UT Dallas PNM News and Accolades โ€“ July 2021

July 13, 2021

Featured news, awards, and publications from theย The Public and Nonprofit Management Programย at the University of Texas at Dallas.


๐—จ๐—ฆ ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„๐˜€ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ – ๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—”๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ #๐Ÿญ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€, # ๐Ÿฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿด๐˜๐—ต ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜†!

We are thrilled to announce that the Public and Nonprofit Management Program at UT Dallas has been ranked # 58 by US News among 285 schools. We are the 1st best program in Public Affairs in North Texas and 3rd best in Texas. We are grateful to our wonderful faculty, students, alumni for making this happen!ย 

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๐—จ๐—ง๐——๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—ก๐—  ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ #๐Ÿณ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฟ’๐˜€ ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜

Great news for this week! We are thrilled to share that UTDallas Public and Nonprofit Management Program has been ranked #7 Best Bachelor’s Degree in Nonprofit Management by Study.comย  Standout schools are selected based on Department of Education data on tuition, retention, and graduation rates. In addition, selected institutions offer collaborative and hands-on learning opportunities along with clubs and organizations that promote nonprofit management skills. Alumni of many of the programs also land careers at well-known and highly established companies and organizations. We are thankful to our students, faculty, alumni, and administration as they are the reason behind our achievement!ย 

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๐— ๐—”๐—ก๐—ฌ ๐—–๐—ข๐—ก๐—š๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐——๐—ฅ. ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—ก๐—š๐—๐—จ๐—ก ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ž ๐—ข๐—ก ๐—›๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—–๐—–๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—™๐—จ๐—Ÿ ๐——๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ง๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก ๐——๐—˜๐—™๐—˜๐—ก๐—ฆ๐—˜

Please join us in congratulating our Doctoral Candidate in Public Affairs, Yongjun (Tony) Park on successfully defending his dissertation “Conscripts or Volunteers: Assessing the Impacts of Organizational Behaviors and Attitudes on Korean Military Sector Performance” today.

Dr. Park has always been an extraordinary member of our PNM Family. After his graduation, he will be an assistant professor (tenure track) in the Department of Public Administration at the Korea Army Academy in Yeongcheon. Many congratulations, Dr. Park. We are proud to have you in the program! We wish you luck and success in your future endeavors.


๐— ๐—”๐—ก๐—ฌ ๐—–๐—ข๐—ก๐—š๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐——๐—ฅ. ๐—ฆ๐—›๐—”๐—›๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—ก ๐—จ๐—ฃ๐—ข๐— ๐—” ๐—ข๐—ก ๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—–๐—–๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—™๐—จ๐—Ÿ ๐——๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ง๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก ๐——๐—˜๐—™๐—˜๐—ก๐—ฆ๐—˜

Please join us in congratulating our Doctoral Candidate in Public Affairs, Shahrin Upoma, on successfully defending her dissertation titled “Through a Gender Lens: Leadership and Charitable Giving in Faith-based Nonprofit Organizations” yesterday. Dr. Upoma has always been an extraordinary member of our PNM Family. She will be joining the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the University of Minnesota as a Fellow for the Presidentโ€™s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Leadership and Management. Way to go Dr. Upoma!


๐— ๐—”๐—ก๐—ฌ ๐—–๐—ข๐—ก๐—š๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐——๐—ฅ. ๐——โ€‹๐—›๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—ง๐—œ ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—ข๐—–๐—ž๐—ฆ ๐—ข๐—ก ๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—–๐—–๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—™๐—จ๐—Ÿ ๐——๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ง๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก ๐——๐—˜๐—™๐—˜๐—ก๐—ฆ๐—˜

PNM program is proud to have the most hardworking and outstanding students. Please join us in congratulating our Doctoral Candidate in Public Affairs, Dhriti Stocks, on successfully defending her dissertation โ€‹titled โ€œโ€‹Beyond Tiebout: Towards a theory of philanthropic engagement in education in local communities” yesterday. Dr. Stocks is currently the Director of Corporate Relations at Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Her research is focused on the intersection of philanthropy and public education. Many congratulations! We at PNM are very proud of you and wish you the best of luck in your future journey!


๐— ๐—”๐—ก๐—ฌ ๐—–๐—ข๐—ก๐—š๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐——๐—ฅ. ๐—ญ๐—˜๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—›๐—”๐—ก ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ข๐—ฅ ๐—ข๐—ก ๐—›๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—–๐—–๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—™๐—จ๐—Ÿ ๐——๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ง๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก ๐——๐—˜๐—™๐—˜๐—ก๐—ฆ๐—˜

Please join us in congratulating our Doctoral Candidate in Public Affairs, Zeeshan Noor, on successfully defending his dissertation titled, โ€œDigital Media Use by Nonprofit Organization: Relationships, Causations, and Comparisons”. Dr. Noor will be joining the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy as a Postdoc Research Associate this summer. Many congratulations! We at PNM are always proud of you and wish you the best of luck in your future journey!


[๐—ฃ๐—ก๐—  ๐—ฃ๐—จ๐—•๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—–๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก] ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—จ๐—ฝ ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜: ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—น๐˜†-๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป

We are thrilled to share with you a recently published paper “Growing Up Nonprofit: Predictors of Early-Stage Nonprofit Formalization ” by our PNM Professor, Dr. Elizabeth Searing and Dr. Jesse D. Lecy, Arizona State University. This study examines the process by which nonprofits leave the small, informal, startup phase and begin the next life stage characterized by growth and formalization.

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We are thrilled to introduce a recently published study by PNM Professor Dr. Paul Battaglio with colleagues from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Management and Healthcare Laboratory. The study analyzes self-determination theory through a series of empirical tests in the Italian Healthcare Sector.


๐—ฃ๐—ก๐—  ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฟ, ๐——๐—ฟ. ๐——๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ, ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€

Timely Topic: Professors Address Impacts of Pandemic on Workplace, Health Care, Real Estate


The ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—š๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—–๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ has recently taken place. We are so happy and proud of our graduates from City of Plano, Texas Government and the City of Richardson. Many congratulations!


Join us in congratulating our PNM Ph.D. student ๐—”๐—น ๐—๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ป๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป-๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด on achieving SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society Inductee and UTD MVC’s SALUTE Membership Scholarship. Your hard work and academic success is an inspiration for many peers!


๐—ฃ๐—ก๐—  ๐—”๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐—ถ ๐—”๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐˜†

At 27 years old, Brown has dedicated her career and time to advocating for climate justice in Texas as an organizer with the Sunrise Movement.

โ€œIt started with us making food at my apartment for one of the shelters, and then the next day cooking for 200 people in my kitchen who didnโ€™t have water. The next day, it was 1,400 people” Soon, a coalition of mutual aid formed as Amber brought together different grassroots organizations to coordinate their resources and strategies to be as effective as possible. Latin Xโ€™s program, Feed the Revolution, used funds raised by Sunrise to support cooking thousands of free meals for community members in dire need

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๐—ฃ๐—ก๐—  ๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ถ ๐—๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—š๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ-๐—ฅ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—จ๐—ฝ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ ๐—ก๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—”-๐—•๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป

We are extremely proud of our student, Lexi Jenson and her team for winning Global Second-Runner Up of the 2021 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition. This year, over 400 students from 120 universities in 30 countries took part in the NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition. Participants competed virtually at one of the four virtual competitions hosted on February 27 and March 6, 2021. A total of four teams, who came out on top during the regions, the competition โ€œAll-Starsโ€, competed for the championship on April 17, 2021. Please join us in congratulating Lexi and her amazing team!


๐—ฃ๐—ก๐—  ๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜, ๐——๐—ฟ. ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—จ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐——๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ

We are thrilled to share that our PNM student, Dr. Shahrin Upoma was recently recognized for the “Student Diversity Award” by the UTD Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This award recognizes individuals who have committed to embracing, enhancing, and celebrating diversity at all levels of UTD. You are an inspiration for many of us. Way to go, Dr. Upoma!