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Springer Wins 2011 PA TIMES Best Article Award

To read Springer’s winning article, click the link in the Related Articles box below this piece.

Washington, DC–The PA TIMES is pleased to announce that Christine Gibbs Springer has won the 2011 H. George Frederickson PA TIMES Best Article Award for her January 2011 online article titled “Unleashing Innovation in Public Agencies.” Springer is director of the executive master of science in crisis and emergency management (ECEM) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), School of Environmental and Public Affairs, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, as well as a consultant with Red Tape Limited in Las Vegas and a former national president of ASPA.

Members of the selection committee noted that out of the dozen articles that constituted their short list for consideration for the 2011 award, compiled based on rankings by the full PA TIMES editorial board, three were by Springer. (The other two were “Management of the New Demographics in the Workplace” in the August/September print issue and “Strategic Execution of Change” in the March/April print issue.)

When informed of her win, Springer stated, “This is a great honor for me due to the previous award recipients and the challenge it has been over the years to write a substantive, thought provoking, cutting edge column for academics and practitioners that is short compared to journal articles. I greatly enjoy writing the articles but it takes alot of thought, reflection and analysis of current issues that need to be addressed.”

The award will be presented on Tuesday, March 6, at 11:30am during the 2012 Awards Ceremony at ASPA’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Created in 2002, the PA TIMES Best Article Award is presented annually. In 2009, the award was renamed the H. George Frederickson PA TIMES Best Article Award, to honor former ASPA president and PA TIMES founding father H. George Frederickson.

Previous recipients include:

  • 2010 winner “Gov 2.0 Revisited: Social Media Strategies in the Public Sector” by Ines Mergel;
  • 2009 winner “Have a Problem with Compliance?” by James M. Lager;
  • 2008 winner “Dalton, Georgia’s Response to Immigration,” by William E. Baker and Paul A. Harris;
  • 2007 winner “Is Public Administration Dead” by Carol Becker;
  • 2006 winner “Why FEMA is a Four-Letter Word and How Bamboo Federalism Can Change It,” by Dwight Vick;
  • 2005 winner “‘There was no Plan’–A Louisiana Perspective” by Evan M. Berman, Thomas D. Lynch, Cynthia E. Lynch and Maria D. Berman;
  • 2004 winner “Middle Managers Must Be Bilingual” by Jim Colvard; and
  • 2003 winner “The Right to Privacy vs. the Right to Protection: The Question of Countervailing Power” by James D. Caroll.

An archive of Springer’s 2010 and 2011 PA TIMES articles (including the two
runners-up) can be found in the Related Articles box under her winning

For more information on the H. George Frederickson PA TIMES Best Article Award or submitting articles to PA TIMES print or online, contact Editor Christine Jewett McCrehin at [email protected].

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