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        Governance and Civil Society Policy

Governance and Civil Society Policy

Institute faculty and their associates are working in this field to study the conditions that conduce to healthy civil societies both in the United States and in other nations, as well as the relationships between civil society and effective and equitable democratic governance. Faculty members active in this area are also exploring the roles of nongovernmental and nonprofit institutions in public governance and in transnational networks.  Even as VTIPG faculty and affiliated graduate students work to understand better the complex collaborative structures that now typify public governance in many societies, they are also examining how nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations themselves—in their various forms—are governed. They are employing what they learn through that research to assist those responsible for leading and overseeing these civil society organizations to develop strategies aimed at improving their effectiveness, representativeness, accountability and transparency.

FACULTY PUBLICATIONS

Democracy in an Age of Networked Governance: Charting the Currents of Democratic Change and Democracy at a Crossroads: Acknowledging Deficiencies, Encouraging Engagement
Two volumes, American Behavioral Scientist, Vol.52, 6February 2009, Vol. 52, 7, March, 2009. Editor, (18 articles and introduction). Editors: Joyce Rothschild and Max Stephenson Jr.

Editors: Joyce Rothschild and Max Stephenson, Jr.

Contributing Authors: Joyce Rothschild, Max Stephenson Jr., Neera Chandhoke, Betsy Taylor, Paul Lichterman, Darcy Leach, Jennifer Beeman, Alnoor Ebrahim,  Edward Weisband, Marcy Schnitzer, Carmen Sirianni, William Domhoff, Patricia Nickel, Angela Eikenberry, Joan Roeloefs, Robin Hahnel, Jon Van Til, Helmut Anheier, Camilla Stivers.

“The Meaning of Democracy in Nonprofit and Community Organizations”
American Behavioral Scientist, Democracy in an Age of Networked Governance Vol. 52, 6 February 2009, pp.800-806.
Max Stephenson and Joyce Rothschild.

In press, “Corporatism,” article for Helmut K. Anheier and Stefan Toepler (eds).
International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2009.
Max Stephenson, Jr.

In press: “Exploring the Connections Among Adaptive Leadership, Facets of Imagination and Social Imaginaries”
Accepted by Public Policy and Administration. Scheduled for Vol. 24 for July 2009.
Max Stephenson Jr.

“Governance Structures Matter and we must Maintain what we Construct: Considering the Role of Nonprofit Organizations in Public Policy Processes”
Public Administration Review. May/June 2008, Vol. 68, (3), pp. 591-594.
Max Stephenson, Jr.

“Nonprofit Governance, Management and Organizational Learning: Exploring the
Implications of One ‘Mega-Gift’

American Review of Public Administration. Vol. 39, (1), January 2009, pp.43-59.
Max Stephenson, Marcy Schnitzer and Veronica Arroyave

“Bridging the Organizational Divide: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of United States and International Humanitarian Service Delivery Structures.”
Accepted at Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Scheduled for Vol. 18, (3). September 2007.
Max Stephenson Jr.

“Exploring the Challenges and Prospects for Polycentricity in International Humanitarian Relief” 
American Behavioral ScientistDemocracy in an Age of Networked Governance, Vol. 52,6, February 2009, pp.919-932. Max Stephenson, Jr. and Marcy Schnitzer.

“Program Development issues in Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies: Learning from one University’s Experience”
Journal of Public Affairs Education. Vol. 13, (2), Spring/Summer 2007, pp. 301-314.
Max Stephenson, Jr.

In press, “Conceiving Land Grant Civic Engagement as Adaptive Leadership.” 
Higher Education. Max Stephenson, Jr.

The “Permanent Things” and the Role of the Moral Imagination in Organizational Life: Revisiting the foundations of Public and Nonprofit Leadership
Administrative Theory and Praxis, 29(2), June 2007, 260-277.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Mentoring for Doctoral Student Praxis-Centered Learning: Creating a Shared Culture of Intellectual Aspiration 
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 36, (4), December 2007, Supplement, pp. 64s-79s.
Max Stephenson Jr. and Rachel Christensen

Environmental Justice: Right Answers, Wrong Questions:Environmental Justice as Urban Research
Urban Studies, Vol. 44, 2 (February 2007), pp. 319-337.
Lisa Schweitzer and Max Stephenson

American Governance in Naomi Choi, ed. Sage Encyclopedia of Governance, Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, Ca., 2006.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Policy Implementation in Naomi Choi, ed. Sage Encyclopedia of Governance, Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, Ca., 2006.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Government Performance and Results Act in Naomi Choi, ed. Sage Encyclopedia of Governance, Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, Ca., 2006.
Max Stephenson Jr.

“Charting the Challenges and Paradoxes of Constructivism for Pre-Professional Planning Education”
Teaching in Higher Education, Vol. 13, (5). October 2008, pp. 583-593.
Lisa Schweitzer and Max Stephenson Jr.

“Program Development Issues in Nonprofit and Civel Society Studies: Learning From One University’s Experience”
Journal of Public Affairs Education. Vol. 13, (2), Spring/Summer 2007, pp. 301-314.
Max Stephenson Jr.

“Aesthetic Imagination, Civic Imagination and the Role of the Arts In Community Change and Development”
International Journal of the Arts in Society, Vol. 1, (3).February 2007pp. 83-92.
Max Stephenson Jr. and Kate Lanham

“Interorganizational Trust, Boundary Spanning, and Humanitarian Relief Coordination”
Non-Profit Management and Leadership. Vol. 17, (2), Winter 2006, pp. 211-233.
Max Stephenson and Marcy Schnitzer

The Nature Conservancy, the Press and Accountability 
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 35, 3. (September 2006), pp. 1-22
Max Stephenson Jr. and Elisabeth Chaves

Bridging the Organizational Divide: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of United States and International Humanitarian Service Delivery Structures
Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Vol. 18, (3). September 2007, pp. 209-224.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Review of Severun Bruyn A Civil Republic: Beyond Capitalism and Nationalism, Kumarian Press, 2005.
Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Vol. 17, 2 (June 2006), pp. 185-186.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Toward a Descriptive Model of Humanitarian Assistance Coordination 
Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Vol. 17, 1(March 2006), pp. 41-57.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Developing community leadership through the arts in Southside Virginia: Social networks, civic identity and civic change
Community Development Journal. Web access provided: July 12, 2005. Print copy, Vol. 42, 1, 79-96. (February 2007).
Max Stephenson Jr.

Making humanitarian relief networks more effective: operational coordination, trust and sense making. 
Disasters. Vol. 29, 4 (December, 2005), pp. 337-350.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Making Humanitarian Relief Networks More Effective: Exploring the Relationships Among Coordination, Trust and Sense Making
Paper prepared for delivery at the National Conference of the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
Los Angeles, California on November 18-20, 2004
Max Stephenson Jr.

Rethinking Humanitarian Assistance Coordination
Paper prepared for delivery at the International Society of Third Sector Research (ISTR)
Sixth International Conference, Toronto, Canada on July 11-14, 2004
Max Stephenson Jr. and Nicole Kehler

Of Land Grants, Leadership, Nonprofits and Social Change: A Model for Catalyzing Sustained Community-Based Learning and Change
Paper prepared for delivery at the National Conference of the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
Denver, Colorado November 20-22, 2003.
Max Stephenson Jr.

The Role of Trust and Boundary Spanning Behavior in Humanitarian Assitance Coordination
Non-Profit Management and Leadership. Vol. 17, 2 (Winter 2006), pp. 211-233.
Marcy Schnitzer

Giving Circles: Growing Grassroots Philanthropy
Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly35, 517-532.
Angela Eikenberry

Towards a Critical Social Theory of Philanthropy in an Era of Governance
Theorizing power post 9/11 ASPECT e-book series SPECT/RE. Edited by Wolfgang Natter.
Angela Eikenberry

Can Collectivist-Democracy Bring Gender Equity? The Efforts at Twin Oaks?
Research in the Sociology of Work. 2006 Volume:16. Page: 239 – 262
Joyce Rothschild and Amy Tomchin

“A Question of Priorities, Not Blame.”
Commentary, Roanoke Times, Virginia, pp. 7, October 3, 2005.

Accountability Myopia: Losing Sight of Organizational Learning
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 34 (1), 56 (2005)
Alnoor Ebrahim

NGOs and Organizational Change: Discourse, Reporting, and Learning 
Cambridge University Press, 2005 (Paperback)
Alnoor Ebrahim

Dilemmas in Academic Mission: Building Research Capacity in Nonprofits or in Academia? Paper prepared for delivery at the National Conference of the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
Los Angeles, California on November 18-20, 2004
Alnoor Ebrahim

Institutional Preconditions to Collaboration: Indian Forest and Irrigation Policy in Historical Perspective
Administration & Society 36 (2), 208 (2004)
Alnoor Ebrahim

Beyond Dependence: Conceptualizing Information and Accountability in NGO-Funder Relations Paper prepared for delivery at the International Society of Third Sector Research (ISTR)
Sixth International Conference, Toronto, Canada on July 11-14, 2004
Alnoor Ebrahim

The Marketization of the Nonprofit Sector: Civil Society at Risk?
Public Administration Review, Volume 64, Number 2, March 2004, pp. 132-140(9)
Angela Eikenberry and Jodie Kluver

Building Analytical and Adaptive Capacity:  Lessons from Northern and Southern NGOs
Paper prepared for delivery at the National Conference of the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action(ARNOVA)
Denver, Colorado on November 20-22, 2003
Alnoor Ebrahim

Making sense of accountability: Conceptual perspectives for northern and southern nonprofits Nonprofit Management and Leadership 14 (2), 191 (2003)
Alnoor Ebrahim

Learning And Change: Community Development Revisited”
Anne H. Moore

ARTICLES UNDER REVIEW


“Considering the Relationships among Social Conflict, Social Imaginaries, Resilience and Community-based Organization Leadership”
At Ecology and Society based on Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance symposium,

“Planners in the Naked City: 100 Years of Markets, Democracy and Angst”
At Planning Theory and Practice, July 2008. Max Stephenson and Lisa Schweitzer.

“Cities and Regions as Justice Spaces: Exploring the Issues for Regional Sustainability”
At Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. Revise and resubmit request received; resubmission scheduled for Spring 2009.Lisa Schweitzer and Max Stephenson.

“Community, Trust and the Habits of Democracy: An Investigation into Social Capital and Civic Engagement in U.S. Cohousing Neighborhoods”
At Environment and Planning A, Revise and resubmit request received Oct. 8, 2008. Lisa Poley and Max Stephenson.

RESEARCH & OUTREACH


Forthcoming Research: Belfast Peacelines, Belfast, Ireland

Intrigued by the Belfast Wall during their recent visit to Belfast, Ireland for the Foundations for Peace Network – sponsored Victim Empowerment conference in May 2008, Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti have begun research surrounding the continued existence of the Wall ten years after the Peace Accords and despite proposed (and underway) (re) development of many of the Army garrisons the UK had in East Belfast for decades.

Together Drs. Stephenson and Zanotti will edit an issue of the Journal of Architectural Planning ans Research entitled, “Building Walls, Securitizing Space and Making of Identity.”

Community Based Peace Building

Community foundations and community-based philanthropies play increasingly significant roles in efforts to mediate and build social capacity for the mitigation and management of long-lived conflicts in the societies of which they are a part. Drs. Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti are exploring this little-studied phenomenon by examining the conflict amelioration and management role(s) of three such foundations in three diverse nations. They hope to develop a contextualized analysis of the emergent roles of these foundations in peace building and the mechanisms they employ to pursue these newfound responsibilities by exploring the effects of the interaction between global and local organizations and their intended and unintended consequences. They will compare and contrast the efforts of our sample organizations against their own aspirations, against international strategies for making peace, against the strategies they have adopted and against the goals afforded by FFP for the diffusion of alternate modes of conflict management and mediation. Comparative case analysis should yield a strong overview of how these institutions are proceeding in what for them is a new arena of activity as well as what range of strategies they are employing and the rationales they offer for selecting and pursuing those.

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations

VTIPG is a signatory to Independent Sector’s Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations. The Guide represents the first time that charities and foundations reflecting a broad cross-section of the American nonprofit community have come together to develop principles of ethical conduct, accountability, and transparency that they aspire to and encourage all organizations to follow. The Guide outlines 33 practices designed to support board members and staff leaders of every charitable organization as they work to improve their own operations.

For more information visit:

https://www.independentsector.org/programs/principles-for-good-governance-and-ethical-practice/

Spring 2008 Graduate Scholar Society Seminar

Under the leadership of Dr. Max Stephenson Jr. and Marcy Schnitzer, a group of graduate students examined literature on violence and peace building as part of the spring 2008 Graduate Scholar Society. The group examined violence and conflict at the local, state, and international/systemic levels and the moral and ethical implications of each through reading three books: “We Wish to Inform you that Tomorrow we will be Killed with our Families: Stories from Rwanda” by Philip Gourevitch, “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide” by Samantha Power, and “The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace” by John Paul Lederach. Discussions centered on issues such as the will to power, morality, the nature of evil, history, memory, identity and difference and their effects on reconciliation and peace-building.

The Graduate Scholar Society was formed with the purpose of creating an environment for graduate students to engage in transdisciplinary discussions on various topics of choice. Students gain personal and educational self-enrichment and make connections with fellow graduate students with diverse backgrounds and fields of study. Each semester new discussion groups are formed. Students are required to meet at least five times throughout the semester and produce a final presentation to share with the other discussion groups at the end of the semester.

Collaboration between New River Valley Nonprofits

Facilitated by VTIPG, various nonprofit organizations in the New River Valley area gathered at the April 2008 Blacksburg Town Hall meeting to discuss common needs of the sector in service delivery effectiveness, advocacy and grassroots activity, and public awareness and support.

Collaboration spawned from the efforts of the Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations (VANNO) to unite Virginia nonprofits and connect their resources and practices to meet community needs.

For more information on VANNO visit www.vanno.org/index.htm

Southside Virginia Community, Economic and Leadership Development

The IGA provides leadership for catalyzing research and outreach efforts in the Southside region of Virginia. VTIPG works in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) and Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs Southside Implementation Team (SIT) to develop research and outreach programming that would advance the community development goals of the region. VTIPG is working with nonprofit organizations in the region and is in the beginning of an ambitious grassroots leadership development initiative involving multiple universities in the region.

Fairfax County’s Consolidate Community Funding Pool

Fairfax County, Virginia pools Federal, State and Local government funds to support the work of nonprofits serving the residents of the county. Decisions funding Fairfax-based nonprofit organizations equaling near $9 million dollars are made by a citizen’s committee and approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. An IPG Project Associate served on that 2004-2006 funding cycle selection committee.

World Bank-Civil Society Joint Facilitation Committee

The World Bank-Civil Society Joint Facilitation Committee (JFC) is a consultative body that seeks

  • to produce a guiding framework for World Bank-civil society engagement; and
  • to establish transparent, accountable and democratic mechanisms for further engagement

Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations

VTIPG has played a critical role in the founding of the statewide association for nonprofit organizations in the Commonwealth of Virginia . We have joined a coalition of nonprofits, consultants and nonprofit academic research centers from across the state to build this new organization. VANNO will provide forums for sharing expertise, experience and best practices, as a central information and resource exchange and gives Virginia’s nonprofit sector a statewide voice, policy forum and collective advocacy arm.

 CONFERENCES, SYMPOSIA, & WORKSHOPS


2008 International Disaster and Risk Conference, Davos, Switzerland

The International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) held biennially in Davos, Switzerland Aug. 25 – 29 is expecting more than 300 participants from 130 countries this year. With the motto Public-private partnership – key for integral risk management and climate change adaptation the conference aims to address global risk issues through an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach.

Dr. Max Stephenson Jr., Director of VTIPG and James Martin, Director of the World Disaster Risk Management Institute, Virginia Tech will facilitate a panel during a special session entitled: “Confronting the Challenge of Building Sustainable Networks for Disaster Relief Recovery and Community Resilience.”

Representatives of IDRC Davos 2008 report that the expected outcome of the conference is “to build stronger ties between disaster and risk management communities and sectors, in particular with the private sector, and to devise approaches to move towards a more truly integrated way of thinking about disaster and risk management.”

For more information visit www.idrc.info

2008 International Symposium, Davos, Switzerland

Following the 2008 International Disaster and Risk conference held in Davos, Switzerland Aug. 25-29, Max Stephenson, Director of IPG and James Martin, Director of the World Disaster Risk Management Institute, Virginia Tech will sponsor an International Symposium entitled: “Exploring Innovative and Sustainable Approaches to Improve Community Resilience in Disaster Prevention and Response.” Around twenty presenters from Europe and the United states have been invited to address the challenge of intersectoral cooperation in disaster relief, mitigation, and recovery.

This symposium will offer researchers and practitioners an opportunity to exchange views and experiences concerning how public and private actors may develop the incentives and wherewithal to build a broader understanding for effective response to the imperatives of disaster relief and humanitarian action collaborative networks. An edited volume for publication based on the symposium is planned.

The Virginia Tech Symposium on Enhancing Resilience To Catastrophic Events Through Communicative Planning

VTIPG and Virginia Tech’s new Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention will co-sponsor a resilience symposium held at Virginia Tech on Nov.16-18, 2008. The symposium, chaired by Bruce Goldstein, is part of a consortium of conferences on disaster relief and prevention held in Davos, Switzerland.

Scholars are invited to consider how collaborative planning can enhance resilience to events that threaten to overcome the social and ecological integrity of communities, states, and societies. Presentations and discussion will be held in Blacksburg, VA on November 16-18, 2008, and symposium papers will be edited and revised for journal and/or book publication in early 2009.

Building Communities through the Arts Conference

Dr. Max Stephenson Jr., Director of VTIPG, spoke at theBuilding Communities Through the Arts Conference on June 4, 2008 at the Prizery in South Boston, Virginia. Hosted by the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, the regional conference is part of an initiative to revitalize the economic, educational, and cultural development of individual communities in Southern Virginia.

Dr. Stephenson and other presenters strongly advocated on behalf of the Arts as a central strategy in organizing regional development efforts to build communities. Supported by research, arts and design have been shown to be principle creative means for economic, workforce, and community development.

The conference was attended by regional leaders in business, local government, education, and art organizations as well as artists from the counties of Mecklenburg, Charlotte, Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry, and Patrick, and the cities of Danville and Martinsville. It was viewed by all participants as a catalytic event in developing regional partnerships for improving the overall attractiveness of Southern Virginia.

For more information on The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center and video highlights of the evening’s presentations visit www.svhed.org

National Cohousing Conference, Waltham, MA, 2008

Lisa Poley, Research and Teaching Associate with the School of Public Affairs and VTIPG spoke at the 2008 National Cohousing Conference held in Waltham, Massachusetts. With her experience as a founding member of Shadowlake Village Cohousing in Blacksburg, Virginia, she delivered a presentation titled Deep Process: Cohousing and Deep Democracy. It addressed how living in cohousing may impact an individual’s civic and democratic engagement and the potential for fostering social change beyond community boundaries.

Foundations for Peace – Victim Empowerment Conference

Dr. Max Stephenson Jr., Director of VTIPG and Laura Zanotti, Associate Professor in the Virginia Tech department of Political Science, recently attended the Foundations for Peace Network – sponsored Victim Empowerment conference held in Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 22, 2008. The conference culminated collaborative victim empowerment and peacebuilding efforts by members of the foundation in Northern Ireland and the international level.

With members located in Sri Lanka, Serbia, India, Colombia, Bangladesh, Israel and Northern Ireland, Foundations for Peace, describes itself as “a global network of independent indigenous funders working to build peace within our respective community, society or country.” The foundation focuses on bringing peaceful and sustainable solutions to regions and countries entrenched in violence.

The 2008 conference aimed to share learning experiences by members of Foundations for Peace with local groups, academics, policy makers, and funding bodies in the victim- survivor sector. It showcased several contributions on related initiatives for peacebuilding and social change in societies affected by conflict and highlighted best practices on victim empowerment.

For more information on Foundations for Peace visit http://www.foundationsforpeace.org/

Inter-University Workshop on Accountability and the Nonprofit Sector

Virginia Tech’s IPG and Georgetown University’s Center for Democracy and the Third Sector (CDATS) have developed the Inter-University Workshop on Accountability and the Nonprofit Sector. The purpose of the program is to promote innovative research on the impact of an emerging accountability regime on nonprofit institutions through periodic lectures and discussions by leading scholars and practitioners. The intended outcome it to promote debate and dissemination of new ideas. Upcoming topics focus on:

  • Accountability and Organizational Learning
  • The Emerging Accountability Regime and the Nonprofit Sector

Workshops are open to faculty, students, and interested members of the public from the greater Washington area.

CURRICULUM

One of VTIPG’s responsibilities is to work with the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and its academic programs to develop and propose nonprofit and nongovernmental organization related curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels including concentrations, graduate certificates and potentially a freestanding graduate degree program in Nonprofit/ Nongovernmental Organization Management. Irrespective of specific content, the nonprofit/nongovernmental offerings share a number of characteristics, such as interdisciplinary faculty, a comparative focus, and integration of theory, practice and public policy implications.

Degree Concentrations

The concentration in public and nonprofit management in SPIA offers interested students the opportunity to study, in depth, public and nonprofit organization management tools, techniques, processes and policy contexts. Students may also pursue an additional focus in budgeting and financial management.

Doctoral Program

Students who wish to continue their studies in public and nonprofit management can matriculate into the inter-disciplinary doctoral program in Planning, Governance and Globalization (PGG). The program provides students with the flexibility to design a course of study that best meets their interests. Students in this PGG stream have engaged in research related to strategic planning processes in localities, health care in Africa, evaluation of long-term care, social class and migration, self-help housing and risk assessment.

Graduate Certificates

The School of Public and International Affairs currently offers a 12 hour certificate in Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization Management. There is an online certificate option that includes many of the nonprofit courses and can be completed completely online.  See the Certificate Overview in the Virginia Tech Graduate Catalog for additional information.

How to Apply

Virginia Tech graduate students who are currently enrolled and working toward a degree should use the following to apply for entrance into the graduate certificate program in Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization Management (NNMC). Individuals interest in enrolling in Virginia Tech and pursuing the graduate certificate should apply online at the Virginia Tech Graduate School website. The form can be found here.

AFFILIATED COURSES


UAP 5084G – Advanced Community Involvement 
Issues, concepts, and techniques of citizen participation in community development and planning. Theoretical foundation, instituational frameworks, and historical evolution of participatory democracy. Exercises developing group communication skills, public meeting facilitation, and design of community involvement programs. Pre-requisite: Graduate Standing Required
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5454 – Nonprofit Organization & Management 
Examines the nonprofit sector in American society and compares those roles with the roles the sector plays in other advanced democracies as well as in developing countries. Also analyzes the role of important sub sectors within the nation’s third sector and explores key management challenges confronting non-profit organization leaders with them. Compares those challenges to those found in nongovernmental organizations in developing nations. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate

UAP 5534 – Nonprofit Organization Leadership and Governance 
Major conceptual issues related to developing an understanding of the foundations and roles of leadership and governance of third sector and nongovernmental organizations. Comparison of nongovernmental organizations in the U.S. and around the world. The course is designed to equip students with the capacities to assess and improve organizational governance effectiveness as well as to devise and implement leadership strategies in the complex structural, social and political contexts in which these organizations are typically enmeshed in the United States as well as in other industrialized democracies and in developing nations. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate

UAP/GIA/PAPA 5034 – Democratic Governance in the Economy 
An international and comparative examination of workplace and economic relations around the world, with special focus on efforts to build collaborative work processes that would extend the voice, ownership and control rights of workers. The interface between state institutions and economic organizations is also considered, especially insofar as government prescriptions and processes that may impede or extend democratic governance of the economy. Graduate Standing.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/GIA 5154 – Global Accountabilities
Provides a comparative perspective on “accountability” among nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, private corporations, governmental organizations, and inter-governmental organizations. Theories and practices of accountability, reporting, monitoring, compliance and learning are considered.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/PSCI 5164 – Collaborative Governance and Civil Society 
Theoretical foundations of collaborative policy and governance approaches are examined. Strategies and methods for forming and sustaining collaborative coalitions are discussed. Case studies are used to illustrate the effectiveness of collaborative approaches in different policy domains. I
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/GIA 5274 – Comparative Social Movements
This course will investigate the forms of public protest that occur all over the world, with special attention to activism in poor nations and to the recent emergence of transnational movements. Also examines why and when governments repress social movements. Explores movements that are grounded in collective identities based in class, race/ethnicity, gender, religion, and culture. Graduate standing.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5354 – Charity, Philanthropy and Civil Society 
This course treats the evolution of philanthropy and charity in the United States and abroad and introduces major issues and continuing concerns linked to the institutiuons engaged in these activities while exploring their ties to civil society. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate
Instruction Type: Lecture

UAP 5364 – Non-Governmental Organizations in International Development 
Explores theory and cases of non-governmental organizations in international development. Analyzes various roles of NGOs, and their interactions with local communities, government agencies, international organizations, and private businesses. Examines tensions and collaborations between NGOs and other development actors, drawing from cases in environmental, health, and educational policy domains. II.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5444 – Strategic Planning and Management 
An examination of different processes and procedures for generic planning and management of a strategic nature. Particular emphasis on analytical techniques, especially Artificial Intelligence, that are used in the process.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5474 – Program Evaluation
Conceptual approaches and methodological techniques for evaluating national, regional, and local human services programs. Examination of issues relevant to the function of evaluation research and the role of evaluators.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5514 – Public Budgeting and Management 
Examines public budgeting and management theories, concepts, policies, processes, and practices, and their effects on federal, state, and local governments. Theoretical aspects of budgeting and management control are related to practical budgeting issues and exercises. Attention is also given to the internal management of the budgeting function.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/PAPA 5544 – Public and Nonprofit Financial Management 
Examines concepts central to effective financial management of public and non-profit organizations. Affords students an opportunity to further their understanding of the relationship between financial accounting and reporting systems and effective organization management. II
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5564 – Information Technology, Society, and Public Policy 
Social impacts of new and emerging information technologies from a public policy perspective. Technical nature of IT and influences of IT on four core dimensions of society: political, economic, cultural, and spatial. Course integrates theoretical and philosophical literature on IT with applied policy and planning issues.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/GIA/PSCI 5574 – Arts, Culture and Society
Considers the role of the arts in society, including architecture, music companies, or theater productions to heritage sites, science museums, and art galleries. Effective arts policy in revitalizing urban economies also examined. Graduate standing.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5594 – Nonprofit Law and Ethics
Explores the legal, ethical and normative systems affecting nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, both domestically and internationally. Examines the historical foundations of legal regulation and professional ethics within the sector and how these systems contribute to the administration and governance of nonprofit and nongovernamental organizations. Also surveys current theories of nonprofit/nongovernmental organization regulation as well as major legal and ethical issues confronting the sector. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/PAPA 5694 – Asset Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations 
Provides an understanding of asset management for governmental and nonprofit/nongovernmental entities. Focuses on the essentials of cash budgeting and cash management, investment of endowments and pension funds, and debt management and debt financing for governmental and nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/GIA/PAPA 5974 – Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1 to 19
Lecture Hours: 1 to 19
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/GIA/PAPA 5984 – Special Study
Credit Hours: 1 to 19
Lecture Hours: 1 to 10
Level(s): Graduate

PAPA 5674 – Financial Health of Public and Nonprofit Organizations 
Concepts and analytical capacities necessary to evaluate the overall level of financial health of governmental and nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations. Examines the tools and techniques necessary to assess the financial condition of the organizations and to determie if they have the capacity to carry out their purposes and address their debt obligations. Graduate Standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

PAPA 6114 – Complex Public Organizations
Examines the principal conceptual and theoretical bases for understanding the structure and environment of complex public organizations; also explores the problems bureaucracy poses for democratic theory and for vigorous economy.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

PAPA 6124 – Behavior and Change in Public Organizations 
Dynamics of behavior and change process in public sector organizations are examined for: (1) their implications for individuals, groups, and society; and (2) their impact upon organizational productivity and public policy. Critical dimensions of leadership as a sociopsychological process in management are emphasized with special reference to the public sector and public executives. The course also surveys the various types and strategies for planned change in public sector organizations.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

PAPA 6324 – Public Personnel Processes and Their Policy Implications 
Surveys the key personnel processes of public organizations, the contrasting norms and behaviors of participants, their impacts on policy, and their implications for democracy.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA 5004 – Power and Policy in the U.S.
Social science theory and research on the distribution of power in the US, especially as it shapes important national policy outcomes. Institutional and class bases of power will be examined, including membership on corporate boards and in policy-shaping think tanks. Implications for democracy in society will be drawn. Graduate standing.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA 5004 – Community Involvement
Social science theory and research on the distribution of power in the US, especially as it shapes important national policy outcomes. Institutional and class bases of power will be examined, including membership on corporate boards and in policy-shaping think tanks. Implications for democracy in society will be drawn. Graduate standing.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA/PSCI 5454 – Advanced Topics in Information Technology & Public Policy 
In-depth study and critical evaluation of selected complex issues related to information technology, society, governance, and public policy. Focused attention is given to theoretical and methodological foundations of the area of inquiry and to specific domains of policymaking and implementation. Topics will be selected from IT-related issues in such areas of concern as: cities, local communities, nonprofit organizations, governments, and global networks. May be repeated on a different topic. Must meet prerequisite or have permission of instructor.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA/PSCI 5554 – Culture, Politics and Society in Network Environments 
Historical origins, institutional foundations, and theoretical interpretations of cultural, political, and social interaction through computer mediated communication are examined. Particular attention is given to new types of discourse, sources of power, and structures of society at all geographical levels in global computer and communications networks.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA/PSCI 5554 – Democracy Begond the Ballot 
Forms of ultra or enhanced democracy outside of state institutions, particulary those developing in third sector organizations, theories of democracy and research on functioning deliberative democracies at the grassroots level, in societal or international institutions. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA/PSCI 6224 – Competing Conceptions of the Third Sector
Competing Conceptions of the Third Sector Competing theories and conceptions of the third sector in relation to the for-profit firm and the state with international perspectives on voluntary grassroots action challenges and societal transformation. Integration of theoretical and research literatures in the field. Graduate Standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

FACULTY



Max Stephenson, Jr.
IPG Director

Research Areas:

  • Nonprofit/NGO governance, leadership, management & civil society
  • Public policy & policy theory
  • Peacebuilding, international development & democratization
  • Environmental politics, policy & planning

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Mary Beth Dunkenberger 
Senior Program Director & Business Manager, Blacksburg

Research Areas:

  • Connections between social programs, economic & community development
  • Organizational and program assessments
  • Policy and program innovations

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Melony Price-Rhodes, Ph. D. 
Senior Program Director, Alexandria

Research Areas:

  • Child welfare, revenue maximization, foster care and child protective services
  • Federal and state regulations affecting Federal Reimbursement Unit activities

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David Moore
Senior Research Associate, Project Director (TAP) Swiftstart

Research Areas:

  • Nonprofit/NGO & governance, leadership, management & civil society
  • Public policy & policy theory
  • Early childhood & workforce development
  • Organizational development & capacity building

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Elizabeth Allen
Assistant Business Manager, Program Research Associate, Data Manager

Research Areas:

  • Develop and maintain data management for asset mapping/web portal prototype and gap analyses
  • Administer and report results of on-line survey instruments
  • Coordinate and co-facilitate focus groups/structured interviews
  • Report preparation and generate tables and charts for stakeholder meetings and project contractors

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Maya Berinzon
Research Associate

Research Areas:

  • Law & International Development
  • Comparative Law
  • Access to information
  • Regional focus in sub-Saharan Africa


Don Back
VTIPG Senior Fellow

Research Areas:

  • Higher Education Financing, Governance and Leadership
  • Higher Education Policy and Practice
  • Internationalization of Higher Education
  • International Development

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Andy Morikawa
VTIPG Senior Fellow

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Martha Mead
VTIPG Fellow

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Minnis Ridenour
VTIPG Fellow, Resource Development

Research Areas:

  • Resource development
  • Financial management for governmental & nonprofit organizations

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George Still
VTIPG Fellow

Research Areas:

  • Support IPG / Pursue Grants
  • Consultation
  • Assist with reports & articles for publication

Edward Weisband
VTIPG Fellow, Endowed Chair, Political Science

Research Areas:

  • International monitoring regimes
  • Global accountabilities
  • Core international labor standard

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Suzanne Lo
Project Associate

Marcy Schnitzer
Assistant Provost for Diversity and Strategic Planning

Katy Powell
Professor of English and Director of the Center for Rhetoric in Society

Nancy White
Senior Consultant

Research Areas:

  • Policy design
  • Administration
  • Nonprofit and nongovernmental organizational evaluations

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Lyusyena Kirakosyan
VTIPG Senior Project Associate

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Rachel Christensen
VTIPG Senior Project Associate

STAFF


Karen Boone
Financial Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Finances
  • Payroll – Wage
  • Travel
  • Human Resources
  • Reconciling
  • Facilities
  • Maintain Records

540-231-1118
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Regina Naff
Administrative Assistant

Responsibilities:

  • Administrative Assistant to the Director
  • Fixed Assets Manager
  • Web Content Coordinator
  • Editor of the IPG Quarterly Newsletter
  • Secondary assistance for miscellaneous office procedures

540-231-6775
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Wanda Mills
Web Content Administrator

Responsibilities:

  • Web Designer
  • Digital Content Management
  • IPG Website Administration

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Hazel Smith – Consulting Staff
Researcher

Responsibilities:

  • SSI Advocacy for Adults & Children

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Tanisha Capers
Project Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • Provides administrative and logistics support to the FRU management and staff
  • Human Resources Information System (HRIS) Banner representative
  • Assist with activities that secure initial and continued eligibility for children in receipt of CSA funds for other public assistance programs, specifically Title II (Social Security), Title IV-E, Title IV-D (Child Support), Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income)

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Vickie Grazioli
Data Entry Technician

Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical support to the FRU Medicaid Case Analyst in obtaining appropriate collateral information to evaluate initial and continuing eligibility for continuing Comprehensive Services (CSA) and Title XIX (Medicaid) eligibility for each child served by Fairfax County Comprehensive Services Act (CSA).

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Claudia Malenich
Court Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and file Civil Petitions for Support at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
  • Perform all activities related to establishing Judicial Support Orders (JSOs) in juvenile court
  • Maintain accurate knowledge of relevant federal and state law, rules and regulations for Title IV-D funding

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Erin Mooney
Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Determine the initial eligibility of children in receipt of CSA funds for other public assistance programs, specifically Title II (Social Security), Title IV-E (AFDC-FC), Title IV-D (Child Support), Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income), and to maintain the child’s continuing eligibility
  • Comprehensive knowledge of complex federal and state laws governing public assistance programs
  • Ability to research, obtain, interpret, and integrate information from many sources
  • Thorough knowledge of physiological and mental health impairments. Expertise in assessing and evaluating functional limitations based on medical and/or mental health records

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Peter Flint
FRU CSA Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Process Comprehensive Services Act (CSA) copayment assessments for CSA supported agencies
  • Primary point of contact regarding the copayment process for CSA supported agencies
  • Research, analyze, and prepare statistics and information to assist the FRU Project Director with contract deliverables as necessary

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Brian Zamora
FRU CSA Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Analyze state uniform assessment instrument-the CANS document. Contact case manager if follow-up is required
  • Maintain accurate knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, local regulations, policies, and practices through reviews of publications, communications and training sessions with CSA and FRU management and staff
  • Research, analyze, and prepare statistics and information to assist the Project Director with contract deliverables as necessary. Provide Project Director and relevant CSA management and staff (as requested) with data and assistance as necessary for projects

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AFFILIATED STUDENTS


Master’s Students

Henry Ayakwah (MURP)
Leeann Budzevski (MURP)
Erin Burcham (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Nathan Corso (MPIA-MIP)
Dinah Girma (MURP)
Beth Olberding (MURP/MNR-MIP)
Lara Nagle (MURP)

Ph.D. Students

  Carmen Boggs-Parker (PGG)
Lindy Cranwell (PGG)
Mary Beth Dunkenberger (PAPA)
Jeremy Elliott-Engel (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Rachel Gabriele (PGG)
Benjamin Grove (PGG)
Vanessa Guerra (PGG)
Sarah Hanks (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Jake Keyel (PGG)
Kyunghee Kim (Arch.and Design)
Kristin Kirk (PGG)
Sarah Lyon-Hill (PGG)
Lorien MacAuley (Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education)
Neda Moayerian (PGG)
Cheryl Montgomery (PGG)
David Moore (PAPA)
Oladayo Omosa (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Hamza Safouane (PGG)
Danny White (PGG)

Research PhD Students

 Laura Nelson – PhD (Human Development)

Visiting PhD Students

Yunyun Chen
Chunxue Mu

Congratulations the following VTIPG Affiliated Students who recently obtained their master’s:

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald (MPIA), May 2017
Kristin Haas (MPIA), May 2017
Heather Lyne (MPIA) May 2017
Natalie Patterson (MURP), May 2017

Congratulations the following VTIPG Affiliated Students who recently obtained their Ph.D.:

 Lorien MacAuley (Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education), Dec 2017

AFFILIATIONS, PARTNERS, & SPONSORS


Government Organizations
United States Forest Service
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement, DHHS
United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Services
Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Virginia Department of Social Services
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Council on Virginia’s Future
Fairfax County Department of Social Services
Pulaski County Department of Social Services
Giles County Department of Social Services
Montgomery County Department of Social Services
Floyd County Department of Social Services
Dinwiddie County Department of Social Services
Radford City Department of Social Services
New River Valley Planning District Commission
Arlington Economic Development
Fairfax County-Northern Virginia Nonprofit Partnership
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Virginia Center for Innovative Technology

Nonprofit Organizations
The Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley
Carpenter’s Shelter for Homeless Children, Families and Adults
United Way of Henry County and Martinsville
New River Community Action
Generations United
Virginia Community Healthcare Association
Jefferson Center in Roanoke
Free Clinic of Franklin County
Rockbridge County Free Clinic
Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank
Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia, Inc.
Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley
Rescue Mission – Roanoke Valley

Foundations
Community Foundation of the New River Valley
Bertlessman Foundation
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Carilion Foundation
Roanoke Times Landmark Communications Foundation
Ford Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Centers and Institutes 
Institute for Society, Culture, and the Environment
The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
World Disaster Risk Management Institute
Center for Gerontology
Virginia Tech Southwest Center
Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center
Metropolitan Institute
Community Design Assistance Center
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Virginia Rural Health Association

DIRECTIONS

NOTICE

Parking at IPG is now under University Policy

To reach the campus from Interstate 81 (southbound and northbound):

  1. From Interstate 81, take Exit 118 to reach the exit ramps for all three of the exits at this location. There is only one exit ramp serving the exits; missing the ramp means a trip north to Exit 128 or south to Exit 114 to turn around.
  2. Take Exit 118B onto U.S. 460 West. This exit connects directly to the Christiansburg Bypass. Follow the signs for Blacksburg/Virginia Tech. The U.S. 460 bypass between Blacksburg and Christiansburg is a limited-access highway from 1-81 to the campus entrance at Southgate Drive.
  3. Watch signs carefully for routes and directions. From the bypass, Bus. U.S. 460 — South Main Street, exits to the right (take South Main Street as one route to reach downtown Blacksburg).
  4. Keep left and stay on U.S. 460 West, signed for “Virginia Tech, Bluefield” to continue directly to the university.
  5. Drive for 2.5 miles on U.S. 460 to the traffic light at VA 314, Southgate Drive. Turn right onto Southgate Drive. There is a campus map a quarter-mile on the right and the Visitor Information Center is a half-mile from U.S. 460 on the right.
  6. Continue to the stoplight at Spring Road and turn left onto Spring.
  7. Continue past Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum to the stop sign at Washington Street and turn right onto Washington.
  8. Continue through the stop sign at Kent Street and take the first left after the stop sign onto Otey Street.
  9. Continue past Wall Street and at the bottom of the hill turn right onto Roanoke Street.
  10. We are the last house on the right (at the corner of Roanoke Street and Draper Road).

CONTACT US

Let VTIPG and Virginia Tech put theory and knowledge to work for you! If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact us:

The Institute is located in Alexandria and Blacksburg, Virginia.

Regina Naff
Administrative Assistant
Institute for Policy & Governance
201 West Roanoke Street (0489)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Office: (540) 231-6775
Fax: (540) 231-6722
E-mail: regina50@vt.edu


Dr. Melony Price-Rhodes
Senior Program Director
Institute for Policy & Governance
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Office: (703) 324-7309
E-mail: mpricerh@vt.edu

For more information, please contact the Institute’s Director.

Dr. Max O. Stephenson, Jr.
201 West Roanoke St.
Blacksburg , VA 24061
Office: (540) 231-7340
E-mail: mstephen@vt.edu

NEWS

Second Volume of RE:Reflections and Explorations Now Published

Colleagues and friends, I am delighted to inform you that the second volume in the RE: Reflections and Explorations series has now been published. You may find an electronic version of this new book, edited by myself and Lyusyena Kirakosyan here: http://doi.org/10.21061/vtipg.re.v2.  We will be holding a reception to celebrate this occasion in early February and will send along notice of that event in due course. Meanwhile, Happy Holidays to you and yours from the Institute for Policy and Governance at Virginia Tech!

Best wishes, Max

Veterans in Society Conference – Call for Papers

The 4th Annual Veterans in Society Conference will be held on March 26-28, 2018 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke, VA.

Proposals due January 6, 2017

Veterans, Globalized: Veterans and their Societies in International Perspective

The Conference takes issues raised by the First World War as its point of departure to encourage research and generate scholarly conversations across disciplines and eras that consider the interplay of veterans and their societies in transnational or international perspective. To that end, we foresee juxtaposing explicitly comparative work with scholarship that delves into specific national, cultural, or historical contexts.

For more information, here is the link for the conference:  http://www.cpe.vt.edu/vis/

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary (250th) has been posted!!

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted:  Fear and the Moral Imagination: The Oil and Water of Democratic Self-Governance.

Note to Readers: This essay marks a milestone, as it is the 250th Soundings—the column first appeared on January 17, 2010. Thank you to all who have encouraged me to write these commentaries and who have offered their comments, positive and negative, concerning my efforts. I am very much in your debt. The next Soundings will appear on January 8, 2018. Happy Holidays to all! MOS

Neda Moayerian passed her Prelim defense

We are happy to announce that Neda Moayerian passed her Prelim defense on Monday, November 27. She is ready to advance to the next stage of the PhD program, the Proposal Defense. Her Doctoral advisory committee members are: Kwame Harrison (Sociology), Nancy McGhee (Tourism and Hospitality Management), Laura Zanotti (Political Science) and chair, Max Stephenson (Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Policy and Governance). Congratulations Neda and best wishes going forward! We know you will do well.

Advancing the Human Condition Symposium

Several SPIA colleagues are participating this week in The Advancing the Human Condition Symposium, an Initiative of  Beyond Boundaries and The Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition Strategic Growth Area, November 28 – 30th and held in the Inn at VT. Max Stephenson is a discussant for the November 28th session (from 3:30 to 5:00) on Story Making as Cultural Work: Exploring Ontological Politics and Social Change in Communities of Struggle. Christian Matheis will be a panel member for the session, Interrogating what is meant by “Advancing the Human Condition” at 10:30 on November 29th. Sara Mattingly-Jordan will be a discussant for the panel Ethics and Engineering at 1:00 on the 29th. David Bieri, Ralph Hall, Max Stephenson and Christian Matheis will all participate in the session, The Beloved Community Initiative: Advancing the Human Condition through Inclusive, Sustainable Economics, 2:00 on the 30th. This session is organized jointly by the Beloved Community Initiative and the Policy Strategic Growth Area. There are many panels and promising discussions throughout both days.  Click here for the link to the schedule of events.

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted!

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted:  Reflections on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at Thanksgiving.

 I am posting Max’s Soundings early because I will be out of town and will not have internet access most of the time.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.  Thank you for reading and enjoy!

Danny White Passes proposal defense

Danny White, PGG PhD candidate, passed his proposal defense on Monday, November 13, 2017.  The title of his dissertation is:  “Sport and Social Capital:  Perceptions of Civil Society Organizations in Kigali, Rwanda”.  His committee includes:  Chair, Max Stephenson (Director of IPG), David Kniola (Professor School of Education), John Dooley (CEO of Virginia Tech Foundation),and Jocelyn Widmer (Director for Online Degree Programs at U of Florida).  Congratulations Danny and best wishes as you progress through the next phase of your PhD work!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Trade Agreements and Democracyby Simone Franzi, (PGG PhD student).

Thank you for reading.

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Youth as a Social Construct, by Nada Berrada, PhD student, ASPECT.

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Strategic Use of Media in Mobilizing – Khunti Diaries, by Pallavi Raonka, PhD candidate, Scoiology.

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

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Urban Affairs Association 48th Annual Conference

April 4-7, 2018 | Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel | Toronto, CN
Abstract/Session Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2017

Shaping Justice and Sustainability Within and Beyond the City’s Edge:
Contestation and Collaboration in Urbanizing Regions

In an era of globalizing forces, the region has become an important arena for collaboration and contestation, as metropolitan areas work to craft their individual identities. As they do so, questions of equity, inclusion, and sustainability remain. What is the role of diversity, difference and singularity of social actors and communities when it comes to forging visions of urban development that are collective in process, cohesive in vision and sustainable in implementation? Furthermore, as global financial systems exert greater control over national, regional, and local economies, what is the role of innovative and/or insurgent social practices in an urbanizing region? What are the most effective strategies to create environmentally and economically sustainable communities in a regional context? How will different factions of regional actors evolve given conventional relationships, increased social and cultural diversity, and the contradictions of competitiveness and solidarity?

Abstract/Proposal Deadline: UAA will not accept any proposals (of any kind) after October 1, 2017, 12 midnight Central Daylight Time (CDT) or 5:00am GMT. The online submission site will close at 12:01 am CDT.  Acceptance or rejection notices will be sent by November 30,2017.

Questions? Visit the UAA website: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/ (for info on proposal submissions, registration,hotel reservations,etc.), or contact us at mailto:conf@uaamail.orgor 1-414-229-3025.

APSA 2016 Annual Meeting

APSA 2016 Annual Meeting
September 1-4, 2016
Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time
Philadelphia, PA

Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference

Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference
July 13-15, 2016
Thinking about the Past; Thinking about the Future
University of Liverpool

October 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

July 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

From the Director: Tidings Quarterly Reflection:

The “Beloved Community:” Aspiring to be a Truly Free and Self-Governing Society

Opportunities

Call for Submissions (deadline September 15, 2017) The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is seeking submissions for publication in the Continue reading 

April 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

January 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

DIRECTOR’S CORNER

Governance and Civil Society Policy

Institute faculty and their associates are working in this field to study the conditions that conduce to healthy civil societies both in the United States and in other nations, as well as the relationships between civil society and effective and equitable democratic governance. Faculty members active in this area are also exploring the roles of nongovernmental and nonprofit institutions in public governance and in transnational networks.  Even as VTIPG faculty and affiliated graduate students work to understand better the complex collaborative structures that now typify public governance in many societies, they are also examining how nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations themselves—in their various forms—are governed. They are employing what they learn through that research to assist those responsible for leading and overseeing these civil society organizations to develop strategies aimed at improving their effectiveness, representativeness, accountability and transparency.

FACULTY PUBLICATIONS

Democracy in an Age of Networked Governance: Charting the Currents of Democratic Change and Democracy at a Crossroads: Acknowledging Deficiencies, Encouraging Engagement
Two volumes, American Behavioral Scientist, Vol.52, 6February 2009, Vol. 52, 7, March, 2009. Editor, (18 articles and introduction). Editors: Joyce Rothschild and Max Stephenson Jr.

Editors: Joyce Rothschild and Max Stephenson, Jr.

Contributing Authors: Joyce Rothschild, Max Stephenson Jr., Neera Chandhoke, Betsy Taylor, Paul Lichterman, Darcy Leach, Jennifer Beeman, Alnoor Ebrahim,  Edward Weisband, Marcy Schnitzer, Carmen Sirianni, William Domhoff, Patricia Nickel, Angela Eikenberry, Joan Roeloefs, Robin Hahnel, Jon Van Til, Helmut Anheier, Camilla Stivers.

“The Meaning of Democracy in Nonprofit and Community Organizations”
American Behavioral Scientist, Democracy in an Age of Networked Governance Vol. 52, 6 February 2009, pp.800-806.
Max Stephenson and Joyce Rothschild.

In press, “Corporatism,” article for Helmut K. Anheier and Stefan Toepler (eds).
International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2009.
Max Stephenson, Jr.

In press: “Exploring the Connections Among Adaptive Leadership, Facets of Imagination and Social Imaginaries”
Accepted by Public Policy and Administration. Scheduled for Vol. 24 for July 2009.
Max Stephenson Jr.

“Governance Structures Matter and we must Maintain what we Construct: Considering the Role of Nonprofit Organizations in Public Policy Processes”
Public Administration Review. May/June 2008, Vol. 68, (3), pp. 591-594.
Max Stephenson, Jr.

“Nonprofit Governance, Management and Organizational Learning: Exploring the
Implications of One ‘Mega-Gift’

American Review of Public Administration. Vol. 39, (1), January 2009, pp.43-59.
Max Stephenson, Marcy Schnitzer and Veronica Arroyave

“Bridging the Organizational Divide: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of United States and International Humanitarian Service Delivery Structures.”
Accepted at Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Scheduled for Vol. 18, (3). September 2007.
Max Stephenson Jr.

“Exploring the Challenges and Prospects for Polycentricity in International Humanitarian Relief” 
American Behavioral ScientistDemocracy in an Age of Networked Governance, Vol. 52,6, February 2009, pp.919-932. Max Stephenson, Jr. and Marcy Schnitzer.

“Program Development issues in Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies: Learning from one University’s Experience”
Journal of Public Affairs Education. Vol. 13, (2), Spring/Summer 2007, pp. 301-314.
Max Stephenson, Jr.

In press, “Conceiving Land Grant Civic Engagement as Adaptive Leadership.” 
Higher Education. Max Stephenson, Jr.

The “Permanent Things” and the Role of the Moral Imagination in Organizational Life: Revisiting the foundations of Public and Nonprofit Leadership
Administrative Theory and Praxis, 29(2), June 2007, 260-277.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Mentoring for Doctoral Student Praxis-Centered Learning: Creating a Shared Culture of Intellectual Aspiration 
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 36, (4), December 2007, Supplement, pp. 64s-79s.
Max Stephenson Jr. and Rachel Christensen

Environmental Justice: Right Answers, Wrong Questions:Environmental Justice as Urban Research
Urban Studies, Vol. 44, 2 (February 2007), pp. 319-337.
Lisa Schweitzer and Max Stephenson

American Governance in Naomi Choi, ed. Sage Encyclopedia of Governance, Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, Ca., 2006.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Policy Implementation in Naomi Choi, ed. Sage Encyclopedia of Governance, Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, Ca., 2006.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Government Performance and Results Act in Naomi Choi, ed. Sage Encyclopedia of Governance, Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, Ca., 2006.
Max Stephenson Jr.

“Charting the Challenges and Paradoxes of Constructivism for Pre-Professional Planning Education”
Teaching in Higher Education, Vol. 13, (5). October 2008, pp. 583-593.
Lisa Schweitzer and Max Stephenson Jr.

“Program Development Issues in Nonprofit and Civel Society Studies: Learning From One University’s Experience”
Journal of Public Affairs Education. Vol. 13, (2), Spring/Summer 2007, pp. 301-314.
Max Stephenson Jr.

“Aesthetic Imagination, Civic Imagination and the Role of the Arts In Community Change and Development”
International Journal of the Arts in Society, Vol. 1, (3).February 2007pp. 83-92.
Max Stephenson Jr. and Kate Lanham

“Interorganizational Trust, Boundary Spanning, and Humanitarian Relief Coordination”
Non-Profit Management and Leadership. Vol. 17, (2), Winter 2006, pp. 211-233.
Max Stephenson and Marcy Schnitzer

The Nature Conservancy, the Press and Accountability 
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 35, 3. (September 2006), pp. 1-22
Max Stephenson Jr. and Elisabeth Chaves

Bridging the Organizational Divide: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of United States and International Humanitarian Service Delivery Structures
Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Vol. 18, (3). September 2007, pp. 209-224.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Review of Severun Bruyn A Civil Republic: Beyond Capitalism and Nationalism, Kumarian Press, 2005.
Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Vol. 17, 2 (June 2006), pp. 185-186.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Toward a Descriptive Model of Humanitarian Assistance Coordination 
Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Vol. 17, 1(March 2006), pp. 41-57.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Developing community leadership through the arts in Southside Virginia: Social networks, civic identity and civic change
Community Development Journal. Web access provided: July 12, 2005. Print copy, Vol. 42, 1, 79-96. (February 2007).
Max Stephenson Jr.

Making humanitarian relief networks more effective: operational coordination, trust and sense making. 
Disasters. Vol. 29, 4 (December, 2005), pp. 337-350.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Making Humanitarian Relief Networks More Effective: Exploring the Relationships Among Coordination, Trust and Sense Making
Paper prepared for delivery at the National Conference of the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
Los Angeles, California on November 18-20, 2004
Max Stephenson Jr.

Rethinking Humanitarian Assistance Coordination
Paper prepared for delivery at the International Society of Third Sector Research (ISTR)
Sixth International Conference, Toronto, Canada on July 11-14, 2004
Max Stephenson Jr. and Nicole Kehler

Of Land Grants, Leadership, Nonprofits and Social Change: A Model for Catalyzing Sustained Community-Based Learning and Change
Paper prepared for delivery at the National Conference of the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
Denver, Colorado November 20-22, 2003.
Max Stephenson Jr.

The Role of Trust and Boundary Spanning Behavior in Humanitarian Assitance Coordination
Non-Profit Management and Leadership. Vol. 17, 2 (Winter 2006), pp. 211-233.
Marcy Schnitzer

Giving Circles: Growing Grassroots Philanthropy
Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly35, 517-532.
Angela Eikenberry

Towards a Critical Social Theory of Philanthropy in an Era of Governance
Theorizing power post 9/11 ASPECT e-book series SPECT/RE. Edited by Wolfgang Natter.
Angela Eikenberry

Can Collectivist-Democracy Bring Gender Equity? The Efforts at Twin Oaks?
Research in the Sociology of Work. 2006 Volume:16. Page: 239 – 262
Joyce Rothschild and Amy Tomchin

“A Question of Priorities, Not Blame.”
Commentary, Roanoke Times, Virginia, pp. 7, October 3, 2005.

Accountability Myopia: Losing Sight of Organizational Learning
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 34 (1), 56 (2005)
Alnoor Ebrahim

NGOs and Organizational Change: Discourse, Reporting, and Learning 
Cambridge University Press, 2005 (Paperback)
Alnoor Ebrahim

Dilemmas in Academic Mission: Building Research Capacity in Nonprofits or in Academia? Paper prepared for delivery at the National Conference of the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
Los Angeles, California on November 18-20, 2004
Alnoor Ebrahim

Institutional Preconditions to Collaboration: Indian Forest and Irrigation Policy in Historical Perspective
Administration & Society 36 (2), 208 (2004)
Alnoor Ebrahim

Beyond Dependence: Conceptualizing Information and Accountability in NGO-Funder Relations Paper prepared for delivery at the International Society of Third Sector Research (ISTR)
Sixth International Conference, Toronto, Canada on July 11-14, 2004
Alnoor Ebrahim

The Marketization of the Nonprofit Sector: Civil Society at Risk?
Public Administration Review, Volume 64, Number 2, March 2004, pp. 132-140(9)
Angela Eikenberry and Jodie Kluver

Building Analytical and Adaptive Capacity:  Lessons from Northern and Southern NGOs
Paper prepared for delivery at the National Conference of the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action(ARNOVA)
Denver, Colorado on November 20-22, 2003
Alnoor Ebrahim

Making sense of accountability: Conceptual perspectives for northern and southern nonprofits Nonprofit Management and Leadership 14 (2), 191 (2003)
Alnoor Ebrahim

Learning And Change: Community Development Revisited”
Anne H. Moore

ARTICLES UNDER REVIEW


“Considering the Relationships among Social Conflict, Social Imaginaries, Resilience and Community-based Organization Leadership”
At Ecology and Society based on Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance symposium,

“Planners in the Naked City: 100 Years of Markets, Democracy and Angst”
At Planning Theory and Practice, July 2008. Max Stephenson and Lisa Schweitzer.

“Cities and Regions as Justice Spaces: Exploring the Issues for Regional Sustainability”
At Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. Revise and resubmit request received; resubmission scheduled for Spring 2009.Lisa Schweitzer and Max Stephenson.

“Community, Trust and the Habits of Democracy: An Investigation into Social Capital and Civic Engagement in U.S. Cohousing Neighborhoods”
At Environment and Planning A, Revise and resubmit request received Oct. 8, 2008. Lisa Poley and Max Stephenson.

RESEARCH & OUTREACH


Forthcoming Research: Belfast Peacelines, Belfast, Ireland

Intrigued by the Belfast Wall during their recent visit to Belfast, Ireland for the Foundations for Peace Network – sponsored Victim Empowerment conference in May 2008, Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti have begun research surrounding the continued existence of the Wall ten years after the Peace Accords and despite proposed (and underway) (re) development of many of the Army garrisons the UK had in East Belfast for decades.

Together Drs. Stephenson and Zanotti will edit an issue of the Journal of Architectural Planning ans Research entitled, “Building Walls, Securitizing Space and Making of Identity.”

Community Based Peace Building

Community foundations and community-based philanthropies play increasingly significant roles in efforts to mediate and build social capacity for the mitigation and management of long-lived conflicts in the societies of which they are a part. Drs. Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti are exploring this little-studied phenomenon by examining the conflict amelioration and management role(s) of three such foundations in three diverse nations. They hope to develop a contextualized analysis of the emergent roles of these foundations in peace building and the mechanisms they employ to pursue these newfound responsibilities by exploring the effects of the interaction between global and local organizations and their intended and unintended consequences. They will compare and contrast the efforts of our sample organizations against their own aspirations, against international strategies for making peace, against the strategies they have adopted and against the goals afforded by FFP for the diffusion of alternate modes of conflict management and mediation. Comparative case analysis should yield a strong overview of how these institutions are proceeding in what for them is a new arena of activity as well as what range of strategies they are employing and the rationales they offer for selecting and pursuing those.

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations

VTIPG is a signatory to Independent Sector’s Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations. The Guide represents the first time that charities and foundations reflecting a broad cross-section of the American nonprofit community have come together to develop principles of ethical conduct, accountability, and transparency that they aspire to and encourage all organizations to follow. The Guide outlines 33 practices designed to support board members and staff leaders of every charitable organization as they work to improve their own operations.

For more information visit:

https://www.independentsector.org/programs/principles-for-good-governance-and-ethical-practice/

Spring 2008 Graduate Scholar Society Seminar

Under the leadership of Dr. Max Stephenson Jr. and Marcy Schnitzer, a group of graduate students examined literature on violence and peace building as part of the spring 2008 Graduate Scholar Society. The group examined violence and conflict at the local, state, and international/systemic levels and the moral and ethical implications of each through reading three books: “We Wish to Inform you that Tomorrow we will be Killed with our Families: Stories from Rwanda” by Philip Gourevitch, “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide” by Samantha Power, and “The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace” by John Paul Lederach. Discussions centered on issues such as the will to power, morality, the nature of evil, history, memory, identity and difference and their effects on reconciliation and peace-building.

The Graduate Scholar Society was formed with the purpose of creating an environment for graduate students to engage in transdisciplinary discussions on various topics of choice. Students gain personal and educational self-enrichment and make connections with fellow graduate students with diverse backgrounds and fields of study. Each semester new discussion groups are formed. Students are required to meet at least five times throughout the semester and produce a final presentation to share with the other discussion groups at the end of the semester.

Collaboration between New River Valley Nonprofits

Facilitated by VTIPG, various nonprofit organizations in the New River Valley area gathered at the April 2008 Blacksburg Town Hall meeting to discuss common needs of the sector in service delivery effectiveness, advocacy and grassroots activity, and public awareness and support.

Collaboration spawned from the efforts of the Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations (VANNO) to unite Virginia nonprofits and connect their resources and practices to meet community needs.

For more information on VANNO visit www.vanno.org/index.htm

Southside Virginia Community, Economic and Leadership Development

The IGA provides leadership for catalyzing research and outreach efforts in the Southside region of Virginia. VTIPG works in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) and Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs Southside Implementation Team (SIT) to develop research and outreach programming that would advance the community development goals of the region. VTIPG is working with nonprofit organizations in the region and is in the beginning of an ambitious grassroots leadership development initiative involving multiple universities in the region.

Fairfax County’s Consolidate Community Funding Pool

Fairfax County, Virginia pools Federal, State and Local government funds to support the work of nonprofits serving the residents of the county. Decisions funding Fairfax-based nonprofit organizations equaling near $9 million dollars are made by a citizen’s committee and approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. An IPG Project Associate served on that 2004-2006 funding cycle selection committee.

World Bank-Civil Society Joint Facilitation Committee

The World Bank-Civil Society Joint Facilitation Committee (JFC) is a consultative body that seeks

  • to produce a guiding framework for World Bank-civil society engagement; and
  • to establish transparent, accountable and democratic mechanisms for further engagement

Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations

VTIPG has played a critical role in the founding of the statewide association for nonprofit organizations in the Commonwealth of Virginia . We have joined a coalition of nonprofits, consultants and nonprofit academic research centers from across the state to build this new organization. VANNO will provide forums for sharing expertise, experience and best practices, as a central information and resource exchange and gives Virginia’s nonprofit sector a statewide voice, policy forum and collective advocacy arm.

 CONFERENCES, SYMPOSIA, & WORKSHOPS


2008 International Disaster and Risk Conference, Davos, Switzerland

The International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) held biennially in Davos, Switzerland Aug. 25 – 29 is expecting more than 300 participants from 130 countries this year. With the motto Public-private partnership – key for integral risk management and climate change adaptation the conference aims to address global risk issues through an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach.

Dr. Max Stephenson Jr., Director of VTIPG and James Martin, Director of the World Disaster Risk Management Institute, Virginia Tech will facilitate a panel during a special session entitled: “Confronting the Challenge of Building Sustainable Networks for Disaster Relief Recovery and Community Resilience.”

Representatives of IDRC Davos 2008 report that the expected outcome of the conference is “to build stronger ties between disaster and risk management communities and sectors, in particular with the private sector, and to devise approaches to move towards a more truly integrated way of thinking about disaster and risk management.”

For more information visit www.idrc.info

2008 International Symposium, Davos, Switzerland

Following the 2008 International Disaster and Risk conference held in Davos, Switzerland Aug. 25-29, Max Stephenson, Director of IPG and James Martin, Director of the World Disaster Risk Management Institute, Virginia Tech will sponsor an International Symposium entitled: “Exploring Innovative and Sustainable Approaches to Improve Community Resilience in Disaster Prevention and Response.” Around twenty presenters from Europe and the United states have been invited to address the challenge of intersectoral cooperation in disaster relief, mitigation, and recovery.

This symposium will offer researchers and practitioners an opportunity to exchange views and experiences concerning how public and private actors may develop the incentives and wherewithal to build a broader understanding for effective response to the imperatives of disaster relief and humanitarian action collaborative networks. An edited volume for publication based on the symposium is planned.

The Virginia Tech Symposium on Enhancing Resilience To Catastrophic Events Through Communicative Planning

VTIPG and Virginia Tech’s new Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention will co-sponsor a resilience symposium held at Virginia Tech on Nov.16-18, 2008. The symposium, chaired by Bruce Goldstein, is part of a consortium of conferences on disaster relief and prevention held in Davos, Switzerland.

Scholars are invited to consider how collaborative planning can enhance resilience to events that threaten to overcome the social and ecological integrity of communities, states, and societies. Presentations and discussion will be held in Blacksburg, VA on November 16-18, 2008, and symposium papers will be edited and revised for journal and/or book publication in early 2009.

Building Communities through the Arts Conference

Dr. Max Stephenson Jr., Director of VTIPG, spoke at theBuilding Communities Through the Arts Conference on June 4, 2008 at the Prizery in South Boston, Virginia. Hosted by the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, the regional conference is part of an initiative to revitalize the economic, educational, and cultural development of individual communities in Southern Virginia.

Dr. Stephenson and other presenters strongly advocated on behalf of the Arts as a central strategy in organizing regional development efforts to build communities. Supported by research, arts and design have been shown to be principle creative means for economic, workforce, and community development.

The conference was attended by regional leaders in business, local government, education, and art organizations as well as artists from the counties of Mecklenburg, Charlotte, Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry, and Patrick, and the cities of Danville and Martinsville. It was viewed by all participants as a catalytic event in developing regional partnerships for improving the overall attractiveness of Southern Virginia.

For more information on The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center and video highlights of the evening’s presentations visit www.svhed.org

National Cohousing Conference, Waltham, MA, 2008

Lisa Poley, Research and Teaching Associate with the School of Public Affairs and VTIPG spoke at the 2008 National Cohousing Conference held in Waltham, Massachusetts. With her experience as a founding member of Shadowlake Village Cohousing in Blacksburg, Virginia, she delivered a presentation titled Deep Process: Cohousing and Deep Democracy. It addressed how living in cohousing may impact an individual’s civic and democratic engagement and the potential for fostering social change beyond community boundaries.

Foundations for Peace – Victim Empowerment Conference

Dr. Max Stephenson Jr., Director of VTIPG and Laura Zanotti, Associate Professor in the Virginia Tech department of Political Science, recently attended the Foundations for Peace Network – sponsored Victim Empowerment conference held in Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 22, 2008. The conference culminated collaborative victim empowerment and peacebuilding efforts by members of the foundation in Northern Ireland and the international level.

With members located in Sri Lanka, Serbia, India, Colombia, Bangladesh, Israel and Northern Ireland, Foundations for Peace, describes itself as “a global network of independent indigenous funders working to build peace within our respective community, society or country.” The foundation focuses on bringing peaceful and sustainable solutions to regions and countries entrenched in violence.

The 2008 conference aimed to share learning experiences by members of Foundations for Peace with local groups, academics, policy makers, and funding bodies in the victim- survivor sector. It showcased several contributions on related initiatives for peacebuilding and social change in societies affected by conflict and highlighted best practices on victim empowerment.

For more information on Foundations for Peace visit http://www.foundationsforpeace.org/

Inter-University Workshop on Accountability and the Nonprofit Sector

Virginia Tech’s IPG and Georgetown University’s Center for Democracy and the Third Sector (CDATS) have developed the Inter-University Workshop on Accountability and the Nonprofit Sector. The purpose of the program is to promote innovative research on the impact of an emerging accountability regime on nonprofit institutions through periodic lectures and discussions by leading scholars and practitioners. The intended outcome it to promote debate and dissemination of new ideas. Upcoming topics focus on:

  • Accountability and Organizational Learning
  • The Emerging Accountability Regime and the Nonprofit Sector

Workshops are open to faculty, students, and interested members of the public from the greater Washington area.

CURRICULUM

One of VTIPG’s responsibilities is to work with the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and its academic programs to develop and propose nonprofit and nongovernmental organization related curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels including concentrations, graduate certificates and potentially a freestanding graduate degree program in Nonprofit/ Nongovernmental Organization Management. Irrespective of specific content, the nonprofit/nongovernmental offerings share a number of characteristics, such as interdisciplinary faculty, a comparative focus, and integration of theory, practice and public policy implications.

Degree Concentrations

The concentration in public and nonprofit management in SPIA offers interested students the opportunity to study, in depth, public and nonprofit organization management tools, techniques, processes and policy contexts. Students may also pursue an additional focus in budgeting and financial management.

Doctoral Program

Students who wish to continue their studies in public and nonprofit management can matriculate into the inter-disciplinary doctoral program in Planning, Governance and Globalization (PGG). The program provides students with the flexibility to design a course of study that best meets their interests. Students in this PGG stream have engaged in research related to strategic planning processes in localities, health care in Africa, evaluation of long-term care, social class and migration, self-help housing and risk assessment.

Graduate Certificates

The School of Public and International Affairs currently offers a 12 hour certificate in Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization Management. There is an online certificate option that includes many of the nonprofit courses and can be completed completely online.  See the Certificate Overview in the Virginia Tech Graduate Catalog for additional information.

How to Apply

Virginia Tech graduate students who are currently enrolled and working toward a degree should use the following to apply for entrance into the graduate certificate program in Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization Management (NNMC). Individuals interest in enrolling in Virginia Tech and pursuing the graduate certificate should apply online at the Virginia Tech Graduate School website. The form can be found here.

AFFILIATED COURSES


UAP 5084G – Advanced Community Involvement 
Issues, concepts, and techniques of citizen participation in community development and planning. Theoretical foundation, instituational frameworks, and historical evolution of participatory democracy. Exercises developing group communication skills, public meeting facilitation, and design of community involvement programs. Pre-requisite: Graduate Standing Required
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5454 – Nonprofit Organization & Management 
Examines the nonprofit sector in American society and compares those roles with the roles the sector plays in other advanced democracies as well as in developing countries. Also analyzes the role of important sub sectors within the nation’s third sector and explores key management challenges confronting non-profit organization leaders with them. Compares those challenges to those found in nongovernmental organizations in developing nations. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate

UAP 5534 – Nonprofit Organization Leadership and Governance 
Major conceptual issues related to developing an understanding of the foundations and roles of leadership and governance of third sector and nongovernmental organizations. Comparison of nongovernmental organizations in the U.S. and around the world. The course is designed to equip students with the capacities to assess and improve organizational governance effectiveness as well as to devise and implement leadership strategies in the complex structural, social and political contexts in which these organizations are typically enmeshed in the United States as well as in other industrialized democracies and in developing nations. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate

UAP/GIA/PAPA 5034 – Democratic Governance in the Economy 
An international and comparative examination of workplace and economic relations around the world, with special focus on efforts to build collaborative work processes that would extend the voice, ownership and control rights of workers. The interface between state institutions and economic organizations is also considered, especially insofar as government prescriptions and processes that may impede or extend democratic governance of the economy. Graduate Standing.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/GIA 5154 – Global Accountabilities
Provides a comparative perspective on “accountability” among nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, private corporations, governmental organizations, and inter-governmental organizations. Theories and practices of accountability, reporting, monitoring, compliance and learning are considered.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/PSCI 5164 – Collaborative Governance and Civil Society 
Theoretical foundations of collaborative policy and governance approaches are examined. Strategies and methods for forming and sustaining collaborative coalitions are discussed. Case studies are used to illustrate the effectiveness of collaborative approaches in different policy domains. I
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/GIA 5274 – Comparative Social Movements
This course will investigate the forms of public protest that occur all over the world, with special attention to activism in poor nations and to the recent emergence of transnational movements. Also examines why and when governments repress social movements. Explores movements that are grounded in collective identities based in class, race/ethnicity, gender, religion, and culture. Graduate standing.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5354 – Charity, Philanthropy and Civil Society 
This course treats the evolution of philanthropy and charity in the United States and abroad and introduces major issues and continuing concerns linked to the institutiuons engaged in these activities while exploring their ties to civil society. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate
Instruction Type: Lecture

UAP 5364 – Non-Governmental Organizations in International Development 
Explores theory and cases of non-governmental organizations in international development. Analyzes various roles of NGOs, and their interactions with local communities, government agencies, international organizations, and private businesses. Examines tensions and collaborations between NGOs and other development actors, drawing from cases in environmental, health, and educational policy domains. II.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5444 – Strategic Planning and Management 
An examination of different processes and procedures for generic planning and management of a strategic nature. Particular emphasis on analytical techniques, especially Artificial Intelligence, that are used in the process.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5474 – Program Evaluation
Conceptual approaches and methodological techniques for evaluating national, regional, and local human services programs. Examination of issues relevant to the function of evaluation research and the role of evaluators.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5514 – Public Budgeting and Management 
Examines public budgeting and management theories, concepts, policies, processes, and practices, and their effects on federal, state, and local governments. Theoretical aspects of budgeting and management control are related to practical budgeting issues and exercises. Attention is also given to the internal management of the budgeting function.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/PAPA 5544 – Public and Nonprofit Financial Management 
Examines concepts central to effective financial management of public and non-profit organizations. Affords students an opportunity to further their understanding of the relationship between financial accounting and reporting systems and effective organization management. II
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5564 – Information Technology, Society, and Public Policy 
Social impacts of new and emerging information technologies from a public policy perspective. Technical nature of IT and influences of IT on four core dimensions of society: political, economic, cultural, and spatial. Course integrates theoretical and philosophical literature on IT with applied policy and planning issues.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/GIA/PSCI 5574 – Arts, Culture and Society
Considers the role of the arts in society, including architecture, music companies, or theater productions to heritage sites, science museums, and art galleries. Effective arts policy in revitalizing urban economies also examined. Graduate standing.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5594 – Nonprofit Law and Ethics
Explores the legal, ethical and normative systems affecting nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, both domestically and internationally. Examines the historical foundations of legal regulation and professional ethics within the sector and how these systems contribute to the administration and governance of nonprofit and nongovernamental organizations. Also surveys current theories of nonprofit/nongovernmental organization regulation as well as major legal and ethical issues confronting the sector. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/PAPA 5694 – Asset Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations 
Provides an understanding of asset management for governmental and nonprofit/nongovernmental entities. Focuses on the essentials of cash budgeting and cash management, investment of endowments and pension funds, and debt management and debt financing for governmental and nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/GIA/PAPA 5974 – Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1 to 19
Lecture Hours: 1 to 19
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/GIA/PAPA 5984 – Special Study
Credit Hours: 1 to 19
Lecture Hours: 1 to 10
Level(s): Graduate

PAPA 5674 – Financial Health of Public and Nonprofit Organizations 
Concepts and analytical capacities necessary to evaluate the overall level of financial health of governmental and nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations. Examines the tools and techniques necessary to assess the financial condition of the organizations and to determie if they have the capacity to carry out their purposes and address their debt obligations. Graduate Standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

PAPA 6114 – Complex Public Organizations
Examines the principal conceptual and theoretical bases for understanding the structure and environment of complex public organizations; also explores the problems bureaucracy poses for democratic theory and for vigorous economy.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

PAPA 6124 – Behavior and Change in Public Organizations 
Dynamics of behavior and change process in public sector organizations are examined for: (1) their implications for individuals, groups, and society; and (2) their impact upon organizational productivity and public policy. Critical dimensions of leadership as a sociopsychological process in management are emphasized with special reference to the public sector and public executives. The course also surveys the various types and strategies for planned change in public sector organizations.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

PAPA 6324 – Public Personnel Processes and Their Policy Implications 
Surveys the key personnel processes of public organizations, the contrasting norms and behaviors of participants, their impacts on policy, and their implications for democracy.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA 5004 – Power and Policy in the U.S.
Social science theory and research on the distribution of power in the US, especially as it shapes important national policy outcomes. Institutional and class bases of power will be examined, including membership on corporate boards and in policy-shaping think tanks. Implications for democracy in society will be drawn. Graduate standing.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA 5004 – Community Involvement
Social science theory and research on the distribution of power in the US, especially as it shapes important national policy outcomes. Institutional and class bases of power will be examined, including membership on corporate boards and in policy-shaping think tanks. Implications for democracy in society will be drawn. Graduate standing.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA/PSCI 5454 – Advanced Topics in Information Technology & Public Policy 
In-depth study and critical evaluation of selected complex issues related to information technology, society, governance, and public policy. Focused attention is given to theoretical and methodological foundations of the area of inquiry and to specific domains of policymaking and implementation. Topics will be selected from IT-related issues in such areas of concern as: cities, local communities, nonprofit organizations, governments, and global networks. May be repeated on a different topic. Must meet prerequisite or have permission of instructor.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA/PSCI 5554 – Culture, Politics and Society in Network Environments 
Historical origins, institutional foundations, and theoretical interpretations of cultural, political, and social interaction through computer mediated communication are examined. Particular attention is given to new types of discourse, sources of power, and structures of society at all geographical levels in global computer and communications networks.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA/PSCI 5554 – Democracy Begond the Ballot 
Forms of ultra or enhanced democracy outside of state institutions, particulary those developing in third sector organizations, theories of democracy and research on functioning deliberative democracies at the grassroots level, in societal or international institutions. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA/PSCI 6224 – Competing Conceptions of the Third Sector
Competing Conceptions of the Third Sector Competing theories and conceptions of the third sector in relation to the for-profit firm and the state with international perspectives on voluntary grassroots action challenges and societal transformation. Integration of theoretical and research literatures in the field. Graduate Standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

FACULTY



Max Stephenson, Jr.
IPG Director

Research Areas:

  • Nonprofit/NGO governance, leadership, management & civil society
  • Public policy & policy theory
  • Peacebuilding, international development & democratization
  • Environmental politics, policy & planning

Email | Read CV

Mary Beth Dunkenberger 
Senior Program Director & Business Manager, Blacksburg

Research Areas:

  • Connections between social programs, economic & community development
  • Organizational and program assessments
  • Policy and program innovations

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Melony Price-Rhodes, Ph. D. 
Senior Program Director, Alexandria

Research Areas:

  • Child welfare, revenue maximization, foster care and child protective services
  • Federal and state regulations affecting Federal Reimbursement Unit activities

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David Moore
Senior Research Associate, Project Director (TAP) Swiftstart

Research Areas:

  • Nonprofit/NGO & governance, leadership, management & civil society
  • Public policy & policy theory
  • Early childhood & workforce development
  • Organizational development & capacity building

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Elizabeth Allen
Assistant Business Manager, Program Research Associate, Data Manager

Research Areas:

  • Develop and maintain data management for asset mapping/web portal prototype and gap analyses
  • Administer and report results of on-line survey instruments
  • Coordinate and co-facilitate focus groups/structured interviews
  • Report preparation and generate tables and charts for stakeholder meetings and project contractors

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Maya Berinzon
Research Associate

Research Areas:

  • Law & International Development
  • Comparative Law
  • Access to information
  • Regional focus in sub-Saharan Africa


Don Back
VTIPG Senior Fellow

Research Areas:

  • Higher Education Financing, Governance and Leadership
  • Higher Education Policy and Practice
  • Internationalization of Higher Education
  • International Development

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Andy Morikawa
VTIPG Senior Fellow

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Martha Mead
VTIPG Fellow

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Minnis Ridenour
VTIPG Fellow, Resource Development

Research Areas:

  • Resource development
  • Financial management for governmental & nonprofit organizations

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George Still
VTIPG Fellow

Research Areas:

  • Support IPG / Pursue Grants
  • Consultation
  • Assist with reports & articles for publication

Edward Weisband
VTIPG Fellow, Endowed Chair, Political Science

Research Areas:

  • International monitoring regimes
  • Global accountabilities
  • Core international labor standard

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Suzanne Lo
Project Associate

Marcy Schnitzer
Assistant Provost for Diversity and Strategic Planning

Katy Powell
Professor of English and Director of the Center for Rhetoric in Society

Nancy White
Senior Consultant

Research Areas:

  • Policy design
  • Administration
  • Nonprofit and nongovernmental organizational evaluations

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Lyusyena Kirakosyan
VTIPG Senior Project Associate

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Rachel Christensen
VTIPG Senior Project Associate

STAFF


Karen Boone
Financial Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Finances
  • Payroll – Wage
  • Travel
  • Human Resources
  • Reconciling
  • Facilities
  • Maintain Records

540-231-1118
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Regina Naff
Administrative Assistant

Responsibilities:

  • Administrative Assistant to the Director
  • Fixed Assets Manager
  • Web Content Coordinator
  • Editor of the IPG Quarterly Newsletter
  • Secondary assistance for miscellaneous office procedures

540-231-6775
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Wanda Mills
Web Content Administrator

Responsibilities:

  • Web Designer
  • Digital Content Management
  • IPG Website Administration

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Hazel Smith – Consulting Staff
Researcher

Responsibilities:

  • SSI Advocacy for Adults & Children

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Tanisha Capers
Project Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • Provides administrative and logistics support to the FRU management and staff
  • Human Resources Information System (HRIS) Banner representative
  • Assist with activities that secure initial and continued eligibility for children in receipt of CSA funds for other public assistance programs, specifically Title II (Social Security), Title IV-E, Title IV-D (Child Support), Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income)

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Vickie Grazioli
Data Entry Technician

Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical support to the FRU Medicaid Case Analyst in obtaining appropriate collateral information to evaluate initial and continuing eligibility for continuing Comprehensive Services (CSA) and Title XIX (Medicaid) eligibility for each child served by Fairfax County Comprehensive Services Act (CSA).

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Claudia Malenich
Court Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and file Civil Petitions for Support at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
  • Perform all activities related to establishing Judicial Support Orders (JSOs) in juvenile court
  • Maintain accurate knowledge of relevant federal and state law, rules and regulations for Title IV-D funding

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Erin Mooney
Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Determine the initial eligibility of children in receipt of CSA funds for other public assistance programs, specifically Title II (Social Security), Title IV-E (AFDC-FC), Title IV-D (Child Support), Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income), and to maintain the child’s continuing eligibility
  • Comprehensive knowledge of complex federal and state laws governing public assistance programs
  • Ability to research, obtain, interpret, and integrate information from many sources
  • Thorough knowledge of physiological and mental health impairments. Expertise in assessing and evaluating functional limitations based on medical and/or mental health records

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Peter Flint
FRU CSA Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Process Comprehensive Services Act (CSA) copayment assessments for CSA supported agencies
  • Primary point of contact regarding the copayment process for CSA supported agencies
  • Research, analyze, and prepare statistics and information to assist the FRU Project Director with contract deliverables as necessary

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Brian Zamora
FRU CSA Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Analyze state uniform assessment instrument-the CANS document. Contact case manager if follow-up is required
  • Maintain accurate knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, local regulations, policies, and practices through reviews of publications, communications and training sessions with CSA and FRU management and staff
  • Research, analyze, and prepare statistics and information to assist the Project Director with contract deliverables as necessary. Provide Project Director and relevant CSA management and staff (as requested) with data and assistance as necessary for projects

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AFFILIATED STUDENTS


Master’s Students

Henry Ayakwah (MURP)
Leeann Budzevski (MURP)
Erin Burcham (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Nathan Corso (MPIA-MIP)
Dinah Girma (MURP)
Beth Olberding (MURP/MNR-MIP)
Lara Nagle (MURP)

Ph.D. Students

  Carmen Boggs-Parker (PGG)
Lindy Cranwell (PGG)
Mary Beth Dunkenberger (PAPA)
Jeremy Elliott-Engel (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Rachel Gabriele (PGG)
Benjamin Grove (PGG)
Vanessa Guerra (PGG)
Sarah Hanks (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Jake Keyel (PGG)
Kyunghee Kim (Arch.and Design)
Kristin Kirk (PGG)
Sarah Lyon-Hill (PGG)
Lorien MacAuley (Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education)
Neda Moayerian (PGG)
Cheryl Montgomery (PGG)
David Moore (PAPA)
Oladayo Omosa (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Hamza Safouane (PGG)
Danny White (PGG)

Research PhD Students

 Laura Nelson – PhD (Human Development)

Visiting PhD Students

Yunyun Chen
Chunxue Mu

Congratulations the following VTIPG Affiliated Students who recently obtained their master’s:

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald (MPIA), May 2017
Kristin Haas (MPIA), May 2017
Heather Lyne (MPIA) May 2017
Natalie Patterson (MURP), May 2017

Congratulations the following VTIPG Affiliated Students who recently obtained their Ph.D.:

 Lorien MacAuley (Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education), Dec 2017

AFFILIATIONS, PARTNERS, & SPONSORS


Government Organizations
United States Forest Service
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement, DHHS
United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Services
Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Virginia Department of Social Services
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Council on Virginia’s Future
Fairfax County Department of Social Services
Pulaski County Department of Social Services
Giles County Department of Social Services
Montgomery County Department of Social Services
Floyd County Department of Social Services
Dinwiddie County Department of Social Services
Radford City Department of Social Services
New River Valley Planning District Commission
Arlington Economic Development
Fairfax County-Northern Virginia Nonprofit Partnership
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Virginia Center for Innovative Technology

Nonprofit Organizations
The Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley
Carpenter’s Shelter for Homeless Children, Families and Adults
United Way of Henry County and Martinsville
New River Community Action
Generations United
Virginia Community Healthcare Association
Jefferson Center in Roanoke
Free Clinic of Franklin County
Rockbridge County Free Clinic
Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank
Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia, Inc.
Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley
Rescue Mission – Roanoke Valley

Foundations
Community Foundation of the New River Valley
Bertlessman Foundation
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Carilion Foundation
Roanoke Times Landmark Communications Foundation
Ford Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Centers and Institutes 
Institute for Society, Culture, and the Environment
The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
World Disaster Risk Management Institute
Center for Gerontology
Virginia Tech Southwest Center
Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center
Metropolitan Institute
Community Design Assistance Center
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Virginia Rural Health Association

DIRECTIONS

NOTICE

Parking at IPG is now under University Policy

To reach the campus from Interstate 81 (southbound and northbound):

  1. From Interstate 81, take Exit 118 to reach the exit ramps for all three of the exits at this location. There is only one exit ramp serving the exits; missing the ramp means a trip north to Exit 128 or south to Exit 114 to turn around.
  2. Take Exit 118B onto U.S. 460 West. This exit connects directly to the Christiansburg Bypass. Follow the signs for Blacksburg/Virginia Tech. The U.S. 460 bypass between Blacksburg and Christiansburg is a limited-access highway from 1-81 to the campus entrance at Southgate Drive.
  3. Watch signs carefully for routes and directions. From the bypass, Bus. U.S. 460 — South Main Street, exits to the right (take South Main Street as one route to reach downtown Blacksburg).
  4. Keep left and stay on U.S. 460 West, signed for “Virginia Tech, Bluefield” to continue directly to the university.
  5. Drive for 2.5 miles on U.S. 460 to the traffic light at VA 314, Southgate Drive. Turn right onto Southgate Drive. There is a campus map a quarter-mile on the right and the Visitor Information Center is a half-mile from U.S. 460 on the right.
  6. Continue to the stoplight at Spring Road and turn left onto Spring.
  7. Continue past Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum to the stop sign at Washington Street and turn right onto Washington.
  8. Continue through the stop sign at Kent Street and take the first left after the stop sign onto Otey Street.
  9. Continue past Wall Street and at the bottom of the hill turn right onto Roanoke Street.
  10. We are the last house on the right (at the corner of Roanoke Street and Draper Road).

CONTACT US

Let VTIPG and Virginia Tech put theory and knowledge to work for you! If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact us:

The Institute is located in Alexandria and Blacksburg, Virginia.

Regina Naff
Administrative Assistant
Institute for Policy & Governance
201 West Roanoke Street (0489)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Office: (540) 231-6775
Fax: (540) 231-6722
E-mail: regina50@vt.edu


Dr. Melony Price-Rhodes
Senior Program Director
Institute for Policy & Governance
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Office: (703) 324-7309
E-mail: mpricerh@vt.edu

For more information, please contact the Institute’s Director.

Dr. Max O. Stephenson, Jr.
201 West Roanoke St.
Blacksburg , VA 24061
Office: (540) 231-7340
E-mail: mstephen@vt.edu

NEWS

Second Volume of RE:Reflections and Explorations Now Published

Colleagues and friends, I am delighted to inform you that the second volume in the RE: Reflections and Explorations series has now been published. You may find an electronic version of this new book, edited by myself and Lyusyena Kirakosyan here: http://doi.org/10.21061/vtipg.re.v2.  We will be holding a reception to celebrate this occasion in early February and will send along notice of that event in due course. Meanwhile, Happy Holidays to you and yours from the Institute for Policy and Governance at Virginia Tech!

Best wishes, Max

Veterans in Society Conference – Call for Papers

The 4th Annual Veterans in Society Conference will be held on March 26-28, 2018 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke, VA.

Proposals due January 6, 2017

Veterans, Globalized: Veterans and their Societies in International Perspective

The Conference takes issues raised by the First World War as its point of departure to encourage research and generate scholarly conversations across disciplines and eras that consider the interplay of veterans and their societies in transnational or international perspective. To that end, we foresee juxtaposing explicitly comparative work with scholarship that delves into specific national, cultural, or historical contexts.

For more information, here is the link for the conference:  http://www.cpe.vt.edu/vis/

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary (250th) has been posted!!

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted:  Fear and the Moral Imagination: The Oil and Water of Democratic Self-Governance.

Note to Readers: This essay marks a milestone, as it is the 250th Soundings—the column first appeared on January 17, 2010. Thank you to all who have encouraged me to write these commentaries and who have offered their comments, positive and negative, concerning my efforts. I am very much in your debt. The next Soundings will appear on January 8, 2018. Happy Holidays to all! MOS

Neda Moayerian passed her Prelim defense

We are happy to announce that Neda Moayerian passed her Prelim defense on Monday, November 27. She is ready to advance to the next stage of the PhD program, the Proposal Defense. Her Doctoral advisory committee members are: Kwame Harrison (Sociology), Nancy McGhee (Tourism and Hospitality Management), Laura Zanotti (Political Science) and chair, Max Stephenson (Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Policy and Governance). Congratulations Neda and best wishes going forward! We know you will do well.

Advancing the Human Condition Symposium

Several SPIA colleagues are participating this week in The Advancing the Human Condition Symposium, an Initiative of  Beyond Boundaries and The Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition Strategic Growth Area, November 28 – 30th and held in the Inn at VT. Max Stephenson is a discussant for the November 28th session (from 3:30 to 5:00) on Story Making as Cultural Work: Exploring Ontological Politics and Social Change in Communities of Struggle. Christian Matheis will be a panel member for the session, Interrogating what is meant by “Advancing the Human Condition” at 10:30 on November 29th. Sara Mattingly-Jordan will be a discussant for the panel Ethics and Engineering at 1:00 on the 29th. David Bieri, Ralph Hall, Max Stephenson and Christian Matheis will all participate in the session, The Beloved Community Initiative: Advancing the Human Condition through Inclusive, Sustainable Economics, 2:00 on the 30th. This session is organized jointly by the Beloved Community Initiative and the Policy Strategic Growth Area. There are many panels and promising discussions throughout both days.  Click here for the link to the schedule of events.

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted!

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted:  Reflections on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at Thanksgiving.

 I am posting Max’s Soundings early because I will be out of town and will not have internet access most of the time.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.  Thank you for reading and enjoy!

Danny White Passes proposal defense

Danny White, PGG PhD candidate, passed his proposal defense on Monday, November 13, 2017.  The title of his dissertation is:  “Sport and Social Capital:  Perceptions of Civil Society Organizations in Kigali, Rwanda”.  His committee includes:  Chair, Max Stephenson (Director of IPG), David Kniola (Professor School of Education), John Dooley (CEO of Virginia Tech Foundation),and Jocelyn Widmer (Director for Online Degree Programs at U of Florida).  Congratulations Danny and best wishes as you progress through the next phase of your PhD work!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Trade Agreements and Democracyby Simone Franzi, (PGG PhD student).

Thank you for reading.

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Youth as a Social Construct, by Nada Berrada, PhD student, ASPECT.

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Strategic Use of Media in Mobilizing – Khunti Diaries, by Pallavi Raonka, PhD candidate, Scoiology.

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

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Urban Affairs Association 48th Annual Conference

April 4-7, 2018 | Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel | Toronto, CN
Abstract/Session Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2017

Shaping Justice and Sustainability Within and Beyond the City’s Edge:
Contestation and Collaboration in Urbanizing Regions

In an era of globalizing forces, the region has become an important arena for collaboration and contestation, as metropolitan areas work to craft their individual identities. As they do so, questions of equity, inclusion, and sustainability remain. What is the role of diversity, difference and singularity of social actors and communities when it comes to forging visions of urban development that are collective in process, cohesive in vision and sustainable in implementation? Furthermore, as global financial systems exert greater control over national, regional, and local economies, what is the role of innovative and/or insurgent social practices in an urbanizing region? What are the most effective strategies to create environmentally and economically sustainable communities in a regional context? How will different factions of regional actors evolve given conventional relationships, increased social and cultural diversity, and the contradictions of competitiveness and solidarity?

Abstract/Proposal Deadline: UAA will not accept any proposals (of any kind) after October 1, 2017, 12 midnight Central Daylight Time (CDT) or 5:00am GMT. The online submission site will close at 12:01 am CDT.  Acceptance or rejection notices will be sent by November 30,2017.

Questions? Visit the UAA website: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/ (for info on proposal submissions, registration,hotel reservations,etc.), or contact us at mailto:conf@uaamail.orgor 1-414-229-3025.

APSA 2016 Annual Meeting

APSA 2016 Annual Meeting
September 1-4, 2016
Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time
Philadelphia, PA

Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference

Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference
July 13-15, 2016
Thinking about the Past; Thinking about the Future
University of Liverpool

October 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

July 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

From the Director: Tidings Quarterly Reflection:

The “Beloved Community:” Aspiring to be a Truly Free and Self-Governing Society

Opportunities

Call for Submissions (deadline September 15, 2017) The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is seeking submissions for publication in the Continue reading 

April 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

January 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

DIRECTOR’S CORNER

Governance and Civil Society Policy

Institute faculty and their associates are working in this field to study the conditions that conduce to healthy civil societies both in the United States and in other nations, as well as the relationships between civil society and effective and equitable democratic governance. Faculty members active in this area are also exploring the roles of nongovernmental and nonprofit institutions in public governance and in transnational networks.  Even as VTIPG faculty and affiliated graduate students work to understand better the complex collaborative structures that now typify public governance in many societies, they are also examining how nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations themselves—in their various forms—are governed. They are employing what they learn through that research to assist those responsible for leading and overseeing these civil society organizations to develop strategies aimed at improving their effectiveness, representativeness, accountability and transparency.

FACULTY PUBLICATIONS

Democracy in an Age of Networked Governance: Charting the Currents of Democratic Change and Democracy at a Crossroads: Acknowledging Deficiencies, Encouraging Engagement
Two volumes, American Behavioral Scientist, Vol.52, 6February 2009, Vol. 52, 7, March, 2009. Editor, (18 articles and introduction). Editors: Joyce Rothschild and Max Stephenson Jr.

Editors: Joyce Rothschild and Max Stephenson, Jr.

Contributing Authors: Joyce Rothschild, Max Stephenson Jr., Neera Chandhoke, Betsy Taylor, Paul Lichterman, Darcy Leach, Jennifer Beeman, Alnoor Ebrahim,  Edward Weisband, Marcy Schnitzer, Carmen Sirianni, William Domhoff, Patricia Nickel, Angela Eikenberry, Joan Roeloefs, Robin Hahnel, Jon Van Til, Helmut Anheier, Camilla Stivers.

“The Meaning of Democracy in Nonprofit and Community Organizations”
American Behavioral Scientist, Democracy in an Age of Networked Governance Vol. 52, 6 February 2009, pp.800-806.
Max Stephenson and Joyce Rothschild.

In press, “Corporatism,” article for Helmut K. Anheier and Stefan Toepler (eds).
International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2009.
Max Stephenson, Jr.

In press: “Exploring the Connections Among Adaptive Leadership, Facets of Imagination and Social Imaginaries”
Accepted by Public Policy and Administration. Scheduled for Vol. 24 for July 2009.
Max Stephenson Jr.

“Governance Structures Matter and we must Maintain what we Construct: Considering the Role of Nonprofit Organizations in Public Policy Processes”
Public Administration Review. May/June 2008, Vol. 68, (3), pp. 591-594.
Max Stephenson, Jr.

“Nonprofit Governance, Management and Organizational Learning: Exploring the
Implications of One ‘Mega-Gift’

American Review of Public Administration. Vol. 39, (1), January 2009, pp.43-59.
Max Stephenson, Marcy Schnitzer and Veronica Arroyave

“Bridging the Organizational Divide: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of United States and International Humanitarian Service Delivery Structures.”
Accepted at Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Scheduled for Vol. 18, (3). September 2007.
Max Stephenson Jr.

“Exploring the Challenges and Prospects for Polycentricity in International Humanitarian Relief” 
American Behavioral ScientistDemocracy in an Age of Networked Governance, Vol. 52,6, February 2009, pp.919-932. Max Stephenson, Jr. and Marcy Schnitzer.

“Program Development issues in Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies: Learning from one University’s Experience”
Journal of Public Affairs Education. Vol. 13, (2), Spring/Summer 2007, pp. 301-314.
Max Stephenson, Jr.

In press, “Conceiving Land Grant Civic Engagement as Adaptive Leadership.” 
Higher Education. Max Stephenson, Jr.

The “Permanent Things” and the Role of the Moral Imagination in Organizational Life: Revisiting the foundations of Public and Nonprofit Leadership
Administrative Theory and Praxis, 29(2), June 2007, 260-277.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Mentoring for Doctoral Student Praxis-Centered Learning: Creating a Shared Culture of Intellectual Aspiration 
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 36, (4), December 2007, Supplement, pp. 64s-79s.
Max Stephenson Jr. and Rachel Christensen

Environmental Justice: Right Answers, Wrong Questions:Environmental Justice as Urban Research
Urban Studies, Vol. 44, 2 (February 2007), pp. 319-337.
Lisa Schweitzer and Max Stephenson

American Governance in Naomi Choi, ed. Sage Encyclopedia of Governance, Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, Ca., 2006.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Policy Implementation in Naomi Choi, ed. Sage Encyclopedia of Governance, Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, Ca., 2006.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Government Performance and Results Act in Naomi Choi, ed. Sage Encyclopedia of Governance, Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, Ca., 2006.
Max Stephenson Jr.

“Charting the Challenges and Paradoxes of Constructivism for Pre-Professional Planning Education”
Teaching in Higher Education, Vol. 13, (5). October 2008, pp. 583-593.
Lisa Schweitzer and Max Stephenson Jr.

“Program Development Issues in Nonprofit and Civel Society Studies: Learning From One University’s Experience”
Journal of Public Affairs Education. Vol. 13, (2), Spring/Summer 2007, pp. 301-314.
Max Stephenson Jr.

“Aesthetic Imagination, Civic Imagination and the Role of the Arts In Community Change and Development”
International Journal of the Arts in Society, Vol. 1, (3).February 2007pp. 83-92.
Max Stephenson Jr. and Kate Lanham

“Interorganizational Trust, Boundary Spanning, and Humanitarian Relief Coordination”
Non-Profit Management and Leadership. Vol. 17, (2), Winter 2006, pp. 211-233.
Max Stephenson and Marcy Schnitzer

The Nature Conservancy, the Press and Accountability 
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 35, 3. (September 2006), pp. 1-22
Max Stephenson Jr. and Elisabeth Chaves

Bridging the Organizational Divide: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of United States and International Humanitarian Service Delivery Structures
Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Vol. 18, (3). September 2007, pp. 209-224.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Review of Severun Bruyn A Civil Republic: Beyond Capitalism and Nationalism, Kumarian Press, 2005.
Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Vol. 17, 2 (June 2006), pp. 185-186.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Toward a Descriptive Model of Humanitarian Assistance Coordination 
Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Vol. 17, 1(March 2006), pp. 41-57.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Developing community leadership through the arts in Southside Virginia: Social networks, civic identity and civic change
Community Development Journal. Web access provided: July 12, 2005. Print copy, Vol. 42, 1, 79-96. (February 2007).
Max Stephenson Jr.

Making humanitarian relief networks more effective: operational coordination, trust and sense making. 
Disasters. Vol. 29, 4 (December, 2005), pp. 337-350.
Max Stephenson Jr.

Making Humanitarian Relief Networks More Effective: Exploring the Relationships Among Coordination, Trust and Sense Making
Paper prepared for delivery at the National Conference of the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
Los Angeles, California on November 18-20, 2004
Max Stephenson Jr.

Rethinking Humanitarian Assistance Coordination
Paper prepared for delivery at the International Society of Third Sector Research (ISTR)
Sixth International Conference, Toronto, Canada on July 11-14, 2004
Max Stephenson Jr. and Nicole Kehler

Of Land Grants, Leadership, Nonprofits and Social Change: A Model for Catalyzing Sustained Community-Based Learning and Change
Paper prepared for delivery at the National Conference of the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
Denver, Colorado November 20-22, 2003.
Max Stephenson Jr.

The Role of Trust and Boundary Spanning Behavior in Humanitarian Assitance Coordination
Non-Profit Management and Leadership. Vol. 17, 2 (Winter 2006), pp. 211-233.
Marcy Schnitzer

Giving Circles: Growing Grassroots Philanthropy
Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly35, 517-532.
Angela Eikenberry

Towards a Critical Social Theory of Philanthropy in an Era of Governance
Theorizing power post 9/11 ASPECT e-book series SPECT/RE. Edited by Wolfgang Natter.
Angela Eikenberry

Can Collectivist-Democracy Bring Gender Equity? The Efforts at Twin Oaks?
Research in the Sociology of Work. 2006 Volume:16. Page: 239 – 262
Joyce Rothschild and Amy Tomchin

“A Question of Priorities, Not Blame.”
Commentary, Roanoke Times, Virginia, pp. 7, October 3, 2005.

Accountability Myopia: Losing Sight of Organizational Learning
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 34 (1), 56 (2005)
Alnoor Ebrahim

NGOs and Organizational Change: Discourse, Reporting, and Learning 
Cambridge University Press, 2005 (Paperback)
Alnoor Ebrahim

Dilemmas in Academic Mission: Building Research Capacity in Nonprofits or in Academia? Paper prepared for delivery at the National Conference of the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
Los Angeles, California on November 18-20, 2004
Alnoor Ebrahim

Institutional Preconditions to Collaboration: Indian Forest and Irrigation Policy in Historical Perspective
Administration & Society 36 (2), 208 (2004)
Alnoor Ebrahim

Beyond Dependence: Conceptualizing Information and Accountability in NGO-Funder Relations Paper prepared for delivery at the International Society of Third Sector Research (ISTR)
Sixth International Conference, Toronto, Canada on July 11-14, 2004
Alnoor Ebrahim

The Marketization of the Nonprofit Sector: Civil Society at Risk?
Public Administration Review, Volume 64, Number 2, March 2004, pp. 132-140(9)
Angela Eikenberry and Jodie Kluver

Building Analytical and Adaptive Capacity:  Lessons from Northern and Southern NGOs
Paper prepared for delivery at the National Conference of the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action(ARNOVA)
Denver, Colorado on November 20-22, 2003
Alnoor Ebrahim

Making sense of accountability: Conceptual perspectives for northern and southern nonprofits Nonprofit Management and Leadership 14 (2), 191 (2003)
Alnoor Ebrahim

Learning And Change: Community Development Revisited”
Anne H. Moore

ARTICLES UNDER REVIEW


“Considering the Relationships among Social Conflict, Social Imaginaries, Resilience and Community-based Organization Leadership”
At Ecology and Society based on Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance symposium,

“Planners in the Naked City: 100 Years of Markets, Democracy and Angst”
At Planning Theory and Practice, July 2008. Max Stephenson and Lisa Schweitzer.

“Cities and Regions as Justice Spaces: Exploring the Issues for Regional Sustainability”
At Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. Revise and resubmit request received; resubmission scheduled for Spring 2009.Lisa Schweitzer and Max Stephenson.

“Community, Trust and the Habits of Democracy: An Investigation into Social Capital and Civic Engagement in U.S. Cohousing Neighborhoods”
At Environment and Planning A, Revise and resubmit request received Oct. 8, 2008. Lisa Poley and Max Stephenson.

RESEARCH & OUTREACH


Forthcoming Research: Belfast Peacelines, Belfast, Ireland

Intrigued by the Belfast Wall during their recent visit to Belfast, Ireland for the Foundations for Peace Network – sponsored Victim Empowerment conference in May 2008, Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti have begun research surrounding the continued existence of the Wall ten years after the Peace Accords and despite proposed (and underway) (re) development of many of the Army garrisons the UK had in East Belfast for decades.

Together Drs. Stephenson and Zanotti will edit an issue of the Journal of Architectural Planning ans Research entitled, “Building Walls, Securitizing Space and Making of Identity.”

Community Based Peace Building

Community foundations and community-based philanthropies play increasingly significant roles in efforts to mediate and build social capacity for the mitigation and management of long-lived conflicts in the societies of which they are a part. Drs. Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti are exploring this little-studied phenomenon by examining the conflict amelioration and management role(s) of three such foundations in three diverse nations. They hope to develop a contextualized analysis of the emergent roles of these foundations in peace building and the mechanisms they employ to pursue these newfound responsibilities by exploring the effects of the interaction between global and local organizations and their intended and unintended consequences. They will compare and contrast the efforts of our sample organizations against their own aspirations, against international strategies for making peace, against the strategies they have adopted and against the goals afforded by FFP for the diffusion of alternate modes of conflict management and mediation. Comparative case analysis should yield a strong overview of how these institutions are proceeding in what for them is a new arena of activity as well as what range of strategies they are employing and the rationales they offer for selecting and pursuing those.

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations

VTIPG is a signatory to Independent Sector’s Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations. The Guide represents the first time that charities and foundations reflecting a broad cross-section of the American nonprofit community have come together to develop principles of ethical conduct, accountability, and transparency that they aspire to and encourage all organizations to follow. The Guide outlines 33 practices designed to support board members and staff leaders of every charitable organization as they work to improve their own operations.

For more information visit:

https://www.independentsector.org/programs/principles-for-good-governance-and-ethical-practice/

Spring 2008 Graduate Scholar Society Seminar

Under the leadership of Dr. Max Stephenson Jr. and Marcy Schnitzer, a group of graduate students examined literature on violence and peace building as part of the spring 2008 Graduate Scholar Society. The group examined violence and conflict at the local, state, and international/systemic levels and the moral and ethical implications of each through reading three books: “We Wish to Inform you that Tomorrow we will be Killed with our Families: Stories from Rwanda” by Philip Gourevitch, “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide” by Samantha Power, and “The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace” by John Paul Lederach. Discussions centered on issues such as the will to power, morality, the nature of evil, history, memory, identity and difference and their effects on reconciliation and peace-building.

The Graduate Scholar Society was formed with the purpose of creating an environment for graduate students to engage in transdisciplinary discussions on various topics of choice. Students gain personal and educational self-enrichment and make connections with fellow graduate students with diverse backgrounds and fields of study. Each semester new discussion groups are formed. Students are required to meet at least five times throughout the semester and produce a final presentation to share with the other discussion groups at the end of the semester.

Collaboration between New River Valley Nonprofits

Facilitated by VTIPG, various nonprofit organizations in the New River Valley area gathered at the April 2008 Blacksburg Town Hall meeting to discuss common needs of the sector in service delivery effectiveness, advocacy and grassroots activity, and public awareness and support.

Collaboration spawned from the efforts of the Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations (VANNO) to unite Virginia nonprofits and connect their resources and practices to meet community needs.

For more information on VANNO visit www.vanno.org/index.htm

Southside Virginia Community, Economic and Leadership Development

The IGA provides leadership for catalyzing research and outreach efforts in the Southside region of Virginia. VTIPG works in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) and Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs Southside Implementation Team (SIT) to develop research and outreach programming that would advance the community development goals of the region. VTIPG is working with nonprofit organizations in the region and is in the beginning of an ambitious grassroots leadership development initiative involving multiple universities in the region.

Fairfax County’s Consolidate Community Funding Pool

Fairfax County, Virginia pools Federal, State and Local government funds to support the work of nonprofits serving the residents of the county. Decisions funding Fairfax-based nonprofit organizations equaling near $9 million dollars are made by a citizen’s committee and approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. An IPG Project Associate served on that 2004-2006 funding cycle selection committee.

World Bank-Civil Society Joint Facilitation Committee

The World Bank-Civil Society Joint Facilitation Committee (JFC) is a consultative body that seeks

  • to produce a guiding framework for World Bank-civil society engagement; and
  • to establish transparent, accountable and democratic mechanisms for further engagement

Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations

VTIPG has played a critical role in the founding of the statewide association for nonprofit organizations in the Commonwealth of Virginia . We have joined a coalition of nonprofits, consultants and nonprofit academic research centers from across the state to build this new organization. VANNO will provide forums for sharing expertise, experience and best practices, as a central information and resource exchange and gives Virginia’s nonprofit sector a statewide voice, policy forum and collective advocacy arm.

 CONFERENCES, SYMPOSIA, & WORKSHOPS


2008 International Disaster and Risk Conference, Davos, Switzerland

The International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) held biennially in Davos, Switzerland Aug. 25 – 29 is expecting more than 300 participants from 130 countries this year. With the motto Public-private partnership – key for integral risk management and climate change adaptation the conference aims to address global risk issues through an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach.

Dr. Max Stephenson Jr., Director of VTIPG and James Martin, Director of the World Disaster Risk Management Institute, Virginia Tech will facilitate a panel during a special session entitled: “Confronting the Challenge of Building Sustainable Networks for Disaster Relief Recovery and Community Resilience.”

Representatives of IDRC Davos 2008 report that the expected outcome of the conference is “to build stronger ties between disaster and risk management communities and sectors, in particular with the private sector, and to devise approaches to move towards a more truly integrated way of thinking about disaster and risk management.”

For more information visit www.idrc.info

2008 International Symposium, Davos, Switzerland

Following the 2008 International Disaster and Risk conference held in Davos, Switzerland Aug. 25-29, Max Stephenson, Director of IPG and James Martin, Director of the World Disaster Risk Management Institute, Virginia Tech will sponsor an International Symposium entitled: “Exploring Innovative and Sustainable Approaches to Improve Community Resilience in Disaster Prevention and Response.” Around twenty presenters from Europe and the United states have been invited to address the challenge of intersectoral cooperation in disaster relief, mitigation, and recovery.

This symposium will offer researchers and practitioners an opportunity to exchange views and experiences concerning how public and private actors may develop the incentives and wherewithal to build a broader understanding for effective response to the imperatives of disaster relief and humanitarian action collaborative networks. An edited volume for publication based on the symposium is planned.

The Virginia Tech Symposium on Enhancing Resilience To Catastrophic Events Through Communicative Planning

VTIPG and Virginia Tech’s new Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention will co-sponsor a resilience symposium held at Virginia Tech on Nov.16-18, 2008. The symposium, chaired by Bruce Goldstein, is part of a consortium of conferences on disaster relief and prevention held in Davos, Switzerland.

Scholars are invited to consider how collaborative planning can enhance resilience to events that threaten to overcome the social and ecological integrity of communities, states, and societies. Presentations and discussion will be held in Blacksburg, VA on November 16-18, 2008, and symposium papers will be edited and revised for journal and/or book publication in early 2009.

Building Communities through the Arts Conference

Dr. Max Stephenson Jr., Director of VTIPG, spoke at theBuilding Communities Through the Arts Conference on June 4, 2008 at the Prizery in South Boston, Virginia. Hosted by the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, the regional conference is part of an initiative to revitalize the economic, educational, and cultural development of individual communities in Southern Virginia.

Dr. Stephenson and other presenters strongly advocated on behalf of the Arts as a central strategy in organizing regional development efforts to build communities. Supported by research, arts and design have been shown to be principle creative means for economic, workforce, and community development.

The conference was attended by regional leaders in business, local government, education, and art organizations as well as artists from the counties of Mecklenburg, Charlotte, Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry, and Patrick, and the cities of Danville and Martinsville. It was viewed by all participants as a catalytic event in developing regional partnerships for improving the overall attractiveness of Southern Virginia.

For more information on The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center and video highlights of the evening’s presentations visit www.svhed.org

National Cohousing Conference, Waltham, MA, 2008

Lisa Poley, Research and Teaching Associate with the School of Public Affairs and VTIPG spoke at the 2008 National Cohousing Conference held in Waltham, Massachusetts. With her experience as a founding member of Shadowlake Village Cohousing in Blacksburg, Virginia, she delivered a presentation titled Deep Process: Cohousing and Deep Democracy. It addressed how living in cohousing may impact an individual’s civic and democratic engagement and the potential for fostering social change beyond community boundaries.

Foundations for Peace – Victim Empowerment Conference

Dr. Max Stephenson Jr., Director of VTIPG and Laura Zanotti, Associate Professor in the Virginia Tech department of Political Science, recently attended the Foundations for Peace Network – sponsored Victim Empowerment conference held in Belfast, Northern Ireland on May 22, 2008. The conference culminated collaborative victim empowerment and peacebuilding efforts by members of the foundation in Northern Ireland and the international level.

With members located in Sri Lanka, Serbia, India, Colombia, Bangladesh, Israel and Northern Ireland, Foundations for Peace, describes itself as “a global network of independent indigenous funders working to build peace within our respective community, society or country.” The foundation focuses on bringing peaceful and sustainable solutions to regions and countries entrenched in violence.

The 2008 conference aimed to share learning experiences by members of Foundations for Peace with local groups, academics, policy makers, and funding bodies in the victim- survivor sector. It showcased several contributions on related initiatives for peacebuilding and social change in societies affected by conflict and highlighted best practices on victim empowerment.

For more information on Foundations for Peace visit http://www.foundationsforpeace.org/

Inter-University Workshop on Accountability and the Nonprofit Sector

Virginia Tech’s IPG and Georgetown University’s Center for Democracy and the Third Sector (CDATS) have developed the Inter-University Workshop on Accountability and the Nonprofit Sector. The purpose of the program is to promote innovative research on the impact of an emerging accountability regime on nonprofit institutions through periodic lectures and discussions by leading scholars and practitioners. The intended outcome it to promote debate and dissemination of new ideas. Upcoming topics focus on:

  • Accountability and Organizational Learning
  • The Emerging Accountability Regime and the Nonprofit Sector

Workshops are open to faculty, students, and interested members of the public from the greater Washington area.

CURRICULUM

One of VTIPG’s responsibilities is to work with the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and its academic programs to develop and propose nonprofit and nongovernmental organization related curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels including concentrations, graduate certificates and potentially a freestanding graduate degree program in Nonprofit/ Nongovernmental Organization Management. Irrespective of specific content, the nonprofit/nongovernmental offerings share a number of characteristics, such as interdisciplinary faculty, a comparative focus, and integration of theory, practice and public policy implications.

Degree Concentrations

The concentration in public and nonprofit management in SPIA offers interested students the opportunity to study, in depth, public and nonprofit organization management tools, techniques, processes and policy contexts. Students may also pursue an additional focus in budgeting and financial management.

Doctoral Program

Students who wish to continue their studies in public and nonprofit management can matriculate into the inter-disciplinary doctoral program in Planning, Governance and Globalization (PGG). The program provides students with the flexibility to design a course of study that best meets their interests. Students in this PGG stream have engaged in research related to strategic planning processes in localities, health care in Africa, evaluation of long-term care, social class and migration, self-help housing and risk assessment.

Graduate Certificates

The School of Public and International Affairs currently offers a 12 hour certificate in Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization Management. There is an online certificate option that includes many of the nonprofit courses and can be completed completely online.  See the Certificate Overview in the Virginia Tech Graduate Catalog for additional information.

How to Apply

Virginia Tech graduate students who are currently enrolled and working toward a degree should use the following to apply for entrance into the graduate certificate program in Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization Management (NNMC). Individuals interest in enrolling in Virginia Tech and pursuing the graduate certificate should apply online at the Virginia Tech Graduate School website. The form can be found here.

AFFILIATED COURSES


UAP 5084G – Advanced Community Involvement 
Issues, concepts, and techniques of citizen participation in community development and planning. Theoretical foundation, instituational frameworks, and historical evolution of participatory democracy. Exercises developing group communication skills, public meeting facilitation, and design of community involvement programs. Pre-requisite: Graduate Standing Required
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5454 – Nonprofit Organization & Management 
Examines the nonprofit sector in American society and compares those roles with the roles the sector plays in other advanced democracies as well as in developing countries. Also analyzes the role of important sub sectors within the nation’s third sector and explores key management challenges confronting non-profit organization leaders with them. Compares those challenges to those found in nongovernmental organizations in developing nations. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate

UAP 5534 – Nonprofit Organization Leadership and Governance 
Major conceptual issues related to developing an understanding of the foundations and roles of leadership and governance of third sector and nongovernmental organizations. Comparison of nongovernmental organizations in the U.S. and around the world. The course is designed to equip students with the capacities to assess and improve organizational governance effectiveness as well as to devise and implement leadership strategies in the complex structural, social and political contexts in which these organizations are typically enmeshed in the United States as well as in other industrialized democracies and in developing nations. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Undergraduate, Graduate

UAP/GIA/PAPA 5034 – Democratic Governance in the Economy 
An international and comparative examination of workplace and economic relations around the world, with special focus on efforts to build collaborative work processes that would extend the voice, ownership and control rights of workers. The interface between state institutions and economic organizations is also considered, especially insofar as government prescriptions and processes that may impede or extend democratic governance of the economy. Graduate Standing.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/GIA 5154 – Global Accountabilities
Provides a comparative perspective on “accountability” among nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, private corporations, governmental organizations, and inter-governmental organizations. Theories and practices of accountability, reporting, monitoring, compliance and learning are considered.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/PSCI 5164 – Collaborative Governance and Civil Society 
Theoretical foundations of collaborative policy and governance approaches are examined. Strategies and methods for forming and sustaining collaborative coalitions are discussed. Case studies are used to illustrate the effectiveness of collaborative approaches in different policy domains. I
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/GIA 5274 – Comparative Social Movements
This course will investigate the forms of public protest that occur all over the world, with special attention to activism in poor nations and to the recent emergence of transnational movements. Also examines why and when governments repress social movements. Explores movements that are grounded in collective identities based in class, race/ethnicity, gender, religion, and culture. Graduate standing.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5354 – Charity, Philanthropy and Civil Society 
This course treats the evolution of philanthropy and charity in the United States and abroad and introduces major issues and continuing concerns linked to the institutiuons engaged in these activities while exploring their ties to civil society. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate
Instruction Type: Lecture

UAP 5364 – Non-Governmental Organizations in International Development 
Explores theory and cases of non-governmental organizations in international development. Analyzes various roles of NGOs, and their interactions with local communities, government agencies, international organizations, and private businesses. Examines tensions and collaborations between NGOs and other development actors, drawing from cases in environmental, health, and educational policy domains. II.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5444 – Strategic Planning and Management 
An examination of different processes and procedures for generic planning and management of a strategic nature. Particular emphasis on analytical techniques, especially Artificial Intelligence, that are used in the process.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5474 – Program Evaluation
Conceptual approaches and methodological techniques for evaluating national, regional, and local human services programs. Examination of issues relevant to the function of evaluation research and the role of evaluators.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5514 – Public Budgeting and Management 
Examines public budgeting and management theories, concepts, policies, processes, and practices, and their effects on federal, state, and local governments. Theoretical aspects of budgeting and management control are related to practical budgeting issues and exercises. Attention is also given to the internal management of the budgeting function.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/PAPA 5544 – Public and Nonprofit Financial Management 
Examines concepts central to effective financial management of public and non-profit organizations. Affords students an opportunity to further their understanding of the relationship between financial accounting and reporting systems and effective organization management. II
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5564 – Information Technology, Society, and Public Policy 
Social impacts of new and emerging information technologies from a public policy perspective. Technical nature of IT and influences of IT on four core dimensions of society: political, economic, cultural, and spatial. Course integrates theoretical and philosophical literature on IT with applied policy and planning issues.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/GIA/PSCI 5574 – Arts, Culture and Society
Considers the role of the arts in society, including architecture, music companies, or theater productions to heritage sites, science museums, and art galleries. Effective arts policy in revitalizing urban economies also examined. Graduate standing.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP 5594 – Nonprofit Law and Ethics
Explores the legal, ethical and normative systems affecting nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, both domestically and internationally. Examines the historical foundations of legal regulation and professional ethics within the sector and how these systems contribute to the administration and governance of nonprofit and nongovernamental organizations. Also surveys current theories of nonprofit/nongovernmental organization regulation as well as major legal and ethical issues confronting the sector. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/PAPA 5694 – Asset Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations 
Provides an understanding of asset management for governmental and nonprofit/nongovernmental entities. Focuses on the essentials of cash budgeting and cash management, investment of endowments and pension funds, and debt management and debt financing for governmental and nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/GIA/PAPA 5974 – Independent Study
Credit Hours: 1 to 19
Lecture Hours: 1 to 19
Level(s): Graduate

UAP/GIA/PAPA 5984 – Special Study
Credit Hours: 1 to 19
Lecture Hours: 1 to 10
Level(s): Graduate

PAPA 5674 – Financial Health of Public and Nonprofit Organizations 
Concepts and analytical capacities necessary to evaluate the overall level of financial health of governmental and nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations. Examines the tools and techniques necessary to assess the financial condition of the organizations and to determie if they have the capacity to carry out their purposes and address their debt obligations. Graduate Standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

PAPA 6114 – Complex Public Organizations
Examines the principal conceptual and theoretical bases for understanding the structure and environment of complex public organizations; also explores the problems bureaucracy poses for democratic theory and for vigorous economy.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

PAPA 6124 – Behavior and Change in Public Organizations 
Dynamics of behavior and change process in public sector organizations are examined for: (1) their implications for individuals, groups, and society; and (2) their impact upon organizational productivity and public policy. Critical dimensions of leadership as a sociopsychological process in management are emphasized with special reference to the public sector and public executives. The course also surveys the various types and strategies for planned change in public sector organizations.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

PAPA 6324 – Public Personnel Processes and Their Policy Implications 
Surveys the key personnel processes of public organizations, the contrasting norms and behaviors of participants, their impacts on policy, and their implications for democracy.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA 5004 – Power and Policy in the U.S.
Social science theory and research on the distribution of power in the US, especially as it shapes important national policy outcomes. Institutional and class bases of power will be examined, including membership on corporate boards and in policy-shaping think tanks. Implications for democracy in society will be drawn. Graduate standing.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA 5004 – Community Involvement
Social science theory and research on the distribution of power in the US, especially as it shapes important national policy outcomes. Institutional and class bases of power will be examined, including membership on corporate boards and in policy-shaping think tanks. Implications for democracy in society will be drawn. Graduate standing.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA/PSCI 5454 – Advanced Topics in Information Technology & Public Policy 
In-depth study and critical evaluation of selected complex issues related to information technology, society, governance, and public policy. Focused attention is given to theoretical and methodological foundations of the area of inquiry and to specific domains of policymaking and implementation. Topics will be selected from IT-related issues in such areas of concern as: cities, local communities, nonprofit organizations, governments, and global networks. May be repeated on a different topic. Must meet prerequisite or have permission of instructor.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA/PSCI 5554 – Culture, Politics and Society in Network Environments 
Historical origins, institutional foundations, and theoretical interpretations of cultural, political, and social interaction through computer mediated communication are examined. Particular attention is given to new types of discourse, sources of power, and structures of society at all geographical levels in global computer and communications networks.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA/PSCI 5554 – Democracy Begond the Ballot 
Forms of ultra or enhanced democracy outside of state institutions, particulary those developing in third sector organizations, theories of democracy and research on functioning deliberative democracies at the grassroots level, in societal or international institutions. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

GIA/PSCI 6224 – Competing Conceptions of the Third Sector
Competing Conceptions of the Third Sector Competing theories and conceptions of the third sector in relation to the for-profit firm and the state with international perspectives on voluntary grassroots action challenges and societal transformation. Integration of theoretical and research literatures in the field. Graduate Standing required.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Level(s): Graduate

FACULTY



Max Stephenson, Jr.
IPG Director

Research Areas:

  • Nonprofit/NGO governance, leadership, management & civil society
  • Public policy & policy theory
  • Peacebuilding, international development & democratization
  • Environmental politics, policy & planning

Email | Read CV

Mary Beth Dunkenberger 
Senior Program Director & Business Manager, Blacksburg

Research Areas:

  • Connections between social programs, economic & community development
  • Organizational and program assessments
  • Policy and program innovations

Email | Read Bio

Melony Price-Rhodes, Ph. D. 
Senior Program Director, Alexandria

Research Areas:

  • Child welfare, revenue maximization, foster care and child protective services
  • Federal and state regulations affecting Federal Reimbursement Unit activities

Email | Photography Collection

David Moore
Senior Research Associate, Project Director (TAP) Swiftstart

Research Areas:

  • Nonprofit/NGO & governance, leadership, management & civil society
  • Public policy & policy theory
  • Early childhood & workforce development
  • Organizational development & capacity building

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Elizabeth Allen
Assistant Business Manager, Program Research Associate, Data Manager

Research Areas:

  • Develop and maintain data management for asset mapping/web portal prototype and gap analyses
  • Administer and report results of on-line survey instruments
  • Coordinate and co-facilitate focus groups/structured interviews
  • Report preparation and generate tables and charts for stakeholder meetings and project contractors

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Maya Berinzon
Research Associate

Research Areas:

  • Law & International Development
  • Comparative Law
  • Access to information
  • Regional focus in sub-Saharan Africa


Don Back
VTIPG Senior Fellow

Research Areas:

  • Higher Education Financing, Governance and Leadership
  • Higher Education Policy and Practice
  • Internationalization of Higher Education
  • International Development

Email | Bio

Andy Morikawa
VTIPG Senior Fellow

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Martha Mead
VTIPG Fellow

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Minnis Ridenour
VTIPG Fellow, Resource Development

Research Areas:

  • Resource development
  • Financial management for governmental & nonprofit organizations

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George Still
VTIPG Fellow

Research Areas:

  • Support IPG / Pursue Grants
  • Consultation
  • Assist with reports & articles for publication

Edward Weisband
VTIPG Fellow, Endowed Chair, Political Science

Research Areas:

  • International monitoring regimes
  • Global accountabilities
  • Core international labor standard

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Suzanne Lo
Project Associate

Marcy Schnitzer
Assistant Provost for Diversity and Strategic Planning

Katy Powell
Professor of English and Director of the Center for Rhetoric in Society

Nancy White
Senior Consultant

Research Areas:

  • Policy design
  • Administration
  • Nonprofit and nongovernmental organizational evaluations

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Lyusyena Kirakosyan
VTIPG Senior Project Associate

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Rachel Christensen
VTIPG Senior Project Associate

STAFF


Karen Boone
Financial Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Finances
  • Payroll – Wage
  • Travel
  • Human Resources
  • Reconciling
  • Facilities
  • Maintain Records

540-231-1118
Email

Regina Naff
Administrative Assistant

Responsibilities:

  • Administrative Assistant to the Director
  • Fixed Assets Manager
  • Web Content Coordinator
  • Editor of the IPG Quarterly Newsletter
  • Secondary assistance for miscellaneous office procedures

540-231-6775
Email

Wanda Mills
Web Content Administrator

Responsibilities:

  • Web Designer
  • Digital Content Management
  • IPG Website Administration

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Hazel Smith – Consulting Staff
Researcher

Responsibilities:

  • SSI Advocacy for Adults & Children

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Tanisha Capers
Project Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • Provides administrative and logistics support to the FRU management and staff
  • Human Resources Information System (HRIS) Banner representative
  • Assist with activities that secure initial and continued eligibility for children in receipt of CSA funds for other public assistance programs, specifically Title II (Social Security), Title IV-E, Title IV-D (Child Support), Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income)

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Vickie Grazioli
Data Entry Technician

Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical support to the FRU Medicaid Case Analyst in obtaining appropriate collateral information to evaluate initial and continuing eligibility for continuing Comprehensive Services (CSA) and Title XIX (Medicaid) eligibility for each child served by Fairfax County Comprehensive Services Act (CSA).

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Claudia Malenich
Court Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and file Civil Petitions for Support at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
  • Perform all activities related to establishing Judicial Support Orders (JSOs) in juvenile court
  • Maintain accurate knowledge of relevant federal and state law, rules and regulations for Title IV-D funding

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Erin Mooney
Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Determine the initial eligibility of children in receipt of CSA funds for other public assistance programs, specifically Title II (Social Security), Title IV-E (AFDC-FC), Title IV-D (Child Support), Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income), and to maintain the child’s continuing eligibility
  • Comprehensive knowledge of complex federal and state laws governing public assistance programs
  • Ability to research, obtain, interpret, and integrate information from many sources
  • Thorough knowledge of physiological and mental health impairments. Expertise in assessing and evaluating functional limitations based on medical and/or mental health records

Email

Peter Flint
FRU CSA Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Process Comprehensive Services Act (CSA) copayment assessments for CSA supported agencies
  • Primary point of contact regarding the copayment process for CSA supported agencies
  • Research, analyze, and prepare statistics and information to assist the FRU Project Director with contract deliverables as necessary

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Brian Zamora
FRU CSA Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Analyze state uniform assessment instrument-the CANS document. Contact case manager if follow-up is required
  • Maintain accurate knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, local regulations, policies, and practices through reviews of publications, communications and training sessions with CSA and FRU management and staff
  • Research, analyze, and prepare statistics and information to assist the Project Director with contract deliverables as necessary. Provide Project Director and relevant CSA management and staff (as requested) with data and assistance as necessary for projects

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AFFILIATED STUDENTS


Master’s Students

Henry Ayakwah (MURP)
Leeann Budzevski (MURP)
Erin Burcham (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Nathan Corso (MPIA-MIP)
Dinah Girma (MURP)
Beth Olberding (MURP/MNR-MIP)
Lara Nagle (MURP)

Ph.D. Students

  Carmen Boggs-Parker (PGG)
Lindy Cranwell (PGG)
Mary Beth Dunkenberger (PAPA)
Jeremy Elliott-Engel (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Rachel Gabriele (PGG)
Benjamin Grove (PGG)
Vanessa Guerra (PGG)
Sarah Hanks (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Jake Keyel (PGG)
Kyunghee Kim (Arch.and Design)
Kristin Kirk (PGG)
Sarah Lyon-Hill (PGG)
Lorien MacAuley (Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education)
Neda Moayerian (PGG)
Cheryl Montgomery (PGG)
David Moore (PAPA)
Oladayo Omosa (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Hamza Safouane (PGG)
Danny White (PGG)

Research PhD Students

 Laura Nelson – PhD (Human Development)

Visiting PhD Students

Yunyun Chen
Chunxue Mu

Congratulations the following VTIPG Affiliated Students who recently obtained their master’s:

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald (MPIA), May 2017
Kristin Haas (MPIA), May 2017
Heather Lyne (MPIA) May 2017
Natalie Patterson (MURP), May 2017

Congratulations the following VTIPG Affiliated Students who recently obtained their Ph.D.:

 Lorien MacAuley (Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education), Dec 2017

AFFILIATIONS, PARTNERS, & SPONSORS


Government Organizations
United States Forest Service
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement, DHHS
United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Services
Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Virginia Department of Social Services
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Council on Virginia’s Future
Fairfax County Department of Social Services
Pulaski County Department of Social Services
Giles County Department of Social Services
Montgomery County Department of Social Services
Floyd County Department of Social Services
Dinwiddie County Department of Social Services
Radford City Department of Social Services
New River Valley Planning District Commission
Arlington Economic Development
Fairfax County-Northern Virginia Nonprofit Partnership
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Virginia Center for Innovative Technology

Nonprofit Organizations
The Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley
Carpenter’s Shelter for Homeless Children, Families and Adults
United Way of Henry County and Martinsville
New River Community Action
Generations United
Virginia Community Healthcare Association
Jefferson Center in Roanoke
Free Clinic of Franklin County
Rockbridge County Free Clinic
Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank
Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia, Inc.
Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley
Rescue Mission – Roanoke Valley

Foundations
Community Foundation of the New River Valley
Bertlessman Foundation
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Carilion Foundation
Roanoke Times Landmark Communications Foundation
Ford Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Centers and Institutes 
Institute for Society, Culture, and the Environment
The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
World Disaster Risk Management Institute
Center for Gerontology
Virginia Tech Southwest Center
Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center
Metropolitan Institute
Community Design Assistance Center
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Virginia Rural Health Association

DIRECTIONS

NOTICE

Parking at IPG is now under University Policy

To reach the campus from Interstate 81 (southbound and northbound):

  1. From Interstate 81, take Exit 118 to reach the exit ramps for all three of the exits at this location. There is only one exit ramp serving the exits; missing the ramp means a trip north to Exit 128 or south to Exit 114 to turn around.
  2. Take Exit 118B onto U.S. 460 West. This exit connects directly to the Christiansburg Bypass. Follow the signs for Blacksburg/Virginia Tech. The U.S. 460 bypass between Blacksburg and Christiansburg is a limited-access highway from 1-81 to the campus entrance at Southgate Drive.
  3. Watch signs carefully for routes and directions. From the bypass, Bus. U.S. 460 — South Main Street, exits to the right (take South Main Street as one route to reach downtown Blacksburg).
  4. Keep left and stay on U.S. 460 West, signed for “Virginia Tech, Bluefield” to continue directly to the university.
  5. Drive for 2.5 miles on U.S. 460 to the traffic light at VA 314, Southgate Drive. Turn right onto Southgate Drive. There is a campus map a quarter-mile on the right and the Visitor Information Center is a half-mile from U.S. 460 on the right.
  6. Continue to the stoplight at Spring Road and turn left onto Spring.
  7. Continue past Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum to the stop sign at Washington Street and turn right onto Washington.
  8. Continue through the stop sign at Kent Street and take the first left after the stop sign onto Otey Street.
  9. Continue past Wall Street and at the bottom of the hill turn right onto Roanoke Street.
  10. We are the last house on the right (at the corner of Roanoke Street and Draper Road).

CONTACT US

Let VTIPG and Virginia Tech put theory and knowledge to work for you! If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact us:

The Institute is located in Alexandria and Blacksburg, Virginia.

Regina Naff
Administrative Assistant
Institute for Policy & Governance
201 West Roanoke Street (0489)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Office: (540) 231-6775
Fax: (540) 231-6722
E-mail: regina50@vt.edu


Dr. Melony Price-Rhodes
Senior Program Director
Institute for Policy & Governance
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Office: (703) 324-7309
E-mail: mpricerh@vt.edu

For more information, please contact the Institute’s Director.

Dr. Max O. Stephenson, Jr.
201 West Roanoke St.
Blacksburg , VA 24061
Office: (540) 231-7340
E-mail: mstephen@vt.edu

NEWS

Second Volume of RE:Reflections and Explorations Now Published

Colleagues and friends, I am delighted to inform you that the second volume in the RE: Reflections and Explorations series has now been published. You may find an electronic version of this new book, edited by myself and Lyusyena Kirakosyan here: http://doi.org/10.21061/vtipg.re.v2.  We will be holding a reception to celebrate this occasion in early February and will send along notice of that event in due course. Meanwhile, Happy Holidays to you and yours from the Institute for Policy and Governance at Virginia Tech!

Best wishes, Max

Veterans in Society Conference – Call for Papers

The 4th Annual Veterans in Society Conference will be held on March 26-28, 2018 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke, VA.

Proposals due January 6, 2017

Veterans, Globalized: Veterans and their Societies in International Perspective

The Conference takes issues raised by the First World War as its point of departure to encourage research and generate scholarly conversations across disciplines and eras that consider the interplay of veterans and their societies in transnational or international perspective. To that end, we foresee juxtaposing explicitly comparative work with scholarship that delves into specific national, cultural, or historical contexts.

For more information, here is the link for the conference:  http://www.cpe.vt.edu/vis/

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary (250th) has been posted!!

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted:  Fear and the Moral Imagination: The Oil and Water of Democratic Self-Governance.

Note to Readers: This essay marks a milestone, as it is the 250th Soundings—the column first appeared on January 17, 2010. Thank you to all who have encouraged me to write these commentaries and who have offered their comments, positive and negative, concerning my efforts. I am very much in your debt. The next Soundings will appear on January 8, 2018. Happy Holidays to all! MOS

Neda Moayerian passed her Prelim defense

We are happy to announce that Neda Moayerian passed her Prelim defense on Monday, November 27. She is ready to advance to the next stage of the PhD program, the Proposal Defense. Her Doctoral advisory committee members are: Kwame Harrison (Sociology), Nancy McGhee (Tourism and Hospitality Management), Laura Zanotti (Political Science) and chair, Max Stephenson (Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Policy and Governance). Congratulations Neda and best wishes going forward! We know you will do well.

Advancing the Human Condition Symposium

Several SPIA colleagues are participating this week in The Advancing the Human Condition Symposium, an Initiative of  Beyond Boundaries and The Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition Strategic Growth Area, November 28 – 30th and held in the Inn at VT. Max Stephenson is a discussant for the November 28th session (from 3:30 to 5:00) on Story Making as Cultural Work: Exploring Ontological Politics and Social Change in Communities of Struggle. Christian Matheis will be a panel member for the session, Interrogating what is meant by “Advancing the Human Condition” at 10:30 on November 29th. Sara Mattingly-Jordan will be a discussant for the panel Ethics and Engineering at 1:00 on the 29th. David Bieri, Ralph Hall, Max Stephenson and Christian Matheis will all participate in the session, The Beloved Community Initiative: Advancing the Human Condition through Inclusive, Sustainable Economics, 2:00 on the 30th. This session is organized jointly by the Beloved Community Initiative and the Policy Strategic Growth Area. There are many panels and promising discussions throughout both days.  Click here for the link to the schedule of events.

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted!

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted:  Reflections on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at Thanksgiving.

 I am posting Max’s Soundings early because I will be out of town and will not have internet access most of the time.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.  Thank you for reading and enjoy!

Danny White Passes proposal defense

Danny White, PGG PhD candidate, passed his proposal defense on Monday, November 13, 2017.  The title of his dissertation is:  “Sport and Social Capital:  Perceptions of Civil Society Organizations in Kigali, Rwanda”.  His committee includes:  Chair, Max Stephenson (Director of IPG), David Kniola (Professor School of Education), John Dooley (CEO of Virginia Tech Foundation),and Jocelyn Widmer (Director for Online Degree Programs at U of Florida).  Congratulations Danny and best wishes as you progress through the next phase of your PhD work!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Trade Agreements and Democracyby Simone Franzi, (PGG PhD student).

Thank you for reading.

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Youth as a Social Construct, by Nada Berrada, PhD student, ASPECT.

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Strategic Use of Media in Mobilizing – Khunti Diaries, by Pallavi Raonka, PhD candidate, Scoiology.

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

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Urban Affairs Association 48th Annual Conference

April 4-7, 2018 | Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel | Toronto, CN
Abstract/Session Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2017

Shaping Justice and Sustainability Within and Beyond the City’s Edge:
Contestation and Collaboration in Urbanizing Regions

In an era of globalizing forces, the region has become an important arena for collaboration and contestation, as metropolitan areas work to craft their individual identities. As they do so, questions of equity, inclusion, and sustainability remain. What is the role of diversity, difference and singularity of social actors and communities when it comes to forging visions of urban development that are collective in process, cohesive in vision and sustainable in implementation? Furthermore, as global financial systems exert greater control over national, regional, and local economies, what is the role of innovative and/or insurgent social practices in an urbanizing region? What are the most effective strategies to create environmentally and economically sustainable communities in a regional context? How will different factions of regional actors evolve given conventional relationships, increased social and cultural diversity, and the contradictions of competitiveness and solidarity?

Abstract/Proposal Deadline: UAA will not accept any proposals (of any kind) after October 1, 2017, 12 midnight Central Daylight Time (CDT) or 5:00am GMT. The online submission site will close at 12:01 am CDT.  Acceptance or rejection notices will be sent by November 30,2017.

Questions? Visit the UAA website: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/ (for info on proposal submissions, registration,hotel reservations,etc.), or contact us at mailto:conf@uaamail.orgor 1-414-229-3025.

APSA 2016 Annual Meeting

APSA 2016 Annual Meeting
September 1-4, 2016
Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time
Philadelphia, PA

Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference

Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference
July 13-15, 2016
Thinking about the Past; Thinking about the Future
University of Liverpool

October 2017 Newsletter

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July 2017 Newsletter

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From the Director: Tidings Quarterly Reflection:

The “Beloved Community:” Aspiring to be a Truly Free and Self-Governing Society

Opportunities

Call for Submissions (deadline September 15, 2017) The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is seeking submissions for publication in the Continue reading 

April 2017 Newsletter

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January 2017 Newsletter

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A REGIONAL COMMUNITY  ADDRESSING GLOBAL CHALLENGES

A REGIONAL COMMUNITY  ADDRESSING GLOBAL CHALLENGES

A REGIONAL COMMUNITY  ADDRESSING GLOBAL CHALLENGES

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