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SLGR: Dr. Eric Stokan Appointed Outreach Coordinator, Volunteer Outreach Team Needed; Ann Bowman R&E article; more!

New Outreach Coordinator Post

SLGR has made significant strides in the past several years with respect to the number of subscribers, the number and quality of manuscripts to be considered for publication, and in its general visibility in the fields of political science, public administration, and public policy. Over the last several months, the editorial staff spent considerable time discussing ways to continue to promote the journal.  The general consensus was that SLGR needed an individual who can devote his or her attention to promoting the journal and increasing its visibility. This will entail, but not limited to the following;

  • Work with the SLGR Social Media Coordinator to develop a blog that has never been fully utilized.
  • Contacting program directors in the U.S. and abroad, asking them to share with their faculty and students in the department/program the benefits of joining SIAM and subscribing to SLGR, publication assistance available to new faculty and graduate students through the Young Scholars Research Outreach Program, usage of SLGR podcasts in the classroom, and consideration of SLGR as an outlet for their research and a source for articles worthy of citation when preparing manuscripts. .
  • Coordinate with/maximize the PR efforts of Sage Publications
  • Engage with our international board members to increase the visibility of SLGR in other countries
  • Engage with professional associations such as National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Counties (NACo), and International City/County Management Association (ICCMA) to stress the relevance of SLGR to their membership and to search out ways that we can better partner with them.

The editorial leadership at SLGR is pleased to announce that Dr. Eric Stokan, an assistant professor of political science at Towson University, has agreed to lead this effort and serve as our first Outreach Coordinator.  He completed his Ph.D. in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University and his MA and BA in political science at Wayne State University.  His teaching and research focuses on state, local, and metropolitan issues.  Specifically, he focuses on governmental decisions to adopt and abandon economic development policies and the impact those policies have on city and regional economic growth. His recent publications have focused on the effects of business incubators, the role of deindustrialization across metropolitan areas, and on the decision of governments to adopt economic development incentives.

Join the Inaugural SLGR Outreach Team

State and Local Government Review is currently accepting applications to be part of its inaugural outreach committee.  We are looking for 3-5 academics and practitioners who are interested in state and local government and governance issues.  The team will be responsible for ensuring practitioners and academics that work in the area are familiar with the journal as a source of information and as an outlet for their own scholarly efforts.

Tasks and Responsibilities of Members

  • Develop and Foster a Network of Scholars and Practitioners
    • Review journals and conference proceedings to find academics and practitioners who would be interested in SLGR as an outlet for their research
    • Promote the Young Scholar’s Program to junior faculty and advanced graduate students
  • Promote Outreach via Social Media
    • Write guest posts on the SLGR blog to connect target network with research from SLGR
    • Use social media tools (Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) to reach audiences in real time regarding SLGR news and events
  • Expand SLGR Readership
    • Promote SLGR to academics and practitioners abroad
  • Contribute to long-term outreach strategy
    • As an inaugural member, you will help chart the way for future outreach endeavors

Benefits to Membership on Team

  • Network with Other Junior Scholars
    • Have access to other junior scholars who also teach and publish on state and local government and governance topics
    • Create a community of information sharing regarding cutting-edge research taking place on these topics
  • Access to Leaders in the Field
    • Being a part of the outreach team provides unique access to the journal’s leadership
  • Visibility in the area of State and Local Government
    • As a member of the outreach team, you will increase your own visibility through recognition of your scholarly service contributions in:
      • The SLGR blog when writing guest posts
      • The Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) at the annual American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) conference
      • Through the SIAM Newsletter

If you are interested in being an inaugural member of this team, please send a brief description (500 words or less) description of your interests and outreach ideas, along with a copy of your CV by September 16, 2016 to Eric Stokan at Ericjstokan@gmail.com.

Social Media

We’re working to increase the visibility of State and Local Government Review and especially to involve SIAM members.  You can get the latest SLGR news and updates by following us on twitter (@SLGReview) and by liking our Facebook page (facebook.com/SLGReview), where we share and discuss current SLGR OnLine First articles and related blogs and news articles.  You can also join the conversation by following our new blog (slgrjournal.wordpress.com), which features SLGR news and information and is launching a special summer blog series on publishing.  We’d love to hear from you, if you have comments, suggestions, or would like to contribute a piece to the blog, please contact our Social Media Coordinator, Tracy Johns, at tjohns@ufl.edu.

Free Classroom Aids!

We want to remind you that SLGR has produced a growing number of podcasts which could serve as excellent teaching aids in both the undergraduate and undergraduate classroom.  Topics range from state and local government debt financing to civic engagement in times of fiscal stress to collaboration among local governments as a means of adapting to the New Normal to management experience in small cities.  Please check out our catalog of podcasts [https://siam-aspa.net/2016/07/28/state-and-local-government-review-podcasts-available-now/].   

Assistance Needed

We continue to need your assistance and that of your colleagues in several crucial areas.  First, you can assist us in generating greater visibility for SLGR by signing up for e-mail alerts and encourage others to also do so.  Please consider doing that today, since it only takes a minute.  SLGR will send you an email each time a new issue publishes, and you can also add alerts for Online First articles or journal announcements. Visit http://slg.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts to create an account with your email address, and click on the alert types you’d like to receive. SAGE won’t use your email address for any other marketing purposes, but only to send you information on SLGR.

A second area in which you can help us is to cite SLGR articles where possible.  Since SLGR was purchased by Sage Publications, Inc. in early 2010, getting SLGR listed in the Thomson Citation Index has been a major goal.  Achievement of this objective will assist in raising not only the visibility of the journal but will also put us in a more esteemed category of blind-refereed academic journals.  You and your colleagues can help us in achieving this objective by citing, where relevant and appropriate, SLGR articles when you prepare papers and articles.

Hot Item!: Ann Bowman’s R&E Article

In case you might have missed reading it, the Reviews & Essays (R&E) installment (Volume 48, Issue #1, March 2016) by R&E Editor Brianne Heidbredder is definitely a “must” read [http://slg.sagepub.com/content/48/1/63.abstract]. The article is predicated on a lengthy conversation that Professor Heidbredder had with leading scholar, Ann Bowman (she holds the Hazel Davis and Robert Kennedy Endowed Chair in government and public service at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University).  In light of the reality that the operation and study of state and local government and politics has undergone a significant transformation in the last several decades, Professor Bowman was asked to discuss the past, present, and future of state, local, and intergovernmental research.  While the essay was not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the “state” of the state, local, and intergovernmental literature, it nonetheless does explore various interesting lines of inquiry that deserves continued scholarly attention and discusses the potential for research to inform practice.


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