Each month, ASPA offers its members free online learning opportunities including professional development, our Student Series webinars and BookTalks. Practitioners and academics alike can take part in these webinars, covering a range of subjects of interest to public administrators. Below are opportunities currently scheduled to take place this December. Visit the ASPA website for more information about webinars, BookTalks or the Student Series, and to register now for the webinars of your choice!


ASPA webinars are free to members; non-members pay $75 per webinar.


This month webinar are the following:


Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Tuesday, Jan. 16 | 1 p.m. ET



Charles Coe, North Carolina State University

Bruce McDonald, Moderator, North Carolina State University

Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations approaches public management learning in a unique way, examining more than 100 high profile and little known administrative failure and success stories to explore how failures happen, how they can be prevented and how to replicate successes in other jurisdictions. Case studies include WikiLeaks, the Boston Marathon bombing, "Bridgegate" and the bankruptcy of Detroit. This book explores both traditional public administration functions (performance management, financial management, human resource management, procurement management, policymaking, capital management and information technology management) and organizational concepts (organizational structure and organizational culture) as the stories ground and give meaning to the book's review of principles and best practices.


Local Accountability in the Age of Pre-Emption

In Partnership with the Center for Accountability and Performance

Sponsored by the National League of Cities

Wednesday, Jan. 17 | 1 p.m. ET



Nestor DavidsonFordham University School of Law
Kim HaddowHaddow Communications
Antoinette SamuelNational League of Cities and CAP Board Representative
David SwindellArizona State University
Brooks RainwaterModerator, Center for City Solutions, National League of Cities


In partnership with ASPA's Center for Accountability and Performance, this National League of Cities-sponsored webinar will explore the far-reaching and unprecedented effects of punitive bills that limit the power and autonomy of local governments. Last year, state legislatures introduced—and will again this year—a significant number of pre-emption bills designed to stop local action and authority across a broad range of issues. What does this mean for local government performance? Do these restrictions affect service accountability, and how do they impact citizens' expectations? This webinar will explore the cause and effect of pre-emption on local authority and good governance. 


Cultivating Connections: Faculty-Student Engagement in Research

Thursday, Jan. 18 | 1 p.m. ET



Nicole Rishel EliasJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice
Peter FedermanUniversity of Kansas

MPA students: Do you want to engage with faculty outside of the classroom? Have you thought about attending conferences and publishing your work? Are you interested in improving your communication, research and networking skills? This webinar will help you learn how to build relationships with faculty and create opportunities to assist with cutting-edge research. While the focus of this webinar is on the value of research to MPA students, Ph.D. students may benefit from learning more about collaborating with faculty and peers to work on projects of mutual interest outside of established assistantships.


Groundbreaking work by Christina Mancini

Tuesday, Jan. 23 | 1 p.m. ET



Christina Mancini, Virginia Commonwealth University

"Vulgar" acts of violence have become a growth industry, with several laws being enacted nationally to respond to these offenses. Perhaps reflecting an increased interest in preventing violence, a growing body of literature has been devoted toward understanding the nature and extent of statutory crimes, their causes and public and policy responses to offending. Yet, relatively few scholarly texts that summarize and review this large knowledge base currently exist. This gap is particularly striking given that contemporary discussions about offenders frequently rely on myths about such crimes. In turn, scholars claim that current policy responses resting on these misperceptions are not likely to be effective in preventing offenses. Mancini's text seeks to fill this void by examining three critical dimensions of this scholarship.

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