Report helps nonprofits compete in small market

July 16, 2007

The ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management (CNLM) has released its 2007 Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Report for Maricopa County and Pima County nonprofit organizations. The report contains compensation data for 8,375 nonprofit employees across 82 nonprofit positions, findings on employee retirement, insurance, paid time off, and detailed salary and demographic information on executive directors.

This is the third publication in the nonprofit compensation research series conducted by CNLM. The center researches and reports on nonprofit compensation and benefits every three years, and this is the first year the study has included Pima County. Download Full Image

“Nonprofits need timely information to make informed decisions about employee compensation practices to be competitive in the race for human resource talent,” says Robert Ashcraft, director of CNLM and a professor of nonprofit studies. “Our study fills an important information gap that, when used to inform decisions, can inspire confidence among board members, donors and volunteers who benefit from the localized comparative data produced by ASU as a service to the region.”

The report is an accumulation of data reported by numerous nonprofit organizations on their key positions. The information is critical to nonprofit managers to remain competitive in an environment marked by a small pipeline of experienced practitioners.

“We are a smaller agency and don’t have the time and resources to easily do a comprehensive study of nonprofit salaries,” says Scott Blades, executive director of the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN). “We want to stay competitive and attract the best candidates to serve on our staff, and knowing the industry standards for compensation – both salary and benefits – helps us to do that. We are grateful to the center for providing this important resource for nonprofits in Maricopa and Pima counties.”

The report also reveals interesting demographics within the sector. Similar to the for-profit sector, male chief executive officers make more money than females in all budget categories, with the notable exception of mid-size organizations. The gap is nearly 19 percent salary difference for male CEOs over female CEOs. Another wide gap revealed in the data is an average 14 percent salary difference for nonprofit employees in Maricopa County over those in Pima County.

The report is available to nonprofit organizations for $113, and $277 for all other organizations and individuals. A brief highlight of the report is available on the CNLM Web site">">

Gary Campbell

Media Relations and Marketing Manager , Fulton Schools of Engineering


Report envisions growing county’s future

July 2, 2007

Arizona’s Pinal County is projected to soon have a population as large as Pima County’s is now. What will Pinal be like in the future? Will it be a distinguishable destination or a McMega drive through?

That is the basic question addressed in a new report about Pinal County’s future by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. The Pinal County Board of Supervisors commissioned the study by Morrison Institute to provide a springboard for public dialogue and the creation of a new comprehensive plan, which will feature a county-wide vision and direction for the coming years. Download Full Image

“’The Future at Pinal’ sets the stage for the most significant planning process Pinal County has ever done. Morrison Institute’s report describes our challenges and presents significant ideas to deal with them. We appreciate their work at this critical time in our history,” said Terry Doolittle, Pinal County manager.

“The Future at Pinal: Making Choices Making Places” includes lessons Pinal can consider in view of what Maricopa and Pima counties have experienced, 6 “placemaking” goals, and 17 “cool tools” that could be used to improve prosperity and quality of life.

“Everyone in Arizona is watching Pinal as it transitions from a rural past to an urban future. Because it is in the middle of the ‘Sun Corridor’ megapolitan region, Pinal’s choices on livability and competitiveness will have impacts far beyond the county itself. Pinal has an opportunity to provide radically different, and better, models for Arizona’s fast-growth communities,” said Rob Melnick, Morrison Institute for Public Policy director.

“The Future at Pinal: Making Choices Making Places” identifies 6 goals for a vibrant future:

• Distinguish Pinal from Maricopa County and Pima County.

• Protect miles of desert and open land.

• Provide choices for transportation and mobility.

• Support unique, “fair share” communities.

• Create and attract “career pay – career path” jobs.

• Develop Pinal’s talent pool.

Grady Gammage, Jr., report co-author and Morrison Institute senior fellow noted: “The most important message in “The Future at Pinal” is that critical choices must be made now to avoid a future as just bedroom communities for metro Phoenix and Tucson. The report’s cool tools such as the Pinal Consensus Council and a ‘tax treaty’ push everyone to think creatively about livable communities.”

On Tuesday, July 3, “The Future at Pinal” will be presented for the first time at a significant public event sponsored by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors, Morrison Institute for Public Policy, and Partners for Strategic Action, Inc. The event will be held from 9 - 11 a.m. at The Property, 1251 West Gila Bend Highway, Casa Grande.

Morrison Institute for Public Policy is an Arizona State University resource for objective public policy research and analysis. A part of the School of Public Affairs in the College of Public Programs, Morrison Institute brings university scholarship and public policy development together for the benefit of all Arizonans.

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Holistic health program emerges in Phoenix

June 28, 2007

Body scans, trauma-releasing exercises, assessment of air quality and toxins, and progressive relaxation are just a few of the experiential class activities that will be required of students in the new graduate level certificate in the assessment of integrative health modalities being launched this fall by ASU's School of Social Work.

It is no surprise that health and human service professionals and students are seeking theoretical knowledge and practice in these types of therapies, since many hospitals, clinics, hospice, corporations and insurance companies have incorporated these modalities into their services. The goal of integrated “wellness of body, mind and spirit” and the concept patients taking an active role in self-healing are no longer foreign to most care providers. Download Full Image

“Our health care system is in dire need of these types of programs,” says Carlos Santo, a board-certified naturopathic physician who directs Four Corners Healing Center in Scottdale.

New skills in assessing patient treatment needs by integrating a broad array of evidence-based healing methods will be of value to the social workers, nurses, counselors, psychologists, nutritionists, graduate students and other community heath care providers who receive this innovative certification.

This interdisciplinary, 15-credit certificate program will cover the historical development and research of ancient healing teachings, the paradigm of treating the “whole” person, and theories of holistic therapies and how they can be blended as needed. Students also will be introduced to the core elements of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and have the flexibility to add approved elective courses.

The School of Social Work , located at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus, has offered a course in holistic therapies for the past six years. The course has filled to maximum capacity annually, and social work field instructors also have expressed interest in this additional certification.

One of the highlights of the program promises to be the in-depth study and practice of mindfulness, led by Maria Napoli, author of “Tools for Balanced Living.” This CD and workbook will provide students with evidence-based mindfulness therapies that Napoli has used effectively with teachers, parents and children.

“Our larger aim is healthy communities that support social, economic and personal development,” Napoli says. “Our students will learn to be better healers from community health experts, research journals and their own field observations. Their deeper understanding of ancient and modern healing practices will add to their toolkit when assessing real patient needs.”

ASU popular among Chinese scholars

May 23, 2007

Chinese scholars are drawing on the opportunities at ASU for their studies, research and teaching experience. This academic year, ASU was the foreign destination for several visiting scholars who worked in such diverse fields as English, literature, education, language acquisition, environmental biotechnology and public administration. Some of the visiting Chinese scholars were:

• Wang Xiaolu, a professor of literature in the Chinese Department at Sichuan University, ASU's sister institution, taught a course on Chinese literature in ASU's Department of Languages with ASU professor Jewell Parker Rhodes, artistic director and Piper Endowed Chair of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Download Full Image

• Su Dehua and Xu Jing, also from Sichuan University , are both English teachers from the university's College of Foreign Languages and Cultures. Chinese government scholarships allowed Su and Xu to study Latin in ASU's Department of Languages and Literatures, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

• Xia Siqing, a professor and vice dean in the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Tongji University, spent six months conducting research on water quality with Bruce Rittmann, a professor of civil and environmental engineering who also is director of the Center for Environmental Biotechnology in the Biodesign Institute at ASU. The pair's research focused on how to protect the water quality of a man-made lake in the Shanghai region.

• Song Ying, an associate professor of English in the School of Foreign Languages at Tongji University, spent the fall semester at ASU sitting in on English and education classes to learn how they are taught. Song also heads the teaching and research office at Tongji University.

• Zhang Caibo, an associate professor of American literature at Shandong University, spent nearly a year in ASU's English department, focusing on American literature, notably African-American literature. Her goals were not only to gain knowledge of American literature course content, but also to observe how that content was taught.

• Zhang Jinfan, an associate professor of English in the School of Foreign Languages at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, participated in a seminar on educational language policies taught by Terrence Wiley, interim associate dean of ASU's Mary Lou Fulton College of Education. Zhang was particularly interested in distance learning and computer-assisted language learning.

• Zhu Xiaomei, a professor of English at Anhui University, also attended Wiley's seminar on educational language policies as part of her studies at ASU.

• Yu Jianxing, a professor and chair of the Department of Public Administration at Zhejiang University, is in the middle of a two-year visit at ASU's School of Public Affairs in the College of Public Programs. He has sat in on a methods class and one on public administration policy taught by ASU professor G. Zhyong Lan. Yu is at ASU to observe how we teach public administration and to take that knowledge back to his university.

Ten faculty members from Huazhong University of Science and Technology also visited ASU's School of Public Affairs this past fall for an introduction into American public policy administration. As part of their studies, they met with local government officials and saw first-hand how ASU's Decision Theater allows researchers to enhance their work through visualization representations.

Center for Urban Innovation holds workshop

May 2, 2007

ASU's Center for Urban Innovation in the School of Public Affairs played host to nearly 100 regional mayors, city managers and city council members at its first workshop April 18 at the Downtown Phoenix campus.

James Svara, a professor in the School of Public Affairs and director of the center, organized the workshop. Download Full Image

Kathie Novak, the mayor of Northglenn Colo., and second vice president of the National League of Cities, presented the keynote address on the conference's overall theme of effective mayoral leadership. The League of Arizona Cities and Towns co-sponsored the event, which also was presented by the newly named Bob Ramsey Executive Education Program in the School of Public Affairs .

In her speech, Novak emphasized the importance of “role clarity” and a mayor's responsibility for “holding the vision” of a city.

Cronkite School excels in national competitions

April 25, 2007

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has been named first in the nation in the annual Hearst Journalism Awards, often called the Pulitzer Prizes of college journalism.

“The Hearst Awards are the gold standard for college journalism, and this year’s first-place finish in this extraordinarily competitive program is a testament to truly remarkable team of talented students and dedicated teachers,” says Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School. “We could not be more proud of them.” Download Full Image" alt="" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="300" height="255" align="right" />The school also claimed top awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Broadcast Education Association and the Society of Professional Journalists for work done by students during the past year.

The Hearst Awards recognize the best broadcast news, writing and photography work done by students at more than 100 accredited journalism schools around the country.

Student work is judged by professional journalists.

Cronkite students Elias Johnson and Tatiana Hensley finished first nationally in television news reporting, and personality and profile writing, respectively. Thirteen other students placed in categories ranging from radio news reporting to sports writing and news photography. Top-ranking students receive scholarships and compete in national championships to be held in San Francisco in June.

This year’s victory in Hearst follows two straight second-place overall finishes by ASU and the third time in four years that broadcast students have finished first in the broadcast portion of the competition. For the past six years, ASU has finished in the top 10 overall. The University of Missouri and the University of Florida finished second and third, respectively, this year.

ASU also swept the first student awards given by the National Press

Photographers Association, a professional organization for still and television photographers. Johnson, who also was honored in the Hearst competition, finished first in the NPPA in-depth photojournalism category, and former student Ian Schwartz scored first and second in the weekly assignments category.

Schwartz, who graduated last May and now reports for WHOI-TV (ABC) in Peoria, Ill., also was named the nation’s best college TV news reporter by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA). It was the second year in a row that Schwartz won the award, and the first time that a student has won the award twice.

Schwartz and seven other Cronkite students dominated the reporting categories in this year’s BEA contest with eight awards. The next closest schools had three awards each.

Finally, Cronkite students swept five categories of the regional SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards, taking first, second and third places in online news reporting, TV news photography, TV feature photography, TV sports reporting and radio news reporting.

Students also took home first place in TV in-depth reporting, TV sports reporting, radio sports reporting, newspaper breaking news reporting and feature photography. The ASU Web Devil, the online branch of the State Press student newspaper, was named best student Web site, and the Cronkite Zine, an online publication featuring Cronkite School students’ work, was named best independent online student publication.

In total, Cronkite students brought home 35 awards in this year’s SPJ competition, more than any other school in the region, which includes Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam. The 17 first-place winners will move on to the national SPJ competition.

Training program graduates 100th student

April 18, 2007

Christine Chacon is the 100th student to complete the Child Welfare Training Project at the Tucson component of the ASU School of Social Work. The program is a collaborative partnership among ASU's School of Social Work, the Arizona State Department of Economic Security (DES) and Child Protective Services (CPS).

Launched in 1988, the program is funded by the Child Welfare Field Education and Student Support Project, a Title IV-E grant. The program prepares its graduates for careers that serve families in schools, hospitals, courts and community mental health settings, through coursework and internships in the DES, and in other public and private child welfare settings. Download Full Image

Chacon, who has worked as a case manager and as a CPS case aide, has always had the desire to work with at-risk children and families.

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Crutchfield takes over as student media director

April 3, 2007

James N. Crutchfield, a former major newspaper publisher and editor, has been named ASU's director of student media. Additionally, Crutchfield was appointed to the Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Crutchfield joined the Cronkite School this semester as the first Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics after spending the previous five years as publisher and president of the Akron Beacon Journal. He stepped down from that position last year following the sale of Knight Ridder Newspapers.

Crutchfield, 58, a four-time Pulitzer Prize juror, was one of the few African-Americans to serve as publisher of a major metropolitan daily newspaper. Download Full Image

In the new joint appointment, Crutchfield will oversee the student media department, which operates the following:

• The State Press, the university's independent student newspaper with a daily distribution of 17,000.

• The weekly State Press Magazine.

• ASU Web Devil, the online arm of the State Press.

• Channel 2, a cable station that airs on campus.

“We are extremely fortunate to have attracted the interest of Jim Crutchfield to student media,” says James Rund, vice president for university student initiatives, which oversees student media. “The expert skill set, industry experience and professional wisdom that Jim brings can position us as one of the best student media centers in the country.”

At the Cronkite School, Crutchfield will hold the rank of professor of practice and Weil Family Professor of Journalism. The endowed professorship is named in honor of Louis “Chip” Weil, the former publisher of the Arizona Republic and chairman and chief executive officer of Central Newspapers Inc.

Weil created the endowed professorship through a generous gift in an effort to support “outstanding faculty who will impact the country's future journalists.” He retired in 2000 after a career that also included publisher of Time magazine and the Detroit News.

Crutchfield will complete his one-semester term as the school's first Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics. He is teaching “Journalism Ethics and Diversity,” a new undergraduate course required of Cronkite students. The professorship was created in honor of Gaylord through a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, which she founded in 1982 to improve the quality and ethical standards of journalism.

“Jim Crutchfield has been a top leader and innovator in the news industry for many years, and he will do a spectacular job imparting Chip Weil's high journalistic values to the next generation of America's journalists,” says Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School. “Jim also will make the State Press, the Web Devil and Channel 2 incubators for great ideas and innovations that will help all of journalism.”

Crutchfield replaces Kristin Gilger at student media, who stepped down to become assistant dean for professional programs at the Cronkite School .

Crutchfield is a graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Spanish-speaking social workers in high demand

March 14, 2007

As the largest producer of social work graduates in Arizona, the ASU School of Social Work is responding directly to community needs for Spanish speaking social workers.

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• An elderly relative in your care needs community-based care.

• You are facing a serious disability.

These are difficult scenarios for anyone, but for those with language and cultural barriers, finding social workers who can help can be a tremendous challenge. For the growing numbers of Americans who speak Spanish at home and also are in need of mental health assistance, child and family welfare, aging and other complex services, access to caseworkers with appropriate language and cultural skills is increasingly difficult.

A national study, “Assuring the Sufficiency of a Frontline Workforce” (March 2006, National Association of Social Workers and the Center for Workforce Studies), found that 77 percent of licensed social workers in the United States serve at least some Hispanic or Latino clients. The same study's 2004 data show that, just as in most health care professions, social workers are not as diverse as the populations they serve. Fourteen percent of the U.S. population at the time of the study was Hispanic or Latino, and just 4 percent of the licensed social workers were Hispanic or Latino.

Social workers proficient in Spanish are further challenged by the professional terminology, cross-cultural factors, service delivery issues, context and principles specific to many bilingual or non-English-speaking Latinos. Arizona faces the added challenge of being one of four states nationally with the lowest ratio of social workers to population: 24 to 45 social workers per 100,000 residents (“Assuring the Sufficiency of a Frontline Workforce,” March 2006, National Association of Social Workers and the Center for Workforce Studies).

ASU's new Latino Cultural Competency Graduate Certificate in Social Work School of Social Work is responding directly to these needs. To be eligible for the certificate program, individuals must already be proficient in Spanish. The program is open to social work graduate students, professional social workers with a bachelor's or master's degree in social work or a related master's degree, and to individuals with an undergraduate degree and two years experience in the social service field.

In addition to courses on Latino populations of the Southwest, diversity, borderlands issues, financial and community asset building, and oppression, the certificate requires 480 hours of field experience with Latino clients. Faculty who developed the program note that the program will improve service delivery to Latino communities and clients, and also expand the employment potential of those who earn the certificate, since the demand for this expertise is critical in Arizona and other areas of the United States.

“In social work, forming professional helping relationships is central to what we do,” notes Mary Gillmore, director of the School of Social Work . “A commitment to understanding cultural values, behaviors, attitudes and practices is not new, but the certificate offers intense study and practice on the latest research and practice in this emerging area. It's a win-win for our communities and our graduates.”

“This innovative certificate focuses our faculty's research strengths in culturally grounded social work, including protective factors, immigration, health and financial disparities,” adds Barbara Robles, who manages the program out of the School's Office of Latino Projects. “Associate Professor Juan J. Paz Jr. and Josefina Ahumada of the school's Tucson component have been instrumental in leading this initiative, recognizing early on that these skills are in high demand in the social services sector.”

Luz Sarmina, president and chief executive officer of Valle Del Sol Inc. and an alumnus of the ASU School of Social Work notes, “Spanish-language skills are in daily demand – not just in Arizona, but across the United States . Building language and cultural competency in social work professionals is a key tactic for long-term success of community-based organizations such as ours. The certificate also aligns with Valle Del Sol's mission of building the next generation of Latino leaders. This is a very innovative program launch.”

Individuals interested in learning more about the certificate program, the school's course “Spanish for Native Speakers: Social Work in the Borderlands,” or the Study Abroad immersion experience planned for 2008, can contact Robles at (602) 496-0074 or (

President’s Professor: Jess Alberts

March 8, 2007

As a teacher, Jess Alberts' goal is to provoke her students to ask questions about the world around them. As a communications professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, her goal is to help them develop the skills to answer those questions.

“Once students understand how theories can help them explain, predict, and even improve, their lives, they become life-long learners – which should be the goal of all education,” says Alberts, who is among this year's recipients of the prestigious President's Professors Award. Download Full Image

For Alberts, becoming a communications professor wasn't an answer she came to immediately. While working toward her master's degree in English with the plan of becoming an English professor, she was hired as a lecturer by Texas A&M University , where she was also assigned a few communications classes to teach in addition to her English classes.

“I enjoyed teaching them so much, and the field was much more open than English, so I decided to pursue communication for my doctorate. And I am so glad I did,” says Alberts, who received her master's and bachelor's degree from Abilene Christian University and her doctorate from the University of Texas before accepting a faculty position as a communications professor at ASU in 1989.

Since then, she has served as director for the school from 1995 to 2004, has led a series of research studies that focus on conflict in relationships, has written and co-written textbooks and has developed new curriculum for her department. As departmental ombudsperson, she participated in undergraduate education by helping students resolve classroom issues and developing a two-week, intensive teacher-training orientation program that resulted in increased student satisfaction and improved teacher evaluations.

Her interests in communication issues are a driving force behind her research, which has examined everything from workplace bullying to community mediation to adolescent drug resistance to the act of flirting. Alberts also is developing a study that explains the division of household labor through social hierarchy theories.

Helping her students understand how tension between individual characteristics and societal forces influences human interaction was what prompted her to write an introductory textbook with two of her colleagues. Alberts asks her students to reflect on this concept through a service-learning project, which she has incorporated into all of the basic human communication courses. The project requires students to participate in a minimum of 10 hours of community service, reflecting on how the communication principles they have learned in class affect and are affected by their work in the community.

“Rarely do senior professors volunteer to teach large lecture sections of the basic course, receive consistently outstanding teacher evaluations from students, and do equally well in doctoral-level seminars,” says Bud Goodall, director of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. “Jess Alberts is that rare professor. This is because she is a gifted teacher who enlivens the classroom, makes every effort to connect with her students, and demonstrates her commitment to their success.”

Alberts' commitment to her students is evident not only in her frequent teaching of undergraduate classes, in addition to her graduate course load, but through her interactions with her students outside of the classroom. It is not unusual for students to go to her for coaching on job interviews and negotiations, as well as seeking advice on how to solve conflicts in their personal lives.

“I am constantly learning from my students about new and different perspectives, and about what it means to be young and a student in the current age,” Alberts says. “But I get much more than knowledge from them. They give me joy, they make me laugh, they cause me to feel heartache for their suffering – and they make me glad I am no longer in my 20s!”

As a self-proclaimed life-learner, Alberts says she hopes the information she offers her students will help them continue to learn throughout their lives.

“I hope my students learn to be more critical consumers of information, to learn how to learn, and to understand a bit more about the role of communication in relationships, organizations and identity.”

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library