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

Jessica K. A. Word In The News

May 12, 2021
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.
Las Vegas Review Journal
March 29, 2021
Southern Nevada nonprofits have been on the front lines over the last 12 months, providing much-needed resources and services, while highlighting the importance of their role in the community.
Las Vegas Review Journal
June 10, 2020
Terri Janison does not know whether her nonprofit can still hold its annual gala at the newly built Allegiant Stadium this fall.
El Tiempo
June 10, 2020
Terri Janison does not know if her nonprofit organization will be able to continue hosting their annual gala at the newly built Allegiant Stadium this fall.

Articles Featuring Jessica K. A. Word

vice president kamala harris watches unlv student administer COVID vaccine to another local college student
Campus News | April 14, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.
A UNLV student adds packed lunches to a crate.
Business and Community | April 14, 2020
UNLV Public Policy Professor Jessica Word on the vital role of nonprofits in good times and in crisis.