Graduate Program

Communication Studies

Semester of Degree Completion

Spring 2019

Thesis Director

Samantha Szczur

Thesis Committee Member

Chigozirim Utah Sodeke

Thesis Committee Member

Matthew J. Gill


This project is a guide for directors to strategically communicate and display behavior that will influence volunteers to be engaged nonprofit settings. Engagement and motivation is influenced by communicative patterns from directors. Volunteer engagement can result to acceptance of leadership styles, clear understanding of vision, and building trust. Directors should minimize disengagement by fostering behavior that is correlated to working with volunteers in a partnership.