Kate Keeney

Program Director and Associate Professor

Address: Harbor Walk West, Room 203
Phone: 843.953.0719
E-mail: keeneykp@cofc.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Download

Kate Keeney’s research interests bridge arts management and nonprofit management scholarship with a specific focus on cultural policy, leadership, and organizations. She serves as a consulting editor for the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, and as board member for the South Carolina Arts Alliance. Additionally, she has completed research on local arts initiatives with the Riley Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston. Previously, Keeney managed several high-level, university-wide initiatives at Virginia Tech, including the construction of the $100 million Moss Arts Center. She has held professional positions at the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Americans for the Arts, the Cathedral Choral Society, and the New York Philharmonic. Follow her on Twitter at @kateprestokeen.


Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Ph.D., Public Administration and Public Affairs, 2014

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organization Management

American University, Washington, DC
Master of Administration in Arts Management, May 2005

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance, May 2003

Research Interests

Arts and Nonprofit Management
Cultural Policy
Governance and Leadership
Qualitative Research Methods

Courses Taught

ARTM 350 Fundraising and Grantwriting for the Arts
ARTM 420 Policy in the Arts
ARCM 570 Leading Arts and Cultural Organizations
ARCM 573 The Patron-Based Arts Organization

Honors and Awards

2021-22. Tier 2 Faculty Member, Sustainability Literacy Institute
2017 & 2018. Innovative Teaching and Learning in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Award
2016, 2017, & 2019. School of the Arts Dean’s Excellence Award, College of Charleston


2022. “Hidden in Plain Sight: Systems Intelligence in Arts Leadership.” (with Y. Jung). Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, DOI: 10.1080/10632921.2022.2080138   

2022. “The Role of Artists as Co-Creators in Advancing Climate Adaptation Strategies at the Local Level.” (Second author with H. Wu and C. Burgess). Journal of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy.

2021. “Instructional Technology in Context: Building on Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives of a Professional Learning Community.” (Second author with I. O’Byrne & J. Wolf). TechTrends, DOI: 10.1007/s11528-021-00586-9

2020. “Advancing Administrative Ethics Through Needs-Based Budgeting Practice.” (with M. Keeney). Book chapter in Ethics for Contemporary Bureaucrats. Routledge.

2019. “Reinforcing Effective Program Design and Planning: Reflections on an Arts-based Service-Learning Project.” Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, 9(4), 328-343, DOI: 10.18666/JNEL-2019-V9-I4-8958

2019. “Reimagining the University Performing Arts Center in an Era of Competition and Globalization.” American Journal of Arts Management, 7:1.

2018. “Global Arts Leadership: An Exploration of Professional Standards and Demands in Arts Management” (with Y. Jung), The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 48:4, 227-242, DOI: 10.1080/10632921.2018.1494068

2017. “Public Higher Education Institutions' Investment in Performing Arts Centers,” The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 48:1, 44-56, DOI: 10.1080/10632921.2017.1377659


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