Marlene Walk

About Marlene

Marlene Walk is Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Marlene holds a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice. She researches and publishes on human resource management, volunteering and volunteer management in nonprofit organizations as well as on organizational change and the effects of change on employees in public and nonprofit organizations.  Her work has earned awards from numerous institutions, including the Academy of Management, Organization Development and Change Division’s Best Paper based on a Dissertation Award in 2015 and the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action’s Emerging Scholar Award in 2013. More info at


Marlene’s interest in studying nonprofit degree outcomes stems from her own experiences. While working in extracurricular youth education, she wanted to gain more management knowledge and background information to better understand and ultimately improve the organizations for which she was working. During her M.A. in nonprofit management, the professional backgrounds as well as expectations of future careers of her fellow classmates were quite diverse.  Marlene is curious to find out whether certain expectations lead to a particular set of outcomes. Moreover, Marlene is puzzled by the fact that not much is known about the perceived impact of the degree on graduates’ careers, despite the mushrooming number of nonprofit management graduates.