Megan LePere-Schloop conducts research and teaches on public administration and management, nonprofit management, public sector leadership, local and state government policy, and social policy.
She received her Ph.D. and her MPA from the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia (UGA). She earned an undergraduate degree in History with a minor in French from Oberlin College in 2001.
Previously, she served as the Director of Programs at Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, an internationally acclaimed youth development nonprofit that has performed with artists such as Maya Angelou, Aretha Franklin, and Sweet Honey in the Rock. While at Mosaic, Megan grew satellite program participation from 230 to more than 1000 youth served each year, and represented Mosaic in an inter-agency partnership recognized as a model for collaborative youth arts programming.
Her research encompasses both public and nonprofit management. Specifically, her public sector research examines bias, community-oriented policing strategies, and accountability in police organizations. Her nonprofit research explores how organizations leverage their mission and identity to maintain the support of important stakeholders over time. Across both of these research areas she uses quantitative approaches to analyze textual data. She has presented her work at conferences organized by the International Research Society for Public Management, the Public Management and Research Association, and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. Her work has been funded by the Tinker Foundation, the UGA Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, and the Scholars of Excellence program of the UGA Graduate School. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the International Review of Administrative Sciences.
Professor LePere-Schloop teaches undergraduate, and graduate courses on managing public sector organizations. In the classroom she incorporates insights from her own professional management experience, and emphasizes active learning and the practical application of theory.
As a graduate student, she worked with local governments across the state of Georgia on projects addressing a variety of community-identified issues including arts and culture focused economic development, and rural healthcare access. At the Glenn College, Professor LePere-Schloop looks forward to continuing her engaged research working with citizens, police organizations, and officers to improve police-community relations and public safety outcomes.