The Fall Conferences
Professors in the Department of Government do not only teach their classes. Research and service are also an important part of the job. Through research academics hone their knowledge of their subjects, improving their teaching and advancing the collected understanding of the world. They also share this information with their colleagues so new information and ideas can spread across the country and the world. For that reason, the Department of Government sends its faculty to conference around the United States every semester.
Most recently, the MPA faculty sent members to the 2015 South East Conference for Public Administration (SECOPA) and the 2015 Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) conference. Both are important conferences for public administration regionally and nationally.
SECOPA was hosted by the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC from September 30 to October 3. Despite the risk of a hurricane sweeping the conference, the faculty presented their research on topics ranging from local government official networking (Matthew Howell), the implementation of official languages in Canada (Glenn and Jane Rainey), law enforcement and racial minorities (Randall Swain), and local government response to the 2008 recession (Darrin Wilson). SECOPA is also a time for the faculty to meet up with, and discuss trends in the field with, former colleagues and students who have moved on to other schools. Finally, they were able to hear from various keynote speakers on issues near and dear to EKU –economic development of local communities and extension of high speed internet and cell phone coverage to poor regions of the United States.
Dr. LeAnn Beaty and Dr. Wilson also attended the NASPAA conference October 14-16 in Brooklyn, NY. NASPAA focuses on how schools of public administration work, and so Dr. Beaty was part of a panel on faculty workload recommendations for accredited NASPAA programs and Dr. Wilson was part of a panel discussing the balance of teaching, research, and service that works best for public administration programs. They also returned with ideas about how to further develop the EKU Master of Public Administration degree in the future.
Published on October 30, 2015