Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, January 27, 2020

Gov. McCallum teaching course on nonprofit advocacy, public policy

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Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott McCallum will teach Nonprofit Advocacy & Public Policy (PA 274) for the La Follette School of Public Affairs during the Spring 2020 semester at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The course for undergraduate students will focus on the public policy process and how nonprofit organizations participate in that process through advocacy activities such as direct lobbying, indirect grassroots efforts, and public relations. It also will provide a global perspective.

“Our students benefit tremendously when they learn theory and practice from high-level practitioners like former Gov. McCallum,” said La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee. “We are fortunate to have him share his expertise with the students.”

McCallum served as lieutenant governor from 1987 to 2001, when President George W. Bush named Gov. Tommy Thompson secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. As governor from 2001 to 2003, he appointed Sen. Margaret Farrow as the state’s first female lieutenant governor and created the Department of Electronic Government.

“I am excited to work with students interested in the intersection of nonprofit and government entities,” McCallum said. “My goal is to deepen students’ understanding of the complex dynamics of the relationship between the nonprofit and public sectors.”

McCallum received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Macalester College, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and an honorary jurist doctor degree from Marian University. He is a PhD candidate in integrated solutions for administration and policy at UW–Milwaukee.

From 2005-2015, McCallum was president and CEO of the Aidmatrix Foundation. Under his leadership, the regional nonprofit organization grew to one of the world’s largest technology providers to the humanitarian sector, working with over 32,000 clients on five continents.
McCallum is president and managing partner of AmEuro Global, a multi-partner international business consulting firm with offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

In addition, former Madison Mayor Paul Soglin will teach Advanced Public Management for the La Follette School this spring. Soglin previously taught public finance, management and personnel as well as public management and public budgeting for the School.