Research study on Volunteer Administrators Career pathways

We encourage SAVMA members are to participate in a research study on Volunteer Administrators career pathways. The study is being conducted by Dr. Allison Russell, an Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. Along with her doctoral research assistant, Kayla Parker, they are conducting a research study to investigate the career pathways of volunteer administrators. They seek to examine what leads individuals to enter the volunteer administration profession and their subsequent professional development experiences in the field. The goal of this research study is to improve our understanding of the volunteer administration profession through an exploration of the perspectives of volunteer administrators.

From the desk of Dr. Allison Russell

Dear SAVMA Members!

We want to learn directly from volunteer administrators through in-depth virtual interviews, and we are hoping that you will consider participating. During the interview, we will ask you to share your personal narrative of your journey into the volunteer administration profession. We will ask you questions about your educational experience, professional background, career goals and motivations, and professional development and training. The research team values your time and expertise.


To review important background information about the study, please click here. We encourage you to read this information before you determine if you will participate. If you are interested in participating, please click here to fill out a brief interest form. The study team will use the information provided to confirm eligibility and to schedule an interview.


Please share this information with your peers. We know that you are busy, and we greatly appreciate your time and consideration of our request. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the study PI, Dr. Allison Russell, at


Thank you, and all the best,

Allison Russell, Ph.D.

Kayla Parker

Members of The University of Texas at Dallas’ Human Subjects Research Office (HSR) may review the records related to this research project, which has been designated by the HSR as exempt from review by an Institutional Review Board. Your participation is completely voluntary.