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Penn State University professor to deliver 17th Coley Lecture at UGA

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s 17th annual Andrea Carson Coley Lecture will feature Susan Rankin, associate professor in the College Student Affairs program and research associate for the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University.

Rankin will present her lecture on Friday, April 1 at 12:30 p.m. in the M. Smith Griffith Auditorium in the Georgia Museum of Art. A reception honoring the Coley family will precede the lecture at 11:30 a.m. in the Georgia Museum of Art lobby. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Rankin received her bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University, and her master’s degree in exercise science and doctoral degree in higher education administration from Penn State. She has authored and co-authored many books, including Campus Climate Assessment and Planning, and Experiences of Gay Men in Fraternities: From 1960 to 2007. She is the co-chair of the Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition, a national guest lecturer, and a recipient of the American College Personnel Association’s 2008 Voice of Inclusion Medallion, an award that recognizes individuals who embody the student affairs values of social justice.

Rankin also has collaborated with more than 70 institutions and organizations in implementing assessments and developing strategic plans regarding social justice issues.

The UGA Andrea Carson Coley Lecture in Women’s Studies was endowed through a donation from Andrew and Kathy Coley in memory of their daughter, Andrea Carson Coley (1972-1993), who was a certificate candidate in Women’s Studies. Each spring, the lecture brings scholars conducting cutting-edge research in lesbian and gay studies to campus. This year’s lecture is sponsored by the UGA Institute for Women’s Studies and the Georgia Museum of Art.

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