UW-Green Bay Associate Professor Alise Coen (Political Science, Public & Environmental Affairs) delivered a presentation about online pedagogy and inclusive teaching to the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Inclusive Teaching & Pedagogy Virtual Community on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Her presentation focused on designing online discussion prompts and best practices for inclusivity in asynchronous online learning. More information is available on the Western Political Science Association Website.
Please join the conversation with Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Jill Karofsky on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. (CST). You can access the live talk here: Attendee Link.
Justice Jill Karofsky was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court on April 7, 2020. Leading up to her election, Justice Karofsky has been a dedicated advocate for victims and the rights of all residents of Wisconsin. She previously served as executive director of the Wisconsin Office of Crime Victim Services, worked as an Assistant Attorney General, serving as the state’s Violence Against Women resource prosecutor, and as deputy district attorney in Dane County, prosecuting felonies and misdemeanors. She also worked as general counsel for the National Conference of Bar Examiners, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, teaching about victims in the criminal justice system and trial advocacy.
Justice Karofsky received the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s “Voices of Courage Award” and was named the Wisconsin Victim/Witness Professional Association’s “Professional of the Year.” She currently serves on the Wisconsin Judicial Education Committee and chairs the Violence Against Women STOP Grant committee. She previously co-chaired the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Response Team and served on the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse, the WI Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, the Wisconsin Crime Victims Council, and the Dane County Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors.
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Like the rest of the world, everything changed for UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Kerry Kuenzi, Ph.D. (Public and Environmental Affairs) when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, including her nonprofit research.
Kuenzi and her team of researchers moved swiftly ahead with their project, but changed their research to reflect the new reality that nonprofits were facing right in the middle of a worldwide crisis. Their ability to pivot and study how the pandemic is impacting nonprofit workers earned them national recognition from the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas at Austin and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.
This award brings recognition to UW-Green Bay and is important to nonprofit organizations in that it has important implications for how these organizations attract and retain workers.
“The impacts of this research can be felt here in the community,” noted Kuenzi. “For example, the research seeks to understand what drives individuals to be committed to work in the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit sector employees are arguably their organization’s most important resources. If organizations can harness this commitment in their employees, they are more likely to be successful themselves.”
Kuenzi, with co-investigators Marlene Walk (IUPUI) and Mandi J. Stewart (NC State) were honored with the RGK-ARNOVA President’s Award. It provides a $10,000 prize to a member of ARNOVA to support basic research and theory building in the field of philanthropic, nonprofit, and voluntary action studies.
The award committee looks for new, creative work, and especially encourages projects that incorporate and apply insights, frameworks, and theories from the social sciences to the study of nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and volunteerism. Only one grant is made each year, assuming a worthy proposal is submitted, making this achievement very special.
“I was excited,” Kuenzi said. “We had planned to apply for the award before COVID impacted all of us, but the pandemic changed the circumstances of our shared research project. As a result, we had to tailor our proposal to accommodate the pandemic because we knew it would impact nonprofits and their employees. It’s really nice to be recognized for your work but especially true when that work can help these organizations that are so integral to our community navigate the devastating impact of COVID-19.”
The Nonprofit Education Survey Project (NESP) is an ongoing research project that works with nonprofit management programs to survey their alumni. The current round of NESP was meant to be completed during the summer of 2020. However, because the schools facilitate the connection with alumni, the extra work on their part to plan for the fall semester (to accommodate for the pandemic) meant that it was not a particularly good time to participate. The team had to push back that round of data collection and refocus it to include an understanding of the effects of the pandemic.
Specifically, this award focuses on the current iteration of the NESP called “Career Intentions, Commitment to the Nonprofit Sector, and COVID-19: Insights from Nonprofit Graduate Alumni.”
The team plans to use the grant funding toward the new research. And the research supports the important work of nonprofits—many of which continue to serve those most vulnerable and are themselves on the frontlines of the pandemic.
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UW-Green Bay community, please consider attending the “Ethics in Action” awards luncheon that is being held this year for the first time as a virtual 45-minute event on Oct. 15, 2020. Formerly called the “Ethics in Business” award, since its inception in 2008, Prof. John Stoll and many campus students have assisted with its development. This year is a totally changed format, as you can see from the program information at the link below. Aside from your own attendance, it is an event worthy of student attendance (possibly as extra credit). Please help us promote ethical behavior in our regional community. Registration is free.
UW-Green Bay Associate Professor Alise Coen (Political Science, Public & Environmental Affairs) will deliver a presentation on “Echo Chambers and Information Credibility” on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 11:45 a.m. The presentation is open to all university students, staff, and faculty via Blackboard Collaborate. More information is available via the Facebook Event.
On September 30, it was announced that Assistant Professor Kerry Kuenzi (Public and Environmental Affairs) along with her co-authors Amanda J. Stewart (NC State) and Marlene Walk (IUPUI) will be this year’s recipient of the annual RGK -ARNOVA President’s Award that recognizes innovative, foundation research in the field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies for their project “Career Intentions, Commitment to the Nonprofit Sector, and COVID-19: Insights from Nonprofit Graduate Alumni” which seeks to understand the impact of the current global pandemic on the career paths and sector commitment of nonprofit works. In addition to the recognition, the award comes with a $10,000 prize to support her continued research on this topic. The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas at Austin and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action [ARNOVA] look “for new, creative work, and especially encourage projects that incorporate and apply insights, frameworks, and theories from the social sciences to the study of nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and volunteerism.”
Associate Prof. David Helpap (Public and Environmental Affairs) recently discussed the role and importance of rural Wisconsin voters in the upcoming presidential election. See the story on Spectrum News.