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SECoPA 2022 in Lexington KY

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Community amidst Collaboration, Conflict, and COVID

Recent events – even those only peripherally related to the pandemic – have heightened public awareness of the importance of community in all its forms. As the hallmark of our profession, public administrators rely on technical expertise to identify and address the needs of our communities. No stranger to collaboration or conflict before the Age of COVID, public administrators now face new and more intense challenges in providing public goods and services as we are battered and bolstered by the forces of politics.

Public administration research and practice have consistently emphasized mechanisms of accountability as important tools to combat negative images and document the positive impact of public agencies. We rely on evidence from research and practice to develop and utilize management tools to help eradicate corruption and build trust while meeting public needs. The challenges of the pandemic were exacerbated by a divisive and highly partisan political environment, drawing additional attention to the importance of technical expertise and ethical competence in public service.

The Age of COVID is teaching us many things while raising a myriad of questions, some that are new, some that are variations on a familiar theme. For more than 50 years, practitioners and academics have come together at the Southeast Conference for Public Administration to address the challenges and celebrate the impact of public administrators. For SECoPA 2022, we once again issue the call to academics and practitioners to provide research and reports to assist public administrators at all levels as they build community through the collaborations and conflicts that characterize practice. 

The program committee for the SECoPA meeting in Lexington, Kentucky (September 29 – October 1, 2022) invites participants to offer papers and presentations on all topics of public administration, but particularly encourages proposals dealing with the many ways public administrators across agencies, sectors, and levels of government build and promote community. This could include practices and policies that bolster (or undermine) public trust in government, such as efforts to increase transparency and accountability, improve government and agency branding, and foster communication with the public.

As new information comes available it will be posted here.  If you have questions, please contact the conference chair at Matthew.Howell@EKU.EDU.

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Horses in Kentucky, photo courtesy of VisitLEX

SECOPA 2022 is being held at the beautiful Downtown Hilton across from Triangle Park and Rupp Arena.  From downtown, you have easy access to dozens of restaurants -ranging from high class speakeasies like Carson's, to local landmarks like Dudley's, and coffee shops like Chocolate Holler.  Lexington also offers many attractions, including bourbon distilling at Town Branch, the beautiful scenery of Keeneland Racetrack, and the history of the American Saddlebred Museum at the Kentucky Horse Park.  For more history, food, tours, and attractions, you can see VisitLEX for all your Lexington visiting needs.

The conference has a room block, available through the Hilton, offering both two queen and single king size beds.  The rate is available starting at check in on Thursday, September 29 through checkout on Sunday, October 2.

 

Interested in Sponsoring SECOPA 2022?  See our Sponsor's Packet, and donate securely online.

 

Topic Areas

We welcome proposals for presentations, full panels, and posters related to the conference theme “Community amidst Collaboration, Conflict, and COVID” in one or more of these suggested topic areas:

 

● Pandemic-driven Innovation in Public Service

● Politics-Administration Dichotomy in a Hyper-Polarized Era

● Election Administration

● Racial Equity and Public Service

● Diversity, Inclusion, and LGBTQIA+ Rights

● Health Policy and Management

● Environmental Policy and Management

● Local Government

● State Government and Federalism

● Nonprofit Leadership and Management

● Disasters/Hazards/Emergency Management

● Ethics and Leadership

● Public/Nonprofit Finance and Budgeting

● Public/Nonprofit Human Resource Management

● Global Comparative Public Administration

● Information Technology and Management

● Community Planning, Engagement and Urban Affairs

● Public Safety and Criminal Justice Administration

● Policy, Planning, and Program Evaluation

● Organizational Theory and Behavior

 

Student Awards

Morris W. H. COLLINS Award

https://secopa.org/morris-w-h-collins-award/

Recognizes the most outstanding public administration/policy paper written by a doctoral student enrolled at a school within the SECoPA region during the year leading up to the SECoPA conference (2021-2022). Paper must be solely student-authored. See website for more information on eligibility.

Chair – Dallas Breen (dallas@sig.msstate.edu)

 

Robert L. KLINE Award

https://secopa.org/robert-l-kline-award/

Recognizes the most outstanding public administration/policy paper written by a master's student enrolled at a school within the SECoPA region during the year leading up to the SECoPA conference (2021-2022). Paper must be solely student-authored. See website for more information on eligibility.

Chair – John Topinka (jptpinka@memphis.edu)

As an added bonus, Robert L. Kline spent most of his career at EKU, and we are happy to see his memory live on in this award.

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