at the conference. The employers will contact job candidates directly to set up onsite interviews at the conference for open positions. Those positions may be for a variety of job functions, both academic and non-academic, to appeal to job seekers at all levels including students, postdocs, and early- and mid-career professionals. When available, the positions being interviewed at the conference will be noted on our Job Board - APPAM Career Connections. 

As a complimentary service to all APPAM institutional members and $250 for non-institutional members, simply send us your open positions and we will include them on our job board. We can post both positions that will be interviewed for at the conference and those that will have a separate interview process. To post a position, please contact Bethany Clark, who will provide the steps necessary for participating in the program.

APPAM will also provide complimentary, private space for PIP participants to host interviews. There will be four interview rooms at the conference that may be reserved in one-hour increments throughout the conference days. Once you reserve the space, you have access to the room for the entire time on the date of your reservation. At the conclusion of the reservation times, the room will be refreshed for use by the next organization. Each organization may reserve up to three time slots. To reserve space, please contact Bethany Clark, bclark@appam.orgNote, you must have a position listed on the APPAM Job Board, Career Connections, to reserve interview space.

For more information, please visit our Employer FAQ page.

Job Seekers:

If you're attending the 2021 APPAM Fall Research Conference in-person and you're on the job market, this is the program for you.  During registration, attendees will have the opportuntity to express interest in this program.  Within one week of registering for the conference, an APPAM staff member will reach out to have you complete a questionnaire pertaining to your job search preferences.  All job seekers who complete tihs form will be included in a candidate listing provided directly to the hiring organizations participating in PIP.  

You'll also be able to post your resume to APPAM's Career Connections and browse jobs posted by participating organizations.  All jobs with "PIP Posting" in the title will hold interviews at the conference.  Employers will reach out directly to you to coordinate the interview process.

Aside from the registration fee, there is no cost to participating in this program.

For more information, please visit our Job Seeker FAQ Page.



Special Events

For more details on the events and the full conference schedule, please view our Online Program.


Thursday, November 11

Welcome Reception with Posters
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Mentor Meet-up (invite only)
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Meet Up (invite only)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Friday, November 12

Membership Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Institutional Representative Meeting
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Equity & Inclusion Lunch (Invite only)
Noon - 1:30 p.m.

PhD Program Fair

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Presidential Happy Hour
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Presidential Address
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Student Mixer
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Saturday, November 13

Poster Luncheon
Noon - 1:30 p.m.


Student Resources

All Student Resources activities will be held in the Student Hub located in Room 201 in the JW Marriott Austin unless noted otherwise.  When the Hub isn't being used for the sessions below, it will be open for all students to network, charge devices, or catch up on emails.

Thursday, November 11

Measuring and Learning from Policies: Your PhD is a Great Toolkit in the Evaluation Professional World
10:15 am - 11:45 am

Equity & Inclusion Session: Equitable Development in Communities of Color: Exploring the Challenges and Benefits of Centering Community Voice(s)
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm


Friday, November 12

Post Covid and New Directions in Public Policy and Administration Research
10:15 am - 11:45 am

Equity & Inclusion Session: Conducting Research with a Social Equity Lens: A Conversation with APPAM’s Equity and Inclusion Fellows
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Student Mixer
JW Marriott Austin - Lone Star A
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Saturday, November 13

Equity & Inclusion Session: Where Do We Go from Here?: An Important Discussion on Education and Race
8:30 am - 10:00 am

Technology and Data Oriented Non-Academic Careers: Data Science and UI/UX Research
10:15 am - 11:45 am