Paul Thelen, INRC Assistant Director

Paul Thelen is an advocate, academic, and sometimes artist.Paul Thelen

He earned his BA and BFA from Creighton University. He has a JD from the University of Iowa College of Law where he was a merit scholar and a counselor for two summers with the Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program. As a PhD candidate at Northwestern University, he held numerous positions: Fellow and Program Coordinator, Center for Leadership; Graduate Lecturer, School of Communication; Assistant Master, Residential College; and Graduate Mentor, Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching.

Paul joins the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center as its Assistant Director. He focuses on legal, communication, and leadership obstacles and opportunities for charitable organizations. His work will bring him to communities throughout the state, and he will teach undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses at the University of Iowa.

Paul is a sixth-generation Iowan who was raised on his family’s farm. He toured nationally and performed as such venerable venues as The Fox Theatre in St. Louis and The Ohio Theatre in Columbus. He has presented his academic research at conferences throughout the United States, as well as Canada.