The complexities of the 21st century, including the embedded uncertainties, place great responsibility on public administrators to be innovative when addressing concerns of the varied segments of the population. The emergent and convoluted nature of public sector problems/challenges call for new governance arrangements that encourage cross-sector collaboration in decision making and implementation as conduits to constructive and sustainable solutions for the realization of societal benefits. Public administrators at the local, state, national/federal levels remain critical to fulfilling the constitutional mandate of effective service to the people. The goal is to ensure adequate representation and participation of citizens in deliberative governance arrangements to promote administration in the public interest. The call to uphold public service values and principles such as social equity, accountability and performance, ethics, and integrity, as well as precepts in the constitution and the law, public interest, democratic participation, professional excellence, responsiveness, efficiency, empowerment, adequate and representative leadership, among other constructions espoused by ASPA, are even more urgent in these contemporary times. Admittedly, governance and administrative challenges present opportunities for innovative solutions by scholars, practitioners, and policymakers in ways that would promote the judicious utilization of human and material resources in service to the people.
The COMPA 2021 conference theme of "Governance, Collaboration, and Public Service Innovation in an Era of Uncertainty" thereby serves as a clarion call to all concerned public service leaders, scholars, administrators, nonprofit leaders, and community advocates/stakeholders to demonstrate their resolve for constructive and equitable actions for the greater good. The conference program committee thereby welcomes research and praxis from different backgrounds and methodological orientations, current updates to traditional models and frameworks, and other relevant emergent perspectives on all issues pertinent to public service. Proposals should be related to the conference theme and sub-themes as noted below:
Track 1: Social Equity and Justice (diversity, inclusion, LGBTQIA)
Track 2: Urban Planning/Development, Governance & Infrastructure (issues, challenges &
Track 3: Disparities (Healthcare, Housing, Education, Employment)
Track 4: Public Policy and Management
Track 5: Public Budgeting, Finance, and Procurement
Track 6: Citizen Participation, Engagement & Empowerment
Track 7: Law and Criminal Justice
Track 8: Nonprofits Management & Leadership
Track 9: Education & Higher Education Administration
Track 10: Emergency and Crisis Management (Disasters, Pandemic & Healthcare Planning)
Track 11: Local Government, Leadership, and Ethics
Track 12: Big Data, Emerging Technology, and Artificial Intelligence
Track 13: Pan Africanism, Diaspora Affairs, and Internationalism/Comparative Public
Track 14: Global Health, Systems, and Policy
Track 15: Business and Economic Development
Track 16: Career Services, Professional Development for Students & Young Professionals
The COMPA 2021 conference theme of "Governance, Collaboration, and Public Service Innovation in an Era of Uncertainty" thereby serves as a clarion call to all concerned public service leaders, scholars, administrators, nonprofit leaders, and community advocates/stakeholders to demonstrate their resolve for constructive and equitable actions for the greater good
Early Bird Registration for current COMPA members. Deadline is January 15, 2021.
Early Bird Registration for NON-COMPA members. Deadline is January 15, 2021.
Registration for current COMPA members AFTER January 15, 2021.
Registration for NON-COMPA members AFTER January 15, 2021.
Registration for students