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 2018 Florida Research Administration Conference. Come visit our booth and learn about our research administration program!

When: Jan. 11-12, 2018
Where: UCF Student Union
Who: Florida research administration professionals, UCF community


2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition

UCF is one of 16 global host sites for the NASPAA simulation competition, which brings together students from across the globe to solve a complex, real-world problem using a simulation. Five SPA students will also be competing in the event.

When: March 3
Where: HPA I
Who: Only open to competitors



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 Student Union
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: April 12-14, 2018
Where: UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center
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
Where: HPA II, Room 247
Who: SPA faculty, staff and students


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
Where: UCF Global, Room 121
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: Feb. 6, 1:30-3 p.m.
Where: Classroom Building I, Room 319
Who: Current UCF students only


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 Executive Center
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: March 18, 2018
Where: Pegasus Ballroom
Who: All UCF students


Teaching Circles

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

When: Monthly
Where: HPA II, Room 247
Who: Faculty


Writing Circles

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

When: Monthly
Where: Barbara Ying Center
Who: Faculty

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


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: HPA II, Room 247
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 semester
Where: HPA I, Room 112
Who: SPA students who are graduating


Public Service Recognition Week 

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

When: May 8, 2018
Where: Morgridge International Reading Center
Who: SPA faculty and staff, students, alumni, UCF and community leadership