Shreveport, LA – LSUS Faculty Member and Interim Executive Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research, Dr. Heather Carpenter, was recently appointed as Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership with Dr. Roseanne Mirabella of Seton Hall University.   

The Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership (JNEL) publishes quality manuscripts to disseminate the latest knowledge related to nonprofit education and leadership to help develop theory and practice. Relevant topic areas (centered on nonprofit education and leadership) for the journal include, but are not limited to: nonprofit governance, fundraising, volunteer management, operations, legal framework, philanthropy, program planning, implementation and evaluation, and financial management. 

The journal provides a forum for authors interested in nonprofit education and nonprofit leadership to exchange information via quality, peer-reviewed articles. This exchange is designed to advance theory and improve practice.  

Drs. Carpenter and Mirabella take over the editorship from Dr. Normal Dolch, retiring Emeritus Editor, who founded JNEL in 2010. Dr. Dolch is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research at LSUS.  

“Dr. Dolch did an amazing job developing JNEL and advanced the field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies education. I am thankful to be able serve as co-editor of this journal with Dr. Mirabella who is a preeminent scholar in the field.” -Dr. Heather Carpenter  

Dr. Carpenter recently co-authored a content analysis of the first 10 years of the JNEL. She led a team of 10 researchers for the last two years piloting, and comprehensively reading and coding 97 theoretical articles published between 2010-2020 in JNEL.  

About Heather Carpenter, Ph.D. 
Dr. Carpenter Serves as Interim Executive Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research, Director of the Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration program, and Norman A Dolch Super Professor at LSU Shreveport. Dr. Carpenter is a highly networked nonprofit professor, researcher, consultant, and trainer passionate about nonprofit capacity building, talent development, and sector-wide social change. She was selected as a 2022 Top 50 Power and Influence Nonprofit Leader by the Nonprofit Times.  

She is co-author of the following books: Nonprofit Crisis Management: Response to COVID-19 and The Talent Development Platform: Putting People First in Social Change Organizations, and co-editor of the Teaching Nonprofit Management textbook. She also serves as Board Treasurer of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. She earned her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies with an emphasis on Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership from the University of San Diego and a Master of Management in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. Before pursuing her Ph.D. Dr. Carpenter ran nonprofit organizations in Illinois and California. 

About Roseanne Mirabella, Ph.D.  
Roseanne M. Mirabella, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, Director of the MPA program and Executive Director of the Center for Community Research and Engagement at Seton Hall University.  She conducts research on philanthropy and nonprofit education and critical perspectives on nonprofit organizing. Mirabella co-edited “Reframing Nonprofit Organizations: Democracy, Inclusion and Social Change.” She is also past President of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Dr. Mirabella has developed the Nonprofit Management Education Website at 


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