Assistant Extension professor
Current work, research and interests
Joanna brings experience in community organizing and action research to her role advancing program development and implementation of the Minnesota CYFAR Sustainable Communities Project and the Indian Country program. She is also a member of the Pathways Project / Proyecto Caminos research team.
Joanna’s research examines the interplay between young people and their sociocultural environments. She is interested in researching and developing youth programs that foster skills, aspirations and social capital youth can employ to become social change agents and active contributors to the welfare and vitality of their communities.
Academic degrees and experience
- M.A., Comparative and International Development Education, University of Minnesota, 2011.
- T.E.F.L. Certificate, Via Lingua, Corinth, Greece.
- B.A., magna cum laude, human development and social relations, Kalamazoo College, 2005.
- Foreign Study, International Center for Human Development, University of Costa Rica.
Skuza, J.A., Tzenis, J.A., Sheldon, T. & Russo, J. (2011). The Minnesota Children, Youth, and Families at Risk Project: 2011 Impact Report. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota.
Tzenis, J. A. (2004). Facing Reality: An Evaluation of the Building Blocks Program of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kalamazoo: Kalamazoo College.
University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus