Become a Member

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 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.

Two Ways to Join

There are two ways to become a member of the Delaware Association for Public Administration (DAPA). 

  1. You may join the local DAPA organization directly through this website using the form below. The DAPA annual membership fee is $30 and does not include an American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) membership or ASPA benefits (see below).

    If you prefer to pay by check, simply download the membership registration form (PDF), complete the required information on the form, and mail with your check for $30 (per year dues payable to DAPA) to

    attn: Martin Wollaston
    c/o Institute for Public Administration
    180 Graham Hall
    University of Delaware
    Newark, DE 19716-7380

  2. You also can join DAPA by joining ASPA and selecting Delaware as your chapter. Your ASPA membership includes one (no cost) chapter membership. Visit ASPA's website here to join at the national level.


Comparison of DAPA/ASPA Memberships, Fees, and Benefits



Student membership fee 

$30 $40-$75
Professional membership fee $30 $70+
Annual membership begins Calendar year     Join date
Public Administration Review journal No Yes
PA Times Magazine No Yes
Public Manager journal No Yes
The Bridge e-newsletter No Yes
Member rate at conferences No Yes
Discount on select publications No Yes
Free access to webinars No Yes
Free access to book talks No Yes
Optional life insurance No Yes
Networking/social events Yes Yes
Member rate at Annual Awards Dinner     Yes Yes













Fill out the form below to join DAPA (State Level Membership)

If you don't have an employer or are retired, put N/A, and if you are self-employed put "self-employed" in employer and describe your occupation.