About DAPA

The Delaware Association for Public Administration (DAPA) is a unique organization made up of Delawareans dedicated to the field of public administration and public service. We are the Delaware Chapter of American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the Delaware Association for Public Administration.  We are one organization with two points of entry.

You can become a member of DAPA by joining at the state or national level.  

State Level

The Delaware Association for Public Administration was established in 1971 as a statewide member organization. It was, and continues to be, Delaware’s premiere professional organization for those interested in, involved with, and/or committed to promoting public service.

National Level

ASPA is a national professional organization dedicated to effectiveness in government and excellence in public service.  ASPA’s mission is to be the leading public service organization that advances the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration.  Since 1939, ASPA has been the nation’s most respected society representing all forums in the public service arena. An ASPA membership includes one, no-cost chapter membership. By selecting Delaware as your chapter, you become a member of DAPA. In 1973, DAPA assumed responsibility for the Delaware Chapter of ASPA.

See a comparison of membership fees and benefits on our Membership page.

Reasons to Join DAPA

DAPA provides a strong organizational network for those concerned with public administration in Delaware.

DAPA fosters professional and social contacts at all levels of state government, educational institutions, and quasi-public and private organizations.

DAPA sponsors events to introduce new ideas and foster discussions of complex issues so that public administrators become better informed and trained.

DAPA periodically publishes the DAPA Public Service Reader, an online news vehicle that reports organizational programs and meetings, announces upcoming activities, and highlights members. The Reader also provides a forum for members to contribute their perspectives on issues facing public administrators in Delaware.


  • Upcoming events

    Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 6 rsvps
    Newark Natural Foods in Newark, DE

    June Third Thursday 2018

    The June Third Thursday event of the Summer is just around the corner! Join DAPA at Newark Natural Foods in Community Room A on June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. for a night of networking and learning! 

    Assistant Professor Phil Barnes will speak about his work on Connected and Automated Vehicles. Dr. Barnes received his PhD from the University of Delaware and currently works as a policy scientist and assistant professor at the University of Delaware. Along with Dr. Jerome Lewis he sits on the Governor's Advisory Council on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. 
    newark-natural-foods.jpgNewark Natural Foods is located in the Newark Shopping Center (230 E. Main Street, Newark, DE, 19711). The Community Rooms at Newark Natural Foods have their own entrance, located between the entrance for the grocery store and Cafe 67. Parking in the Newark Shopping Center is plentiful. 

    This event is free, but RSVPs are required. Please RSVP below!

    Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 06:00 PM

    July Third Thursday 2018

    Join us in Dover on July 19, for a night of networking and learning at the Office of Sean Lynn, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dave Hugg will discuss economic development in Dover and the surrounding area.
    This event is free, but RSVPs are required. Please RSVP below!
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Call for Articles

Do you have an idea for an article that you'd like to submit to ASPA's PA Times Editorial Board? Review the monthly topic areas and submission deadlines, and consider submitting an article idea!

News from ASPA

Read the latest articles from ASPA's PA Times

Public Service Stories Project

This project highlights the nobility of public service through real-life stories captured on video. It's the antithesis of the anti-government diatribe so prominently featured in the mass media. View the 23 individual interviews on YouTube.