Jessica K. A. Word

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Leadership
Expertise: Nonprofit Management, Human Resource Management, Public Management, Public Policy


Jessica Word is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Leadership at UNLV.

Her research focuses on capacity building in the public and nonprofit sectors. She also has expertise in program evaluation and organization theory.

Her work has been published in numerous journals including, Public Administration ReviewReview of Public Personnel AdministrationPersonnel ReviewPublic Personnel Management, the Journal for Nonprofit Management, and Spirituality and Religion. She's worked with notable national nonprofits such as the Girl Scouts of the USA, Volunteers of America, and Opportunity Knocks on issues related to employee engagement and burnout. She also co-edited The Nonprofit Human Resource Handbook with Dr. Jessica Sowa.   


  • Ph.D., Public Administration and Policy, Florida State University

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Fundraisers often don’t realize they’re headed toward burnout until it’s too late. Their commitment to the mission and drive to meet development goals can keep them laser-focused on the work at the expense of their own well-being.
El Tiempo
Nevada nonprofits say they have stabilized after a difficult year in terms of finances, changes in operations and service delivery, according to a UNLV report released this month.
Las Vegas Review Journal
Nonprofits in Nevada say they have stabilized after a rocky year of finances, changes to operations and service delivery, according to a report from UNLV released this month.
K.N.P.R. News
Each year the Nevada SPCA works to find homes for around 2,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other pets. But in 2019, NSPCA insiders accused its president, Kathy Jung, of stealing funds from the non-profit.

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