JON VAN TIL’S HOME PAGE
Van Til is Professor of Urban Studies and Community Planning at
Van Til chaired the Urban Studies
Department from 1974 to 1986, and is a co-founder of the graduate program in
public policy at his campus. He directed the Urban
Studies department's innovative program in Citizenship and Service Education
from 1988 to 2000. He is on a sabbatical
Van Til's books include BREACHING DERRY’S WALLS (2008), GROWING CIVIL SOCIETY (2008—paperback; 2000 hardback), HEGYESI ’60—A FESTSCHRIFT (co-edited with Andras Kelen), CRITICAL ISSUES IN AMERICAN PHILANTHROPY (1990), MAPPING THE THIRD SECTOR: VOLUNTARISM IN A CHANGING SOCIAL ECONOMY (1988), NONPROFIT BOARDS OF DIRECTORS (co-edited with Robert Herman, 1988), SHIFTING THE DEBATE: PUBLIC/PRIVATE SECTOR RELATIONS IN THE MODERN WELFARE STATE (co-edited with Susan Ostrander and Stuart Langton, 1987). Earlier books include LEADERS AND FOLLOWERS: CHALLENGES FOR THE FUTURE, LIVING WITH ENERGY SHORTFALL (1982), INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON VOLUNTARY ACTION RESEARCH (1981), and PRIVILEGE IN AMERICA: AN END TO INEQUALITY? (1973).
A forthcoming book is Public Deliberation and Sustained Dialogue: Pracademic Perspectives (co-edited with Roger Lohmann and Dolly Ford).
Van Til served as Editor-in-Chief
of NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR QUARTERLY (formerly the JOURNAL OF VOLUNTARY
ACTION RESEARCH) from 1978 through 1992.
He was twice elected President of the Association of Voluntary Action
Scholars, and is the founding Board Chair of the Center for Nonprofit
Van Til writes a regular column in the NONPROFIT TIMES, the major trade magazine for the nonprofit sector, which he serves as a Consulting Editor. He has published in a variety of scholarly journals including SOCIAL WORK, TRANSACTION/SOCIETY, and the URBAN AFFAIRS QUARTERLY.
An active leader in the development of
nonprofit organizations in the
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of
Van Til was named Fulbright Distinguished Professor at the
University of Ulster during the Spring term, 2004, serving in the Magee
College’s INCORE and Centre for Voluntary Action Studies. In the academic year 2005-6 he served as
Senior Specialist at INCORE. In March 2010 he plans lead a study tour of
Van Til served as Anna Deane
Carlson Distinguished Visiting Chair in Social Science at
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PRESENTED AT 2008 ISTR CONFERENCE,
THE THIRD SECTOR IN THE SOCIAL CRISIS OF OUR AGE, by JON VAN TIL,
SLIDES ACCOMPANYING THE PAPER
ESSAYS HERE PUBLISHED BY JON VAN TIL
These essays seem sufficiently mature to their writer to be presented to colleagues as “published” on this site—that is made available to the public. Colleagues will be notified of their existence, and of new additions, through the remarkable list-serv, ARNOVA-L. The author is deeply appreciative for the support he has been provided by colleagues within ARNOVA, and for their kind interest in his writings over a period of 35 years.
These two essays were presented at the ARNOVA conference in
“American Nonprofit Scholars Think About Social Justice,” a dialogue in the mythical “Explorers’ Club”. http://crab.rutgers.edu/~vantil/papers/ARNOVA 2007 SOCIAL JUSTICE.html
“A Review Essay: Searching for Critical Issues in Philanthropy,” a review of four recent books on philanthropy, including two relating to the secret giving of Charles Feeney. http://crab.rutgers.edu/~vantil/papers/ARNOVA 2007 PHILANTHROPY PAPER.html
Here are several other recent writings:
“Identity in a Millennial Age”, a
lecture invited for presentation in
“Active Citizens Networking”, an article about the remarkable work of the Italian organization, Cittadinanzattiva.
“Wonderland 2006”, based on earlier
work by Lewis Carroll and William Van Til, and first presented as a lecture to
the Summer School on Nonprofits at
“The Fascinating Culture of the American Nonprofit Sector”, another humorous and ironic article adapting the work of William Van Til to the 21st Century nonprofit world.
“Nonprofits and the Ends of the World”, a consideration of the frightening presence of religious fanaticism in the nonprofit world.
COURSES JON VAN TIL HAS RECENTLY TAUGHT AT Rutgers University
975: 204 POVERTY AND THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT http://crab.rutgers.edu/~vantil/courses/204-POVERTY.html
975:493 NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS http://crab.rutgers.edu/~vantil/courses/493-NONPROFIT.html
975: 490 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TECHNIQUES: DIALOGUE AND DELIBERATIONhttp://www.crab.rutgers.edu/~vantil/courses/490-SD.html
975:451 COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT http://crab.rutgers.edu/~vantil/courses/451-COMMUNITY.html
975:102 APPROACHES TO URBAN STUDIES http://crab.rutgers.edu/~vantil/courses/102-APPROACHES.html
INFORMATION ON JON VAN TIL'S NEWEST BOOK, GROWING CIVIL SOCIETY
EXECUTIVE SUMMARIES OF REPORTS WRITTEN BY JON VAN TIL (For full electronic copies of these reports, send an email to email@example.com)
A report on a focus group on Fragile Families policy, 2000: http://crab.rutgers.edu/~vantil/reports/FRAGILE-FAMILIES.HTML
A report on the Mentoring in the
City Program at
A stakeholder assessment of Youth as Resources of Central Indiana, 2000 (FULL REPORT): http://crab.rutgers.edu/~vantil/reports/YAR.HTML
A qualitative research report on the AmeriCorps program conducted for the George H. Gallup International Institute, 1998: http://crab.rutgers.edu/~vantil/reports/AMERICORPS.HTML
WORKING PAPERS BY JON VAN TIL
A draft paper on social capital and weak community infrastructure in Northern Ireland, joint with Arthur P. Williamson and Ed Cairns, as presented in 2004 to ISTR, Toronto
A paper on theory of the third sector done for the Think Tank of Case Western Reserve University, 1997: http://crab.rutgers.edu/~vantil/papers/CWRU-THEORY.HTML
A paper on issues beyond the "end of work", presented to the International Society for Third Sector Research in 1998: http://crab.rutgers.edu/~vantil/papers/END-OF-WORK.HTML
A paper on education and training in nonprofit management, prepared with the support of the International Society for Third Sector Research jointly with Gabor Hegyesi: http://crab.rutgers.edu/~vantil/papers/Istrmex2.html
A review essay entitled "Change Leadership or Change Management" , co-authored with David Swalve for the forthcoming Handbook of Nonprofit Management (Tracy Connors, ed.): http://crab.rutgers.edu/~vantil/papers/LEAD-MANAGE.HTML
PAPER ON "CIVIL SOCIETY
This paper was presented at the
ARNOVA conference in November, 2000 in