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Schriefer is New Academic Chair for UW-Extension Faculty
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/19/2019

A longtime professor of Human Development & Relationships for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension has assumed the duties of academic chair for the program's faculty. Ruth Schriefer begin her duties in the newly created position last week, where she will serve as a liaison between UW-Madison faculty groups and Extension faculty.

Schriefer, who has been an Extension educator since 1983, is the Human Development & Relationships Extension educator for Iowa County and previously was the interim state director for Family Living programs and a 4-H Youth Development educator in Manitowoc and Dane counties.

"Ruth is highly regarded by her faculty and staff peers, is a highly respected extension educator, and has a long history with Extension in both 4-H Youth Development, Family Living, and now Human Development and Relationships," said Extension Dean Karl Martin. "There will be no shortage of work during the upcoming year with the creation of the new Department, transition of Extension Faculty to UW-Madison, and collaborative efforts to determine a successful path for new faculty colleagues."

Extension's faculty provide research and expertise to Wisconsin counties in areas including Agriculture, Community Resource Development, Family Development, Natural Sciences, and Youth Development. As Extension has transitioned to the UW-Madison from UW System, Extension faculty have also undergone that transition, which prompted the need for an academic chair.

Schriefer began her role as department chair role on August 12.

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