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Fall 2010 - 61075 - PA388L - Advanced Topics in Management

Mobilizing the Community and Managing Volunteers

Instructor(s): Rehnborg, Sarah Jane
Unique Number: 61075
Day & Time: W 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.124
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Course Overview

Students desiring additional exposure to public management issues may select from seminars on such topics as managing diversity, principles and practices of effective leadership, and social entrepreneurship. 

Section Description

Planning for, facilitating and creating an organizational culture conducive to community engagement and volunteer participation requires managers capable of working collaboratively to build projects that engage citizens in meaningful, goal directed work that addresses the organizational mission and meets identified needs.  Designed to examine the issue of community participation and the management of volunteers this course draws on material from the field of volunteer, nonprofit and public sector administration, case studies and frameworks to organize theory and support practical application.

A unique and exciting feature of this class will be its applied focus through a collaborative relationship with the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas and its network of 70 partner organizations.  This collaboration will create a laboratory for enhanced volunteer engagement called The Institute for Excellence in Volunteer Management. The collaboration will provide students with opportunities to work in small teams with Coalition partners to:

  • Align volunteer involvement with organizational mission
  • Create a ‘people first’ organizational cultural that values community engagement and expands service opportunities
  • Establishes mechanisms to track volunteer service and monitor both retention and financial expenditures
  • Utilize assessment tools to monitor progress and assess program effectiveness


PLEASE NOTE:  Students will be asked to make every effort to attend The Institute for Excellence in Volunteer Management scheduled for all day Wednesday September 8, and half day Thursday September 9, 2010.  The Institute will be designed for the staff and leadership of Literacy Coalition partners as well as the students enrolled in this class and will count as two class sessions (Sept. 8 and Nov. 24). The Institute will be held in downtown Austin at a convenient, accessible location.

This class will involve a combination of course, team work and real-life application of classroom learning across the duration of the 15-week semester.

The course qualifies as a required class for students enrolled in the Nonprofit Portfolio program.