Spring 2008 The Agenda ASPA Section on Health and Human Services Administration SHHSA Board of Directors: March 7, 2008 Section Meeting Minutes Officers Call to Order and Introduc- available on-line via the Sec- imperatives that will be pre- • Peter L. Cruise, tions: The meeting was tion’s website. sented at the member meet- Chair called to order by the Chair, ing show ASPA’s commit- Peter Cruise. Members pre- Treasurer’s Report: Joy ment to a strategic approach • Philip M. Nufrio, sent introduced themselves Clay distributed the mid-year to resolving declining mem- Chair-elect and included: Anne O. report. She reported that bership. Kilpatrick, Judith Kirchhoff, there is a $11,000 balance • Joy Clay, Secretary/ Reuben Leslie, Philip Nufrio, mid-year; the four issues of Mr. Nufrio suggested that Treasurer Aaron Wachhaus, Anne Zah- JHSSA are the primary an- ASPA needs to become • Reuben Leslie, Im- radnik, Dorothy Norris-Tirrell, ticipated expense for the more recognized by the mediate Past Chair Jaeun Shin, Garman Wil- Section and the member practitioner communities and liams, Deb Moses, Helene rebates are currently the that a counterpoint to the Directors Alexander, Marisa Wang, only source of revenue. negative articles in PA Times Robert Shick, Janie needs to be written and di- • Dara Baldwin The quarterly member re- Melendez, Al Borrego, and rectly address why ASPA is Joy Clay. bates from ASPA are cur- relevant to public service • Espiridion “Al” rent. Both the Chair and careers and young profes- Borrego Elected officers serve for two Treasurer will need to submit sionals. • Anne Osborne year terms. The Executive the year end report in July to Kilpatrick Committee has staggered assure receiving the rebates. Section Activities: Mr. three year terms. Philip Nu- To give the Section program- Cruise reported that the Ex- • Judith Kirchoff frio is Chair Elect and will ming flexibility and since the ecutive Committee has held become Chair at next year’s return is so low at this time, four conference calls to keep • Pamela Ransom the decision was reached to March meeting (term of of- the momentum positive and fice, 2009-2011). Elections not invest any of our funds in that informal meetings were • Anne Zahradnik for other positions will be short or long term invest- held at SECOPA for those • Olugbenga A. Ajala held next year. ment. The Treasurer’s Re- members present at that port was reviewed and ac- conference. The Section’s tip Minutes Approved: The cepted unanimously. card was distributed at the minutes of the previous D.C. but the card tended to meeting in Washington, D. Invited Guest: Meredith Neu- fall to the bottom of the con- C., were reviewed and ac- mann, VP-Elect, ASPA ad- ference bag. Mr. Cruise cepted unanimously. dressed the recent articles in tested several solutions and PA Times about membership developed a handout, “Take Newsletter: Anne Zahrad- trends and concerns about a “TIP” from the Section on nik is working on the news- ASPA’s ability to survive. Health and Human Services Log onto letter. Winter’s issue is She indicated that she Administration,” with reasons www.asponline.org/ available on the Section’s viewed ASPA sections as why people should join the shhsa/ for section website: http:// critical to sustaining and Section. He then found a news and activities. www.aspaonline.org/shhsa. growing membership. She tape to use to temporarily All new items for the news- assured members that the “attach” the tip card. letter need to be submitted leadership group is address- to Ms. Zahradnik as soon as ing issues and concerns of Future Conferences: Mem- possible. The newsletter is members and that the five bers were encouraged to Continued on page 2 The Agenda Spring 2008 In the news…. University of Memphis Minutes continued from page 1 Summary of JHHSA editorial board appoints Dr. Joy Clay meeting at the ASPA national confer- assistant dean submit paper/panel proposals for next ence March 9, 2008 year’s national meeting which will be held Dr. Joy Clay will join the in Miami, Florida. Submitted by Aaron Wacchaus College of Arts & Sciences as assistant dean of Journal Status: Mr. Wachhaus reported The journal is doing well: institutional sub- interdisciplinary studies, that the journal is caught up on the back- effective July 1, 2008. scriptions are increasing slightly; rate of log of issues and that subscriptions are submissions is steady; and the acceptance no longer declining, noting that several The announcement by rate has dropped. institutions that had dropped their sub- Henry Kurtz, Dean, states, scription have recently renewed. He re- “Joy is also an associate Feedback from reviewers indicates that the ported that there is regular channel of professor in public and non- quality of submissions is rising, even as communications with the Section Execu- profit administration. She acceptance rates decline. Our editorial tive Committee to talk through any issues brings years of valuable board is demanding a higher standard of experience in and concerns. He noted that the confer- work. At the same time, feedback from au- interdisciplinary research, ence calls and meetings have helped to thors is largely positive as to the depth and teaching, and service to her regularize the relationship between quality of reviews; we are providing con- new position. In her 18 JHSSA and Section. Mr. Wachhaus re- structive criticism, further increasing the years at the University of ported that the electronic system of elicit- quality of work produced in the journal. Memphis Joy has served as ing and tracking reviews, Editorial Ex- a department chair in press, is working well). The editorial JHHSA has adopted an online software political science (1995-1997) board membership list was recently up- system to manage the submission and re- and interim director of the dated and made current, in cooperation MPA program (2002). Joy is view process. All submissions should be with the Section Executive Board. a recognized leader in made through www.editorialexpress.com/ engaged scholarship Announcements: Members are encour- jhhsa. A .PDF version of each manuscript initiatives and has served as aged to sign up for the list serve via the is required; assistance on converting Word principal or co-principal Section’s website (this does not occur documents to .PDF format is available on investigator on a variety of automatically with membership). The the website. sponsored projects.” Section’s website can be accessed at: http://www.aspaonline.org/shhsa/ . Mr. The editorial board is being updated and Cruise also reminded members that the will more strongly reflect the affiliation of By-Laws, Newsletters, and Executive the journal with the Section. While the size Stay current on of the board will decrease, I would like to Board membership is available on the section activities by Section’s website. The next task of the welcome the addition of several new board logging onto Section is to work on revising the mission members. In addition, a senior advisory www.asponline.org/ statement. board is being formed to provide additional guidance for the journal. Among other shhsa/ tasks, this group will assist in the develop- ment of a meaningful mission statement for the journal. A clearly articulated statement of the journal’s core focus (topic areas as Send your news items, book reviews, calls for well as theoretic and methodological per- papers, or other newsletter contributions to spectives) should help refine the board selection and manuscript submission proc- Anne at email@example.com. ess, ground our reviews and lead to a tight- ened focus for the journal.