Community development process and education, evaluation and impact, adult education, engagement, participatory planning processes, organizational learning and leadership, international development.
Dr. Mary Simon Leuci is the director of engaged scholarship for MU Extension and Engagement. In this capacity, she also directs the Missouri Campus Compact which fosters integration of civic and community engagement work and learning into the curriculum and operations of its diverse network of Missouri colleges and universities. As an Associate Extension Professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences (College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resources, or CAFNR), she is the PI for extension training as part of an international consortium providing technology and modernization training for agriculture in Ghana. Prior to these roles, she served as the Community Development Program Director for MU Extension and Assistant Dean for CAFNR and provided state leadership for programming. Earlier, as a state specialist she worked with University of Missouri Extension faculty, communities and organizations on a variety of issues. She was a co-founder of the Community Development Academy and provided action planning training and workshops across Missouri and throughout the U.S. for community and economic development practitioners and community leaders.