Samuel L. Frye

Samuel L. Frye

Samuel L. Frye

Assistant Professor

Local Government, Nonprofit Organizations, Quality Improvement in Human Service Organizations, Neighborhood Change, and the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning.

Dr. Frye is a faculty member of the School of Integrative Studies where he coordinates the Nonprofit Fellows and serves as the Social Entrepreneurship concentration head for the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) degree. Dr. Frye also teaches courses in nonprofit, leadership, and community studies. A trained sociologist, he explores how communities make sense of and navigate social change, changes made to physical space, and the role of local government and nonprofit organizations in mediating change, particularly around housing access and rights.

Dr. Frye is also committed to improving curricula and teaching through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Most recently, he has studied the impact of collaborative learning in nonprofit studies education with the goal of closing the theory-to-practice gap prevalent in applied disciplines.

In addition to his scholarship, Dr. Frye has 10 years of professional experience designing, evaluating, and improving programs and services for local government and nonprofit organizations.

Current Research

Rampato, Maria Emilia, Yamila Silva Peralta, and Samuel L. Frye. Examining University Students' Perceptions of Their Entrepreneurial Competencies.

Sun, Ziheng, Samuel L. Frye, Ali Levent YAĞCI, Nuriye Say, and Liping Di. Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Agricultural Land-Use Change in Turkey.

Frye, Samuel L. and Jennifer Lebron. Student Experiences and Learning in a Nonprofit Education Program.

Frye, Samuel L. and Jennifer Lebron. Meaning-Making, Use, and Impact of Peer Observation of Teaching (POT) Feedback.

Frye, Samuel L. Breaking the Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment in Multi-Family Housing Rentals.

Frye, Samuel L. Identity Brokers: Narratives of Change in a Former Railroad Town.

Frye, Samuel L. Social Justice Perspectives on Nonprofit Management Education: A Companion Reader.

Selected Publications

Frye, Samuel L., and McCarron, Graziella. (in press). Leveraging High-impact, Collaborative Learning in an Undergraduate Nonprofit Studies Course Toward Bolstering Career Readiness. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.

Grants and Fellowships

Frye, Samuel L. 2020 Faculty Development Grant ($5,000), College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mathison, Patty, Samuel L. Frye, Shauna Rigaud, Laura Poms, Julie Owen, Graziella McCarron, and Nick Lennon. 2019-2020 Curriculum Impact Grant ($32,420), Office of the Provost, George Mason University

Courses Taught

At George Mason:

  • Leadership in a Changing Environment
  • Understanding Integrative Studies
  • Neighborhood, Community, and Identity
  • Poverty, Wealth, and Inequality in the U.S. (hybrid and in-person)
  • The Nonprofit Sector (hybrid and in-person)
  • Leadership Theory & Practice (online)
  • Social Policy (graduate)

At Previous Universities:

  • Social and Cultural Change
  • Social Problems (online & in-person)
  • Principles of Sociology


Ph.D. Administration and Leadership Studies, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

M.A. Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

B.A. Art, The Pennsylvania State University

Recent Presentations

Silva Peralta, Yamila, Samuel L. Frye, and Susana Carino. (2020). “Building Cross-Cultural Social Entrepreneurship Capacity through University Partnership.” The International Higher Education Fair of Argentina (FIESA), Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. ***Conference postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19***

Frye, Samuel L., and Graziella Pagliarullo McCarron. (2019) “Leveraging High-Impact, Collaborative Learning via the Creation of a Mock Nonprofit Organization in an Undergraduate Nonprofit Studies Course.” University of Georgia Innovation in Teaching Conference, Athens, GA.

Frye, Samuel L., Melanie Hildebrandt, Melissa Swauger, and Karen Eash. (2017). “If You’re Not Gay or Mexican, She’ll Flunk You”: Faculty and Student Perceptions of Diversity Discourse.” Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Philadelphia, PA.

Swauger, Melissa, Melanie Hildebrandt, Samuel L. Frye, and Karen Eash. (2016) “Methods and Outcomes of the IUP Campus Climate Qualitative Research Study.” State System Summit on Inclusive Excellence and International Education, Indiana, PA.

Frye, Samuel L., and Holly J. Benton. (2016). “Graduate Students' Journey to Becoming an Effective Instructor: Making Sense of Classroom Evaluations from Senior Faculty.” Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA.

Frye, Samuel L. (2015). "An Exploratory Case Study of the Interactions of Downtown Housing Market Actors in a Small Revitalizing City." 14th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu, HI.

Frye, Samuel L. (2015). "An Exploratory Case Study of the Interactions of Downtown Housing Market Actors in a Small Revitalizing City.” Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, New York, NY.