Professor Tschirhart’s research and teaching are focused on the management and governance of nonprofit organizations and their collaboration with organizations in other sectors. Currently, she is examining membership programs, nonprofit involvement in certification and accreditation, as well as issues of nonprofit accountability and self-regulation. She has numerous publications and serves on the editorial boards of Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Public Management Review, and Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing.


She joined the John Glenn College of Public Affairs as a professor in the fall of 2013. Previously, she served as the director of the Institute for Nonprofits at North Carolina State University, and before that on the faculties of Indiana and Syracuse Universities.


Professor Tschirhart is the Incoming president of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). She has been the chair of both the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management (AOM) and the Nonprofit Education Section of the National Association of School of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). She is serving or served on the boards of social service nonprofit organizations, a local United Way, the Capital Area Humane Society, the Sall Family Foundation and a community library. Prior to her career as a professor, she directed a nonprofit arts organization.


Areas of research

  • Organizational theory
  • Nonprofit and public management
  • Careers and professional development
  • Membership associations
  • Philanthropy
“Place, Time, and Philanthropy: Exploring Geographic Mobility and Philanthropic Engagement” by Richard Clerkin, Laurie Paarlberg, Robert Christensen, Rebecca Nesbit, Mary Tschirhart, Public Administration Review, 2013, 1: 97-106. (winner of best paper at 2011 ARNOVA conference).

"Managing Nonprofit Organizations" by Mary Tschirhart and Wolfgang Bielefeld, Jossey-Bass/Wiley: 2012.
Professor Mary Tschirhart has been elected president of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the primary membership body for nonprofit scholars. Founded in 1971, ARNOVA connects scholars, teachers, and leaders interested in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and civil society.

Professor Mary Tschirhartrecently co-edited a special issue on membership associations for Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Her co-authored article introducing the issue, offering a literature review and proposing research questions. » Click here to read the article. She also recently published a co-authored article on the influence of duration of donor residency on donation choices in Voluntas. » Click here to read the article



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