Cal Poly Provost Inducted into National Distinguished Service Honor Roll •

The National Distinguished Service Honor Roll is a list of the top 1% of college and university presidents in the United States that have made significant contributions to their institution.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly’s provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, is one of 16 people named to the Urban Affairs Association’s (UAA) Distinguished Service Honor Roll. 

The Distinguished Service Honor Roll was created in 2013 to honor the most influential service leaders in the organization. The Urban Affairs Association honored Jackson-Elmoore for her 20 years of service to the organization. She was elected to the UAA’s governing board, served on the Bylaws Committee, and spent almost a decade as senior associate editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs.

Jackson-Elmoore stated, “I am honored to have been chosen for this award and to be recognized with my colleagues — with whom I have been privileged to serve alongside and whose combined accomplishments to the profession and the organization I really admire.” “It has been a joy to be involved in urban studies throughout my academic career, and I value the UAA’s contributions to the subject.

“It has been a joy to hear about the teaching, learning, research, and outreach done by professors, staff, and students at Cal Poly, which has significant implications for solving urban problems and impacts a variety of communities.”

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Jackson-Elmoore held managerial and academic roles at Michigan State University, including dean of the Honors College and professor with affiliations in social work and the global urban studies program, before joining Cal Poly in 2020. She was the acting associate dean of the Urban Affairs Programs at MSU, as well as the director of the Urban Studies Graduate Program and co-director of the Program in Urban Politics and Policy. She was a member of the Michigan American Council on Education Women’s Network’s Public Policy Committee and the Faculty Board of Advisors for MSU’s Community Economic Development Program.

Jackson-Elmoore has published journal articles, books, and book chapters on the governance role of nonprofit organizations in urban settings, brownfields, health, and the built environment, privatization of municipal services, community participation in local health planning processes, and engagement in state and local policy processes.

The Urban Studies Association of America (UAA) is a worldwide professional association for urban academics, researchers, and public and nonprofit service providers. UAA is committed to establishing interdisciplinary venues where people from many disciplines may engage in intellectual and practical debates concerning urban living. The UAA promotes a variety of initiatives to understand and create a more fair and equitable urban environment via theoretical, empirical, and action-oriented research. Upsilon Sigma – The Urban Studies Honor Society is a worldwide, interdisciplinary honor society devoted to recognizing and promoting achievement in urban studies and related areas through research, leadership, and participation.

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