UA Little Rock has named University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Associate Professor Christina Standerfer the recipient of its Outstanding Alumni “Making a Difference” Award. Standerfer was presented with the honor for carrying out the Applied Communication Department’s mission to co-create better social worlds through positive communication.
Standerfer was recognized Tuesday night during UALR’s College of Social Science and Communication Awards Ceremony at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. She will also be recognized on Thursday, May 9 in conjunction with the year’s final leadership lecture with alumnus Tonya Oaks Smith at UA Little Rock Downtown.
Standerfer was recently named Professor Emeritus of Communication by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, becoming the first Clinton School faculty member to achieve emeritus status. She delivered the Commencement Address for the Class of 2019 on May 5 at the Statehouse Convention Center.
Standerfer joined the Clinton School of Public Service in 2007 and has most recently served as Faculty Director for the Office of Community Engagement. 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.
Standerfer earned her Ph.D. in communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her B.A. in speech communication and M.A. in interpersonal and organizational communication from UA Little Rock.
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