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Department of Public Administration & Policy


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DPAP Events

The Roger W. Jones Award

2008 Roger W. Jones Award winners

To recognize exceptional leadership among persons who have devoted themselves to a life of public service, American University's School of Public Affairs annually grants the Roger W. Jones Award to two federal career executives who have demonstrated the values promoted by Roger W. Jones.

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Math & Economics Boot Camp

Professor Alison Jacknowitz, director of the MPP program, and SPA prof. David Pitts at SPA boot camp. (Photo: Bill Petros)

Boot Camp is tailored exclusively for incoming MPP students wishing to prepare for the advanced economic and mathematical requirements of that degree, as well as for those MPA students committed to pursuing a policy analysis concentration.

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Class Preview Days

Ward Circle Building

Each semester, DPAP hosts a Class Preview Day event open to all AU graduate students. The event gives students a look ahead at DPAP’s elective offerings for the coming semester. Class Preview Day for the upcoming Spring 2015 semester will be Thurs., Oct. 16th in Ward 5 from 4:30pm to 5:15pm.

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Research Seminar Series


This regular series presented in the fall and spring semesters showcases the most recent research from the department’s faculty and doctoral candidates as well as research from guest scholars.

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Charles H. Levine Memorial Fund & Lecture


The Charles H. Levine Memorial Fund and Lecture in Public Administration and Policy honors the life, scholarly contributions, and public service of one of the most respected public management scholars in these fields, and the first Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Administration at SPA.

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Policy Forum Series

SPA Policy Forum

The Forum is an SPA initiative, highlighting new and innovative solutions to old public policy problems through strategic collaboration between the private sector, NGOs, and government agencies.

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Key Executive Leadership Forum

This special networking forum creates an environment where federal executives can explore and discuss solutions to common challenges that can impede the public policy implementation process and hinder the success of a strong workforce. 

Check back soon for updates on the next Leadership Forum.

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Annual Key Executive Leadership Conference

An annual conference that brings together students, alumni, faculty, staff, stakeholders and industry experts to continue the exchange of substantive public administration principles and best practices. This year's conference was held on May 15, 2014.



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Key Executive Leadership Speaker Series

Designed to further thought and discussion on matters relevant to leadership in the public sector, the Key Executive Leadership Speaker Series provides an opportunity for DPAP students and Key Executive Leadership Alumni to hear from senior government leaders in an interactive and dynamic environment.

Upcoming Speaker Series:

  • Generation Gap: Sean Clayton, June 21, 2014
  • Telecommuting: Erran Carmel, August 9, 2014
  • Global Leadership: Speaker TBA, December 3, 2014

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