Assistant Professor

Dr. Rasheda L. Weaver is an Assistant Professor of Community Entrepreneurship at the University of Vermont. She received a PhD in Public Affairs-Community Development and a Master of Science in Public Affairs at Rutgers University, a Masters of Arts in Applied Psychology from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lehman College of the City University of New York.

Dr. Weaver conducted the first large-scale study on the social, economic, and legal activities of social enterprises in the United States and is currently creating a national directory that connects social enterprises and scholars across the country. Her award-winning research has been published in academic journals such as the Social Enterprise Journal and VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations and media outlets like U.S. World News and Reports, Huff Post, and the Courier Post.

In addition to research, civic and community engagement is a major part of Dr. Weaver’s work. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the Center for Environmental Transformation and provides consulting services to social enterprises and community-based organizations. In addition, she writes policy briefs and op-eds through her work with the Scholars Strategy Network.

Research and/or Creative Works

  • Weaver's Social Enterprise Directory Project;
  • Social Enterprise as a Community Development Strategy in Vermont


  • Kato, S., Ashley, S. R., & Weaver, R. L. (2017). Insights for Measuring Social Value: Classification of Measures Related to the Capabilities Approach. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 1-24.
  • Weaver, R. L. (2016). Social enterprise self-employment programs. Social Enterprise Journal, 12(1), 4.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Association for Nonprofit Organizations and Research on Voluntary Action
  • Scholars Strategy Network
  • EMES Research Network
  • National Society of Experiential Education
Rasheda Weaver

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

social entrepreneurship, commercial entrepreneurship, community development strategies, human development, civic engagement


  • Rutgers University, Ph.D.
  • New York University, M.S.
  • Lehman College of the City University of New York


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Office Location:

Morrill Hall, Room 205D