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ARNOVA Early Scholars Section News

Wednesday, September 30, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Early Scholars is proud to make its debut in 2015! Early Scholars developed out of the 2013-2014 ARNOVA Diversity Scholars program. As a cohort we were so grateful and impressed by what the program offered us, we were encouraged to pursue a full section to similarly support all early and emerging scholars within the ARNOVA membership. Over the last year and a half, Mary Clare Hano from North Carolina State University and Christina E. Mitchell from the University of San Diego, as the Early Scholars ad hoc Leadership Team, have worked under the mentorship of Executive Director Siddiqui and through the guidance of the ARNOVA Board, along with considerable reliance on the amazing ARNOVA administrative staff, to make the Early Scholars Section a reality.

Early scholars, individuals connected to issues of nonprofit research, scholarship and practice regardless of age, may be:
• Doctoral or masters students;
• New assistant professors;
• New practitioners;
• Faculty not new to the classroom but new to the world of research and publishing; and
• Well-grounded professionals new to the world of research and publishing.

Early Scholars is conceptually different from other ARNOVA sections. The purpose of Early Scholars is to proactively support the processes of entering scholarship with professional confidence by fostering relationships, a sense of belonging, support, and shared control through a spirit of inquiry. Given this, Early Scholars seeks to mirror best practices in nonprofit scholarship and professional identity development by building an awareness of scholarly capability that will sustain successful advancement of our members.

Part of supporting development included working closely with Drs. Khaldoun AbouAssi (Chair), Mary Kay Gugerty, Catherine Herrold, and Mary Tschirhart over the past few months to bring together the inaugural Early Scholars Professional Development Workshop as part of the 2015 ARNOVA Conference. We are thrilled with the number of ARNOVA attendees who are taking advantage of this new, and free, conference opportunity.

Currently, Early Scholars is in its membership drive and first election cycle. Membership is open to everyone interested and we are proud to say we have over 30 members at present! Also, we have completed the nomination process and will open voting to our membership beginning October 5. Stay tuned in mid to late October when we introduce our new, and first, fully elected Leadership Team!

With leadership in place, Early Scholars will turn its attention to the business of building the section. The Leadership Team will be working with the membership to set section goals and focus for the coming year. The section was created with the aim to establish the type of community early scholars need. Lots of ideas were gained at the 2014 conference on the kinds of supports early and emerging scholars would like to see. If the membership and technology supports an idea, Early Scholars wants to pursue it. Discussions have included hosting and archiving webinar series and a bringing together a full mentorship program.

Even if you're not an Early Scholar, please help us encourage the early and emerging scholars you know to consider section membership. We welcome new members and hope they will join us in developing Early Scholars into a valuable resource for support.

As always, if you have any questions or seek information, EMAIL MARY CLARE HANO ( AND CHRISTINA E. MITCHELL ( We are here to help.

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