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Department Updates

Nara Yoon joins SSLS!

The School of Strategic Leadership Studies is delighted to announce Nara Yoon will join SSLS as  Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies! In addition to research, service, and advising duties, Nara will instruct nonprofit emphasis courses as well as courses in the core leadership curriculum. Nara will formally join SSLS this coming August. 


Yonsei University (2011), B.A. in Public Administration
Yonsei University (2013), M.P.A. in Public Administration
Syracuse University (2021), Ph.D. in Public Administration

Bio, Research, and Professional Experience:

Nara's research focuses on nonprofit and public management, and often draws on other areas such as public policy and social media technology. Her dissertation investigates questions related to nonprofit board interlock networks, which occur between nonprofits when they have overlapping board members. In this work, Nara examines how these board interlock networks emerge and how they influence board governance policy adoption. Prior to graduate school, Nara worked for a foundation on program evaluation where she designed and evaluated the education services program for secondary schools and nonprofit organizations.


 Rothbart, M. W., & Yoon, N. (forthcoming 2021). How Do Nonprofit Hospitals Respond to Regulatory

   Changes? Evidence from Minimum Charity Care Provision Laws. Journal of Public Administration  

   Research and Theory. 

 Brudney, J. L., & Yoon, N. (2021). Don’t You Want My Help? Volunteer Involvement and

   Management in Local Government. American Review of Public Administration, 51(5), 331-344.  


 Brudney, J. L., & Yoon, N. (2021). Volunteers. In List R.A, Anheier H.K, and Toepler S. (eds.) The

   International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. New York: Springer.


 Yoon, N. (2020). Understanding Theoretical Orientation and Consequences of Board  

   Interlock: Integration and Future Direction. Nonprofit Management and Leadership.


LEADCC21 Recap

LEADCC21 Fast Facts

  • 111 Attendees
  • 45 Organizations represented
  • Conference hashtag #LEADCC21 had a reached 85,000 individual users on social media
  • 100% of survey respondents said the conference met expectations
  • The conference agenda archive is available at https://www.jmu.edu/leadership/LEADCC21/agenda.shtml
  • Conference proceedings, presentations, and session recordings are available on the JMU Scholarly Commons.

Best Paper Award Winners

Best Doctoral Paper:

Meaning-Making for a Leader: How a traumatic experience shapes a leader' s post-trauma leadership identity

Julia Wiener, M.B.A.

Doctoral Student, Department of Leadership Studies, Indiana Wesleyan University

Best Overall Paper:

Through the Fire: Using Derailment Research to Lead Change in the COVID-19 Era

Jeff Strietzel, Ph.D., Baylor University
Ryan Erck, Ph.D., Baylor University

2021 Fundraising Update

So far, SSLS has raised $13,830 this calendar year from 90 donor households. Wow! JMU's Giving Day contributed $12,275 to our annual to-date amount. We are incredibly thankful for each and every one of our donors, the College of Business for featuring SSLS as a giving designation, and our students that volunteered their impact stories for the campaign. SSLS is stronger because of you!

Financial sustainability and ongoing support are essential to providing high-impact professional development experiences to our students. It costs...

  • $21,500 to fund one full-year assistantship stipend.
  • $3,693 to cover one 3-credit course at the out-of-state rate.
  • $1,500 to cover one 3 credit course at the in-state rate.
  • $250 to support gathering data for a dissertation proposal
  • $100 for student registration for a conference

Last year, we were able to raise $9,054 for SSLS's student support initiatives. We have already surpassed our 2020 calendar year fundraising totals and now, we have the goal of doubling last year's totals in support of our DocDukes. We would be forever grateful if you could help us reach our goal of $18,000 by EOY. ANY contribution is enough to make a difference for our future change agents! 


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