Georgia Southern University - Institute for Public & Nonprofit Studies

Address: 1360 Southern Drive, Carroll Building rm 1068, Statesboro, GA 30460

Description: The Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies (IPNS) serves as the focal point for scholarship, teaching, and professional service in the fields of Public Administration and Public Policy at Georgia Southern University, throughout southeast Georgia, and beyond. The department was founded with the mission to advance excellence in public and nonprofit management, and our degree programs have a dramatic and positive effect on the lives of our graduates.

Research Specialty: Nonprofit management, Social Entrepreneurship, Public and Nonprofit Sector Collaboration, Human Resource Management, Budgeting and Finance, Public Policy

NACC Representative: Robbie Robichau, Ph.D.

Representative Bio: Trenton Davis is an Associate Professor and the founding director of the Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies at Georgia Southern University. Professor Robichau received her Ph.D. in Public Administration with a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University in August 2013. Dr. Robichau’s research interests are in the areas of public and nonprofit management, organizational behavior, governance, and child welfare policy. Some of her research explores governance, marketization, and collaborative practices of child welfare nonprofits as they face institutional pressures from other organizations. Currently, she is working on a research project to better understand how public service workers understand and narrative meaningfulness in their profession. Professor Robichau holds a Master of Public Service and Administration from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Lamar University. She has research appearing in the Nonprofit Policy Forum, Journal of Public Policy, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance. In Fall 2013, she joined the faculty at Georgia Southern University as an assistant professor in the Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies, where she teaches graduate courses in public and nonprofit management, program evaluation, strategic planning, grant writing, organizational behavior, and nonprofit administration. She currently serves at a committee member for reviewing new NACC applicants.