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.
The conference program committee is pleased to invite proposals to the conference from academics, practitioners and students. The proposals should be related to the conference theme and sub-themes 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
In addition to individual paper proposals, the committee encourages the submission of complete panels consisting of no more than four papers. Panel submissions should bring together complementary papers that address similar research questions or topics. Panel proposals should provide information on the panel's overall theme and indicate how each of the proposed papers connects to the panel's theme.
Proposals from individuals at all stages of their careers are welcome. Proposals by graduate students are particularly encouraged. The deadline for submission of proposals is November 16, 2020. The conference program committee will evaluate proposals, and proposers will be notified of the committee's decisions via email. Email your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals should include the following information:
• Proposal Title
• Abstract (200 – 350 words)
• Presenter(s') name, institutional affiliation, address, email address and contact number
The conference program committee will review proposals submitted before the deadline, especially proposals from interested parties from overseas who might need to go through a visa application process to enable participation at the conference. Thus, potential international conference participants are encouraged to submit their proposals early.
Conference participants are encouraged to submit their completed conference papers by January 30, 2021. The submitted papers will eventually be available on the conference’s website. The lengths of papers should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words, including references and endnotes. Papers should be sent electronically to email@example.com. Authors should use the most recent edition of the American Psychological Association style guidelines (http://www.apastyle.org/) when they format their papers. Papers should be submitted as a PDF or Microsoft Word document.
The conference planning committee will evaluate full paper submissions and make the necessary determination.
• 1st Place-$1,500
• 2nd Place- $1,000
• 3rd Place-$500
An additional $500 will be awarded to the best paper from an undergraduate student. All papers will be judged on clarity, coherence, organization, and relevance to the conference theme.
Participants may submit their revised papers after the conference for possible publication in Special Symposium editions of the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy or the International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior. All papers submitted for the journals will be peer-reviewed.
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