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2020 TIBS Spring Letter

Tuesday, February 11, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Letter from the ARNOVA TIBS Chair, Brent Never:

   

    As a new semester has begun, it's a great time to reflect on the dynamic work of our membership.  For those of you who are new to TIBS: welcome!  We pride ourselves on being a section that encourages productive dialogue from across a wide range of scholarship.  We are particularly excited to welcome scholars new to nonprofit and voluntary action studies.  For those who are junior to the field or simply young at heart (and brain), your intellectual vigor is an asset.   

   

    We have concluded another successful ARNOVA Annual Meeting in San Diego, offering TIBS Colloquium, Lightning Research Roundtable, and our popular Annual Dinner. We are including comments from the chairs of our programs at 2019 ARNOVA below and posting photos at the events on the ARNOVA TIBS Homepage and Facebook page for TIBS.

   

    For those of you unable to join us at our TIBS Colloquium, “Nonprofit Theories in Non-Western Contexts: What Have We Learned about Their Applicability?,” we were able to interrogate whether theory can be successfully exported to other cultural contexts; likewise, what promising theories are resonating in other parts of the world that could augment our understandings here?  

   

    TIBS sponsored lightning research roundtable “Interdisciplinary Perspectives to Advance Theory in a Polarized World” invited five distinguished scholars from diverse disciplines to discuss how nonprofits may contribute to societal polarization. This lively panel discussion packed out the room.

   

    We are also very proud of our members who have advanced discussions about the role of theory in a data-intense world.  Eva Witesman and Curtis Child organized a colloquium, “The Future of Nonprofit Theory,” which furthered this important conversation. 

   

    We would like to congratulate Yuan (Daniel) Chang (University of Minnesota) and Zhongsheng Wu (University of Maryland) once again, who won the 2019 Felice Davidson Perlmutter Award for Best TIBS Conference Paper with their paper, “The Contingent Value of Nonprofit Political Connections on Private Donations: Exploring the Moderating Role of Transparency.

   

    We have also had leadership transitions at TIBS and want to thank Julia Carboni for her strong leadership over the past two years as President; we'd also like to thank Nathan Wright for his committed service to the section as a board member.  We are welcoming two new board members, Yuan (Daniel) Chang and Ruth Hansen, to the TIBS board.

   

    For 2020 we look forward to continuing our engagement with nonprofit scholars at a time when theory and boundaries are being stretched by current events.  We know that TIBS will continue to thrive in interesting times.

   

    Brent

    Chair, ARNOVA-TIBS  


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