Experience and Insight

Nancy J. Engelhardt, Ph.D   

Originally from New Orleans, Dr. Engelhardt's career in marketing and public relations spans over 20 years and includes corporate, nonprofit and government agencies.  She has held communications positions with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) where she is still a part of the Alumni Mentor Program. 


Dr. Engelhardt focuses her attention on educating future marketing leaders as a professor of marketing and communications for over 15 years. She has taught courses such as marketing strategy, strategic communications, advertising, consumer behavior, public relations, social marketing and nonprofit marketing and is currently a full professor of Marketing at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate marketing courses for Florida Institute of Technology, West Virginia University, Colorado State University – Global Campus and LIM College of Fashion in New York City. 

Dr. Engelhardt’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and books such as Media Ethics at Work: True Stories From Young Professionals and Social Entrepreneurship as a Catalyst for Social Change. Her interests include sustainable marketing, social enterprise and nonprofit branding, cause-related and social marketing, and “green” advertising.   She has presented research in the United States as well as in countries such as Russia, Africa, Austria, and Switzerland. 

Always a conservationist, Dr. Engelhardt volunteered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s sea turtle program on Pea Island National Reserve in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and other rescue organizations such as Hawksbill Hope in Gales Pointe, Belize and Sea Turtle Trackers in St. Petersburg, Florida.  She is also an Army veteran and a certified yoga teacher and yoga therapist.