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Must be a member of ARNOVA to join. Your section registration expires when your ARNOVA membership expires, regardless of when it began. While renewing your membership, you will be able to renew section registration as well. 

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." Since 2006, the Pracademics Section has hosted two research sessions each conference. For 2014, the Pracademics section has finalized their strategic plan to coincide with ARNOVA's mission. If you are interested in learning more about Pracademics, please contact any leadership team member below.

Join us in Denver for the 2014 conference as we will host two sessions and a networking dinner so please watch for more detailed information. In addition, 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. For information on the Pracademics please contact Melissa Heinlein Storti at

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:

Melissa Heinlein Storti, Chair,
Tracy Connors, Chair-elect,
Nancy Macduff, Secretary,
Sylvia Ramirez Benatti, Past Chair,

At-large members:
Kelly Trusty,
Cathy Vrentras,

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