Scholarship & Writing

Brief Research Description

My research focuses on nonprofits and philanthropy. My current work explores how, and to what extent, prosocial pedagogies in higher education can be used to cultivate student commitments to long-term philanthropic engagement, advance the civic mission of colleges and universities, and strengthen communities. 

"I study and research philanthropic pedagogy. That is, how educational practices and methods can be designed to foster a culture of philanthropy and social responsibility among students. This involves exploring ways to integrate principles of giving, empathy, and community engagement into the curriculum. By understanding how philanthropy can be effectively taught and learned, I aim to empower the next generation with the knowledge and skills to contribute meaningfully to the betterment of society. Through my work, I strive to uncover innovative approaches that instill a sense of civic duty and inspire a lifelong commitment to making a positive impact on the world."

                                    - Dr. Lindsey M. McDougle

Using a variety of methods and methodologies (e.g., narrative inquiry, participant surveys, secondary data analysis, and visual arts), I explore these topics by examining relationships between prosocial pedagogies (e.g., experiential philanthropy) and several outcomes, such as the formation and development of prosocial identities among students and distributional equity in funding among grantmakers

Extended Research Description

My current research interest is primarily in the area of nonprofit and philanthropic education. In particular, I am interested in how educational practices influence the formation of prosocial identity. Prosocial identity refers to an individual's self-concept and sense of belonging that is aligned with positive social values, cooperative behaviors, and a commitment to the well-being of others and the broader community. It involves an awareness of one's role in contributing to the greater good and a strong identification with social groups or causes that promote altruism, empathy, and collaboration. 

A person with a strong prosocial identity is likely to exhibit behaviors that benefit others, engage in acts of kindness, and actively participate in efforts to address social issues or promote positive change. The development of a prosocial identity is often influenced by various factors, including upbringing, educational experiences, and exposure to social and cultural values that emphasize cooperation and community welfare.

In my work, I look specifically at the intersection of educational methodologies and the cultivation of prosocial values and behaviors. I am intrigued by the role of curriculum design, teaching methods, and experiential learning in shaping students’ sense of social responsibility and community engagement. Through rigorous research and practical interventions, I aim to uncover effective approaches that not only enhance academic learning but also contribute to the development of empathetic, socially conscious individuals. By understanding the nuances of how educational practices influence prosocial identity formation, I hope to inform policies and programs that foster a generation committed to positive social change and collective well-being.