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New IGRD Director commits a people-centered leadership

Created on Sunday, 16 May 2021 Written by Stella Concepcion R. Britanico

by Stella Concepcion R. Britanico

Dr. Evelie P. Serrano officially assumed the position of director of the Institute for Governance and Rural Development (IGRD) of CPAf on February 3, 2021. IGRD offers the graduate programs of CPAf and undergraduate courses in education and agrarian studies. 

For the next three years, Dr. Serrano commits to deliver a “Student- and Faculty-Centered Leadership” that CAREs. “During these trying times, leaders should be felt and must be able to build bridges — to bring people together even if they are physically apart,” Dr. Serrano said during her presentation as then nominee for the IGRD Director position on August 19, 2020.

Hence, CARE, which stands for communication, administrative efficiency, resilience, and academic excellence, will be the priority thrust of her leadership.

To improve communication, Dr. Serrano said that monthly updates will be sent to faculty. Students will also be encouraged to contribute regularly to the College’s newsletter. Online platforms will also be utilized to improve communication with students and promote the graduate programs of CPAf.

For administrative efficiency, streamlining of administrative functions, improvement of faculty hiring, and publication of IGRD manual of operations are included in her list of priorities.

Furthermore, Dr. Serrano intends to strengthen the ongoing learning sessions of faculty members such as the COPihan (“COP” means communities of practice) and promote a culture of collaboration and teamwork with CPAf units and other stakeholders. These activities aim to enhance the resilience of IGRD faculty, staff, and students.

Lastly, she emphasized the continuous improvement of curriculum and provision of support to faculty and students to sustain academic excellence. These activities generally intend to create a culture of sharing and caring.

“During these difficult times, we need to help one another. Ensuring quality teaching and learning has been extra challenging in the midst of this global pandemic. A culture of sharing and caring is needed for us to thrive in our ‘new normal’ of teaching and learning,” Dr. Serrano said.

An Associate Professor at CPAf, Dr. Serrano joined the College in 2014. She has been handling various graduate and undergraduate courses in education. Prior to her appointment as IGRD Director, Dr. Serrano headed IGRD as Officer-in-Charge from October 1, 2020 to February 2, 2021. Likewise, she was the Coordinator of UPLB Gender Center’s Gender for Rural Development Office from February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2021. She has also been serving as Head of the Knowledge Management Office of CPAf since August 1, 2018.

In terms of research and public service engagements, Dr. Serrano has been involved in studies and projects related to agricultural development. Dr. Serrano has received best paper awards and published several articles in peer-reviewed and indexed journals. A recipient of the 2019-2020 One UP Faculty Grant Award for Outstanding Teaching and Public Service (Extension and Education), Dr. Serrano has served as resource speaker in various research and technical writing seminars, workshops, and trainings. She has also facilitated training-workshops on 21st century pedagogies for higher education teachers.

An “Iskolar ng Bayan para sa Bayan,” Dr. Serrano completed her BS in Development Communication (major in Science Communication), Master in Public Affairs (major in Education Management), and PhD in Extension Education (minor in Development Communication) at UPLB.

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