​​​Emma Powell

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Political Science & Public Administration ​
  • Campus Address: Anspach Hall 244      
  • Phone: (989) 774-1309
  • Email: powel3ea@cmich.edu
  • Vitae: Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Powell joined the Department of Political Science & Public Administration in the Fall of 2015. Her primary scholarly focus is nonprofit leadership and management; specifically the organizational design and behavior of staff and volunteers. Dr. Powell earned her PhD in Public Administration from Western Michigan University and earned her Master of Management degree from Aquinas College. Prior to her faculty position she served in executive director and administrative roles at national nonprofit organizations including  Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the American Heart Association,  and the American Lung Association of  Michigan.

Emma is the advisor for the Nonprofit Leadership Student Alliance (NLSA) of Central Michigan University, and the campus director for the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential.

Dr. Powell awarded as a Rising Star for Community Impact in Mount Pleasant


  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University, Public Administration (2017)
  • M.M., Aquinas College, Organizational Behavior & Management (2009)
  • B.S., Aquinas College, Business Administration and Communication (2001)

Fields of Specialization

  • Organization Theory and Design
  • Organizational Behavior

  • PAD 210 WI       Introduction to Public Administration
  • PAD 211 WI        Introduction to Nonprofit Leadership
  • PSC 398 B         Special Topics: Nonprofits & the Public Interest
  • PAD 412 WI       Nonprofit Administration
  • PAD 413             Organizational Leadership & Behavior

  • PAD 523 WI      Grant Writing & Management
  • PAD 620            Nonprofit Management
  • PAD 621             Board Governance & Exec Leadership
  • PAD 622            Strategic Planning Public & Nonprofit
  • PAD 775            Organization Theory & Behavior
  • PSC 790S          Seoul, South Korea - Study Abroad
  • MSA 646           Foundations of Philanthropic Orgs