Roland J. Kushner 

Associate Professor - Business
B.A., Carleton University;
M.B.A., Ph.D., Lehigh University 

Fall 2017 Activity:  

  • Courses: FYS 151, "No Song Left Behind," BUS 236 "Management," and BUS 315 "Management of Not-for-Profit Organizations."

  • Supervising independent studies and honors projects in arts administration, and on profit sharing vs. stock ownership as incentive compensation practices
  • Member, Faculty Development and Scholarship Committee

  • Newly appointed to board of Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation

  • Working on a paper on dimensions of local arts activity with HeeKyung Sung of Cal State Northridge and Mark Hager of Arizona State University
  • Working on paper on the "invisible balance sheet" and "Campus and Community as Interlocking Cultural Spaces"

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Roland J. Kushner has a B.A. in History (1981) from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and M.B.A. (1983) and Ph.D. (1994) degrees from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He joined the Muhlenberg faculty in 2006, and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2012.

In the Muhlenberg business program, he teaches business & society, management, small business management, arts administration, nonprofit management, and the capstone strategic management course.  Serving the broader Muhlenberg curriculum, he also offers a first year seminar on in the study of songs, and teaches strategy in Muhlenberg’s Wescoe School of Continuing and Graduate Study.

Dr. Kushner came to Muhlenberg after a career leading arts organizations, providing strategic management and research services to national and global clients, and college teaching.  From 1984 to 1987, he was the first Managing Director of Bethlehem Musikfest and was responsible for artistic programming and festival operations. From 1987 to 1990, he was Director of Development for Bach Choir of Bethlehem.  From 1992 through 1999, he was Assistant Professor of Economics and Business at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.

From 1999 until 2006, he led Kushner Management Advisory Services, a consulting company specializing in strategic management and policy analysis challenges facing nonprofit organizations. His clients included American Red Cross (International Services), RAND, Urban Institute, Pew Charitable Trusts, Opera America, Americans for the Arts, and Chorus America.

While consulting, he stayed active as an educator, teaching economics, business management, and nonprofit management at Moravian College, Lehigh University, Drexel University, and Ohio State University.

Before joining the Muhlenberg faculty in 2006, Dr. Kushner was Interim Executive Director of WDIY-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in the Lehigh Valley.

Dr. Kushner’s research focuses on two main areas: strategic management and organizational performance challenges in nonprofit organizations; and the economics of cultural industries. His work has been published in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Journal of Cultural EconomicsNonprofit Management & Leadership,International Journal of Arts ManagementJournal of Arts Management, Law & Society, and Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and by Brookings Institution Press and Pearson Education. In 2009, he published the Instructor’s Manual for Arthur C. Brooks’ textbook “Social Entrepreneurship.”

In 2010, he and co-author Randy Cohen of Americans for the Arts published “National Arts Index 2009. An Annual Measure of the Vitality of Arts and Culture in the United States.”  Followup National Arts Index reports were also published through 2016  Since 2011, he has collaborated with Americans for the Arts on the Local Arts Index project, creating web-accessible data to show the vitality of arts and culture at the local level.  National and Local Arts index data are available at  Every year since 2006, he has collaborated with Chorus America to produce the annual Choral Operations Survey Report on financial and operational activity in the choral music field. In 2017 Chorus America published his report "Choral Conductors Today: An Updated Report."

Since 2013 he has been invited to lecture on his research at Texas A & M University, Arizona State University, and for the Korea Arts Management Service in Seoul, South Korea. He has received research funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Society of Association Executives.

Dr. Kushner lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with his wife Barbara. When not teaching and researching, he is a performing songwriter who appears occasionally in the Lehigh Valley. He is Board President of New Bethany Ministries, Board Secretary of The Sing Out Corporation, and Board member of Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation.