Rita Axelroth Hodges

Assistant Director
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Rita Axelroth Hodges is Assistant Director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. In her role as Assistant Director, she supports all aspects of the Netter Center’s mission and operations as a university-wide center working to improve the quality of life in the community while simultaneously advancing research, teaching, learning, and service at the University.  Hodges previously worked as an independent consultant in university-community engagement and P-20 education policy.  Her book, co-authored with Steve Dubb, The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads (2012, Michigan State University Press), explores the role of colleges and universities as anchor institutions, drawing upon ten diverse institutions as case studies.  Hodges received her BA in Psychology from Penn in 2005 (summa cum laude) and her M.S.Ed. from Penn's Graduate School of Education in 2015. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Higher Education Management at the Graduate School of Education.