Notre Dame of Maryland University - MA in Nonprofit Management

Address: 4701 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210

Description: Notre Dame of Maryland University educates leaders to transform the world. Embracing the vision of the founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the University promotes the advancement of women and provides a liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition. Notre Dame challenges women and men to: strive for intellectual and professional excellence, build inclusive communities, engage in service to others, and promote social responsibility. Built on a foundation of ethics and mission, the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management program, founded in 1999, combines business methods, management theory, and social commitment to prepare dedicated individuals to serve as effective leaders in the nonprofit sector.

Research Specialty: Talent management, Experiential Education, Nonprofit Management Education, and Leadership

Subject Terms: Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Leadership, Board Development, Human Resource Management in Nonprofits, Fundraising and Grant Writing, Nonprofit Law and Ethics, Nonprofit Finance, Nonprofit Marketing, Program Evaluation, Social Entrepreneurship, Management

NACC Representative: Heather Carpenter, Ph.D.

Representative Bio: Heather Carpenter is Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the MA in Nonprofit Management. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Nonprofit Management, Business, Marketing, Communications, Strategic Planning, Nonprofit Financial Management, and Human Resources. Each semester her MA students conduct applied projects with local nonprofit organizations, such as social media plans, financial sustainability plans, talent development plans, board manuals etc. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University; a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance; a Master’s Degree of Management in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University and Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from University of San Diego (with a specialization in Nonprofit Management Leadership). Her research agenda focuses on studying nonprofit management education in a variety of contexts and disciplines, such as experiential education approaches used within master’s degree programs affiliated with NACC member centers (Carpenter, 2014); the impact of American Humanics on alumni career paths (Altman et. al, 2011); the impact and use of nonprofit graduate students’ applied projects on nonprofit organizations (Carpenter & Krist, 2012); and the need and use for a professional doctorate in philanthropy (Carpenter, 2016). She is also co-author of the book The Talent Development Platform: Putting People First in Social Change Organizations (Publisher: Wiley). She serves on the NACC accreditation process committee.

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