The John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies was well represented at the annual conference of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the professional organization for public service education.
With a conference theme of “Grassroots Globalization: Teaching Good Governance and Values in a Connected World,” Dean David W. Cash, Associate Dean Connie Chan, and Professor Aroon Manoharan contributed to discussions focused on provocative pedagogies, innovative internationalization, and critical competencies at this year’s event held in Columbus, OH in late November.
Dean Cash convened the panel on “Models of Linking Research and Policy Making: An Exploration of the Boundary of Knowledge and Action between Government Decision Makers and Academics.” He joined Trevor Brown, dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, and two high level Ohio public officials in a dynamic discussion on how policy schools can make their research relevant to policymakers and other decision makers.
“Part of our mission at the McCormack School,” said Cash, “is to conduct research and develop tools to evaluate and remedy existing social, political, and economic inequities. It doesn’t make sense for our reports to sit on a shelf gathering dust when legislators and public servants can benefit from our wide-ranging research focused on critical issues affecting local through global communities.”
Associate Dean Connie Chan, also a professor of public policy and public affairs, convened a panel on trends in global curriculum and technology at NASPAA schools. She was joined by her colleague Professor Aroon Manoharan. Participants discussed the importance of cultural diversity, global perspectives, and cross‐cultural communication in the burgeoning field of comparative public administration education.
Participating in a second conference panel on teaching technology, Manoharan discussed strategies for developing the technological competencies needed for future careers in public policy and public administration.