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Julianne Gassman, Ph.D.

Professor, Recreation, Tourism and Nonprofit Leadership; Director, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
(319) 273-2204

University of Northern Iowa
WRC 209
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0241

Julianne Gassman's Vitae


Dr. Julianne Gassman is on faculty at the University of Northern Iowa in the School of Kinesiology, Allied Health & Human Services.  Dr. Gassman is an Associate Professor in the Leisure, Youth and Human Services Division, the Campus Executive Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the Associate Director of Camp Adventure™ Child & Youth Services.  Dr. Gassman has taught in the area of nonprofit management for the past eight years and has sixteen years of teaching in leisure, youth and human services.  She is the author/co-author of four books, including:

  • Leadership Cases in Community Nonprofit Organizations
  • Managing for Excellence: Programs of Distinction for Children and Youth
  • Contracting Child Care: A Case Study of the Military Child Care Act and Camp Adventure™ Youth Service
  • Camp Leadership: A Staff Development Approach

Dr. Gassman has numerous publications in the area of nonprofit management, youth development and organization culture in academic journals such as the Journal of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, the Journal of Ideology, the International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, New Directions for Youth Development, Hong Kong Recreation Review and SCHOLE. She has presented nationally and internationally, including at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Leisure and Recreation Association of South Africa (LARASA), Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC), the Alliance Management Institute (AMI), Army Reserve Youth Leadership, Education and Development Summit in Lihue, Hawaii, and the National AfterSchool Association Conferences. Locally, Dr. Gassman has presented her work at the Iowa Nonprofit Summit, the Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit, and the Iowa School Age Care Alliance. She has also provided trainings for the Department of the Navy in Patuxent River Navy Air Station in Maryland and in Yokosuka and Okinawa, Japan. 

Dr. Gassman's work with Camp Adventure™ Child & Youth Services began in 1991 and has included serving as a camp counselor in Yokosuka, Japan, in 1992; camp director in Atsugi, Japan, in 1993; project coordinator in Germany in 1994, Japan in 1995, Hawaii in 1996, and Korea in 1997.  She then assumed the responsibility of a project director in Europe supervising over 400 students from 1998 through 2001. She currently manages all the contracting and invoicing of approximately $4.5 million annually.  

Courses Taught: 

LYHS 2335 - Principles of Nonprofit and Youth Serving Agencies; LYHS 3339 - Human Resource Development for Nonprofit & Youth Agencies; LYHS 4993 - Nonprofit Leadership Practicum: LYHS 2020 - Leadership in Leisure, Youth & Human Services; LYHS 4090 - Senior Project

Research Interests: 

Nonprofit Management; Student Development in Student Organizations


BA: University of Northern Iowa
MA: University of Northern Iowa
Ph.D: University of Iowa