Master's Degree

Summer 2024 Course Information
Leadership and Management of Volunteers

Course Description
Course description coming soon.

Jon Ramsey
Office: 405-744-4260

Campus Coordinator

For course access questions, contact the teaching university’s campus coordinator. For enrollment questions, contact your home university campus coordinator.
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Disability Support Services

To request accommodations for this course, contact the disability support office at your home university. You must register each semester and for each course. Read more about the Great Plains IDEA process for requesting accommodations.


The New Breed: Understanding and equipping the 21st century volunteer
McKee, J. & McKee, T. W. (2012)
Edition: 2nd edition
Publisher: Author

Volunteer Engagement 2.0
Rosenthal, T. J. (2015)
Edition: 1st edition
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Course Access
Approximately three weeks prior to the beginning of the semester, students will receive preliminary course information from the Oklahoma State campus coordinator listed below. One week prior to the beginning of the semester, students will receive an email with their login name and password. OSU's online courses are facilitated by Canvas.
Brianna Cooper-Kordinak for Agricultural Education, Animal Science, and Grassland Management. 
Rae Ann Montgomery for Dietetics, Early Care & Education, Family & Community Services, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, Family Financial Planning, Gerontology, and Merchandising. 

Exam Proctor

This course does not require an exam proctor.

Synchronous Components

This course does not include synchronous components.


Both textbooks can be found on Amazon.

Two suggested reference texts that may be helpful in your practice, but will not be the focus of class discussion:
1. Conners, T. D. (Ed). (2011). The Volunteer Management Handbook. (2nd ed.). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Can be found on Amazon for 25.00-45.00)

2. Ellis, S. J. (2002). The volunteer recruitment (and membership development) book. (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Energize, Inc.

Macy Burgess is a graduate of the family and community services degree.I made the decision to switch specializations in my master’s program mid-way through my degree. This change took me from the traditional on-campus experience to the Great Plains IDEA online experience. The switch seemed intimidating to me but it ended up being an incredible experience that I would not have gotten if I'd taken all classes at one university. Getting to dive into courses offered at schools all over the country was beneficial as it opened pathways for communication and sharing of knowledge with students and faculty I would not normally have interacted with. 

– – Macy Burgess, Family and Community Services Graduate Student,
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