Genevieve Shaker

Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies

Gen Shaker
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN


  • Ph.D., Indiana University (Bloomington), Higher Education Administration
  • M.A., Indiana University (IUPUI), Philanthropic Studies
  • B.A. summa cum laude, Minnesota State University—Moorhead, History


Genevieve G. Shaker, Ph.D., is associate professor of philanthropic studies in the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI and adjunct professor of liberal arts. She was an advancement officer for 20 years, most recently as associate dean for development and external affairs for the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, where she facilitated fundraising, communications and marketing, alumni programming, and public events.

Professor Shaker’s research focuses on fundraising, higher education advancement, philanthropy in the workplace, and philanthropy, public good, and faculty work. Her current projects include an exploration of the fundraising profession, studies intended to generate new information about workplace giving in the United States, and continued examination of how higher education contributes to the public good. Much of her research is intended to contribute to practice and policy as well as to build scholarly understandings. She is associate editor of the journal Philanthropy & Education.

Professor Shaker brings experiential learning strategies, active learning pedagogy, and innovative curricular design to her courses. She is the co-developer and lead instructor for the “Celebrity Philanthropy” class, leads the faculty learning community for “Giving and Volunteering in America,” and mentors and advises students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

On various occasions, Professor Shaker has been recognized for her excellence as a teacher and researcher as well as as a practitioner and member of the university and broader community.

Courses Taught

  • Giving and Volunteering in America
  • Celebrity philanthropy
  • Individual donor motivation and engagement
  • Readings in philanthropic studies


  • I gave at the office: A review of workplace giving research, theory, and practice. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing.
  • Teaching about celebrity and philanthropy: A case study of backwards course design. Journal of Nonprofit Education & Leadership
  • Understanding higher education fundraisers in the United States. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing
  • Faculty work and the public good: Philanthropy, engagement, and academic professionalism. New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University
  • What works at work? Towards an integrative model examining workplace campaign strategies. Journal of Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • The public good, productivity and purpose: New economic models for higher education. TIAA Institute Higher Education Series: Understanding Academic Productivity
  • The public good, productivity and faculty work: Individual effort and social value. TIAA Institute Higher Education Series: Understanding Academic Productivity
  • Higher education, community engagement, and the global public good. Special 5th anniversary issue of Higher Learning Research Communications
  • Workplace giving in universities: A U.S. case study at Indiana University. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
  • Sequential online course re-design: When “it just takes time” works no more. To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development
  • The ecology of internal workplace giving at Indiana University: A case study of academic and non-academic staff campus campaign fundraising. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing
  • Despite faculty skepticism: Lessons from a graduate-level seminar in a hybrid course environment. College Teaching
  • The impact of alumni status on institutional giving by faculty and staff. Research in Higher Education
  • The generosity of the professoriate: Faculty as donors and academic citizens. Metropolitan Universities
  • The hybrid and dualistic identity of full-time nontenure-track faculty. American Behavioral Scientist

Research Interests

  • Higher education advancement
  • Fundraising
  • The academic workforce
  • Workplace giving
  • Intersections of philanthropy, professionalism, and the public good
  • Online teaching and learning

Honors & Awards

  • Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Honorable Mention (for Faculty work and the Public Good) (2017)
  • Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Distinguished Alumnus (2015)
  • Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award (2015)
  • IUPUI Outstanding Woman Leader Award—Newcomer Faculty (2015)
  • Indianapolis Business Journal, Forty Under 40 (2015)
  • Emerging Scholar, Association for Fundraising Professionals (2015)
  • Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award, Association for Institutional Research (2013)
  • Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award (2013)
  • Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year, Association for the Study of Higher Education (2009)
  • Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development, Professional and
  • Organizational Development Network (2009)

Other Activities

  • Fellow, TIAA Institute
  • Participant, AAC&U/Aspen Institute Wye Faculty Seminar
  • Faculty, The Fund Raising School
  • Chair, Board Development Committee, American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis
  • Neighborhood Working Group, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis