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Director, Professor, and Advisor of Community and Nonprofit Leadership
Year Started at JMU: 2012
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Dr. Sloan joined the School of Strategic Leadership Studies in 2012. Prior to teaching, she worked in the nonprofit sector for ten years in a variety of management roles with a focus on youth programs, the arts, and resource development.

Her research has been presented at numerous academic conferences, and she has served as a reviewer for academic publications including Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Her research has appeared in Nonprofit Policy Forum, Public Administration Quarterly, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, & Financial Management, Journal of Nonprofit Education & Leadership, Public Budgeting & Finance, American Review of Public Administration ,and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and she was selected as a 2009 Emerging Scholar from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Associations (ARNOVA).

Dr. Sloan has previously been affiliated with Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky. She received her bachelor’s degree from Alice Lloyd College and master’s degrees and doctorate in public policy and administration from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Sloan is a member of the ARNOVA, the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), the International Leadership Academy (ILA), the Association for Public Budgeting and Finance (ABFM), and Academy of Management (Public and Nonprofit Division).

Professional Webpage
  • Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, University of Kentucky
  • B.A., English, Alice Lloyd College
Research Interests
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Philanthropy
  • Financial Management
  • Accountability
Recent Publications

Sloan, M.F. (2021). Taming the tiger:  Purposes and tactics of leadership in systems. Journal of Leadership Studies.  Forthcoming

Sloan, M.F., Trull, L., Malomba, M., Akerson, E., Atwood, K., Eaton, M., (2021). A rural perspective on COVID responses: Access, interdependence, and communityJournal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.  Forthcoming.   

Charles, C, Sloan, M.F., & Butler, J.S. (2021). Capital structure determinants for arts nonprofits.  Nonprofit Management and Leadership.  1-22. DOI: 10.1002/nml.21454 

Sloan, M.F..  (2020). Transacting business and transforming communities:  The mission of community foundations around the globe.  Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector. Published online on 8.21.20 at 

Charles, C, Sloan, M.F.. & Schubert, P.  (2020). If Someone Else Pays for Overhead, Do Donors Still Care?  The American Review of Public Administration. Published online on April 9, 2020 at  

Akers, L., Thomson, J., Sloan, M.F.. & Ford, K.  (2019). Organizational factors associated with quality perinatal care.  The Health Care Manager.  38(1). 

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