Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES)

Nancy K. Franz

Inducted in

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Organizational Development Consultant
Professor Emeritus, School of Education

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Biographical Abstracts

Dr. Nancy Franz, professor emerita, Iowa State University School of Education, retired after 33 years of service with the Cooperative Extension System. Most recently she served as the director for professional development, associate dean for Extension and Outreach, and associate dean and director of Extension and Outreach to families at Iowa State University. She also served as an Extension agent, specialist, graduate student, and administrator over her life with Extension systems in Wisconsin, New York, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Iowa.

Dr. Franz serves as an organizational development consultant for higher education, Cooperative Extension systems, government, and nonprofit organizations. Her scholarly interests include determining conditions that promote transformative learning in nonformal learning environments and measuring and articulating Extension program quality and value. She holds a Ph.D. in agriculture, extension, and adult education from Cornell University, a master’s in education professional development from the University of Wisconsin–Superior, and a bachelor of science in environmental studies and outdoor education/recreation.


Areas of Expertise

  • Characteristics of transformative learning environments in nonformal education
  • Group facilitation in community, government, and academic settings
  • Strategic planning/planning for action
  • Determining, measuring, and sharing the public value of community engagement
  • Stakeholder engagement in community-university engagement