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Organizational Structure

To serve the various purposes stated above and to comply with the guidelines for centers and institutes that was approved by the university in 2001, the Center would have the following elements and structure:

Director-The Director of the Center would be a tenured faculty member and upon recommendation of the Dean of the Hankamer School of Business, would be appointed or re-appointed by the President to serve two-year terms. As head of the Center, the Director would have overall responsibility for the various policies, programs, personnel and projects of the Center, in consultation with Advisory Councils and approved by the university administration. The Director would be responsible for the planning and review of the work of the various program components of the Center. The Director would be responsible for assuring that the terms and conditions of all grants and contracts from external sources would be met. The Director would allocate personnel and funds, in coordination with the Hankamer School of Business Dean's approval, and make periodic progress reports to the Advisory Councils for their review and evaluation. A significant portion of the Director's teaching responsibilities would be in nonprofit courses, as course demand supported; with the remainder of courses taught in the Director's home discipline.

Associate Director-The Associate Director of the Center would assist the Director as his/her faculty appointment and other duties would permit. In addition, the Associate Director would provide leadership to the preparation of funding requests and would coordinate research projects that were under grant or contract in the Center. The Associate Director would also be a tenured faculty member. The Associate Director would also teach in the nonprofit program, with other teaching duties determined by demand for nonprofit courses.

Faculty Advisory Council-The Faculty Advisory Council would be made up of six or more faculty members from the Baylor University faculty, as well as up to three faculty members from other institutions that have a professional interest in the work of the Center. Faculty members would be appointed to three-year terms as Faculty Fellows and would typically be actively involved in the teaching, research and service of the Center. The Faculty Advisory Council would meet at least three times each year to consider policies, programs and research projects and to advise the Director and Associate Director concerning normal business of the Center. Continuation of initial appointments of Faculty Fellows would be dependent on their activity and contribution to the purposes of the Center.

Professional Advisory Council-The Professional Advisory Council would be made up of at least six leaders of nonprofit organizations that have a professional interest in the work of the Center and would assist in placing students with organizations for internships, research projects and professional employment. Members of the Professional Advisory Council would be appointed to three-year terms and would typically be professional staff members or board of director members for nonprofit organizations that cooperate with the Center in academic and research projects. The Professional Advisory Council would meet at least two times each year to consider policies, programs and research projects, and to advise the Director and Associate Director concerning the normal business of the Center.

Student Advisory Council-The Student Advisory Council would be made up of at least six students or former students who have taken part in the academic programs, projects or internships of the Center. This Council would meet at least twice each year and would advise the Director and Associate Director in keeping the programs involving students relevant and helpful to students. Members of this Council would typically be a mix of present and recent, former students who have an interest in making the Center better.

Cooperating Organizations-Several organizations at Baylor and elsewhere have the potential to cooperate with the Center for Nonprofit Studies because of converging interests. Among the obvious organizations for potential cooperation are the following:

  • McBride Center for International Business-Based in the Hankamer School of Business, the McBride Center would cooperate with the Center for Nonprofit Studies to conduct cross-cultural research and provide students with opportunities to learn about NGOs in other countries.
  • John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship-One of the oldest entrepreneurship centers in the country, the Baugh Center is also based in the Hankamer School of Business and would offer a natural cooperation in the area of Social Enterprise development.
  • Baylor Youth Programs at Truett Seminary-Under the leadership of Dr. Don Mattingly, Truett Seminary prepares ministers and other leaders for church and parachurch youth organizations. Because of a significant focus in the area of faith-based organizations, cooperation with the Youth Programs offers rich areas for research.
  • Mission Waco-Since 1978, Mission Waco has been an innovative organization working with the homeless, poor and disenfranchised in the Waco community. Mission Waco would be a laboratory organization for the Center, offering students hands-on experience in various initiatives. An on-site office would be established for student projects and research in the Meyers Center, a facility that was recently added to Mission Waco's assets. The multi-faceted organization of Mission Waco offers a wide variety of opportunities for instruction and research to the Center, while offering help and fresh ideas to the organization.
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