Christina Standerfer (Ph.D., University of Colorado) is Faculty Director of the Office of Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
Standerfer served as a 2012-13 Fulbright Lecturing Scholar at University Marin Barleti in Tirana, Albania. During her time in Albania, she worked with U.N. Women and the U.S. Embassy delivering workshops and reports on public speaking, policy debate, conflict transformation, and effective advocacy. Subsequently, she served as a Fulbright Scholar peer reviewer for applicants seeking placement in Eastern European countries. She is currently a Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador.
Standerfer’s most current work focuses on ways to curb rising rates of diabetes. She has been awarded grants from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Kettering Foundation to conduct qualitative research, including conduct focus groups, interviews, and round table discussions with a wide variety of stakeholders including community members, health care providers, and policy makers to gather and synthesize diverse perceptions of the disease and ways to best address it. This work has resulted in a number of technical reports as well as academic presentations and publications.
She has over 20 years of experience developing and presenting workshops, research, and reports on volunteer recruitment, community capacity building, networking, and effective communication skills. She has collaborated with over 30 nonprofit and governmental organizations designing workshops and community meetings; facilitated more than 20 community meetings on issues of homeless populations, racial and ethnic tensions, immigration, and building healthy communities; and produced and delivered more than 20 written reports to nonprofit and governmental agencies related to need assessments, evaluations, and recommendations.
In addition, she has published articles on nonprofit accountability, the changing nature of civil society, and the importance of understanding the role of public discourse in facilitating social justice.
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.