Joanne G. Carman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Joanne Carman teaches in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program at UNC Charlotte. Within that program, she has served as advisor and coordinator for students in the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management for 16 years.

Over the course of her career, Joanne has worked with dozens of public agencies and nonprofit organizations conducting program evaluation and applied research. The overarching goal of her research and evaluation is to improve the way public and nonprofit services are provided by focusing on organizational capacity building, program evaluation, leadership, and governance. Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including the American Journal of Evaluation, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, New Directions for Evaluation, The Foundation Review, and the American Review of Public Administration. Her article, with co-author Judith Millesen, titled “Building Capacity in Nonprofit Boards: Learning from Board Self-Assessments” received the 2019 best paper award from the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs.

She currently serves on the editorial board for Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and she previously served on the board of directors for the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. In 2020, Joanne was awarded UNC Charlotte’s Bonne E. Cone Professorship in Civic Engagement, an award given to faculty whose teaching and research embody the university’s commitment to civic involvement.