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Winners and judges of the 2019 Voinovich Innovation Challenge

Highlighting and rewarding innovative approaches to Public Administration education and engagement

Voinovich Public Innovation Challenge

Since 2017, the Voinovich School has encouraged public administration faculty and staff to share exciting new ideas in teaching, community engagement, research, and administration. 

The Voinovich Public Innovation Challenge is hosted by the Voinovich of Leadership and Public Affairs, in partnership with NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration). Each summer, faculty and staff are invited to submit two-page applications, describing their innovative approaches to enhancing students’ education, addressing unmet needs, advancing understanding of their field, or improving programmatic effectiveness.

The top three or four finalists are invited to present their ideas before a panel of expert judges at the October NASPAA conference. Winners receive a financial award to support the further development and implementation of their idea.

Winners have included:

  • The University of Maryland’s Do Good Campus, which seeks to make social impact education a core element of all students’ experiences, from orientation to graduation. Schools across campus partner to develop social impact courses, and students compete in a year-long Do Good Campus competition.
  • The University of Kansas’ Pathways to Public Service, which provides community college students with a seamless transition to a KU bachelors program through a combination of academic and financial coaching, social meet-ups, networking events, and leadership opportunities. 
  • The University of Montana’s Robotic MPA Access, which enables online students to fully participate in on-site classes via robot, including participating in live discussions, engaging with classmates, and moving around the room. 

The Voinovich Public Innovation Challenge is named in honor of Sen. George V. Voinovich (July 15, 1936 – June 12, 2016) whose nearly half century of public service was a living example of innovative leadership. He encouraged others to design and deliver practical solutions to challenging public problems and was an early proponent of public-private partnerships.

To apply for the Voinovich Public Innovation Challenge, or for more information, please contact Kate Leeman, Director of Strategic Initiatives.


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