Ward Focuses on Motivation for Public Service

Written by Laura Paskin
December 11, 2014

Institute of Public Service Professor Kevin Ward published “Public Service Motivation Theory in a Nonprofit Context: An Explanatory Study of Nonprofit Board Member Motivations” with co-authors: Katrina Miller-Stevens and Katharine A. Neill in the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership (2014). The researchers examined the factors that influence individuals to participate and remain on nonprofit boards of directors.

“Our findings will help nonprofit administrators and boards better understand the underlying motivations of board members” Ward said. “As a result, boards can develop better governance practices to be more effective and efficient.”

Ward, who received his Master of Public Administration and PhD from the University of Colorado, focuses his research on cultivating public service motivation, civic engagement, and voluntarism. His recent scholarship includes studies on the national service program AmeriCorps, motivations of nonprofit board members, health care networks, and cultivating public service motivation. Outside of the academy he has held research positions with the RAND Corporation and the Urban Institute.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college in Seattle University. The Institute of Public Service offers undergraduate degrees in public affairs and nonprofit leadership and two master’s degrees: Master of Public Administration and Master of Nonprofit Leadership.