Department of Political Science and Public Affairs Presents Research at Nonprofit Conference in London
Kathryn Habecker M.P.A. '19, Timothy Hoffman '15/M.P.A. '16, Professor Matthew Hale, Professor Michael Taylor, and Professor Roseanne Mirabella
Seton Hall University's Department of Political Science and Public Affairs was well represented at the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council's 2019 Biennial Conference, which was held at the triple-accredited Cass Business School at City, University of London in July.
Dr. Roseanne Mirabella, a professor in the department and executive director of the Center for Community Research and Engagement, made numerous paper presentations at the conference, including "#metoo/#aidtoo and a Critical Feminist Approach to Teaching about NPOs/NGOs" and "Educating Nonprofit Students as Agents of Social Transformation: Critical Public Administration as a Way Forward." She was also invited to participate on a roundtable discussion: "International-by-Design: Innovative Integrations of International Nonprofit Perspectives in Nonprofit National Curricula in relation to the NACC Curricular Guidelines."
Kathryn Habecker, a 2019 graduate of the Seton Hall University M.P.A. program, presented "A Genealogy of 'Nonprofitness': A critical examination of nonprofit management education programs," with Professor Mirabella.
Also with Professor Mirabella, Timothy Hoffman '15/M.P.A. '16, director of the Seton Hall University Center for Community Research and Engagement, presented "The Growth of Social Enterprise Education Programs Globally: Are we ceding too much ground to business approaches?"
In one of the final presentations at the conference, Professor Michael Taylor, Department of Political Science and Public Affairs and Director of the Environmental Studies Program, joined Professor Mirabella, Habecker, and Hoffman, to present "Developing a Census of Global Nongovernmental Education: Methodological Advances and Prospects for Future Mapping."
Matthew Hale, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs and the M.P.A. Program Chair, is the current president of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council and served as an organizer of the conference. Among his many administrative responsibilities throughout the conference, he also moderated for the panel on "Sustainability and Capacity Building."
The Nonprofit Academic Centers Council is an international membership association comprised of academic centers or programs at accredited colleges and universities that focus on the study of nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations, voluntary action, and/or philanthropy. This conference provided an opportunity for reflection and discussion on nonprofit/NGO education globally with a focus on five conference themes:
- Curricular innovation, challenges and variance in nonprofit education within civil society;
- Emerging research – new directions and unexpected new approaches – an opportunity for scholars early in their careers and those pushing the boundaries to showcase their work;
- Extracurricular innovation – e.g.- teaching outside the classroom;
- Institutional structure and advocacy – e.g. – resilience of nonprofit education programs;
- Knowledge transfer and cooperation across universities, countries, and practitioner communities.