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Dr. Megan LePere-Schloop teaches public and nonprofit management. Her research encompasses public and nonprofit management, criminal justice administration and data analytics.

She received her doctorate and her Master of Public Administration from the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia. LePere-Schloop earned an undergraduate degree in history with a minor in French from Oberlin College in 2001.

Previously, LePere-Schloop 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, she grew satellite program participation from 230 to more than 1,000 youth served each year, and represented Mosaic in an interagency partnership recognized as a model for collaborative youth arts programming.

LePere-Schloop’s research encompasses public and nonprofit management, criminal justice administration and data analytics. Her research on trauma includes work examining sexual harassment in public and nonprofit organizations and work focusing on the impact of trauma and bias on police officers and the decisions they make while on operational assignment. Her nonprofit research explores how organizations leverage their mission and identity to maintain the support of important stakeholders over time in the face of significant environmental change. Across both of these research areas, she uses quantitative approaches to analyze textual data (i.e. data mining, machine learning, social network analysis, etc.). She has presented her work at conferences organized by the Public Management Research Association and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, among others. Her work has been funded by the Mott Foundation, the Tinker Foundation and the UGA Graduate School’s Scholars of Excellence program. She has published her work in peer-reviewed journals including the International Review of Administrative Sciences.

LePere-Schloop teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on managing and leading public and nonprofit 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.

Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.