Johanna Adams, Ph.D.

Community Development Program, MU Extension

Gentry Hall
540 Hitt St Room 224
Columbia, MO 65211


Community Leadership Development

Dr. Adams’ primary responsibility is to University of Missouri Extension as a State Extension Specialist in Community Leadership Development serving field and campus faculty as an Extension Associate Professor in the Rural Sociology Department within the College of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources Division of Applied Social Sciences. Johanna is responsible for the development and implementation of community-based leadership programming.

Dr. Adams primarily works with colleagues in the Community Development Extension program, other departments and units within the University of Missouri system, regional specialists, and collaborating partners to create educational programs requested by community and organizational leaders throughout Missouri. Johanna’s main focus has been the EXCEL (EXperience in Community Enterprise and Leadership Development) program held throughout Missouri. Through a collaborative effort between University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Association for Community Action an award-winning 12 session leadership curriculum STEP-Up to Leadership has been developed, piloted, evaluated, and is now ready for delivery across the state. In November 2004, the University of Missouri Extension Association awarded Dr. Adams the 1st place Innovator Award for this work.

Johanna is past board member of both the International Community Development Society and the Missouri Chapter. She has served on various committees of CDS and is past president of the Missouri Chapter. Recognition includes the University of Missouri Extension 2007 Vice Provost’s Award for Outstanding Achievement – Campus Faculty Member; 2005 CDS Community Development Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to community development and to teaching, programming and administration; Missouri Community Development Society Distinguished Service Award, and University of Missouri Extension Association Meritorious Award. She is also a member of several professional groups, including Epsilon Sigma Phi honorary fraternity (past president), University of Missouri Extension Association (UMEA) (past president) and the Community Development Society. Her international experience includes participation in Exploring Global Resources through Extension Training (EGRET) study abroad program in Costa Rica.

Dr. Adams was selected for the 2007-08 class of LEAD21. The primary purpose of LEAD21 is to develop leaders in land grant institutions and their strategic partners who link research, academics, and extension in order to lead more effectively in an increasingly complex environment, either in their current position or as they aspire to other positions.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, a Master’s in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her primary research is in the field of leadership development.