Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Facilitating faculty and staff philanthropy
My dedication to conducting research to inform the practitioner community aligns with IUPUI’s emphasis on translating research to practice. Within my larger interest in higher education advancement, I have explored how faculty and staff give back to their own institutions. To this end I have completed first-of-its kind analysis of faculty and staff giving nationally, a survey of the scholarly literature, a report on my related research, and an extensive set of recommendations derived from literature, research, and professional experience. Working with collaborators, I also completed and published an in-depth analysis of how faculty and staff make philanthropic gifts within the IU system. Outcomes of this work have included national and regional presentations for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In these venues I provide research-based evidence about faculty and staff philanthropy to a national audience of fundraising and communications professionals. More immediately, my work has been used by the IU Foundation for planning purposes during the Bicentennial Campaign. I am currently engaged in various other projects about workplace giving, higher education fundraising relationships, and the fundraising profession that also aim to inform practice and generate important support for colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations on the whole.