Trent Engbers

Trent Engbers

Adjunct Instructor, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Southern Indiana

Author of the case “Pioneer Scouts of Rose Ravine” which was an honorable mention winner in the 2017 competition. The case presents the challenge of overcoming culture and vested interests to enact transformative change. The merger between two youth serving nonprofits uncovers a financial and managerial crisis. He is also the co-author with Kristin Bishay of the case “Guardian Ad Litem of Madison County” which was a winner in the 2011 E-PARCC competition, which examines the conflict surrounding a nonprofit organization that attempts to separate into two independent agencies, this case focuses on the negotiations and obstacles to a successful transition.  

Dr. Trent A. Engbers is a former Peace Corp volunteer, an experienced college educator and nonprofit consultant living in Evansville Indiana. His primary appointment is as assistant professor of political science and public administration at the University of Southern Indiana, but has also taught at University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, DePaul University School of Public Service and the University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs. With over a dozen years’ experience in college education and professional training, Trent is available for training and consultations in organizational development, leadership, nonprofit fundraising and board development. He was a 2015-2016 USI Foundation Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching.

Trent holds degrees from Xavier University, the University of Maryland, University of Missouri and Indiana University. His research on leadership, economic development and civic engagement has been published widely including Social Science Quarterly, Public Administration Review and the Journal of Leadership Education. He lives in Evansville with his wife Kimberly and their four children.