Rita Axelroth Hodges
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 recent 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 has been involved with the Netter Center since her undergraduate years at Penn, where she received her BA in 2005 (summa cum laude). She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Higher Education Management at Penn’s Graduate School of Education.