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Kristi Wood-Turner, Ed.D.


Dr. Wood-Turner is the Director for the West Virginia University Center for Service and Learning. She received her Doctorate in the field of Educational Leadership Studies at WVU with a focus in Higher Education Administration. She has a Master of Arts in Applied Social Research and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Dr. Wood-Turner uses her skills learned by working in both Academic Affairs and Student Life to build learning bridges that enhance the outcomes of both student curriculum and community development.  The unique blending of the student perspective and the faculty perspective is central to the Dr. Wood-Turners philosophy of higher education administration.  As an online and in person instructor for various courses over the span of 20 years, she uses her knowledge of creative delivery modalities to build innovative learning strategies  in her field.  Dr. Wood-Turner was recognized in 2013 as the WV Campus Compact Engaged Educator of the year, Most Loyal Faculty/Staff in 2016 and Outstanding Service to Student Awardee in 2016.

Dr. Wood-Turner advocates for the success of first generation WV college students like herself. Through raising three children, working full time and going to school full time, she recognizes the grit and determination needed to reach your goals.  Critical to her success is her connection and commitment to her community.  Dr. Wood-Turner has sat on numerous nonprofit boards and worked to become an advocate to discovering true community need. 

As Director of the Center for Service and Learning at WVU, Dr. Wood-Turner has created numerous forward thinking community engagement programs. Most successfully, she is the founding director of a 20 plus member AmeriCorps program, the innovative Social Action Clinics, and a field leading Community Partner Program.

With 20 years of experience with nontraditional and traditional students, teaching on campus and online, and leadership in her local community, Dr. Wood-Turner not only promotes but engages in the best practice of community engagement for lifelong learning. 


Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership Studies
West Virginia University, May 2011

Research interests: student development, civic engagement, at risk populations, retention. Dissertation title: The Pinnacle of Undergraduate Education: Do capstone courses support the development of purpose and integrity?

Master of Arts, Sociology, Applied Social Research
West Virginia University, December 2002

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology
West Virginia University, May 2000

  • President  WV Alliance Board (BGC) (1018 - Present)
  • WVU Carnegie Classification Steering Committee- (Present)
  • Board Member Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club (vice chair) - (2013- Present)
  • WVASPA member (Current President Elect)
  • Emergency Food and Shelter Board Member (2009- Present)
  • WVU Financial Appeals Committee (2004 - Present)
  • PACE TEC, Human Rights Committee (2008- 2010)
  • Mountaineer Leadership Academy [MLA] Cohort 2 
  • Corporate Volunteer Council (2010- 2012)
  • WVU Diversity Week Committee
  • Volunteer Connection Committee 
  • Social Justice Liaison (2002- 2010)
  • United Way Campaign Department Coordinator (2002- 2010)
  • Foundations of Excellence Committee (2008)
  • Co-Chair Youth Day of Caring (2009)
  • Skyview Elementary PTO- Secretary (2007-2008)

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