Dr. Rodgers holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania as well as a master’s degree in rural sociology and a doctorate in agricultural education, both from Penn State.
Dr. Rodgers currently serves on the Extension Committee of Organization and Policy (ECOP) and serves as co-chair of the ECOP Health task force. She also serves as President-Elect of the Journal of Extension and as a board member on the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.
Prior to coming to the University of Delaware, Dr. Rodgers spent 5 years as Associate Director at Michigan State University Extension. There she was responsible for overall leadership for programs, personnel and the organizational development units within MSUE. She worked with MSUE’s 13 district coordinators and four institute directors to deliver outcomes through the organization’s statewide programs: agriculture and agribusiness, Greening Michigan, health and nutrition, and children and youth. Additionally, she leads the MSUE Organizational Development Team efforts to support internal and external operations and relationships.
Dr. Rodgers is a member of the Epsilon Sigma Phi honorary educational fraternity. She has received several national and regional awards and honors, including a National Extension Leadership Development internship in 1996-97, the Outreach and Cooperative Extension Vice Presidents Leadership Award, the Mary Nell Greenwood Extension Evaluation Award and the Working differently award from eXtension.