You are invited to submit a proposal for the inaugural convening of the Midwest Public Affairs Conference (MPAC), an ASPA-affiliated event hosted by the Department of Public Policy at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne on March 27-29, 2014.

Conference theme: Does management still matter? Questions to be considered include: In an age of political polarization and austerity-driven divestment in government, how can we effectively manage public organizations? Given increasingly ideological policy prescriptions that fundamentally redefine the role between citizens and their government, have public managers been relegated to mere implementation? How can public managers lead when they are preoccupied with responding to increasingly unpredictable contingencies? Will Congressional brinksmanship undo state and local governance as we know it?

We encourage proposals that address these questions, but need not address the conference theme. Opportunities include individual presentations, roundtables, workshops and panels on all topics in public affairs, and we encourage participation from doctoral students, faculty, and practitioners. Our reviewers will accept proposals that entail research in progress, though they should have enough content to facilitate participant discussion.

Relevant papers may also be asked to submit to a symposium by the conference’s affiliated publication, Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs. More details on this and other opportunities will be available from the conference website,

Registration fees are $95 for academics and practitioners, and $45 for students. The standard deadline is March 1, 2014. Late registration begins March 2, and fees will increase to $120 for academics and practitioners, $60 for students. Late registration will close on March 20th. The fee includes breakfast, lunch and receptions during the conference. The official hotel is on campus, the Holiday Inn – IPFW & Coliseum, with a rate of $90 a night.

We welcome proposals from academics, practitioners and students on the following topics:

Public administration, management and policy
Finance and budgeting
Nonprofit affairs
Urban planning
State and local government administration
Emergency management
Transportation and infrastructure
Environmental affairs
Technology and eGovernment
Community organizing
Public affairs education
Criminal Justice and Corrections
Comparative administration and policy
Organizational Behavior
Public and nonprofit sector ethics
Administrative theory
Federal management
International relations
Relevant themes in political science

Additionally, please indicate your interest in participating or hosting a number of workshops that are in development:

Academic publishing seminar
Doctoral student roundtable
Undergraduate research symposium
Job candidate interviews
Graduate student poster session
Innovative strategies for teaching public affairs
Or propose your own!

To submit a proposal, please send the following to name, title, institutional affiliation and e-mail address for each presenter. Abstracts, not to exceed 250 words, should be attached in Microsoft Word format. If you would like to serve as a session chair, please indicate so in your message. The proposal deadline has now passed, though you may register as a non-presenting attendee. For more information, contact: Stephen Kleinschmit, Ph.D., 2014 MPAC Conference Chair at:


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