Volunteer Engagement and Leadership Program
Volunteer Engagement and
The Division of Public Administration at Portland State University is dedicated to preparing individuals for ethical, competent and effective public service in a range of roles in policy, management and leadership. We seek to improve practice by facilitating learning through community engagement, promoting scholarship, and encouraging reflection as we develop and work with leaders representing diverse communities across all domains of public service.
The Volunteer Engagement and Leadership series of class engages students in learning the various elements of leading a professional quality volunteer program in agencies and nonprofits. It uses the most current scholarship with time for reflection, interaction with other students, and opportunities for practical application.
Recruitment of Volunteers (10 weeks) engages students in a marketing approach to the recruitment of volunteers. Interactive activities involve students in practical discussions of the different styles of volunteering—traditional and episodic; building a recruiting plan, advertising and promotion for volunteers, and the organization of a volunteer recruiting team. Assignments in all classes are interactive and designed to build skills directly applicable to a manager of volunteers program. Assignments can be used immediately in existing volunteer programs.
Training of Volunteers (10 weeks) engages students in organizing training sessions for volunteers. Topics include: how adults learn, learning styles, building content, measureable learning objectives, selecting the best teaching techniques, and evaluation of learning. Assignments in all classes are interactive and designed to build skills directly applicable to a manager of volunteers program. Assignments can be used immediately in existing volunteer programs.
Leadership and Management in Volunteer Programs (10
Evaluation and Recognition in Volunteer Programs (10
weeks) tackles two functional areas for those who manage volunteers.
Students tackle evaluation methods, types, and styles for programs and
for individual volunteers. Motivational theories are connected to the
effectiveness of different type of recognition, intrinsic and extrinsic.
For information on enrollment contact Megan Loos