2019 APPAM Research Conference in Denver, Colorado | November 7 – 9, 2019


Rising to the Challenge:
Engaging Diverse Perspectives on Issues and Evidence
November 7 – 9, 2019 | Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel | Denver, Colorado

The APPAM 2019 Fall Research Conference will be a multi-disciplinary research conference attracting the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues. The focus will be on bringing together researchers and practitioners with a wide range of perspectives to engage the evidence and discuss how best to improve public policy.


Details from the conference website:

Pre-Conference Workshop

Deploying Machine Learning Tools for Public Policy Impact
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sheraton Denver Downtown

The workshop seeks to provide an accessible introductory overview to machine learning tools, illustrate the range of policy problems to which they can be applied, develop understanding of what makes for a good policy application for these tools, what can go right (and wrong), and where and how policy analysts can add value to making progress on these problems. We will also include some discussion about how machine learning tools can be useful for solving the sort of causal inference problems that have traditionally been the focus of policy analysis work.

Innovation Lounge

Introduced at the 2018 Fall Research Conference, the Innovation Lounge is an easy-to-access space where experienced researchers are invited to meet and share cutting-edge research with conference attendees. Innovation through diversity will be a major theme of this conference, so we strongly encourage our attendees to do just that in the Innovation Lounge!

Positions in Policy

The APPAM Positions in Policy (PIP) program connects job seekers who plan on attending the Fall Conference with organizations who will be conducting interviews and potentially hiring at the conference. The employers will contact job candidates directly to set up onsite interviews at the conference for open positions. Those positions may be for a variety of job functions, both academic and non-academic, to appeal to job seekers at all levels including students, postdocs, and early- and mid-career professionals. Those positions may be for a variety of job functions, both academic and non-academic, to appeal to job seekers at various levels including students, postdocs, and early- and mid-career professionals. When available, the positions being interviewed for at the conference will be noted on their Job Listings page.

Networking Opportunities

Opportunities to network at the conference will be plentiful through our educational programs, social events and special programs.

Student Resources

There will be student specific events  during the Fall Research Conference, including mentorship programs, a Student Lounge, networking opportunities with policy experts, the PhD Program Fair, the Equity & Inclusion Fellowship, and student-focused content.

Go to APPAM’s conference page for more information and to register.

NSWM’s Policy Fellows Program | Apply by September 8

Are You Ready to Make An Impact?
Apply For NSWM’s Policy Fellows Program!

The aim of the Policy Fellows Program is to encourage social workers in management to be at the forefront of policy. Social workers should engage proactively with policies that directly affect the individuals, families and communities they serve – either to redress those policies that now produce a negative impact, or to promote policy solutions in response to issues made evident in the course of doing the work.

The NSWM Policy Fellows program offers practical training in social work management for emerging and mid-career leaders seeking new experiences and skill sets. The nine month leadership and professional development experience equips participants with core management competencies to inspire, organize, and work effectively with others to advance the public good. Dependent upon the fellow’s interest the program will focus on the many different aspects of policy management including but not limited to policy advocacy, analysis, evaluation and organizing the community of interest.

Applications are due Sunday, September 8th

Application Process, Program Details & Eligibility

Application Process

Fellows will be asked to address the following questions within their abstracts:

  • Motivation: Why do you care about this policy issue?
  • Problem Statement: What problems are you trying to solve?
  • Approach: How will you go about solving or making progress on this policy issue?

Program Details

  • Fellows will make a commitment to reflection, study, and the development of skills and new relationships.
  • Fellows will join a diverse cohort of 15 human service and/or health care management professionals, 5 of whom will be from New York City, representing various social work sectors.
  • Fellows will participate in group check-ins for support and to foster a peer network.
  • Fellows will meet for 2-3 hours per month with a mentor between October 2019 and June 2020.
  • Fellows will travel to New York City for the opportunity to formally present their projects at NSWM’s Annual Management Conference.


Fellow Eligibility
  • NSWM member
  • Must provide proof of employment as employer has to be supportive of fellowship
  • Must live in the United States
    • Five Fellows will be selected from New York City
  • Submission of the Policy Fellows application form
  • Preference given to holders of a Masters degree who work in a management capacity
  • Hold a strong interest and/or experience in policy
  • Availability to participate through the length of the program (9 months, October 2019-June 2020)
  • Availability to travel to the Network’s 2020 Annual Management Conference in New York City in June 2020 (dates TBD)
    • All registration fees will be waived and a $1,000 travel and supply stipend will be provided to those that attend and present
Mentor Eligibility
  • NSWM member (or willing to joinat no cost)
  • Must live in the United States
  • 5+ years of policy experience and in an executive role. PhD preferred but not required
  • Availability to participate through the length of the program (9 months, October 2019-June 2020)
  • Ability to commit to 2-3 hours per month mentoring a Fellow on a policy project
  • Availability to travel to the Network’s 2020 Annual Management Conference in New York City in June 2020 (dates TBD)
    • Registration fees will be waived
  • Access to equipment (internet and telephone)

Learn more

Policy Fellows Informational Call

Join us on Thursday, July 25th @ 11 am PST / 2 pm EST for an opportunity to learn more about the Policy Fellows program.

Join Linkhttps://zoom.us/j/6378199503
Meeting ID: 637-819-9503
Dial: 1 (408) 638-0986
Participant ID: Shown after joining the call
Computer Audio: When the call begins, you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP). A headset is recommended.

FREE Fall Data Science Fellowship Program | Apply TODAY for Early Consideration

See below for details regarding a FREE advanced 8-week data science fellowship program. The next session will take place this fall, from September 16 to November 8.
Note that the early deadline for the upcoming session is today, July 8th. If you don’t qualify for this round, you can sign up to learn about future sessions. Full details regarding the fellowship are available on their website. Please contact them directly with any questions.

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8-week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as datascientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. They recommend master’s students be in their last semester of coursework at the time they attend the program and PhD students be within six months of defending their dissertation, as the program is geared toward those who will be looking to pursue data science jobs within 1-2 months of completing the Fellowship.
Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.
All applicants must be familiar with at least one programming language
For additional details regarding eligibility and qualifications, please review their FAQs.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, they will have a remote online session:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC

Dates: All sections will be from 2019-09-16 to 2019-11-08.

Application Link (The initial application takes no more than 15 minutes to complete.)

A few notes:

  1. They are assessing candidates who apply for the Early Deadline first and then based on remaining availability, will take candidates who applied for the Regular Deadline on a first-come first-serve basis.
  2. This is the common application for all their locations.
  3. Want to apply for a later session? Submit your email information here.

Early Deadline: 2019-07-08
Regular Deadline: 2019-07-15

Learn More: You can learn about their fellows at The New York TimesLinkedInAmazonCapital One, or Palantir. To read about their latest fellow alumni, check out their blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check them out on Venture BeatThe Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.

Appointment Scheduling System Update

Appointment Scheduling

As some of you may have noticed, the scheduling system was recently updated to streamline the booking process. Availability for July and August have also been posted.

To request an appointment, please log in to Career Connect using the links below, go to Advising > General Advising > Add Appointment, and choose a time that works best with your schedule.

*Accounts for 2019 graduates will be “promoted” to the alumni site within the next few weeks. There is no action needed on your part. Details will be provided in a separate mail.

Congratulations to Our Colleagues on their Promotions!

We’d like to take a moment to congratulate our colleagues on their recent promotions, position changes, and appointments!

As shared by Interim Dean Irwin Garfinkel and Associate Dean Michael Lovaglio:

Gerard Bueno was promoted to Senior Associate Dean for Administration, Finance, and Planning and will continue to oversee Computing and Instructional Technology, Facilities, Human Resources, and Finance in addition to working with colleagues on strategic efforts across the school. Prior to joining CSSW in 2013, Dean Bueno led finance and administration efforts at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Cheiku Camara was promoted to Director, Enrollment and Student Services effective June 1, 2019. Cheiku has served Columbia School of Social Work for the past five years, most recently as Assistant Director, Enrollment and Student Services. He has been instrumental in helping steward many of the fine details and larger lifts that are making many of our strategic initiatives at CSSW possible. Prior to joining CSSW, he served as Admissions Assistant and Student and Alumni Affairs Officer at the School of the Arts where he also served on the Diversity Action Committee.

Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor as she continues her work in examining the role of racism in the production of racial inequalities in health. With recent accolades for her immersive virtual reality simulation 1000 Cut Journey, Dr. Cogburn is exploring the use of virtual reality experiences in affecting empathy, racial bias, structural competence, and behavior and growing her portfolio of research in her sixth year at the School of Social Work.

Dr. Monique Jethwani was promoted to Assistant Dean for Faculty Development in recognition of her impressive work in the area of faculty development at our school over the last year. In this new role as Assistant Dean, Dr. Jethwani will continue to recruit adjunct faculty and to support all faculty in their teaching.

Dr. Jinyu Liu was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor as she continues her research on caregiving of older Chinese adults in the United States and in China, particularly those with mental health issues. Dr. Liu will continue her evolving research portfolio on the mechanisms of support systems and physical and mental health of older adults as she begins her fifth year with the School of Social Work.

Michael Lovaglio was promoted to Associate Dean for Enrollment and Student Services and will continue to refine our school’s approach to admissions, enrollment, financial aid, and leadership development. Since joining CSSW in 2016, we have seen some incredibly gifted and promising students enter our program, and Dean Lovaglio has been instrumental in bringing such talented individuals to our school. Prior to joining CSSW, Dean Lovaglio led student affairs, graduate admissions, and graduate programs at Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Desmond U. Patton, in addition to his tenured Associate Professor role, will be taking on a new role as Associate Dean for Curriculum Innovation and Academic Affairs, where he will focus on aligning the school’s curriculum with a rapidly changing world. He will also be continuing his portfolio of research, teaching, and work with the SAFElab.

Interested in Working in Philanthropy? | Wednesday, July 17

Philanthropy New York hosts group informational interviews to explore career paths in the philanthropic sector, as part of our “Interested in Working at a Foundation” series. This July, they will provide an opportunity to learn about the field of philanthropy from the perspectives of two leaders in the field.

Join Altaf Rahamatulla, Program Officer at New York Foundation, and Tasha Tucker, Program Director, Racial Justice at Trinity Church Wall Street, as they discuss career path experiences in both the philanthropic sector.

  • When:  Wednesday, July 17, 2019 -3:30 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
  • Where: Philanthropy New York, 320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017
  • Members of PNY & Partner Orgs:  $0.00
  • Non-Members: $0.00
Philanthropy New York members who receive requests for informational interviews from jobseekers may refer those individuals to us for this session.


  • The advantages and challenges of a career in philanthropy
  • The range of jobs at an organization and some general day-to-day responsibilities
  • The structure and possible priorities of foundations you may encounter on your job search
  • A realistic picture of the competencies corporate and private foundations may value in potential new hires and the number of jobs available in the field at a given time

This session will not include

  • Specific job leads
  • Referrals
  • Individual interviews with contacts within the field


Designed for

Individuals interested in learning about careers in the field of philanthropy.


  • Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague, please click on the “Register Now” link above.
  • Non-PNY members: Create an account or log in above and click the Register Now link.

Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org with any questions.