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ASPA Sections Announce Upcoming Scholarship and Educational Opportunities

The following announcements are provided by ASPA’s sections.

The John A. Rohr Scholarship in Public Administration and Law
The Section on Public Law and Administration is pleased to announce the 2012 competition for the John A. Rohr Scholarship in Public Administration and Law. Rohr’s work contributed to the field of both public administration and political science, leading scholars and practitioners to a greater understanding of how law affects public administration and the responsibilities of public administrators in their jobs as implementers of the Constitution. Each year, the scholarship enables one student to pursue development of practice and research in the field of public administration and law by attending the national conference of the America Society for Public Administration.

The Section of Public Law and Administration seeks to advance recognition of the importance of law and courts in governance. We believe that it is important to encourage active scholarship and discussion in these areas. The John A. Rohr Scholarship must be used to defray travel costs for one student attending the 2012 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The scholarship will include the student’s conference registration fees, electronic membership in ASPA for one year, one year membership in SPLA, and a supplemental grant of money. The total value of this scholarship is $1,000.00. Formal involvement in the conference program is not required, but the student must attend the Section meeting where the scholarship will be presented.

Application: The applicant must be a current student in a graduate program in Public Administration. The candidate should submit a letter of application and one letter of reference. The candidate’s letter of application must (1) describe the candidate’s research interests or practice experiences in the areas of public administration, law and the courts, and (2) describe how attending this conference would aid the personal and professional goals of the candidate, and (3) include contact information (address, phone and e-mail).

The reference letter from the faculty member needs to (1) confirm that the applicant is a current graduate student in the public administration program and (2) address how attending this conference would benefit this student.

The application deadline is February 15, 2012. No e-mail or fax applications will be accepted. Two copies of all materials must be mailed to: Heidi Koenig, Associate Professor, Division of Public Administration, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115

10th Annual SPALR/ROPPA Symposium: Public Employee Rights in a Changing Environment

Friday, March 2, 1:30-4:45pm

Ann Hess Braga, Tom Christensen, Stephen E. Condrey, J. David Cox, John Crum, Rex L. Facer III, Ellen Rubin, Jacque Simon

Jacque Simon, National Public Policy Director for the American Federation of Government Employees will deliver the keynote address for this 10th annual symposium sponsored by the Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations and the Review of Public Personnel Administration. Public employee rights have come under increasing attack at the local, state and federal levels of government. The symposium will explore this phenomenon and suggest paths forward. Responding to Simon’s remarks will be a distinguished panel of scholars and practitioners. Participation by the audience in the discussion is strongly encouraged.

There is no charge for the symposium but you must register prior to attendance.

Sponsored by the Section on Personnel Administration and Labor (SPALR) and the Review of Public Personnel Administration (ROPPA)

Visit ASPA’s website for more information on the Society’s sections.

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