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Jennifer A. Skuza

Assistant dean

Current work, research and interests

Jennifer SkuzaJennifer provides leadership and direction for programmatic and scholarly work and the strategic positioning of international and intercultural education and outreach in the Center for Youth Development. She also teaches in the College of Education and Human Development's youth development master's program and is principal investigator on a five-year federal contract from the USDA Children, Youth, and Families At Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Project.

Jennifer holds a PhD in education from the University of Minnesota and studied international education at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic as a part of her doctorate program. Her research is focused on immigrant adolescents, social and cultural foundations of education, and advancing the use of qualitative research and evaluation methodologies in youth development and education.

Since 1992, she has been working with and on behalf of youth in multiple roles as educator, researcher, and advocate. She is committed to understanding youth experiences and using that lens as a frame for developing programs, curricula, practice, and research studies. Previously, she was a state faculty member in educational design and development and led the establishment of the Urban 4-H Youth Development Office with a talented group of colleagues at the University of Minnesota and directed the office for eight years.

Academic degrees and experience

Selected publications

Skuza, J. & Russo, J. (2017). WeConnect: A global youth citizenship curriculum. 2nd Ed. St. Paul: Regents of the University of Minnesota.

Skuza, J.A., Freeman, D.M, Bremseth, T.J., Doering, S.A., Quinlan, R. B., Morreim, P.A., & Deidrick, J.C. (2010). Stewardship as a means to create organizational reform: A view into Minnesota 4-H Youth Development. Journal of Extension.

Skuza, J., & Russo, J. (2008). Capturing youth voice to assess learning in urban youth development programs. Journal of Youth Development 2 (3).

Skuza. J. (2007). Humanizing the understanding of the acculturation experience with phenomenology. Human Studies, 30 (1), 447-465.

Olson, K. Skuza, J., & Blinn, C. (2007). Extension educators' views of scholarship and performance evaluation criteria. Journal of Extension, 45(4).

Skuza, J., Cogshell, N., & Russo, J. (2007). Urban youth learn: Partnering with communities to develop effective youth programs. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota.

Skuza, J., Russo, J. Gates, E. & Kawase, M. (2007). Urban youth lead: Becoming the authors of their lives. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota.

Marczak, M., Dworkin, J, Skuza, J., & Beyer. J. (Winter 2006). What’s Up? What young teens and their parents want from youth programs. Rethinking Programs for Youth in their Middle Years. New Directions for Youth Development, 112.

Skuza, J. (2005). Understanding the experiences of immigrant adolescents: Acculturation is not the same as assimilation. In P. Witt & L. Caldwell (Eds.), Recreation and youth development. State College, PA: Venture Publishing.

Skuza, J. (2004). Site-based youth development programs: Reaching underserved youth in targeted communities. Journal of Extension, 42(1). Retrieved at:

Courses taught

University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus

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