Meggan Franks

Title Manager of Reporting & Program Impact
Department Agricultural and Extension Education and Evaluation Department
E-mail MFranks@agcenter.lsu.edu
Address 1 102G Efferson Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone 225-578-4161

Dr. Meggan Franks (Meggan) currently oversees the LSU AgCenter Extension Reporting System (LERS), managing its co-development, implementation, statewide training, and report monitoring. Additionally, she leads the development of the NIFA Annual Report of Accomplishments and Plan of Work (POW) for the LSU AgCenter.

In her current role, Meggan collaborates with AgCenter extension and research faculty to devise and administer evaluation, reporting, and impact strategies for their diverse research and extension initiatives. She conducts both qualitative and quantitative program evaluations, analyzes results, and produces reports in narrative and infographic formats.

Meggan is also tasked with crafting professional training materials and resources for LSU AgCenter faculty on program development, reporting, and evaluation. Furthermore, she instructs credit-granting courses within the department of Agricultural Extension Education & Evaluation.

2023 - Doctor of Business Administration, Management, Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada

2009 - Master of Business Administration, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi

2006 - Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi

Organizational Development & Evaluation Specialist & Instructor (June 2022 - Present), LSU AgCenter, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Volunteer & Leadership Development Specialist & Instructor (September 2019 - June 2022), LSU AgCenter, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Interim Director (July 2018 - September 2019), Student Leadership and Community Engagement & The Center for Community-Engaged Learning, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi

Assistant Director (May 2012- July 2018), Student Leadership and Community Engagement & The Maroon Volunteer Center, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi

Program Coordinator (July 2010-May 212), Student Leadership and Community Engagement & The Maroon Volunteer Center, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi

Marketing Coordinator (May 2009- July 2010), EYStudios, Starkville, Mississippi

Graduate Assistant (January 2008- May 2009), Graduate Studies in Business, Mississippi State University

Marketing & Campus Outreach Manager (May 2006- December 2007), Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi

Manager-in-Training (January 2006 – April 2006), Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi

Franks, M. H., Kotzian, S. H., Pruett, B. 2021. National Volunteer Research Knowledge Competency: Program Management: Organization and Structure of Extension. National 4-H Volunteerism Resources – Extension Foundation

Franks, M. H., Kotzian, S. H., Pruett, B. 2021. National Volunteer Research Knowledge Competency: Program Management: Risk Management/Risk Reduction. National 4-H Volunteerism Resources – Extension Foundation

Franks, M. H., Kotzian, S. H., Pruett, B. 2021. National Volunteer Research Knowledge Competency: Program Management: Liability Awareness. National 4-H Volunteerism Resource Hub – Extension Foundation

Kotzian, S. H., Franks, M.H., Pruett, B. 2021. National Volunteer Research Knowledge Competency: Program Management: Club Management. National 4-H Volunteerism Resources – Extension Foundation

Kotzian, S. H., Franks, M.H., Pruett, B. 2021. National Volunteer Research Knowledge Competency: Program Management: Record Keeping. National 4-H Volunteerism Resources – Extension Foundation

Pruett, B., Franks, M.H., Kotzian, S. H. 2021. National Volunteer Research Knowledge Competency: Program Management: Behavior Management. National 4-H Volunteerism Resources – Extension Foundation

Pruett, B., Franks, M.H., Kotzian, S. H. 2021. National Volunteer Research Knowledge Competency: Program Management: Financial Management. National 4-H Volunteerism Resources – Extension Foundation

Franks, M.H., Hebert, L. G. Facts about 4-H. 2020. Pub. No. 2860.

Franks, M.H., Hebert, L. G. Planning a 4-H Club Program: A Guide for Volunteer Leaders. 2020. Pub. No. 2862.

Franks, M.H., Hebert, L. G. What Do 4-H Volunteer Leaders Do?. 2020. Pub. No. 2864

Franks, M.H., Hebert, L. G. 4-H Letters to New Volunteer Leaders: Letter 1: What is 4-H?. 2020. Pub. No. 2865-A.

Franks, M.H., Hebert, L. G. 4-H Letters to New Volunteer Leaders: Letter 2: Getting started with a 4-H Club. 2020. Pub. No. 2865-B.

Franks, M.H., Hebert, L. G. 4-H Letters to New Volunteer Leaders: Letter 3: Planning & Conducting 4-H Meetings. 2020. Pub. No. 2865-C.

Franks, M.H., Hebert, L. G. 4-H Letters to New Volunteer Leaders: Letter 4: The How and Why of Experiential Learning. 2020. Pub. No. 2865-D.

Franks, M.H., Hebert, L. G. 4-H Letters to New Volunteer Leaders: Letter 5: Your Role as Teacher and Leader. 2020. Pub. No. 2865-E.

Franks, M.H., Hebert, L. G. Making 4-H Meetings Exciting: A Guide for Volunteer Leaders. 2020. Pub. No. 2869.

Franks, M.H., Hebert, L. G. Louisiana 4-H Club Volunteer Leader Handbook. 2020. Pub. No. 3762.

Morrison, C.C., Greenhaw, L.L, Bachman, J. M., and Franks, M. H. Recognizing Potential Volunteer Leaders. Mississippi State University Extension. 2017. Pub. No. 3151.

Organizational Development and Health, Management, Worker and Stakeholder Engagement, Volunteer Engagement, Retention, Inclusive Leadership, Psychological Safety, Extension Program Evaluation

National

J.C. Hensley, M., Franks. 2023. Evaluating Community Programs from a DEI Lense. American Evaluation Association Annual Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana

Franks, M.H. 2023 A New Model for Volunteer Engagement. Research Workshop. National Extension Conference on Volunteerism. Lexington, Kentucky

Rodriguez, M., McElprang, M., Franks, M., Miller, J.C. Hensley, S.T., Pracht, D. 2023. Parental Expectations and Volunteer Engagement: Results from a Multi-State Youth Retention Study. Research Seminar. National Extension Conference on Volunteerism. Lexington, Kentucky

Miller, J.C., Hensley, S.T., Pracht, D., Rodriguez, M., Franks, M. 2023. Multi-State 4-H Youth Retention Study: Qualitative & Quantitative Findings. National Extension Conference on Volunteerism. Lexington, Kentucky.

Franks, M.H. 2022. Workshop: Comparing Collaboration & Volunteer Voice Within Leader-Program Relationships: Lightning Talk. National Extension Conference on Volunteerism. University of Oklahoma.

Hensley, S.; Franks, M.H.; Cummins, M. 2022. Results of the 4-H Youth Retention Study: Implications for Volunteers. National Extension Conference on Volunteerism. University of Oklahoma.

Franks, M.H. 2022. Lightning Talk: Comparing Collaboration & Volunteer Voice Within Leader-Program Relationships. National Extension Conference on Volunteerism. University of Oklahoma.

Franks, M.H. 2021. Incorporate the Social Change Model of Leadership into Your 4-H Program. National 4-H Volunteer Conference. Rock Eagle, Georgia.

Franks, M.H., Bragg, H., Proudfoot, C. 2021. Connecting, Collaborating, & Caring: Southern Region 4-H Volunteers Supporting One Another. National Extension Conference on Volunteerism.

Franks, M.H., Fox, J. 2021. Beyond Plaques and Ribbons: Strategies for Volunteer Recognition. Society of Healthcare Volunteers Virtual Annual Conference.

Franks, M.H. 2020. Inspiring Youth to Lead and Serve in a Virtual Environment. National 4-H Volunteer Conference. Rock Eagle, Georgia.

Franks, M.H., Zito-Hebert, C. 2020. Using the Business Canvas to Dream, Design, and Deliver a Successful 4-H Program Idea. National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals. Raleigh, North Carolina.

Regional

Franks, M.H.; McGuire, K. 2022. Incorporate the Social Change Model of Leadership into Your 4-H Program. Southern Region Biennial Conference. Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Hobbs, K.; Kotzian, S.; Sarver, D.; Franks, M.H.; Dierenfield, C. 2022. Connecting, Collaborating, & Caring: Southern Region 4-H Volunteers Supporting One Another. Southern Region Biennial Conference. Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Franks, M.H. 2022. Workshop: Comparing Collaboration & Volunteer Voice Within Leader-Program Relationships: Lightning Talk. Southern Region Biennial Conference. Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Franks, M.H.; Hobbs, K.; Huebinger, L.; Knoepfli, K.;Taber Burns, A.; Kotzian, S.; Sarver, D.; Dierenfield, C; Edwards, H.; Culp, K. 2022. IGNITE The Spark. Southern Region Volunteer Engagement Series. University of Arkansas.

Franks, M.H.; Miller, R. 2022. Creating Leaders for Social Change. Kentucky Volunteer Forum. Lexington, Kentucky

Smith, C., Franks, M.H. 2021. How an Assets-based Philosophy During the Carnegie Community Engagement Self-study Advanced the Institutionalization of Community Engagement at Two Rival R1 Universities. Johns Hopkins University Diversity and Leadership Conference. 2021. Johns Hopkins University.

Franks, M.H., Smith, M. C. 2021. How the Carnegie Classification Created an Unconventional, Collaborative Partnership Between Two Rival R1 Public Universities. Gulf South Summit Conference on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. 2021. Nashville, Tennessee.

Wilder, C., Franks, M.H., Garraway, M., 2019. What Was I Thinking?: Reflection—the Key to Community-Engaged Leaders. 2019 Gulf South Summit Service-Learning Conference. Community Leadership: Educating the Next Generation. Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.

Wilder, C., Franks, M.H., Garraway, M., 2019. Building Community Leaders: Partners for Life. Poster presented at the Gulf South Summit. Community Leadership: Educating the Next Generation. Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.

Franks, M.H., Carroll, D. 2014. Creating Strong Community and Campus Partnerships. Poster presented at the Gulf South Summit. Creating Capacity Collaboratively: Connecting Learning and Civic Outcomes. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

Smith, M.C., Allen, C.M., Franks, M.H., and Black, H. 2013. Creating Civic-minded Students through an Alternative Spring Break Program. Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education. Kentucky Campus Compact. Louisville, Kentucky.

Franks, M.H. 2013. Creating a Student-led Volunteer Center on a Shoestring Budget. Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. Kentucky Campus Compact. Louisville, Kentucky.

Franks, M.H., Allen, C.M. 2012. Community and Campus Collaborations: Creating a Strong Partnership with Community Volunteer Organizations. Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education. University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

State

Franks, M. H. 2022. Strategies for Parent Engagement. Louisiana Conference for Afterschool Learning: Professional Development Series. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Boe, E.; Hebert, L.; Franks, M.; Deval, H. 2022. The Extension Workers Creed. Louisiana 4-H Update Days. Baton Rouge & Ruston, Louisiana.

Franks, M. H. 2022. Strategies for Parent Engagement. Louisiana 4-H Professional Development Series. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Franks, M.H., Moore, T. 2021. Effective Communication Strategies. Louisiana 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association Conference. 2021. Camp Grant Walker, Louisiana.

Franks, M.H., Hebert, C. 2021. Comparing Collaborating and Volunteer Voice within Louisiana 4-H Volunteer-Program Relationships. Louisiana Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals. St. Bernard, Louisiana.

Zak, C., Franks, M.H., Guient, M. 2021. Increasing Opportunity for All Youth and Adults. Louisiana 4-H Professional Development Annual Series. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Franks, M.H.; McClure, O. 2021. Professional Communication. Louisiana 4-H Professional Development Series. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Franks, M. H. 2021. Engaging Parents in Volunteer Experiences in an Afterschool Setting. 2021 Louisiana Conference for Afterschool Learning. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Franks, M.H. 2021. Volunteer Development Virtual Lunch & Learn Monthly Series for 4-H Agents. Louisiana 4-H Youth Development. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Franks, M.H. 2021. Louisiana 4-H Monthly Webinar Series for 4-H Volunteer Leaders. Louisiana 4-H Youth Development. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Franks, M.H. 2021. Combining Research & Practice to Create Strategies for Volunteer Empowerment. Louisiana 4-H Facing the Future Conference. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Franks, M.H. 2020. Inspiring Youth to Lead and Serve in a Virtual Environment. Louisiana Association of Extension 4-H Agents Professional Development Conference. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Franks, M.H. 2020. Volunteer Development Virtual Lunch & Learn Summer Series. Louisiana 4-H Youth Development. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Franks, M.H. 2019. Leading the Way for Successful Volunteer Engagement. Louisiana 4-H Professional Development Conference. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Local

Franks, M.H. 2023 A New Model for Volunteer Engagement. 3MT Research Competition. Athabasca University. Aberta, Canada

Conger, S., Franks, M.H., Divine, A. 2023. A Community-Engaged Approach to Managing Drought. Louisiana County Agricultural Agents Association Annual Conference. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Williams, K.; Franks, M. H. 2022. Louisiana 4-H Service-Learning Workshop. Louisiana 4-H Professional Development. Baton Rouge & Jonesboro, Louisiana.

Franks, M.H., Zito-Hebert, C. 2019. Building Your 4-H Program Through Social Capital. Louisiana 4-H Professional Development Conference. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Franks, M.H., Garraway, M. 2019. Creating and Designating a Community-Engaged Learning Course. The Center for Teaching and Learning. Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi.

Franks, M.H. 2018. Community-Engaged Learning Workshop: Preparing Students to Work in the Community. The Center for Teaching and Learning. Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi.

Franks, M.H. 2018. Food Insecurity on College Campuses. World Food Day Conference hosted by the Mississippi State University Social Work Program. Starkville, Mississippi.

Franks, M.H. 2018. Preparing Students to Work in the Community. Faculty Fellows Program, Center for Community-Engaged Learning. Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi.

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