Call for Papers: Applied Research in Public Finance Conference at IU (Deadline 12/1/16)

Call for Papers

Applied Research in Public Finance

A conference hosted by EY and Indiana University’s School of Public Finance & Environmental Affairs

April 28-29, 2017

School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

1315 East 10th Street, Bloomington, Indiana

Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and EY invite proposals for a conference on research in public finance. Topics are open to any area of public finance and can explore policies of any country and level of government, but of particular interest are topics that have direct relevance to the questions being asked by policy makers. In this theme, the conference honors the recently retired Professor John L. Mikesell, who in his 43 years at SPEA became internationally known for addressing research questions that are accessible and relevant to practitioners and elected representatives alike. His storied career has been recognized by lifetime achievement awards from the National Tax Association and the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, and is best known for his research on sales taxes and state & local public finance.

Authors will get approximately 30 minutes to present their work, which will be followed by discussant comments and audience feedback. Tracy Gordon (Urban Institute-Brookings Tax Policy Center) will provide the luncheon keynote speech, and paper proposals will be competitively selected. We encourage submissions from all disciplines, including economics, political science, sociology, public administration, and law.

Conference Website:

Proposals:  The deadline for submitting proposals is December 1st, 2016. Proposals can include full drafts, but should at least include title and abstract. Questions should be directed to Justin Ross at and proposals can be submitted online.

Registration:  There is no fee to register for the conference, but we do ask for registrations to be completed by March 30th, 2017 to share details and obtain appropriate counts for receptions.

Location and Schedule: The conference will take place in the Paul O’Neil Graduate Center at the School of Public & Environmental Affairs, 1315 E 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405. A welcome reception will be held the evening of Thursday, April 28th. The conference will begin Friday morning on April 28, and break around noon on Saturday, April 29.

Hotel Accommodations: A block of rooms will be reserved at the Biddle Hotel Indiana Memorial Union. Of the many hotels in Bloomington, the Biddle Hotel is the closest to the conference location with only a 8 minute walk.

Call for Proposals: Public Finance & Budgeting, 59th WSSA Conference (Deadline 12/1/16)

Call for Proposals

59th Annual WSSA Conference
April 12-15, 2017
16th Annual Meeting
A Section of the Western Social Science Association
Coordinators: Olha Krupa and Thad Calabrese

Hyatt Regency San Francisco (Embarcadero)
Proposals Due: December 1, 2016

Public Finance and Budgeting (PFB) is a section of the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) created to provide a friendly and scholarly environment for sharing research in the areas of public finance, public budgeting, and public financial management as they are broadly defined. Paper and panel proposals are welcome on all topics in public finance, financial management, budgeting, and public economics. The association also offers sections in public administration, economics, political science, urban studies, and many other social science disciplines.

Continuing a sectional tradition of journal symposia, papers that are accepted and presented will be eligible to be included in a symposium in the Municipal Finance Journal. The symposium will be peer-reviewed and the usual standards and topical considerations for publication in the Municipal Finance Journal apply.

The section also offers a Best Manuscript Award as well as a Runner-Up Award. Papers are self-nominated following the completion of the conference. The PFB section will recognize the winners at the WSSA’s Annual Meeting next year.

Please check the conference website regularly for registration and hotel reservation details: For students: Students affiliated with WSSA can win $500, a free one-year subscription to the Social Science Journal, and free conference registration at the conference in San Francisco, CA. Each winning paper will also receive one room/2 nights free lodging. Completed papers are generally due by mid-January. As soon as your proposal is accepted, please consider submitting your completed paper to this student paper competition.

To Submit a Proposal, Include the Following:

Indicate if you are proposing a Paper or organizing a Panel.
***(Indicate whether you wish to serve as a panel chair. In advance, many thanks!)
Name, Title, Affiliation, Address, Telephone Number, and E-mail Address for Author(s)
Abstract(s), Not to Exceed 200 Words Each

Proposals must be received by December 1, 2016 via the WSSA website at

Any questions can be directed to Olha Krupa at

GASB Recruiting New Board Members

Governmental Accounting Standards Board

Part-Time Board Member

The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) is seeking a highly qualified individual with substantial experience as a state preparer of financial statements to fill one of the seven seats on the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) effective July 1, 2017.  The GASB is comprised of members with experience as state and local government financial statement auditors and preparers, a government financial statement user, a public accounting auditor, and a governmental accounting academic.  GASB is a standard-setting Board of the FAF and its authority for establishing generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) has been recognized under the Rules of Conduct of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as through legislation in many states that require compliance with GASB standards.  GASB’s mission is to establish and improve financial accounting and reporting standards to provide useful information to investors and other users of financial reports and educate stakeholders on how to most effectively understand and implement those standards.  The successful candidate will be appointed to an initial term ending June 30, 2022, and will be eligible for reappointment to an additional term of up to five-years. Candidates must have strong knowledge of and experience with financial accounting and reporting for state and local governments.  Candidates also must have substantial employment experience as a preparer of state government financial statements.  The part-time GASB Board position is equivalent to one-third of a full-time position.  The successful candidate must be able to commit to a meeting every six weeks typically held from Tuesday through Thursday (noon) in Norwalk, Connecticut.  The position further requires a commitment to operate as an advocate for the public interest, the ability to absorb and analyze a variety of complicated information, and to consider all sides of an issue during collegial deliberations of state and local governmental accounting and reporting.  The full recruitment brochure is available at

The salary for this position is highly competitive; travel expenses and accommodations for the meetings are paid for by the FAF.

Apply at once but not later than November 11, 2016 to Heidi Voorhees, President, at /current-positions/recruitment. Tel:  847-380-3243

Public Budgeting & Finance Issues Call for Editors


Faculty Opportunity: Tenure Track, Public Administration, Villanova University

The Department of Public Administration at Villanova University invites applicants for an entry level, tenure-track position in public administration beginning Fall Semester 2017. We welcome applications from all specializations within public administration, but are especially interested in applicants who can teach graduate courses in Arts and Theater Management or in City Management. Experience in the public and/or nonprofit sector is highly desirable.

Primary teaching responsibilities include teaching on-campus and online graduate courses in the NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) program as well as at the undergraduate level in our Public Service and Administration minor. We offer a 3-2 teaching load for the first three years. After a successful Third Year Review, a one-semester sabbatical is available in the fourth year and the 3-2 teaching load may be continued for another three years contingent on one’s publication record.

Ph.D. must be completed by June 30, 2017. Preference will be given to applicants who provide evidence of teaching effectiveness, particularly online, and show promise of a strong record of publication.

Applications are to be submitted through PeopleAdmin, available at The application should include:

  • Detailed letter of application indicating teaching and research interests
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample
  • Summary of teaching evaluations
  • Syllabus (if you have taught a course), and
  • Statement of contribution to the University mission

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to Dr. Catherine Wilson, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Public Administration, Villanova University, St. Augustine Center, Room 484, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova PA 19085-1699. All material must be received by November 1, 2016. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Catherine Wilson at

The mission of the Master of Public Administration program is to offer graduates the knowledge of values, roles, skills, and practices that will help them become competent professionals capable of ethical, intelligent, and creative leadership in public service. The Villanova MPA Program is a NASPAA accredited program. For more information about the Department of Public Administration at Villanova, visit For more information about the online MPA program at Villanova, visit

Villanova is a Catholic University sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.