Associates & Affiliates

Director

Dr. Kai A. Schafft

Staff Assistant

Sally Kelley


CREC Associates include faculty and researchers whose work is consistent with the mission and research/outreach goals of the Center for Rural Education and Communities and who are directly involved with recent and/or ongoing CREC initiatives. Associates also serve as editorial board members for the Journal of Research in Rural Education. Terms for Associates are 3 years in duration and may be renewed depending on the continued involvement of Associates in CREC efforts.

CREC Graduate Student Associates include doctoral graduate students whose graduate work and interests are consistent with the mission and research/outreach goals of the Center on Rural Education and Communities, and who are intellectually involved with the community of scholarship associated with the Center.  CREC Graduate Student Associates are often directly involved with ongoing CREC research efforts and initiatives, and may be called on to serve as ad hoc reviewers for the Journal of Research in Rural Education. CREC Graduate Student Associates status is not limited to doctoral students within the Department of Education Policy Studies, although CREC does provide faculty support to those students who are interested in receiving Departmental support for rural-themed writing groups.

CREC Affiliates include faculty and researchers whose work is consistent with the mission and research/outreach goals of the Center for Rural Education and Communities.  They provide advice on and assistance with CREC initiatives as needed.


Associates

Kathryn Brasier
Associate Professor of Rural Sociology
Penn State University

Soo-yong Byun
Assistant Professor of Education
Penn State University

Karen Eppley
Associate Professor of Education
Penn State University

Ed Fuller
Associate Professor of Education
Penn State University

Erica Frankenberg
Assistant Professor of Education
Penn State University

Tim Kelsey
Professor of Agricultural Economics
Penn State University

Kimberly Powell
Associate Professor of Education & Art Education
Penn State University

Graduate Student Associates

Ian Burfoot-Rochford
Ph.D. Candidate
Educational Leadership Program

Bryan Mann
Ph.D. Candidate
Educational Theory and Policy Program

Affiliates

Theodore R. Alter
Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics
Penn State University

Stephan J. Goetz
Professor of Agricultural and Regional Economics
Director of NE Regional Center for Rural Development
Penn State University

Hobart L. Harmon
Educational Researcher and Consultant
Adjunct Professor of Education
Penn State University

Dana Mitra
Associate Professor of Education
Penn State University

David Monk
Dean of the College of Education
Penn State University

Esther Prins
Associate Professor of Education
Penn State University

Past CREC Graduate Student Associates

Jessica Bagdonis
Project Design Fellow
U.S. Agency for International Development

Catharine Biddle
Assistant Professor
University of Maine, Orono

Dara Bloom
Assistant Professor
North Carolina State University

Yetkin Borlu
Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer
Penn State University

Eryka Charley
Director of Native American Student Services
University of Northern Colorado

Brandn Green
Community Epidemiologist and Researcher
Health and Human Services Administration

Daniella Hall
Postdoctoral Fellow
Northwestern University

Eric Jensen
Technical Expert for Demographic Analysis
U.S. Census Bureau

Stephen Kotok
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at El Paso

Erin McHenry-Sorber
Assistant Professor
University of West Virginia

Maryann Stark
Consultant