Alicia Schatteman: Nonprofit Scholar

Researcher, Educator, Speaker

Schatteman Family

Matt and Alicia, Kaitlyn, Brian, Lillian, John, Sam, and Sarah


I was born in rural Eastern Ontario in the Ottawa Valley, a picturesque area that epitomizes Canadian culture.  I always aspired to be in public service and had my first job in government, managing the tourist information centers for the County of Renfrew while working on my bachelor's degree from the University of Ottawa.  While in graduate school at Trent University pursuing a master's degree in Canadian Studies, I accepted my first full-time position at Victoria County (now the City of Kawartha Lakes).

In 1997, I relocated from Canada to the United States and married my husband in 1998.  I became the Marketing Coordinator for a historic site operated by the County of Middlesex Cultural and Heritage Commission in New Jersey, and then moved into the nonprofit arts and culture sector at the New Jersey Historical Society.    I finished a Master's degree in Communications Management from Syracuse University at this time.  Then in 2001, I became the Executive Director at the Montclair Historical Society, where I learned so much about running a nonprofit organization. 

After four years, I decided to pursue a doctoral degree at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University, Newark. 

I accepted a one-year visiting professor position at John Jay College in New York and then moved to Northern Illinois to begin at NIU in August of 2010.  Now I get to share my love for nonprofit management and assist nonprofit organizations by sharing best practices.

I consider myself a public scholar, trying to my academic research and the academic research of others, and make it relevant to practice.