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Pracademics Section

At the 2006 ARNOVA Annual Conference, the ARNOVA Board of Directors approved a request to form a new section, Pracademics, the fifth such sub-group within the association. As stated in the Policy and Procedures manual, sections allow ARNOVA members to express their special interests but also serve to further the mission of the association by enhancing its intellectual scope and helping to develop diverse leadership.

According to the bylaws of the section, its purpose is "to build more effective academic-practitioner relationships in order to foster and disseminate high quality research and strengthen nonprofit management education, community service, voluntary action, and philanthropic studies." This section grew out of discussions among a small group of ARNOVA members during the summer of 2005. An organizing meeting held at the 2005 conference drew over 40 people, with another 16 expressing their support via e-mail. At the 2006 conference, a colloquy entitled "Building Stronger Academic-Practitioner Partnerships: A Conversation about Attitudes, Perceptions and Strategies" featured some of the founding members of the section describing the nature of successful collaborations they had fostered, emphasizing what made these connections work.

Pracademics Section Leadership:
Sylvia Ramirez Benatti, Chair; Melissa Heinlein Storti, Chair-elect; Nancy Macduff Secretary; Erna Gelles Treasurer; At-large membersó Debra Beck, Tracy Connors, Daniel Bakinowski.

The section will host two sessions at the 2013 ARNOVA Conference, please watch for more detailed information coming soon. In addition to now having space on the ARNOVA website, Pracademics has its own LinkedIn discussion group, which you can join here. Please watch for more additions to the Pracademics page on the ARNOVA website coming soon. For information on the Pracademics please contact Sylvia Benatti at or Melissa H. Storti at