Rebecca Nesbit

Department of Public Administration and Policy
Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Rebecca Nesbit is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia. She received her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2008, specializing in nonprofit management, volunteerism and philanthropy. She also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Brigham Young University.

Education
  • B.S., Brigham Young University 1999, Mathematics
  • Master, Brigham Young University 2001, Public Administration
  • Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington 2008, Public Affairs
More About

Dr. Nesbit teaches classes on the nonprofit sector, nonprofit management and governance, managing volunteers and other special topics.  She also teaches statistics.

Dr. Nesbit’s research explores issues of philanthropy and volunteerism, public policy and management in the public and nonprofit sectors.  In particular, she conducts research on volunteer programs in public and nonprofit organizations, situational influences on volunteers’ characteristics and motivations, and volunteer management in public and nonprofit organizations.  Her work has appeared in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Public Administration Review, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Administration & Society.  In 2013, Dr. Nesbit was invited by the U.S. State Department to deliver a series of programs on voluntarism and volunteer management in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy in Romania.

Areas of Expertise
  • Nonprofit management
  • Voluntarism
  • Volunteer management
  • Nonprofit governance
  • Philanthropy
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • RGK Summer Fellowship.  RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, University of Texas at Austin.  Awarded to attend a summer seminar at the RGK Center, May 27-June 20, 2008.
  • Invitee.  President’s Remarks on Volunteering on the White House South Lawn.  September 6, 2008, Washington, DC
  • Minnowbrook III Phase One Invitee.  Attended the Minnowbrook III conference for young scholars in Public Administration.  September 3-5th, 2008, Blue Mountain Lake, New York.
  • Emerging Scholar Award. Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). Awarded to attend and present a paper at the 35th Annual ARNOVA Conference 2006.
  • Best Empirical Paper. International Association for Conflict Management (IACM), Awarded at 17th Annual Conference, June 6-9, 2004
  • Conference Scholarship. Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). Awarded to attend and present a paper at the 32nd Annual ARNOVA Conference 2003.
  • Emerging Scholar Award. Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). Awarded to attend and present a paper at the 31st Annual ARNOVA Conference 2002.
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship. Indiana University. Awarded in recognition of academic achievement, 2001-2004.
Course Instruction
Research Interests
  • Philanthropy
  • Volunteerism
  • Public policy and management in the public and nonprofit sectors
  • Situational influences on volunteers’ characteristics and motivations
  • Volunteer management in public and nonprofit organizations
Selected Publications
  • Nesbit, Rebecca, Robert K. Christensen, Mary Tschirhart, Richard Clerkin, and Laurie Paarlberg. (forthcoming) “Understanding Philanthropic Mobility: Influence of Donors’ Residency on Donation Choices” Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations,
  • Carman, Joanne G. and Nesbit, Rebecca (2013) “Founding New Nonprofit Organizations: Syndrome or Symptom?” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 42(3): 603-621, DOI: 10.1177/0899764012459255
  • Nesbit, Rebecca (forthcoming) “The Influence of Family and Household Members on Individual Volunteer Choices”, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, published online 25 July 2012, DOI: 10.1177/0899764012450365
  • Clerkin, Richard M.; Paarlberg, Laurie; Tschirhart, Mary; Christensen, Robert; & Nesbit, Rebecca. (2013) “Place, Time, and Philanthropy: Exploring Geographic Mobility and Philanthropic Engagement”, Public Administration Review, 73(1): 97-106.
  • Nesbit, Rebecca and Brudney, Jeffrey L. (2013) “Projections and Policies for Volunteer Programs:  The Implications of the Serve America Act for Volunteer Diversity and Management” Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 24(1): 3-21.
  • Nesbit, Rebecca; Nabatchi, Tina; and Bingham, Lisa. (2012) “Employees, Supervisors, and Workplace Mediation: Experiences of Justice and Settlement” Review of Public Personnel Administration, 32(3): 260-287, originally published online 11 April 2012, DOI: 10.1177/0734371X12436981
  • Nesbit, Rebecca. (2012) “The Influence of Major Life Cycle Events on Volunteering” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 41(6): 1153-1174, originally published online 1 December 2011, DOI: 10.1177/0899764011429181
  • Nesbit, Rebecca, and Gazley, Beth (2012) “Patterns of Volunteer Activity in Professional Associations and Societies” Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary & Nonprofit Organizations, 23(3): 558-583, originally published online 12 October 2011, DOI 10.1007/s11266-011-9218-0.
  • Agypt, Brett; Christensen, Robert and Nesbit, Rebecca (2012) “A Tale of Two Charitable Campaigns: Longitudinal Analysis of Employee Giving at a Public University” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 41(5): 802-825, originally published online 2 September 2011, DOI: 10.1177/0899764011418836.
  • Nesbit, Rebecca; Christensen, Robert; and Gossett, Loril (2012) “Charitable Giving in the Public Workplace:  A Framework to Understand Employees Philanthropic Performance” Public Performance and Management Review, 35(3):449-475.  DOI 10.2753/PMR1530-9576350303
  • Hart, David W., Hart, David K., and Nesbit, Rebecca (2011) “Martial Virtue and Civic Virtue: A Groundwork for American Military Ethics” Administration & Society, 43(5): 487-514. DOI: 10.1177/0095399711413711
  • Nesbit, Rebecca (2011) “A Discussion of the Differences in Volunteering Rates in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the Current Population Survey, and Independent Sector Volunteering Studies,” Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 21(4): 417-432.  DOI: 10.1002/nml.20034
  • Nesbit, Rebecca and Reingold, David (2011) “Soldiers to Citizens: The Link between Military Service and Volunteering” Public Administration Review, 71(1): 67-76. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2010.02307.x
  • Nesbit, Rebecca and Brudney, Jeffrey L. (2010) “At Your Service? Volunteering and National Service in 2020” Public Administration Review 70(supplement): s107-s113.
  • Nesbit, Rebecca; Moulton, Stephanie; Robinson, Scott; Smith, Craig; DeHart-Davis, Leisha, Feeney, Mary; Gazley, Beth; and Hou, Yilin. (2010) “Wrestling with Intellectual Diversity in Public Administration: Avoiding Disconnectedness and Fragmentation While Seeking Rigor, Depth and Relevance” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 21(suppl 1): i13-i28.
  • Nesbit, Rebecca (2010) “A Comparison of Volunteering Data in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and the Current Population Survey” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 39(4): 753-761.
  • Christensen, Robert K; Clerkin, Richard M.; Nesbit, Rebecca; and Paarlberg, Laurie E. (2009) “Light and Dark Sides of Nonprofit Activities and the Rules to Manage Them: The Case of Charitable Bingo” Administration & Society, 41(2): 213-234.
  • Nesbit, Rebecca; Rooney, Patrick; Bouse, Gary; and Tempel, Eugene (2006) “Presidential Satisfaction with Development Programs in Research and Doctoral Universities: A Comparison of Results from Surveys in 1990 and 2000” International Journal of Educational Advancement, 6(3): 182-199.
  • Paarlberg, Laurie; Nesbit, Rebecca; Clerkin, Richard; and Christensen, Robert (2005) “Charitable Bingo in Indiana: Issues and Implications” Nonprofit Management and Leadership 15(4): 433-448.