Current and Past Recipients


Sal Martino DEI Research Grant Recipient

American University

The Effects of the Intersectionality of Gender and Race on Members’ Involvement in Membership Associations

Primary Investigator: Khaldoun AbouAssi, Ph.D., Provost Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration & Policy, School of Public Affairs

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Scholarly Research Grant Recipient

George Washington University

Who Joins and Leaves Associations? An Analysis of Longitudinal Survey Data

Principal Investigator: Kyle Albert, Assistant Research Professor

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Sal Martino Grant Recipient

Ohio University

Promoting Professional Association Leadership through Career Mentoring for Early-Career Under-Represented Minority Physicians

Primary Investigator: Rosellen Roche, Associate Professor of Primary Care; Public Health and Community Medicine

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Scholarly Research Grant Recipient

University of Washington

How, When and Why do Associations Advocate? Association Engagement in the Policy Process

Principal Investigator: Mary Kay Gugerty, PhD, Professor, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

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Sal Martino Grant Recipient

Kennesaw State University

Building Diverse Association Memberships Through Pipeline Programs: An Evaluation of the Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action’s (ARNOVA) Diversity Scholars Professional Development Program

Primary Investigator: Jennifer A. Wade-Berg, PhD, CNP, Associate Professor & Campus Executive Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

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George Mason University

Association Advocacy for Broad, Sector-Wide Interests: Promoting the Charitable and Business Sectors in Federal Policymaking

Principal Investigator: Alan Abramson, Professor; Schar School of Policy and Government 


North Carolina State University

Planning for Advocacy Efforts: Best Practices from Tourism Industry Associations

Principal Investigator: Whitney Knollenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management  

Co-Investigator: Ashley Schroeder, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University 

Co-Investigator: Amanda Stewart, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, North Carolina State University 

The George Washington University

Building Bayanihan: Decolonizing Association Management from Whiteness 

Principal Investigator: Nathan Victoria, M.Ed., CAE, Senior Director, Recruitment, Engagement, and Volunteerism; NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education   

And, Doctoral Candidate; Executive Leadership Program, Human & Organizational Learning, The George Washington University 

Co-Investigator: Julia Storberg-Walker, PhD, Associate Professor, Executive Leadership Program, Department of Human & Organizational Learning 


University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Representation and Inclusion in Associations: An Examination of Board Diversity and Volunteer Management 

Principal Investigator: Jaclyn Piatak, PhD, Assistant Professor; Political Science and Public Administration 



James Madison University

Willingness to Donate: Are membership dues a substitute for donations?

Principal Investigator: Margaret F. Sloan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Strategic Leadership Studies

Co-Investigator: Cleopatra Charles, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration Rutgers University-Newark


New York University

Incentivizing Participation: Advocacy Associations and the Collective Action Problem

Principal Investigator: Clifford Frasier, Ph.D., Candidate



American University

Passive vs. Active Engagement of Members in Their Membership Associations: Does It Make a Difference?

Principal Investigator: Khaldoun AbouAssi, Ph.D., Department of Public Administration & Policy


George Mason University

Implementing, Disseminating and Translating Evidence-Based or Evidence-Informed Policy/Practice within Public/Non-Profit Organizations

Principal Investigator: Danielle Rudes, Ph.D., Center of Advancing Correctional Excellence


Georgia Southern University

Investigating Career Paths of Association Executives: Linking Career Paths to Association Success

Principal Investigator: Kerry Kuenzi, Ph.D. Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies

Co-Investigator: Amanda J. Stewart, Ph.D., North Carolina State University


Indiana University

Increasing Representation among Underrepresented Groups: An Analysis of Immigrant Involvement within Immigrant Rights Organizations

Principal Investigator: Brad Fulton, Ph.D., School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Co-Investigators: Grace Yukich, Ph.D., Quinnipiac University, and Richard L. Wood, Ph.D., University of New Mexico


Salisbury University

Exploring Critical Success Factors of eLearning Program Implementations

Principal Investigator: Valerie J. Whitcomb, Ph.D., Franklin P. Perdue School of Business


Salisbury University

The Economics of Online Professional Education-Exploring the Delta between Design, Delivery, and Demand

Principal Investigator: Valerie J. Whitcomb, Ph.D., Franklin P. Perdue School of Business


University of Oregon

The Role of Associations and Intermediaries in Shaping and Legitimizing New Organizational Fields: Examining the Growth of Social Enterprise in India

Principal Investigator: Saurabh Lall, Ph.D., Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management 



Florida State University

Building the Capacity of Capacity Builders: A Study of Nonprofit Associations

Principal Investigator: David Berlan, Ph.D.

Co-Investigator: Sarah Young, M.B.A.


University of Florida

Measuring Variables Affecting Individual-Level Decisions to Enter Association Fields

Principal Investigator: Charles Dahan, Ph.D. Candidate

Co-Investigator: Brian Calfano, Ph.D.


University of Georgia

Board of Directors and Innovations in Associations

Principal Investigator: Kristina Jaskyte, Ph.D.


Wichita State University

Being a Professional: The Role of Professional Associations

Principal Investigator: Gergana (Gery) Markova, Ph.D.