Lindsey McDougle '11 Begins Tenure-Line Position at Northern Illinois University
Lindsey McDougle, PhD ‘11
Assistant Professor in Public Administration (starting January 2014)
Northern Illinois University
Lindsey McDougle, PhD, credits her doctoral degree in Leadership Studies with preparing her for her new position this fall as an assistant professor in public administration at Northern Illinois University, providing her with an edge over candidates with public affairs degrees.
“SOLES’ Leadership Studies program has a unique way of giving students skills in areas that other programs don’t. A lot of times, students don't get a leadership component in public administration programs,” she said, and Northern Illinois University “really focused on the leadership academic preparation that I had at SOLES” during the interview process.
Leadership Studies is a field that is becoming recognized as valuable across many academic areas. “I think a lot of schools and programs have really latched on to the concept of leadership and have tried to integrate it into their programs, and look for people who have that academic background to try to boost their programs,” she said.
Over the past three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, McDougle has continued research originally generated from her dissertation as a doctoral student and graduate assistant with the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research at SOLES.
McDougle recently used her dissertation, "Voluntary Sector Rich and Voluntary Sector Poor Communities: What Difference Does the Distinction Really Make?" as the basis to secure a grant from Indiana University and the Kresge Foundation to pursue further research that she has been conducting for the past two years with her colleague Marcus Lam, PhD, who is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Columbia University.
“We look at financial variability in the nonprofit sector across communities as well as geographic variability in the nonprofit sector across communities and how variability in the nonprofit sector link to of a variety of different outcomes, like public perceptions of nonprofits, volunteering and donating behaviors.”