Many CLD engagement
efforts are initiated by faculty and staff with Cooperative
Extension appointments. Others are initiated by faculty on
teaching/research appointments, the Non-Profit Leadership
Initiative, or the Center for Leadership Development. Whether
officially Extension or not, much of what we do does not resemble
“traditional” Extension specialist programming. We have a diversity
of audiences and may do a program/training for or collaborate with
Extension and/or non-Extension audiences.
The objective of Dr.
Lori Garkovich’s Extension program is to build the capacity of local
organizations and communities to define a desired future and to
design a concrete plan to implement that future. Therefore, her
program focuses on the components of strategic community planning.
They include (1) a community visioning process which involves a
local group organizing and implementing a citizen-based process to
obtain residents’ preferences on the future of the community, (2)
socio-demographic analyses of local trends, (3) organizational and
comprehensive community planning, and (4) leadership development.
She has facilitated this process in numerous Kentucky communities
and for numerous organizations.
Dr. Rick Maurer conducts
the Business Retention and Expansion program jointly with Gae
Broadwater at Kentucky State University. It is a community-based
program that helps communities survey local businesses to determine
the local business situation and makes recommendations to help keep
existing businesses in the community. Professor Maurer also
participates in Rural Health Works which is conducted with the State
Office of Rural Health and assists local communities with health
services analysis and planning.
New Products Development
and Commercialization targets small rural manufacturers in Kentucky.
Dr. Maurer participates in the program which is conducted jointly
between the UK Center for Manufacturing and Cooperative Extension.
His portion of the project helps identify potential rural
manufacturers with new product ideas and facilitates assistance from
the resources of the University in product and process development
CLD faculty are involved
in international, as well as domestic, rural community development
efforts. At the invitation of the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture
and USDA, Dr. Hustedde has led two seminars in rural Serbia and he
is preparing a manual which will be used to “train the trainer” in
Serbia in 2007. He also served as a facilitator for a pan-African
meeting of community development professionals in Cameroon in 2005
which led to an African community development manifesto which is
being used as a guide for programs throughout the continent.
Other CLD efforts in the
area of community and economic development include Dr. Hustedde’s
work on public conflict analysis and resolution. This work extends
into such areas as agri-bioterrorism where Dr. Hustedde has
conducted workshops focusing on anticipated conflicts associated
with natural and human-induced disasters in rural communities and
into conflict resolution education where he routinely conducts
seminars and workshops for other state Extension systems.
Data, Analysis, and Trends
Zimmerman’s Extension program emphasizes enhancing the
information-based decision-making of local communities. Based upon
the belief that informed community decision-making requires
customized information, knowledge of community change and the forces
behind it, and skills in interpreting the information, her program
both provides local demographic data and seeks to empower users to
both find and interpret it. Dr. Zimmerman’s “Kentucky By the
Numbers” program provides topic-focused statistical profiles for
each of Kentucky’s 120 counties and is available on the Social ‘N
Agricultural Resource Lab (SNARL) web site which she maintains at
Dr. Nall’s work centers around staff development, leadership and
volunteer development, and program development. She focuses on
providing educational experiences for professional staff in which
they develop skills and gain knowledge needed to conduct effective
county Extension programs. This is accomplished through orientations
for new agents and specialists, core agent training, and one-on-one
conferences with agents.
Other CLD efforts in the
area of program and staff development include training sessions on
communicating with clientele groups and mass media and promotional
writing which Drs. Weckman and Witham conduct as part of core
training for new county Extension agents.
With a 60/40 split
appointment with 4-H Youth Development, Dr. Kenneth Jones’ work
focuses almost exclusively on youth development and his Extension
program has two major dimensions. One is building the capacity of
4-H Youth Development agents. Since many new 4-H agents have limited
knowledge of youth development theory, Dr. Jones’ program involves
assessing agent needs and then working to enhance their knowledge of
youth development theory, research, and trends through in-service
trainings and the production of a quarterly Youth Development
Update newsletter. A second dimension of Dr. Jones’ work
involves forming collaborations between Extension and other
organizations with priority on children, youth, and families in the
Commonwealth. As the only youth development subject matter
specialist at UK, Dr. Jones has conducted seminars at the Kentucky
Great Kids Summit, facilitated a workshop for African-American males
on topics related to dating and sexual health (Project Alpha),
presented workshops on understanding teens and teen culture, and
consulted with Kentucky Child Now, an America’s Promise
affiliate, to evaluate the experiences of Americorps members working
with youth involved in service learning. Members of the
Kentucky Partnerships for Youth have adopted Dr. Jones’ model of
evaluating youth-adult partnerships at the community level.
Other CLD youth
development activities include the long-time service of three
faculty members (Garkovich, Hansen, Zimmerman) on the Kentucky Kids
Count Consortium and Dr. Keiko Tanaka’s participation in the
Kentucky 4-H biotechnology education and outreach program and her
annual presence on an ethics panel at the 4-H biotechnology camp.