Throughout the academic year, the School of Public Administration and the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management host and participate in a plethora of events for students, faculty and the community. Scroll through the listings below to find out more information on our events.

Special Events

Florida Research Administration Conference

SPA will be in attendance at the 2020 Florida Research Administration Conference. Come visit our booth and learn about our research administration program!

When: January 16-17, 2020
Where: UCF Student Union
Who: Florida research administration professionals, UCF community

For more information, contact: Angela White-Jones


Central Florida Community Partners Nonprofit Conference

SPA sponsors this annual conference, which provides the tools nonprofit professionals needs to advocate for their causes and organizations.

When: Once a year
Where: UCF Downtown
Who: Nonprofit professionals


Public Administration Research Conference

Hosted by the CPNM, the conference brings together both academics and practitioners who can share innovative ideas and spark an engaging discussion pertaining to the field of public administration.

When: March 19 - 20, 2020
Where: UCF Downtown, Orlando, FL
Who: Academics and practitioners, SPA faculty, staff, students and alumni


Lecture Series

Eminent Scholar Lecture Series

The newest event from the CPNM, featuring an invited scholar lecturing on a topic of his or her choosing.

When: Once per semester
Who: SPA faculty, staff and students

For more information, contact:

Inaugural Lecture Series

Faculty who have just received a promotion and/or tenure give a lecture on a topic of their choosing.

When: Beginning of the fall semester, as needed
Who: UCF faculty and staff, and SPA students

Nonprofit Lecture Series

Learn about fundraising and development, ethics, event planning and more from local nonprofit professionals.

When: Once per semester
Who: Current UCF students

For more information, contact: Stephanie Krick

Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series

Hear from a distinguished professional from the field of urban and planning as well as a panel of experts.

When: Once per semester
Where: UCF Downtown
Who: The UCF and Central Florida communities


Professional Development

Public Service Career Showcase

Network with professionals from local nonprofits and government agencies, and learn about open job, internship and volunteer opportunities.

When: Fall 2019
Where: UCF Downtown
Who: UCF/Valencia students

Teaching Circles

Learn about online teaching, service learning, classroom technology and more during this monthly series.

When: Monthly
Where: UCF Downtown
Who: Faculty

For more information, contact: Luis Santiago

Writing Circles

Provides a dedicated time and workspace for for researchers to write and brainstorm.

When: Monthly
Where: Barbara Ying Center
Who: Faculty

For more information, contact:

Social Events

Coffee With a Professor

Join Associate Professor Staci Zavattaro, and your fellow Knights, for coffee and conversation.

When: Monthly
Where: UCF coffee shops
Who: All UCF students

For more information, contact: Staci Zavattaro

Networking Knight

Are you new to SPA? Meet other new students, and the school’s faculty and staff, at Networking Knight.

When: Beginning of the fall semester
Where: UCF Downtown
Who: All SPA students

Pre-Graduation Celebration 

Receive your hood, say goodbye to faculty and staff, and celebrate your achievement with friends and family.

When: End of the spring semester
Who: SPA students who are graduating

For more information, contact: Steven Carrillo

Public Service Recognition Week 

Celebrate public service professionals, including our alumni, at our annual PSRW celebration.

When: May 2020
Where: UCF Downtown
Who: SPA faculty and staff, students, alumni, UCF and community leadership

See past PSRW award winners.

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