University of Technology Sydney
Manager, Engaged Learning
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Jeri Childers created The Engagement Academy for University Leaders that was offered by Virginia Tech's Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement in June, 2008. This is a unique, executive leadership experience designed to build institutional capacity for engagement with the context of the institution's strategic plan. In 2009, this program received the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) Outreach and Engagement Community of Practice Excellence Award for Innovation in Outreach and Engagement. Building on two decades of research and practice in higher continuing education on successful partnerships and engagement, she shares innovative ways to engage constituencies and to leverage the intellectual capital and missions within universities to change the outcomes for communities.
Dr. Childers has worked in outreach, engagement, and continuing education since 1986. Over her 11-year tenure at Penn State University, she served as the Director of Workforce Development, Director of Outreach Program Development, and the Assistant Dean for Continuing and Distance Education in the Smeal College of Business. She also launched the first Outreach Scholarship Conference at Penn State in 1999, serving as the Conference Chair until 2004. Her research interests include organizational, economic, and community development, continuing professional education, leadership in higher education, and university engagement.