Did You Know?
All programs at Luther College offer study abroad opportunities. As an affiliate of the U of R, we have partnerships with 450 universities across 70 different countries.
Small classes = big advantages. As a federated college, Luther College classes are typically smaller. This allows for students to connect with their profs and classmates.
Every single degree program at Luther College offers an optional experiential learning component; gain real world experience and get paid while you go to school!
Luther College offers Bundles and Bundles Plus programs! Bundles and Bundles Plus are groupings of courses hand-selected by our academic advisors to help set new students up for a successful first semester.
Luther College opened the first residence on campus in 1971, and is still a “home away from home” to students: meals, laundry, and lifelong friendship included.
ALL U of R students including Luther students can take Luther courses.
Luther College offers the best of both worlds: a smaller college environment with all the benefits of a larger university.
Luther grads attend a special graduation ceremony and luncheon celebration at Luther College as well as the U of R convocation ceremony
Yvonne Harrison, Associate Professor and Director of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN). Yvonne came to Luther College from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY. Prior to that she was the only tenure track faculty member in the Center for Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Management at Seattle University, in Seattle, WA where she supervised the capstone research project and taught courses in nonprofit governance and information management in government and nonprofit organizations.
A social scientist, Dr. Harrison has conducted three international research investigations into the role and impact of chairs of nonprofit boards of directors as well as two national research studies exploring the impacts of information and communications technology (ICT) on the management of volunteer resources in Canada’s nonprofit sector. Currently, she and co-investigator, Vic Murray developed Board Check-Up to fill a gap in board of director technical capacity to assess performance and to conduct research on its effect on board governance behavior and practices. Other interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning, nonprofit leadership and organizational effectiveness, inter-organizational collaborations and cross-sector partnerships.
In 2016, Dr. Harrison was nominated for a Technology Blazer Award by the Center for Economic Growth for the impact of the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) she developed on the leadership and governance of nonprofit organizations in Albany, New York's Tech Valley. Her scholarship has also been recognized in a nomination for Best Paper of the Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action for her research paper (with Vic Murray) on The Role and Impact of Board Chair Leadership. In 2002 she won the J. E. Hodgett’s Award for best article in English in the journal, Canadian Public Administration, for Partnering to Produce Electronic Government (with John Langford). She holds a BS in Nursing, a Master of Public Administration and PhD in Public Administration from the University of Victoria, BC, Canada. Yvonne is the author of the 2014 SUNY Open Textbook, Guidelines for Improving the Effectiveness of Boards of Directors of Nonprofit Organizations along with a number of peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, research reports, and other publications.
- Liu, H., Harrison, Y.D, Lai, J. and Luongo, K. (2016). “From In-Person to Virtual Volunteering”, Chapter 13 in Horton Smith, D et al, Palgrave Research Handbook on Volunteering and Nonprofit Associations. Macmillan Publishers
- Harrison, Y.D. and Murray, V. (December 2015). The Effect of an Online Self-Assessment Tool on Nonprofit Board Performance, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 44 (6)
- Murray, V. and Harrison, Y.D. (2014). Guidelines for Improving the Effectiveness of Boards of Directors of Nonprofit Organizations.
- Harrison, Y. D. (2014), "Optimizing the Potential for Information and Communications Technology in Nonprofit Organizations", Chapter 12 in Seel, K. The Management of Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations in Canada, Toronto: LexisNexis, Butterworths.
- Harrison, Y. D., Murray, V. & Cornforth, C. (2014). "The Role and Impact of Chairs of Nonprofit Boards", Chapter 4 in New Perspectives on Nonprofit Governance, Cornforth, C., and Brown, W. Editors, Routledge, UK.
- Harrison, Y.D., Murray, V. and Cornforth, C. (September 2013). "Perceptions of Board Chair Leadership Effectiveness in Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations", Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Online first DOI 10.1007/s11266-012-9274-0
- "Crisis or Opportunity" article from Austrailian Aging, September 2012
- Harrison, Y. D. and Murray, V. (Summer 2012). “Perspectives on the Leadership of Chairs of Nonprofit Organization Boards of Directors: A Grounded Theory Mixed-Method Study”, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Special Governance Issue, 22 (4).
- Harrison, Y. Global Washington (July 2010). “Global Development through Aid, Partnerships, Trade and Education: Recommendations from Global Washington”,
Policy Paper, Task Force Contributor.
- Harrison, Y, Kostic, K, Toton, S, & Zurek, J. (June, 2010). Globalizing Social Justice Education: The Case of the Global Solidarity Network Study eBroad Program, Journal of Internet and Higher Education, 13 (3), pp. 115-126.
- Harrison, Y. and Murray, V. (2007). Bridging the Effectiveness Divide in ICT Use: The Case of Volunteer Recruitment in Canada. Chapter 5 in Cortes, M & Rafter, K, Nonprofits and Technology, Chicago: Lyceum Books, pp. 68-84.
- Harrison, Y & Lidman, R. (April 2007). “Modernizing the Aid Relief Supply Chain through Information and Communications Technology (ICT): The Case of the Impact of Donated Aid for Healthcare in Honduras, The Journal of Information Technology in Social Change.
- Harrison, Y & Murray V. (Summer 2007). “The Best and Worst of Board Chairs”, The Nonprofit Quarterly, Volume 14, No. 2, July, pp. 24-29.
- Harrison, Y. (2004). “What Influences the Use and Effectiveness of Information and Communications Technology?” Canadian Journal of Volunteer Resources Management, 12 (2), pp. 17-19.
- Langford, J. and Harrison, Y. (Winter 2001). "Partnering to Produce Electronic Government: Challenges for Public Administrators", Canadian Public Administration, Volume 44, PP. 292-416.