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At the 2017 Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, MI, ARNOVA will provide a unique opportunity for emerging scholars (assistant professors as well as doctoral and master’s students) to participate in the Emerging Scholars Professional Development Workshops. The Workshops will engage participants who are interested in learning more about career opportunities and challenges and who are seeking advice on ongoing research. The Workshops also promises mentoring and networking opportunities.


Who should participate?

Early Scholars (assistant professors, particularly those in their 1-3 year), and PhD and Master’s students—especially those who are not participating in similar opportunities—during ARNOVA conferences (pre-conference activities) or in their home institutions.


How do I participate?

Complete the Emerging Scholars Professional Development Workshops section as part of the 2017 ARNOVA conference online registration to provide a tentative headcount for the sessions; conference attendees are invited to join any of the five development workshops they wish.


If you are interested in the Research Roundtables, please refer to the special announcement and submit a separate application; attendance at roundtables is by application only.


When will the workshop take place?

TBD. This year all workshops will occur during regular conference panels; there will not be any preconference workshops.


What will the workshop cover?

The Workshops will introduce the participants to the state of nonprofit research, related careers, and highlight the ethical challenges in research and teaching. It is also designed to provide hands-on learning and advice across a range of topics tailored to specific groups and of interest to ARNOVA’s broader membership.


What are some of the session topics and who are speakers/panelists?

  • Navigating the job market: preparing for and navigating the job market, finishing and publishing from the dissertation, finding the right “fit,” negotiating the offer, and considering alternative careers and choosing the right job.
  • Surviving pre-tenure: designing a research agenda, conducting research, writing consistently, figuring out the balance between research, teaching, and service while still have a life, and avoiding common pitfalls.
  • Combatting bias in academia: exploring biases, understanding power dynamics and barriers to inclusion, reflecting on cultural and societal challenges, learning multiple perspectives and experiences creating safer spaces, and discussing how to be an effective ally or mentor.
  • Establishing your scholarly identity: focusing your streams of research, establishing your areas of teaching expertise, crafting concise descriptions of your identity, and managing opportunities to fit your career objectives.
  • Working in international settings: conducting research abroad, engaging in nonprofit/NGO practice internationally, collaborating across international boundaries, working and studying in the U.S. as a foreign citizen, navigating cultural differences, and building support networks.

All workshops are designed as open-discussions and Q&A’s. The speakers and panelists will make general introductory and closing remarks, so come with your questions.


If you have any questions, please contact Khaldoun AbouAssi or David Berlan, Co-Chairs of the Emerging Scholars Development Workshops Committee, at or


The Workshops committee is formed of Khaldoun‎ AbouAssi (co-chair), Cristina Balboa, David Berlan (co-chair), David Campbell, Helen Liu, and Jessica Sowa. The Committee is working on the final details of the Workshops and will be in touch with ARNOVA members who might be interested to volunteer as panelists and facilitators. 

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11/14/2018 » 11/17/2018
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