Annual Research Symposium

Call for Papers

The Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (HR-ASPA) will be holding the annual research symposium on March 18, 2021, from 9:30 am – noon (Eastern). This year’s symposium will be entirely virtual. We welcome papers from practitioners and graduate students.

Symposium Theme: Responsive Public Service

The theme of the symposium is responsive public service. We will be exploring how public and non-profit agencies seek to identify the evolving needs and expectations of the communities they serve in a dynamic political, economic, and social environment.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Diversity: Public Sector Challenges and Opportunities
  • Public Sector Response to Pandemics
  • Public Service Education: Creating Relevance in a Dynamic Public Sector Environment
  • Empowering Public Administration Students in Research and Practice
  • Public Administration in the Post-truth Environment


There will be panels from 9:45-10:45 am and from 11:00 am – noon (Eastern). Each presentation will be 10-12 minutes in length, with each panel having 4-5 individual papers.  No registration fees


Proposals must be submitted to by 1/23/2021. Acceptance notification will be shared no later than 2/7/21. Proposals must include:

  • Author(s) name and affiliation
  • Author(s) contact information (email and phone)
  • Title and abstract of the proposed presentation (250-500 words)
  • Please note whether the proposal is for an individual paper or part of a proposed panel presentation.


If you have any questions, please contact HR-ASPA President Tom Poulin at or at 757-681-6650.

November 2020 Virtual Webinar

Responsive Public Service: Local Government Leadership and Management Resiliency Challenges, Lessons and Opportunities in the COVID-19 Era:
Staying the Course under Duress

When: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: Noon-1 pm (Eastern)


  • Dr. Edwin Daley, Interim County Administrator, Warren County Virginia, Regent University Practitioner in Residence, Past President of the International City Management Association.
  • Ms. Laura Fitzpatrick, Deputy City Manager, City of Chesapeake, Vice-President ICMA Board of Directors, Southeast Region
  • Sam Gaston, City Manager, Mountain Brook Alabama, Regent University Practitioner in Residence, Past President of the International City Management Association.

Join the forum using Zoom Link:
Passcode: 381535

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented public administrators with unprecedented stress and uncertainty given the toxic mixture of increased service demands juxtaposed with diminishing financial resources. This highly variable and uncertain public health crisis with its sweeping economic, political, and cultural effects also presents a unique opportunity to promote innovative and creative solutions that will benefit public administration long after the pandemic ends. The Webinar will feature three experienced local government administrators reflecting on their past and present experiences in providing quality services under duress and their views on the potential positive outcomes of the crisis. The panelists will discuss both leadership and management practices as well as personal coping strategies to remain steady under pressure.

September 2020 Virtual Webinar

Responsive Public Service: Social Equity
Held on September 17, 2020 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST


  • Brandi Blessett – Associate Professor and M.P.A. Program Director, University of Cincinnati
  • Mary E. Guy and Sean A. McCandless – Editors, Achieving Social Equity: From Problems to Solutions
  • Jim Redick – Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response, City of Norfolk