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Dr. Tara Kolar Bryan
- Assistant Professor
- Public Administration, Public Affairs and Community Service
- CPACS 111N
- Tel: 402.554.2751
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My teaching interests flow directly from my research focus areas of nonprofit and public management with a particular interest in strategic management and organizational development.As one of the faculty members with expertise in nonprofit organizations, I welcome the increased growth of the nonprofit concentration over the last several years.One of my favorite aspects of being a faculty member is the opportunity to mentor our nonprofit students in the areas of management, leadership and research.My goal in teaching is to equip my students with the analytical thinking and writing skills, knowledge and tools of management processes that will enable them to manage and lead strategically in nonprofit and public organizations.Moreover, I am committed to providing my students with a systems perspective, so that they more fully understand the linkages among management processes and activities and how that impacts the effectiveness of public and nonprofit organizations.
PA 8090: Organization Theory and Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PA 8530: Strategic Planning in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PA 8520 : Grant Writing Seminar
PA 8550: Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
PA 8100: Advanced Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Research and Creative Interests
My research examines internal organizational processes that enable public and nonprofit organizations to do their work, especially in times of organizational change. My work builds on scholarship in the fields of public, nonprofit, and strategic management focused on how the configuration of organizational resources and capabilities can have an impact on organizational outcomes.
Bryan, Tara Kolar and Kimberley Isett. 2018 Forthcoming. "Philanthropic Foundation Strategies to Advance Systems Reform: Perceptions from Frontline Change Implementers" Nonprofit Policy Forum.
Bryan, Tara Kolar. 2018. Forthcoming " Toward a Contingency Model for the Relationship Between Capacity and Effectiveness in Nonprofit Organizations" Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Review.
Bryan, Tara Kolar. 2017. "Multi Level Learning in Nonprofit Organizations: Exploring the Individual, Group and Organizational Effects of a Capacity Building Program." Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. Forthcoming.
Bryan, Tara Kolar and Catherine Humphries Brown. 2015. "The Individual, Group, Organizational and Community Outcomes of Capacity-Building Programs in Human Service Nonprofit Organizations: Implications for Theory and Practice." Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership and Governance.
Bryan, Tara Kolar. 2015. "Capacity for Climate Change Planning: Assessing Metropolitan Responses in the United States" Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.
Bryan, Tara Kolar. Forthcoming (Expected December 2015). "Nonprofit Organizations: Strategic Management" In Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy
Bryan, Tara Kolar and James F. Wolf. 2010. "Soft Regionalism in Action: Examining Voluntary Regional Councils' Structures, Processes and Programs" Public Organization Review.
Wolf, James F. and Tara Kolar Bryan. 2009. "Identifying the Capacities of Regional Councils of Government." State and Local Government Review 41(1): 61-68.
Ph D - Public Affairs
Virginia Tech (Alexandria, VA) 2011
MA - Public Administration
Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) 2004
BA - Political Science
St. Mary's University (San Antonio, TX) 2000
Finalist, UNO Service Learning Award (Teaching) 2018
Finalist, UNO Service Learning Award (Teaching) 2016
Best Reviewer (Scholarship/Research) 2013
Finalist for Best Conference Paper (Scholarship/Research) 2013
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