• Encore Fellowship: Transitioning to Careers for the Common Good

    Looking for meaningful work that contributes to society and gives purpose to your life? Baby boomers grew up asking not what their country could do for them but what they could do for their country. Now, as boomers retire, there's a wide open opportunity for that mindset to inspire younger generations as well. With an encore career—a volunteer, part-time, or full-time position undertaken after retirement—you'll continue to give back to your community and act as a mentor for those looking to do the same. Hamline's Encore Fellowship program is the first step down that road, using the skills, experience, and knowledge you acquired during your primary career. 

    During the Encore Fellowship, you will:

    • Meet and learn from leaders in the nonprofit sector and people whose lives are models for an encore career.
    • Come to better understand your personal values and goals.
    • Participate in a class on nonprofit governance.
    • Learn the fundamentals of nonprofit management.
    • Serve for two months as an Encore Fellow in a nonprofit organization.


    Check back later this spring for the next session.

    About the Instructor

    Jim Scheibel is a professor of practice at Hamline University. During his career, he has served as a community organizer, city councilmember, mayor, director of VISTA and the Senior Corps, and executive director of nonprofits. Jim has been actively fighting to end poverty; as an elected official he was a national leader on hunger, homelessness, and immigrant and refugee issues. He has advocated for policy initiatives and changes. Today, he continues the fight, serving on the board of the Congressional Hunger Center and as a regional volunteer director for AARP. Jim has an MPA from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. In 2015, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for service from President Obama and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

    Degree Candidacy

    Participants are eligible to earn graduate or continuing studies credit. Graduate-level elective credits from all certificates may be earned and applied to the Master of Public Administration or the PhD in Management and Public Service. Additionally, elective credits may be earned and applied to the Master of Business Administration or Master of Nonprofit Management from the Leadership Communication Skills Certificate.