Karen Hopkins



Co-Director, Human Services Leadership Certificate

School Affiliation

School of Social Work


  • Leadership development in the human services
  • Performance management in nonprofit human service organizations
  • Organizational capacity development and evaluation in nonprofit human services


Dr. Karen Hopkins is Professor and Co-Director of the Human Services Leadership Certificate at the School of Social Work, University of Maryland. She is the Academic Coordinator for the Graduate MSW/MBA dual degree and teaches courses in human service management and leadership and performance management. Her research with nonprofit and public agencies is related to supervision, management, and leadership practices and outcomes, performance management, workforce development, and organizational learning and capacity building. She is a national peer reviewer for the Standards of Excellence Institute certification for nonprofits. She has served on the Boards of the Network for Social Work Management, Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), and the Association of Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA). She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Human Services Organizations: Management, Leadership, and Governance journal. She received a PhD from the University of Chicago, MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BS from the Pennsylvania State University.

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This information was last updated June 28, 2023.