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- Areas of Interest:
- Nonprofit Boards and Fundraising ,
- Social Capital and Economic Development ,
- Pay for Performance ,
- Religion and Politics
- Ph.D., IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
- M.A., University of Maryland, College Park
- B.S., Xavier University, Cincinnati
Dr. Trent A. Engbers is a former Peace Corp volunteer, an experienced college educator, and nonprofit consultant living in Evansville, Indiana. His primary appointment is as associate professor of political science and public administration at the University of Southern Indiana and master of public administration director, but has also taught at University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, DePaul University School of Public Service, and the University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs. With over a dozen years’ experience in college education and professional training, Engbers offers training and consultations in organizational development, leadership, nonprofit fundraising, and board development. He was a 2015-2016 USI Foundation Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching and 2019 O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs Outstanding Teaching Award winner.
Engbers holds degrees from Xavier University, the University of Maryland, University of Missouri, and Indiana University. His research on leadership, economic development and civic engagement has been published widely including Social Science Quarterly, and the Journal of Leadership Education. He lives in Evansville with his wife Kimberly and their four children.
- Engbers, T. A. (2019). The Economic Impact of Friends: Shift-Share Analysis with Regression. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Engbers, T.A. & Rubin, B. M. (2018). Theory to practice: Recommendations for fostering economic development through Social Capital. Public Administration Review. Available in early view at: https://doi.org/10.1111/puar.12925.
- Engbers, T. A. (2017). The influence of Confucianism on the emergence and regulation of nonprofits in China. Proceedings of the 8th World Confusian Conference, 307-317.
- Hanka, M. & Engbers, T.A. (2017). Social capital and economic development: A neighborhood perspective. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 3(3) 272-291 .
- Engbers, T., Rubin, B. M., & Aubuchon, C. (2017). The Currency of Connections: An Analysis of the Urban Economic Impact of Social Capital. Economic Development Quarterly, 31(1), 37-49.
- Engbers, T. A., Thompson, M. F., & Slaper, T. F. (2017). Theory and measurement in social capital research. Social Indicators Research, 132(2), 537-558.
- Engbers, T. A. (2016). Comparative research: An approach to teaching research methods in political science and public administration. Teaching Public Administration, 34(3), 270-283.
- Engbers, T. A. (2015). Building community: The characteristics of America’s most civic cities. Journal of Public Affairs, 16(1), 50-56.
- Fucilla, L & Engbers, T.A. (2015) Sounding Presidential: Framing and political leadership in Presidential speeches. Congress and the Presidency, 42, 1, 50-78.
- Engbers, T (2013). Politics of Polygamous People: What a Minority Religion Can Tell Us about Religion and Politics in America, Religion and Politics Journal, 2, 373-395.
- Engbers, T.A. & Fucilla, L. (2012). Transformational Leadership and the Obama Presidency. Social Science Quarterly, 93(5), 1127-1145.
- Perry, J.L., Engbers, T. A., & Jun, S.Y. (2009). Back to the future? Performance-related pay, empirical research, and the perils of persistence. Public Administration Review, 69, 1, 39-52.
- Engbers, T. A. (2006). Student Leadership Program Model Revisited. Journal of Leadership Education, 5, 3. 1-4.