University of Kentucky Scholar Named the Outstanding Community Development Educator

Rosalind Harris, an associate professor in the department of community leadership and development at the University of Kentucky, has won the 2019 Outstanding Community Development Educator Award from the Community Development Society. Dr. Harris was honored at the society’s awards banquet recently held at the University of Missouri.

The annual award is presented in recognition of excellence in teaching and instruction. Harris’s current research, teaching and community-university engagement focus on food justice and youth restorative justice. She has investigated the impact of federal policy on the abilities of historically Black land-grant institutions to address the needs of the rural poor. Dr. Harris is a past president of the Southern Rural Sociological Society.

Dr. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree in tropical agriculture and a master’s degree in environmental health from the University of Hawaii. She earned a Ph.D. in rural sociology from Pennsylvania State University.

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