Dr. Christina Standerfer ’88

Christina StanderferThe University of Arkansas Board of Trustees recently named Dr. Christina Standerfer Professor Emeritus of Communication. Her emeritus status is effective July 1, 2019.

Standerfer is the first Clinton School faculty member to achieve emeritus status. Tom Bruce was named Dean Emeritus in 2008.

Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III made the recommendation to University of Arkansas System President Dr. Don Bobbitt who approved it and recommended it to the board of trustees.

Additionally, Standerfer will deliver the Clinton School Class of 2019’s Commencement Address on Sunday, May 5. Commencement will start at 2 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center.

“In recognition and appreciation of Dr. Standerfer’s Clinton School career, she will deliver the commencement address at this year’s graduation,” Rutherford said. “I am very pleased she has agreed to do so.”

Standerfer joined the Clinton School of Public Service in 2007 and has most recently served as Faculty Director for the Office of Community Engagement.

Standerfer 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.

She served as a 2012-13 Fulbright Lecturing Scholar at University Marin Barleti in Tirana, Albania, and worked with U.N. Women and the U.S. Embassy delivering workshops and reports on public speaking, policy debate, conflict transformation, and effective advocacy.

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 the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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