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Professor Janine O’Flynn elected as a Fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration

24 October 2022

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ANZSOG Professor Janine O’Flynn has been elected as a Fellow of the USA’s National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) – one of only 35 Fellows elected this year. 

The NAPA is an independent, non-partisan organisation established in 1967 and chartered by Congress in 1984 to advance government practices through studies and projects held to the highest standards of efficiency and excellence. From its founding, the Academy’s commitment to good governance has driven the organisation forward and inspired its work. 

To carry out this mission, the Academy draws on the knowledge and experience of its nearly 1,000 Fellows— who include former cabinet officers, Members of Congress, governors, mayors, and state legislators, as well as prominent scholars, career public administrators, and non-profit and business executives. Fellows bring their insights, experience, successes, and lessons learned straight to their clients through independent thought leadership, in-depth studies and analyses, advisory services and technical assistance, congressional testimony, forums and conferences, and stakeholder engagement. 

Fellows are elected to the Academy for substantial scholarly contributions to public administration, or for their significant experience in the field of public administration. 

Professor O’Flynn said: 

“I am so honoured to have been nominated and elected as a Fellow of NAPA. It’s an incredible organisation, committed to public service, and to bringing experts together to confront the Grand Challenges of our times. The Academy’s vision to advance a just, fair, and inclusive government that strengthens communities and protects democracy is so critical to governing now, and into the future.” 

Professor O’Flynn will leave ANZSOG to commence her new role as Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU in early 2023. ANZSOG has congratulated Professor O’Flynn on this prestigious appointment and looks forward to her ongoing involvement with ANZSOG through the Crawford School, an institution that has a long-term close working relationship with ANZSOG. 

Professor O’Flynn has played an important role in leading the delivery of ANZSOG’s foundation subject in the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA), Delivering Public Value (DPV), as well as throughout the EMPA and other executive education programs. She has also maintained a prolific research and publication record and made a positive contribution to ANZSOG’s strategic positioning. As the co-author of one of the major pieces of research commissioned from ANZSOG by the Thodey Review, 2030 and beyond: getting the work of government done, she has helped shape deliberations on the future of the Australian Public Service.  

Professor O’Flynn is a member of the Advisory Board of the Victorian Public Sector Commission and sits on the board of the Public Management Research Association. She has advised public service institutions in many parts of the world, and is the winner of multiple prestigious academic awards, most notably the best book award at the Academy of Management for the book Rethinking Public Service Delivery: Managing with External Providers (with John Alford). She is also the recipient of a national citation from the Australian Teaching and Learning Council for her excellence as an educator.