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Kristi Farner

UGA Cooperative Extension Program and Staff Development Specialist Kristi Farner (right)

Farner First Dawg to Receive Iarslce Award

The first representative of the University of Georgia to receive the award, UGA Cooperative Extension Program and Staff Development Specialist Kristi Farner was granted a 2017 Dissertation Recognition from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. Farner’s dissertation, “Institutionalizing Community Engagement in Higher Education: Case Study of Processes Toward Engagement,” was chosen by the association to receive the award because it “advances research on service-learning and community engagement through rigorous and innovative inquiry and has the potential for impact — including on the study of it, the practice of it, and/or the cultures and systems within which it is undertaken.” As a co-author, Farner references her dissertation in a chapter for the “Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Community Engagement and Outreach.” Farner was recognized by the association at a conference in September in Galway, Ireland. She graduated last December with a doctorate in adult education from the UGA College of Education’s Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy.