TPAC 2019 – we will be collaborating with the Midwest Public Affairs Conference (MPAC) for our annual Teaching Public Affairs Conference (TPAC). The annual conference will be held at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, September 19-20, 2019. Refer to the TPAC 2019  menu or download (2019 TPAC CALL FOR PROPOSALS)

TPAC 2018 was held in Newcastle, UK – as a joint conference with the Public Administration Committee & JUC (UK) and the Teaching Public Administration Conference. See the details on our TPAC 2018 Page.

TPAC 2017 – was held jointly with MPAC. The (MPAC-TPAC-SELC) was sponsored by the University of Nebraska, Omaha on May 31-June 2, 2017. See details below:

The Midwest Public Affairs Conference (MPAC), the Teaching Public Administration Conference (TPAC), & the Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC) were held jointly in Omaha, to explore the following themes:

Nearly two decades into the new millennium public administration scholars and practitioners, in America and globally, face a number of challenges in dealing with the ever more complex problems of changing workforce demographics, providing affordable health care, environmental sustainability and social equity and inclusivity to name a few. How do we successfully address these challenges? How can administrative success be enhanced through how public administration is taught? What competencies are needed to prepare students to be successful in public service? The conference explored these challenges and others along with alternatives for addressing them and demonstrated best practices.

SPAE Chair Alex Heckman welcomed conference attendees

Review the Conference Program (MPAC TPAC SELC 2017 Conference Program)

Review the available TPAC Conference Presentations (Link)


2016 TPAC – Rutger’s University – Newark: “Balancing Theory and Practice in Public Service Professionalization” May 24-25, 2016 (Link)

2015 TPAC – Franklin University – Columbus: “Achieving Impact through Teaching Strategies, Metrics and Milestones” June 3-5, 2015 (Link)

2014 TPAC – University of Liverpool – UK: A Joint Conference of the Public Administration Committee & JUC (UK) and Teaching Public Administration Conference: “Public Leadership in an Age of Austerity: Contestability &Conflict?”  June 9-11, 2014 (Link)

TPAC Archives 1978 – 2017 (Link)