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I strive to help those who help others.

I joined the University of Texas at Dallas in August of 2020, where I am a part of a dynamic team of public administration and nonprofit experts. Prior to joining UTD, I was an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany (SUNY). I am also the former Director of the Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development at the University at Albany, which is an organization dedicated to leveraging the benefits of local colleges to serve the local nonprofit community.

I also believe in the value of contributing to my scholarly community. I am an Associate Editor & on the editorial board of Nonprofit Management & Leadership; am on the board of VOLUNTAS and Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management; and am currently the Program Chair for the Public & Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management.


I have published 25+ articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.  I am also an editor of two books: Practicing Professional Ethics in Economics and Public Policy (with D. Searing) and The Social Enterprise Zoo: A Guide to Perplexed Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Investors and Policymakers (with D. Young and C. Brewer). Finally, I recently coauthored (with D. Young) the timely  book, Resilience and the Management of Nonprofit Organizations: A New Paradigm. 

Specialties: Nonprofit financial management, nonprofit finance, social enterprise, comparative social economy, organizational ecology, program evaluation, behavioral economics

Dr. Elizabeth Searing, EPPS (practitione



Georgia State University

Doctorate in Public Policy with a major field of Public and Nonprofit Management.


Georgia State University

Master of Arts in Economics.


Texas A&M University

Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Cum Laude, with University and Foundation Honors

Selected Awards and Grants

  • "The Role of Grantmakers in the Resilience of Charities: Funding Decisions and Potential for Impact in COVID-19 Crisis," Partnership Engage Grant- Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada) with N. Grasse

  • "In-Kind Giving: Motives, Beliefs, and Behaviors," NSF (USA) grant with S. Jacobson & A. de Oliveira

  • "Applying OMB Guidance to State Funds going to Nonprofits: A Study of Current Policies and a Pilot in New York State," Heron Foundation (USA) grant with T. Gais & D. Matkin

  • ASPA Nonprofit Section Best Article Award (2021) for “Resiliency tactics during financial crisis: The nonprofit resiliency framework,” coauthored with K. Wiley and S. Young

  • Best Dissertation Award, Public and Nonprofit Section, Academy of Management (2016)

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