Schedule - NFBPA Executive Leadership Institute 2015

Wednesday, February 4

5:00-6:00 p.m.—Informal Welcome

Bird Dog Bar, The Oread Hotel

This is an informal time for you to simply meet some of the KU staff and pick up your nametag and information about Lawrence and KU. If your flight hasn’t arrived by then, we’ll leave the packet at the hotel front desk for you.

7:00 p.m.—Lawrence Tour

Lobby, The Oread Hotel

We’ll do an optional tour of Lawrence for anyone that is interested.


Thursday, February 5

Breakfast: Please use your hotel breakfast voucher. Beverages will be available in the classroom.

8:30 a.m.—Welcome & Overview

Pine Room, Level 6, Kansas Union

Danny Anderson, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Kansas

Reggie Robinson, Professor and Director, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas

8:45 a.m.—Getting Acquainted

9:15 a.m.—“Political Astuteness and Professionalism”

We will discuss how political astuteness requires the ability and willingness to identify political values and the role they play in policymaking and politics.  Also, astuteness depends upon the ability to translate the logic of politics into administration and the logic of administration into politics.

Reading: John Nalbandian. “Dallas Needs an Adaptive City Manager, Not a Heroic One.” Dallas Morning News. November 17, 2013.

Presenter: John Nalbandian, Ph.D., professor emeritus and former chair of the Public Administration Department at KU, will lead this session. John grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California. In addition to his faculty appointment, from 1991-1999, John served on the Lawrence City Council including two terms as the council’s mayor. John has been widely recognized for his work with local government professionals and elected officials nationally and internationally. In 2012, he was recognized as Chancellor Club Teaching Professor in honor of his lifetime teaching achievements. In 2007, John and his wife Carol were named by the National Forum for Black Public Administrators as “Educators of the Year.”

10:30 a.m.—Break

10:45 a.m.—“Police, Professionalism, and Social Equity”

This session focuses on the impact that professional police practices have on building a sense of community. On the one hand, professional police practices can have a notable effect on crime reduction, but they may come at a cost to the value of social equity in a community.

Reading: Synopsis of “Pulled Over” OR “Driving While Black” article

Presenter: Charles Epp, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. He specializes in the area of law and administration with a special focus on social equity. His teaching and research have been widely recognized.

12:00 p.m.—Lunch

Centennial Room, Level 6, Kansas Union

If you have not completed pages 2-3 of the SDI prior to coming to KU, you will need to use 20 minutes of your lunchtime to complete it. It is imperative that you complete this prior to the 1:00 session.

1:00 p.m.—“Leadership Styles and Teamwork”

Pine Room, Level 6, Kansas Union

In a world of increasing ambiguity and uncertainty, individual leadership styles become very important in defining problems, developing relationships, and working effectively in teams. Awareness of one’s leadership style and that of others provides a great advantage in grounding one’s administrative work and linking the “objective world of work” with one’s inner self.

The Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) is a simple instrument that provides information to participants about their style when things are going well and when in conflict. The results are easy to interpret and useful in practice, particularly in predicting the areas of compatibility and challenge in the composition of teams and relationships. More information about SDI can be found at www.personalstrengths.com.

Presenter: Terri Callahan is an instructor and program director at the University of Kansas Public Management Center. She is program director for the Kansas Certified Public Manager® Program, teaching Power of Leadership, Leadership and Emotional Intelligence, Innovation, and Process Improvement in the program. She provides training in a variety of managerial topics for all management levels in the public sector. Terri is a qualified instructor for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, is certified to administer the Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQi), and is a certified instructor for the Relationship Awareness Theory and the Strength Deployment Inventory. Previously Terri was a staff development specialist in the Kansas Department of Administration's Division of Personnel Services. She holds a bachelor's degree in total quality management from Friends University and is an affiliate member of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers and the American Society of Public Administrators.

5:00-6:30 p.m.—Reception at the Robinsons

Dinner on your own


Friday, February 6

Breakfast: Please use your hotel breakfast voucher. Beverages will be available in the classroom.

8:30 a.m.—Debrief Thursday Sessions

Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, Room 116

Debrief: What was most important to you about yesterday?

8:45 a.m.—Welcome

Bernadette Gray-Little, Chancellor, University of Kansas (video)

Laura Howard, Director, Public Management Center, which is a part of the School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas

9:00 a.m.—“Operating within a Diverse Organizational Environment: The Paradox of Rules and Authority”

Public organizations are increasingly diverse workplaces, but even in rule-bound organizations, the experiences of women and people of color differ from their white male counterparts. Their claim to authority is challenged more often. Unable to rely on implicit rank and social status as a defense, they must rely instead on official rights and rules. The very meaning of their authority is therefore different: It is more rule and rights based, more formal than informal, more explicit than implicit. Yet, because it is more rule based, formal, and explicit, their authority is also more open to question and challenge and more resented as an artifice. People of color and women in positions of authority thus face the paradox of rules: They must rely on formal rules as a key basis for their authority, but relying on rules makes their authority seem more artificial than real. This session presents narratives from local government officials and concludes with a discussion of implications for practice and local government work environments.

Presenter: Shannon Portillo, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. She grew up in Kansas and received her Ph.D. from KU before serving on the faculty at George Mason University for five years, prior to returning to KU in 2013. Her research focuses on social equity, organizational theory, and law and society. The National Science Foundation, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, EDUCAUSE, and the Army Research Institute, among other organizations, have funded her work. Results have appeared in Law & Policy, Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, Administration & Society, among other outlets.

10:15 a.m.—Break

10:30 a.m.—“Categories and Minorities: Race, Religion and Ethnicity in China”

China has 56 nationalities with the Han as the majority around 92 percent of the population. However, there is often a disconnection between official “harmony” among Han and minorities and the tensions on the ground. In addition, domestic understanding of race and ethnicity in China presents new challenges as the country increases international exchanges and interaction. This talk will address the domestic and international dimensions of China and ethnicity.

Presenter: John James Kennedy received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis in 2002. He is an Associate Professor in the department of Political Science and Director of Center for Global and International Studies (CGIS) at the University of Kansas (KU). He has consistently returned to China to conduct research on rural politics since 1994, and he is also co-founder of the Northwest Socioeconomic Development Research Center (NSDRC) at Shaanxi Normal University, Xian, China. He also served as the president of the Association of Chinese Political Studies (2012-2014). His research focuses on China and has appeared in both American and Chinese scholarly publications.

11:45 a.m.—Group picture, then Lunch

12:45 p.m.—“Current Issues in Education Finance”

As governments at all levels continue to grapple with the repercussions of the recent fiscal crisis, the equity and adequacy of public education funding continues to be debated at the national, state, and local levels. It is well known that public schools in urban and rural areas serving students of lower socioeconomic status face significant obstacles in overcoming the longstanding achievement gaps between these students and their wealthier, suburban counterparts. This session reviews recent trends in education finance and policy across the states, focusing largely on the impact of these reforms on teacher quality, which has been consistently identified as the key factor in explaining differences in student achievement.

Presenter: Jacob Fowles, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas, a position he has held since 2010. His research interests are in the areas of education finance, education policy, and municipal finance. His work has appeared in such journals as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Administration and Society, The American Review of Public Administration, Public Budgeting and Finance, and Economics of Education Review, among others. He teaches graduate courses on state and local public finance, quantitative research methods, policy analysis, and program evaluation.

2:00 p.m.—Adjourn to hotel

2:30 p.m.—Leave for Kansas City by van or private car

Your programming this afternoon is sponsored and organized by the Kansas City area NFBPA chapter and local corporate members.

3:30 p.m.—Arrive 18th and Vine

Visit American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

6:00 p.m.—Dinner at Home of KC NFBPA Chapter President, Gerald Smith*

*If you have special dietary needs, you will want to tell Alecia ASAP since catering is generally done by Gates BBQ.

After dinner there will be free time for those with a private car (the Kansas City Power and Light District or the 18th and Vine District are worth a visit), and the van will leave for Lawrence.


Saturday, February 7

Breakfast: Please use your hotel breakfast voucher. Beverages will be available in the classroom.

Attire: Wear whatever you’ll be wearing as you travel home. No need to be fancy with us!

Prior to the morning session, you will need to check out of your hotel room. You may store your luggage with the front desk.

8:30 a.m.—Debrief

Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, Room 116

9:00 a.m.—“Managing Communities: How Race and Culture Make a Difference”

Teree Caldwell-Johnson and Reggie Robinson will begin a discussion of this important topic, informed by their varied backgrounds. Teree has worked in both local government and non-profit sectors, and Reggie has worked for the federal government in D.C. and also in executive positions in state government and the university. Their focus will be on how race/culture of the manager makes a difference—especially depending upon context. They will engage the group with changes seen over time and will comment on how the demographic of “minority” populations is changing in America, and the effect that race/culture of the manager has in a multi-cultural world.

Panelists: Teree Caldwell-Johnson serves as the CEO of Oakridge Neighborhood and Oakridge Neighborhood Services, a housing and human services non-profit agency located in Des Moines, IA. In addition to her work with non-profits, Teree served as chief administrative officer of a solid waste authority and also as CAO of a county government. She has worked in Texas, California, and Iowa, and presently is a member of the Des Moines School Board. She has received numerous awards for the work she has done.

Reggie Robinson is professor and director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. Most recently, Professor Robinson has been professor of law and director for the Center of Law and Government at Washburn University. He has also served as the president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents and chief of staff to the KU chancellor. He has served the federal government beginning as a White House fellow in 1993 and in a number of senior positions with the Department of Justice, including service as deputy associate attorney general of the United States. Robinson also served active duty in the Army.

11:00 a.m.—Debrief

11:30 a.m.—Lunch

12:30 p.m.—Adjourn


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