Genevieve Shaker

Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies

Gen Shaker
Cavanaugh Hall 436
425 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN


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


Genevieve G. Shaker, Ph.D., serves as associate dean for development and external affairs in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts and assistant professor of philanthropic studies in the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. She also is adjunct professor of liberal arts. She is one of the few academicians who is also an active advancement officer.

Shaker completed her Ph.D. in higher education at Indiana University Bloomington and holds a master’s in philanthropic studies from the Lilly Family School’s predecessor, the Center on Philanthropy. She has focused her research on higher education advancement as well as the changing nature of the American professoriate, and on philanthropy, public good, and faculty work. She has a particular interest in faculty and staff philanthropic giving and is extending her workplace giving research into other employment arenas.

She has presented numerous papers, workshops, interviews, or speeches for scholarly and practitioner audiences, including a paper judged among the best at the 2013 Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum. The quality of her research was recognized early with the dissertation of the year award (2009) from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and by the nation’s primary group of faculty development professionals (Professional and Organizational Development Network) with the 2009 Robert Menges Award for research in educational development. As a reflection of the quality of her teaching, Shaker was selected for the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award in 2013 and 2015. Most recently, she was recognized nationally for her work as a scholar-practitioner and named the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Emerging Scholar for 2015. She has been recognized as one of Indianapolis’ leading young professionals by the Indianapolis Business Journal and as an on-campus leader through recognition from the IUPUI Office for Women.

Courses Taught

  • Giving and Volunteering in America


  • 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 road taken: A report on the career paths of a modern academic workforce for faculty developers. The Journal of Faculty Development
  • The donors next door: Raising funds from faculty for faculty development centers. To Improve the Academy
  • The hybrid and dualistic identity of full-time nontenure-track faculty. American Behavioral Scientist
  • Understanding and supporting full-time nontenure-track faculty: A needed change. To Improve the Academy

Research Interests

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

Honors & Awards

  • 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)
  • Skystone Partners Research Prize in Philanthropy and Fundraising, Association for Fundraising Professionals (2014) Chapter contributor to award winning book Expanding the Donor Base for Higher Education (N. Drezner, editor)
  • Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award, Association for Institutional Research (2013)
  • Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award (2013)
  • IUPUI Student Athlete “Favorite Professor” 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)
  • Graduate Student Association Educational Enhancement Award, IUPUI (2008, 1998)
  • Holmstedt Dissertation Award, HESA Program, Indiana University (2007)
  • Glenn W. Irwin Experience Excellence Award, IUPUI (2005)

Other Activities

  • Book author: Shaker, G. G. (2015). Faculty work and the public good: Philanthropy, engagement, and academic professionalism. New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University.
  • Board member, American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis
  • Neighborhood Working Group, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis