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Harriett EdwardsHarriett Edwards, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist for Volunteerism in the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences at North Carolina State University. A native North Carolinian, she received her Bachelor of Arts in English Communications at Campbell University, her Master’s Degree in Public Administration at NC State University, and her Doctorate in Adult Education at NC State University. Harriett’s first-of-its-kind dissertation research investigated critical aspects of effectively engaging episodic volunteers in community-based youth programs.

Dr. Edwards works closely with the Extension State Advisory Council and the State Extension Advisory Leadership System, coordinating efforts to empower volunteer advisors to serve more effectively in their roles supporting N.C. Cooperative Extension. She also serves as the 4-H Military Liaison for North Carolina and has worked with the Department of Defense, the National Military Family Association, and private funders to bring more than $1 Million to North Carolina in support of military children and their families.

She has served as President of the NC Association of Volunteer Administration, and also as President of the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE), a national professional association for administrators of volunteer programs. Additionally, Dr. Edwards co-chaired the national committee to develop the National Framework for 4-H Volunteerism, a conceptual design for the direction of national investment in volunteer development for 4-H programming. She maintains certifications as an Administrator of Volunteers (CAVNC) and is a member of the NC State University Academy for Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension.

Dr. Edwards has presented at numerous national and international conferences, including the International Conference on Volunteer Administration, the National Conference on Volunteerism and Service, the Association for Research in Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Agencies (ARNOVA), and the European Seminar on Extension Education. Harriett teaches graduate-level courses in volunteer management at North Carolina State University and has served as adjunct faculty at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. Her work also includes the development of a “Basics in Volunteer Management” training to certify experienced volunteer administrators to teach “Basics in Volunteer Management” classes through North Carolina Community Colleges.

Her hobbies include reading, sewing, cooking, and spending time with her nieces. She enjoys learning with the Women’s Study Group at her church and serves on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Wake Forest Public Library.

Selected Publications

  • Culp, K., Edwards, H.C., & Jordan, J.W. (IN PRESS). Creating the Southern Region 4-H Volunteer Advisory Group. Journal of Extension.
  • Edwards, H.C. (2012). Orientation: Welcoming new volunteers into the organization. In T.D. Connors (Ed.), The volunteer management handbook, second edition (pp 31-53). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Edwards, H.C., Safrit, R.D. & Allen, K. (2012). Volunteer demographics. In T.D. Connors (Ed.), The volunteer management handbook, second edition (pp 227-236). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Edwards, H.C., & Chapman, B. (2010). Should our organization take a chance on tweets? The International Journal of Volunteer Administration 27(3), 50-54.
  • Edwards, H.C. (2009). Engaging military partners: Supporting connections to communities. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement 13(4), 85-92.