"The ARNOVA Board expresses its sincere gratitude to all those who ran as candidates for Board positions this year. There were many excellent nominees, all of whom have made outstanding voluntary contributions to ARNOVA. We would also like to thank the Nominating Committee, chaired by Board Member Hector Cordero-Guzman, for putting together a terrific slate of candidates.
We also extend our deep appreciation to Board Members who are completing their service and will be leaving the Board this fall: Lehn Benjamin, John McNutt, Judith Millesen, and Jessica Sowa. They will be acknowledged at our annual conference in Washington, DC in November.
Finally, we thank ARNOVA members who voted in the election for their participation in this democratic process."
Alan Abramson, George Mason University
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René Bekkers, VU University Amsterdam
René Bekkers, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Philanthropic Studies at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. He is a professor by special appointment (‘bijzonder hoogleraar’) at the Faculty of Social Sciences of VU Amsterdam, supported by the Van der Gaag Foundation of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). He is also the research chair of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP).
Bekkers is a member of ARNOVA since 2002 and received the Gabriel Rudney Award for best dissertation in 2005. He is on the editorial board of NVSQ since 2010 and has served as track chair for the conference and on multiple award and selection committees and other activities of the association.
Khaldoun AbouAssi, American University (2nd Term)
I am honored to be considered for a position on the ARNOVA board and to continue to serve the Association that has been instrumental to my development as a scholar. In my nomination, I seek to represent and promote the interests and work of all ARNOVAns, but particularly early, junior, and under-represented scholars in our field.
I ran for elections last year and thank you for your support. I was not elected for a full term but the Board asked me to serve as an interim member-at-large for a vacated position. I hope that during this short year I have achieved some promising results such as working on ARNOVA’s Code of Ethics, developing a diversity plan, and organizing the Emerging Scholars Professional Development Workshops for the second year.
As a board member, I am keen to continue to collaborate with ARNOVAns and the board members to contribute to ARNOVA’s continuing efforts and success and to support and promote the scope, diversity, excellence, and application to practice of nonprofit/NGO research. This would include expanding members’ collaboration, mentorship and publication opportunities; advancing international and comparative research; and further promoting and supporting the work of Sections and Interest Groups.
Shena Ashley, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Urban Institute
ARNOVA provides a vital service to all of us who have chosen to dedicate ourselves to
nonprofit sector research. Like many of you, my research and professional life have been deeply enriched by associational membership in ARNOVA. My own research is focused on the patterns and consequences of foundation and government grantmaking practice. Participation in ARNOVA has helped shape the direction of my research and has helped me build a network of collaborators that keep this work fun.
At the first conference I attended, I was delighted to find a supportive and interdisciplinary community of scholars addressing practically relevant questions at the highest levels of social science rigor. My experiences at that conference solidified my commitment to this field and to ARNOVA. Since that time, I have had many opportunities to share in the collective work of maintaining the values of our association and I have deliberately sought opportunities to play a leadership role in providing mentoring for and creating community among the new and emerging scholars in the field. Now, I am looking to serve in the governance of this association.
I believe that I can make a significant contribution to the effectiveness and sustainability of our association through board service. I bring to the task a wealth of experiences in board service, years of experience as an ARNOVA member and a commitment to building an even more valuable and beneficial association. I will take seriously the duties of a board member and will work hard to advance the effectiveness and sustainability of our association. Thank you for your consideration.
Brenda Bushouse, University of Massachusetts
It is an honor to be nominated for election to the ARNOVA board. My first experience with ARNOVA was as an Aspen Institute Dissertation Fellow in 1997 and it was transformative. It was the first time that I experienced a conference where people “got it.” Ever since ARNOVA has been my intellectual home and I would be thankful for the opportunity to give back by serving on the board.
Service to ARNOVA
Throughout my years in ARNOVA I have served on many committees including Publications Committee (2016-17), track chair or member (2010-2012, 2016), Membership Committee (2002-03, 2011-12), Best Paper in NVSQ (2008); however my most treasured service was participating in the creation of the Theories, Issues, and Boundaries section (TIBS). From 2003 to 2015 I served on the TIBS Executive Committee first as Treasurer, then Vice Chair, and ultimately Chair. TIBS membership grew to become one of the largest sections and its success was due to creating space for substantive dialogue on important and emergent topics. An important goal for TIBS was to highlight the contributions of newer scholars. Our sessions paired newer scholars with established ones and always encouraged alternative perspectives. In addition to TIBS, Mark Hagar and I organized conference sessions (starting in 2009) that focused on managing work-life balance and career transitions. This was our way of helping the new generation and we were both gratified when these were institutionalized into the conference program. Through these service experiences I have met wonderfully committed scholars and practitioners who care deeply about our association. As a boardmember I will bring all of these experiences to inform my participation.
Background and Scholarship
My Ph.D. is in Public Policy (Indiana University 1999) and I specialize in the politics of nonprofit organizations, particularly how foundations fund and nonprofit service providers advocate for policy change. My book, Universal Preschool: Policy Change, Stability, and the Pew Charitable Trusts (SUNY Press 2009) won the Virginia A. Hodgkinson Book Award and I am currently completing a longitudinal study of foundation and advocacy organization support for child policies in the U.S. (with Doug Imig). This study allows us to see how the social movements for children change over time and across four policy domains (early childhood education, health and nutrition, social welfare, labor).
My experience with creating the TIBS program for over a decade led me to focus on big questions, which ultimately influenced my research. A recent contribution is the 2016 NVSQ special issue (co-edited with Brent Never and Rob Christensen, volume 45,4S) featuring papers that build connections between two parallel research traditions: nonprofit and voluntary action and the Ostrom Workshop. Our introduction lays out a research agenda for future research collaborations between the two traditions. A second “big picture” project links nonprofit and voluntary action to public policy (forthcoming in Policy Studies Journal) and is part of a special issue on the connections between public management, nonprofit and voluntary action, and public policy. At the 2016 ARNOVA conference we are having a roundtable discussion to chart out a research agenda to advance theory that informs all three fields of scholarship.
Contributions to Teaching and Practice
Prior to my academic career, I worked in economic development at the regional level and, after earning my MPA (Syracuse University 1992), shifted to the international level. My professional experiences keep my academic work grounded in reality. I have a healthy respect for those who choose careers working in the public and nonprofit sectors. I also have a healthy respect for the students in my nonprofit management courses and am a committed teacher. I have published on pedagogy and presented on teaching at ARNOVA four times during my career and served as Teaching Section Treasurer (2015). I strongly support connecting theory with practice and published (with Jessica Sowa NVSQ 2011) an analysis of the extent NVSQ authors connect their research to practice. My motto is: “empiricism without theory is blind but theory without empiricism is folly.”
If elected to the ARNOVA board, I will bring my history of service, enthusiasm for intellectual inquiry, and commitment to teaching and practice to the table. ARNOVA is my intellectual home and I value the opportunity to serve.
Lindsey McDougle, Rutgers University-Newark
Since 2007, I have been an active member of the Association for Research in Nonprofit
Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). As a member, some of the many ways that I
have served the organization include:
� Member of the ARNOVA Research Committee
� Member of the ARNOVA Conference Planning Committee
� Member of the ARNOVA Best Article Award Committee
� Co-chair for the ARNOVA Boards and Governance Conference track
� Chair of the ARNOVA Boards and Governance Conference track
� Chair of the ARNOVA Conference Travel Scholarship Committee
My interest in serving as a board member for ARNOVA continues my interest in being an active member of the organization and assisting the organization in reaching its goals— specifically, the four goals that have been set forth in the organization’s most recent strategic plan. Below, I outline the four goals identified in ARNOVA’s most recent strategic plan. I also provide a description of how I have personally contributed to assisting the organization in reaching those goals.
ARNOVA Goal 1: Build, improve, disseminate, and promote recognition of knowledge on nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, civil society, and voluntary action.
PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION: Although still early in my academic career, I have been committed to producing high quality scholarship that has relevance to both the academic community as well as to the nonprofit practitioner community. In particular, not only have I demonstrated my commitment to producing high quality scholarship through my publication record, but I have also translated my research
into practical terms for more applied use. For example, I often use the findings from my research to enhance class discussions or when assisting local nonprofit leaders.
ARNOVA Goal 2: Create an integrated set of programs and activities that support effective education in nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, civil society and voluntary action.
PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION: Having earned my doctoral degree from a School of Education, I have always been interested in the intersection of nonprofit studies and educational pedagogy. In fact, one of my most recent research projects explores the academic learning and student development outcomes associated with an innovative new pedagogy known as experiential philanthropy (also often referred to as student philanthropy). The pedagogy, which is considered to be a form of service- learning, is defined as a learning approach that provides students with opportunities to study social problems and nonprofit organizations, and then make decisions about investing funds in them. I would like to utilize my knowledge in this area to assist ARNOVA in creating programs and activities that support effective education in the nonprofit realm.
ARNOVA Goal 3: Manage ARNOVA’s operations so that they are exemplary with respect to strong governance, financial stability, and responsiveness to members.
PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION: Not only have I worked in public and nonprofit organizations (which has provided me with a wealth of practical insights), but I have also taught the course: Strategic Planning in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (at both the MPA and the Executive MPA level) for several years. In my teaching, I provide students with a solid foundation in the skills of strategic management (and planning)—some of which I hope to be able to bring to the ARNOVA board.
ARNOVA Goal 4: Attract and retain individuals from under-represented groups into all aspects of ARNOVA's governance, programming, and membership in order to insure that ARNOVA is and continues to be a diverse organization.
PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION: As someone with an interdisciplinary academic background, I feel that my ability to translate my research across various fields (e.g., environmental studies, general social sciences, and marketing) has been an asset in terms of raising the visibility of the field of nonprofit studies.
In the end, as a board member, not only would I like to assist ARNOVA in continuing to reach the goals set forth by the organization, but I would also like to I would like to help facilitate the continued growth of our organization.
John Ronquillo, University of Colorado Denver (2nd Term)
It has been an honor to serve on the ARNOVA Board of the Directors for the past three years, and it would be a pleasure to continue our work together for the next three. Throughout my time as a member of ARNOVA, I have been afforded several opportunities for scholarly development, volunteering, and leadership, and have done my best as a member of the board to expand these and other opportunities to others. Of particular interest to me, has been the increasing number of early-stage scholars that join ARNOVA, and ensuring that they have excellent professional development and mentorship opportunities. Additionally, we have worked to improve our annual conference and opportunities to present high quality research and helping to further solidify the association's status as the premier research organization for nonprofit and philanthropic studies.
I and my board colleagues have worked to improve communications throughout the association, and I am proud to have been able to work with Executive Director Shariq Siddiqui to help transition to a new website, which is a large task for an association of our size. Additionally, we as a board recently oversaw the selection of new editors of NVSQ, and we look forward to strengthening the association’s ties to the journal and ensuring its place as the leading outlet for nonprofit research. As a member of the board, I have and will continue to support programs such as the Diversity and Leadership Fellows and various grant programs supported by ARNOVA and its partners. I will continue to promote opportunities such as the Emerging Scholar Awards and Doctoral Seminar widely along with other beneficial opportunities. I am grateful for all that ARNOVA has contributed to my development as a scholar, and I hope to contribute even more in the
next three years. Thank you for your consideration.
David Suarez, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance (2nd Term)
David Suárez, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. His current research draws on organizational and sociological theory to explore a) the relationship between managerialism and organizational performance and b) the consequences of professionalization for the nonprofit sector. He is particularly interested in collaboration, advocacy, and civic engagement—issues that link nonprofits to public agencies and the policy process. Ongoing projects include research on: public-nonprofit partnerships in national parks and schools; monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practices in development NGOs; institutional change in philanthropy; education and human rights organizations. His research has been supported by the Spencer Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His work has been published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, the American Review of Public Administration, Administration & Society, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas, Sociology of Education, and many additional outlets. He teaches courses on public management, organizational theory, philanthropy, and leadership in the nonprofit sector.
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